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7881  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / [TX] Want a divorce? Go to class! on: March 19, 2009, 07:23:10 PM
Dallas News

AUSTIN — Texans who have children and who are seeking a divorce would face an additional hurdle — a mandatory 10-hour counseling course — under legislation sponsored by a Panhandle Republican.  Rep. Warren Chisum of Pampa, a social conservative who has frequently offered measures related to marriage, said he hopes to spare kids the anxiety and emotional stress that come with a divorce by their parents.  His bill would require couples to attend workshops in “conflict management, communication skills and forgiveness skills." This, he contends, would help reduce the state’s 50 percent divorce rate.  The workshops can cost up to $150.

Under the bill, a spouse seeking a divorce would have to complete the 10-hour course before filing court papers; otherwise, the divorce petition would be dismissed.  The other spouse would be encouraged to take the same course within 60 days. If he or she did not, a judge could use that as a factor when awarding property, alimony and child custody. 

The bill is popular with social conservatives, marriage counselors and some lawyers. Supporters of the measure say it isn't designed to bail out horrible marriages, but rather to save unions that have fallen on hard times.
In 2005, Chisum sponsored a state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. In 2007, he sponsored a law creating a statewide marriage-education program; that measure doubled marriage license fees but offered a discount to couples taking a counseling course.
7882  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [NASA] Interim Problem Report 119V-0080 on: March 19, 2009, 07:14:50 PM


A small bat that was spotted blasting off with the space shuttle Sunday and clinging to the back side of Discovery's external fuel tank apparently held on throughout the launch.

NASA hoped the bat would fly away before the spacecraft's Sunday evening liftoff, but photos from the launch now show the bat holding on for dear life throughout the fiery ride.

"He did change the direction he was pointing from time to time throughout countdown but ultimately never flew away," states a NASA memo obtained by "Infrared imagery shows he was alive and not frozen like many would think ... Liftoff imagery analysis confirmed that he held on until at least the vehicle cleared [the] tower before we lost sight of him."

Officials at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., where Discovery launched from a seaside pad, said the bat's outlook after launch appears grim.

"Based on images and video, a wildlife expert who provides support to the center said the small creature was a free tail bat that likely had a broken left wing and some problem with its right shoulder or wrist," NASA officials said Tuesday. "The animal likely perished quickly during Discovery's climb into orbit."
The bat was perched between one quarter and one third of the way up on the north side of the fuel tank, which is the side that faces away from the orbiter. NASA estimated the surface temperature of the tank at that location was between 58 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, even though the canister was filled with super-cold liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen.

In the hours before Discovery's liftoff, NASA's Final Inspection Team (called the "ICE team") investigated whether the creature would pose a risk to the shuttle if its body impacted the orbiter's sensitive heat shield tiling. Ultimately, NASA officials signed a waiver confirming that the bat was safe to fly with.

"The bat eventually became 'Interim Problem Report 119V-0080' after the ICE team finished their walkdown," the memo said. "Systems Engineering and Integration performed a debris analysis on him and ultimately a Launch Commit Criteria waiver to ICE-01 was written to accept the stowaway."
7883  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Running/Triathlon training and motivation thread on: March 19, 2009, 06:41:08 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on March 19, 2009, 06:29:25 PM

I find the American race fees to be REALLY high compared to what we pay in Canada.  None of the marathons here are over $100, but the entry fee for New York is $240!!!

2008 had 37,899 runners.  $9,095,760 gross from enrollment costs alone.
7884  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Natasha Richardson on: March 19, 2009, 06:37:35 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on March 19, 2009, 06:26:25 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on March 19, 2009, 04:30:19 PM


Here ya go.

Even easier.  biggrin
7885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: March 19, 2009, 05:46:15 PM
Now if they'd just put tanks back into Hardcore...
7886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty World at War (360) impressions on: March 19, 2009, 05:01:34 PM
800 for the map pack.
7887  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GI Health Care.... on: March 19, 2009, 03:13:43 PM
Stop loss is due to end.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced yesterday (3/18/09) that the Army will phase out the unpopular practice of "stop-loss," which mandates that soldiers stay in the Army beyond their service obligation, over the next two years.

In the meantime, the Pentagon will offer extra pay to soldiers who continue to serve under the policy, Gates said.

About 13,000 soldiers are serving under the stop-loss policy, nearly double the total of two years ago. Gates said the goal is to reduce that number by 50 percent by June 2010 and to bring it down to scores of soldiers by March 2011.
The Army Reserve will no longer mobilize units under stop-loss policy beginning in August, the Army National Guard will follow suit in September, and the active-duty Army, by January. Currently, the Army has 1,452 Reserve soldiers, 4,458 National Guard troops and 7,000 active-duty soldiers on stop-loss.

Effective this month, the Army will also pay soldiers who are under stop-loss an extra $500 per month, and those payments will be retroactive to October, when they were authorized by Congress, Gates said.

Still, Gates said that changes "do carry some risk," and that the Army retains the authority to use stop-loss under "extraordinary" circumstances. But he said that should happen only in an "emergency situation where we absolutely had to have somebody's skills for a specific, limited period of time." Such decisions would be made by the secretary of the Army, he said.
7888  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] I Love You, Man = Thumbs Up on: March 19, 2009, 02:50:27 PM
How does it compare to, say, Forgetting Sarah Marshall?
7889  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: File this in the 'You can't make this (bleep) up' Dpt: on: March 19, 2009, 02:45:58 PM
Quote from: Reuters
ST POELTEN, Austria (Reuters) - Josef Fritzl was sentenced to life in a psychiatric hospital Thursday for locking up and raping his daughter over 24 years, fathering seven children with her, and causing the death of an infant son.
They said his condition would be re-evaluated in 15 years and, in theory, if he were deemed cured, he could be released. But both Fritzl and his lawyer has said they expected he would have to spend the rest of his life incarcerated.

Fritzl, 73, had pleaded guilty to incest, rape, enslavement, coercion and murder, by neglect, in the death of a newborn boy underground. He initially denied the murder and slavery counts but reversed his plea after watching 11 hours of videotaped testimony from daughter Elisabeth screened in court Tuesday.

Fritzl was found guilty of murder of the newborn, the most serious charge, because he failed to seek help despite knowing the boy was in danger of dying.
7890  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Weekend World at War - Friday night CoD:WaW on: March 19, 2009, 02:33:33 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on March 19, 2009, 02:05:12 PM

bayonet jumping?

Equip a bolt action rifle with a bayonet and then jump at the same time as you melee an enemy.

You will go flying into the air, and you can get onto rooftops etc!
7891  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: March 19, 2009, 04:16:57 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 19, 2009, 12:49:45 AM

Quote from: Destructor on March 18, 2009, 11:58:45 PM

And the ending line? DAMN.

I wonder what he has against lazy knickers....


7892  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Is it worth getting a home inspector on a new home? on: March 18, 2009, 04:28:36 PM
Wouldn't your homeowner's insurance kick in to cover any issues once the warranty goes belly up?
7893  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: SMF ERROR on: March 18, 2009, 03:51:21 PM
Preview in Console, attempting to post in Console, and trying to pull up this thread. 
7894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the PS3... on: March 18, 2009, 03:50:40 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 13, 2009, 07:43:23 PM

Oh no... paranoid
7895  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vasectomy on: March 17, 2009, 05:02:50 PM
A HS buddy of mine will most likely be going in for this in the near future.  After his twin boys and his daughter, they were more than happy to be done with it, but neither wanted to go under for the requisite procedure.  After getting news that someone fell asleep in QC and that they are due for their 4th, it's likely that he will wind up experiencing this joy.

On a side note, when I was a teenager, I walked into the dining room while my parents were talking with some old family friends.  Right as I walked in, Dad mentioned that after I was born, he went in for his vasectomy.  I promptly turned on my heels and walked back out the way I came in.
7896  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Sexiest.... on: March 17, 2009, 04:22:13 PM
I watched the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre a few years back (I assume that's the scene referenced above) and it made me nauseous.  I just don't care to watch simulations of torture and murder. 
7897  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kings starts Sunday, March 15th on: March 16, 2009, 02:54:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 16, 2009, 05:14:00 AM

Quote from: mori on March 16, 2009, 03:32:12 AM

I gave it a honest 20 minutes but slowly lost interest and had it as background noise for its second hour.

I haven't watched it yet, but the few reviews I've read said if you can make it past the first hour without losing attention then things start to click.

So it's set up like a Tad Williams novel?
7898  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 16, 2009, 04:31:08 AM

Quote from: lildrgn on March 13, 2009, 07:09:26 AM

Anyone know what the original source is?

And Gromit, you're late.  Pi Day was yesterday.  smile

7899  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NBC goes Sci-Fi over the summer with Merlin, Meteor & The Storm on: March 16, 2009, 04:27:17 AM
Who needs an American Top Gear when I can laugh myself silly on the British Top Gear on BBC America?
7900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB - The Show 09 on: March 14, 2009, 09:35:46 PM
Clawed my way back above the Mendoza line.  Have played through my third goal set, of which I managed to get 3/4.  After I got only half of the second set, I got a threatening note from the PTBs.   crybaby  I'm currently rated 5/6 for SS in my organization and 3/32 in the AA league at my position.  I have gotten stealing bases down and I am currently succeeding at a 2:1 rate with 12.
7901  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Any word on MLB 2K9 for the Wii yet? on: March 14, 2009, 05:44:51 AM
I got a haunted bat glitch in MLB 09 The Show during RttS batting practice.

It's not a bug, it's a "feature!"
7902  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It was all Rihanna's fault............. on: March 13, 2009, 08:27:54 PM
In the event that she physically assaulted him, he would certainly (imho) be within his rights to respond.  That being said, there is a level of response that is appropriate.  And it does not appear in this case that the levels of force used were equal on both sides. 

Quoting law-enforcement sources, [TMZ] said that Rihanna had told police she was the victim of escalating violence and the perpetrator was Brown. It said she had told them Brown had been violent towards her in the past and that the attacks were getting "more violent" as time went on.
7903  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chuck Norris for Pres?? of TEXAS! on: March 13, 2009, 07:59:13 PM
And leave me in the equivalent of West Berlin?  No thanks.
7904  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 Running/Triathlon training and motivation thread on: March 13, 2009, 07:55:38 PM
For biking endurance, there's always the Hotter'N Hell 100.  100 miles on the bike in North Texas in August.
7905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Finish the sentence: I wish that the PS3... on: March 13, 2009, 07:38:35 PM
I wish that I could add friends to my list through the PSN website and not be required to do it through the console.

My 360 manages that just fine...
7906  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It was all Rihanna's fault............. on: March 13, 2009, 07:36:57 PM
That's a sad state of affairs that anyone would think that anything short of a physical attack by Rihanna would be deserving of Brown's response.
7907  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for a ship comparison chart on: March 13, 2009, 06:48:49 PM
Sea Stallion, transform and roll out!
7908  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic on: March 13, 2009, 06:30:00 PM
Japan, Korea, Cuba, and Mexico advance to Pool 1 - Petco Park, San Diego.

Venezuela, USA, Puerto Rico, and Netherlands advance to Pool 2 - Dolphin Stadium, Miami

Games start Saturday with Netherlands vs. Venezuela at 1 p.m. EST, United States vs. Puerto Rico at 8 p.m. EST.

Sunday games are Japan vs. Cuba at 4 p.m. EST, Mexico vs. Korea at 11 p.m. EST.

Twelve games total to be played through Thursday
7909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist: 03/13/09 Edition on: March 13, 2009, 06:04:22 PM
MLB 09 The Show. 

I will be attempting to get a run-of-the-mill Bluetooth headset connected, load up my friends list with other players, and trying to badger people to play some online games so that we can see if doing an online league is viable.
7910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB - The Show 09 on: March 13, 2009, 04:57:31 PM
Spring training has been the highlight of my short career.  I was shipped to AA, started at 2B for most of the games they allowed me to play, and I am currently hitting well below the Mendoza line.  They have moved me to SS for a couple games and at least one game in RF.  crybaby  I did get my first HR last night and have made enough training points to get the three goals that are training oriented.  Hitting .300 isn't even a choice at this point. 
7911  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: SMF ERROR on: March 13, 2009, 03:33:46 PM
4 attempts to preview a reply all generated the error.
7912  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Number of posts per page on: March 13, 2009, 03:31:02 PM
:plugs ears: I can't hear you lalalalala  slywink
7913  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chuck Norris for Pres?? of TEXAS! on: March 12, 2009, 09:42:29 PM
 Roll Eyes
7914  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / All that's missing is a wood chipper... on: March 12, 2009, 09:18:25 PM

The owner of a Nebraska car dealership and two executives were in police custody facing theft charges Thursday after 81 cars were taken from the dealership's lot, authorities said.

Alan Patch, 52, the owner of Legacy Auto Sales in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, was being held in Tooele County, Utah, Scottsbluff police Capt. Kevin Spencer told CNN. Rachel Fait, 37, Legacy's comptroller, was arrested in Tooele County on Wednesday, and Legacy general manager Rick Covello, 53, turned himself in to Scottsbluff officials Thursday, Spencer said.

Police became aware of the case Tuesday, when they received a call from Toyota company officials, Spencer said. Toyota told police they had received a call that all of Legacy's new Toyotas were gone from its lot.

Employees arriving at the dealership for work on Tuesday also found the three executives gone, police said. They had packed up their personal possessions. Some computers were gone, as well. Fait and Patch's homes in Nebraska were on the market and empty, Spencer said.

In all, authorities found, 81 vehicles -- mostly Toyotas but some Fords as well, valued at more than $2.5 million -- had been moved off Legacy's lot over the weekend and on Monday. At least some of them were moved by a Utah transport company that was paid with a fraudulent cashier's check, Spencer said.

Authorities have been trying to track down the cars, he said. Seven of them were found at a Utah auto business; 16 others were sold at a Utah auction. Others were found in Las Vegas, Nevada, Spencer said, but police do not have an accurate tally of how many remain missing.
7915  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chuck Norris for Pres?? of TEXAS! on: March 12, 2009, 08:53:59 PM
Spain - 1519 to 1685, 1690 to 1821

France - 1685 to 1690

Mexico - 1821 through 1836

Republic of Texas - 1836 to 1845

Confederate States of America - 1861 to 1865

United States of America - 1845 to 1861, 1865 - present
7916  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chuck Norris for Pres?? of TEXAS! on: March 12, 2009, 08:31:22 PM
Doubtful, as the Republic of Texas Constitution lasted all of nine years before being replaced by the new version that led to the joining as a state. 

Article 3 covers the office of president.
Article 6 covers the requirements.  Three years of residence would be the standing requirement if the document were put back into effect.
7917  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Chuck Norris for Pres?? of TEXAS! on: March 12, 2009, 08:03:55 PM
I do recall a lot of people stating that they would leave the country if Bush won ... and then not doing it.
7918  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: SMF ERROR on: March 12, 2009, 08:02:54 PM
 ... ate my new topic in MP...   tear

*edit: gave me the error, but posted it anyway....   saywhat
7919  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Factfinding mission: MLB 09 The Show Online League on: March 12, 2009, 08:02:08 PM
The thing that I have been waiting for for years: be a part of a full online league for a sports game.  So MLB 09 The Show seems to be picking up a fair amount of interest, so I would like to play a league. 

This is to get the ball rolling, judge interest, discuss options, etc. 

Online Season Leagues
Along with improvements to the traditional Online Leagues, MLB 09 will offer major additions to Online Season Leagues! New Online Season Leagues will allow you to hold a fully functional draft and utilize a Flex Schedule, allowing players to play games ahead in the schedule.
7920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MLB - The Show 09 on: March 12, 2009, 07:59:10 PM
My Madden league went belly up fairly quickly.  I suppose I could try to run it...  I'll set up a thread in MP.
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