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81  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Raids in Minnesota on: September 02, 2008, 02:45:15 PM

Quote from: VynlSol on September 02, 2008, 04:02:24 AM

Quote from: the Nightbreeze on September 02, 2008, 03:23:42 AM

I've thrown water balloons in the direction of officers of the law before, a long ago time of my young adulthood.

They saw me do it.  I did not hit them.  They ordered me to leave the property.  I did.  Clean record.  I think they had every right to be motivated to charge me with anything they could trump up, and they didn't.  Maybe they let me off easy.  I can't say.  But in their shoes, I would have pinned me with something.

It's clear from Nightbreeze's past encounter with law enforcement personnel that throwing piss-filled balloons not just at the feet of innocent bystanders, but also directly at sworn officers of the law, is merely an exercise of freedom of speech. Therefore O.J. must be acquitted.

Hey, I said right in there that I could be wrong.  Just had a personal experience that gives me a reason to at least wonder, if not believe.

What more do you want from me?
82  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Raids in Minnesota on: September 02, 2008, 03:23:42 AM
I've thrown water balloons in the direction of officers of the law before, a long ago time of my young adulthood.

They saw me do it.  I did not hit them.  They ordered me to leave the property.  I did.  Clean record.  I think they had every right to be motivated to charge me with anything they could trump up, and they didn't.  Maybe they let me off easy.  I can't say.  But in their shoes, I would have pinned me with something.


83  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Make your VEEP predictions! on: September 02, 2008, 02:12:03 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 01, 2008, 08:43:57 PM

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Or if it's the second week of October, you ought to consider which party has more breasts on the ticket. 
Do man boobs count?  icon_twisted

Given the history of Dan Quayle, and considering the current ticket, the Republican Party might feel confident they have the boob lobby fully covered.  slywink

84  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Raids in Minnesota on: September 02, 2008, 02:06:21 AM
Change the handcuffs from a car to a lightpole next to it, and make the people toss the baloons at your feet instead of at your person, and they might be within their rights to speech, if they disperse when ordered.

And you would have a right to be upset
85  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Make your VEEP predictions! on: September 01, 2008, 07:57:32 PM
Now, now.... you are doing it wrong.  You are only supposed to vote for the merits of the top of the ticket, not the VP, so they tell me.

Unless you are voting for change, then you're supposed to vote for the VP and not the top of the ticket, where the person running for that office doesn't make the final budget proposals that actually move systemic changes along.

Or else vote for experience, and then in such a case, one should ignore the VP candidates altogether and vote based on the top of the tickets.

Or if it's the second week of October, you ought to consider which party has more breasts on the ticket. 

There has to be some other ways to spin this to suit one side of any issue to the detriment of the other.  Gimme a minute.  I'll find them.

86  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Raids in Minnesota on: September 01, 2008, 03:45:17 AM
Maybe they were planning to barter with the RNC for consideration on some future policy position decisions.  Word on the street is a pail of piss is about what their work is worth these days.  slywink
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Frop Attack! on: August 27, 2008, 02:13:49 AM

Quote from: Zero on August 26, 2008, 03:33:33 AM


Magically enlarged toads



Ezekiel reflected at this moment, thinking to himself, "Yeah, I may be in my 30's.  I may have no fashion sense.  I may have a lame blue hat.  But you know what?  They can make fun of me all they want.  For years they have picked on me and snickered behind my back,  But now, NOW I can hold my chin up a bit higher, because I'm gonna be famous.  They will all tell their friends they knew me before I became the first guy to munch rug on a huge-ass frog.  We'll see who's laughing when I start cashing checks in Hollywood.  OK, Lights, Camera...."


 
88  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Make your VEEP predictions! on: August 25, 2008, 02:23:43 PM
Maybe I am misunderstanding something.

Critics across the political aisle are trying to make this selection of a running mate into a negative, but how many of these critics does  a candidate need to win the votes from, and how likely is winning their vote in the first place if they are across the aisle?

You can't win every vote.  You only need to win +50% of the electoral delegates.  Why should the assessment of people who are never going to vote for him no matter what he does matter in the least?
89  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Some ABS pipes on: August 10, 2008, 10:57:35 PM
I'm not interested in the pipes.

But I am interested on the look on the clerk's face when you go to mail them.  you sure don't want to cap the ends of those pipes unless you're in a mood to be interrogated.

have fun!
90  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: "We (the government) should own the refineries" on: June 21, 2008, 04:00:34 PM
I was going to amend myself on the snippet I heard, rather than being 68% of unused leased land, it is in fact 68 Million acres of unused leased land.

Thanks for beating me to it, Blackdar.

I'm not brilliant, but what I see is companies claiming they have nowhere to refine oil, yet they will not jump through the hoops and pay the expenses to building refineries with their profits.  They won't drill where they are allowed to drill, because they want a crisis situation to leverage a change about drilling in protected land/sea. 

I realize there are costs in time and money to build Oil rigs and refineries, but if I want to build my business, I have to do the work myself, and within the relevant laws.   Why should it be different for them?  And how does this situation come to pass without the oil companies either showing willful hostaging of the economy at worst or the gross ignorance about the projected growth in their markets?  People have been talking about the rise of India's economy for at least ten years.  China a little less so, maybe 5-6 years.  Who failed to make the connection some time ago that these two large world populations would soon afford oil and failed to adjust for it?
91  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: "We (the government) should own the refineries" on: June 20, 2008, 11:51:59 PM
I only caught a part of a news clip on PBS, but during a Congressman Rahm Emanuel speech or press conference, he citied information that something on the order of 68% of all sea floor already under lease by oil industries for exploratory drilling and oil production is currently unused.

Can someone help a fella out with how they come up with this? And why if they are only use 32% of what they have now, what's the rush for leasing new areas from where they are currently barred from exploring?   Is it just an industry desire to find out if the grass is greener in protected areas?  Pushing the limits while they can know for sure this Executive Branch is more tolerant, and some of the Legislative Houses are Energy scared?
92  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gore endorses Obama on: June 18, 2008, 10:57:32 PM

Quote from: cheeba on June 18, 2008, 07:09:40 AM

Would love to talk about politics...

I already said I don't buy it.
93  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gore endorses Obama on: June 18, 2008, 02:14:54 AM
Yeah, that's about what I should have expected.  I'm not bothering to type more about issues only to watch them get skirted. Keep pretending you want to talk about politics, Chebba,  and find someone else to listen to it.  I don't buy it.
94  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gore endorses Obama on: June 17, 2008, 03:14:28 AM

Quote from: cheeba on June 17, 2008, 02:16:24 AM

Quote from: the Nightbreeze on June 17, 2008, 01:07:25 AM

Quote from: cheeba on June 17, 2008, 12:31:49 AM

Quote from: the Nightbreeze on June 16, 2008, 10:43:22 PM

I feel like I'm forgetting something.  What else ought to we be remembering?
I believe you forgot to make sense smile.

Never slowed you down, sir.  You win on grounds of Typo, huh?  Heck, I'll spot it to you.  I won't even edit for correction.
I don't care that you made a typo - actually I didn't even notice it - I just wonder WTF you are talking about in that post. Who's saying what is OK for the republicans but questionable for the democrats? How the hell did John Kerry get into it? And what about bigger government and privatized social security?

Who is saying Democratic delegates who backed their candidate late, only after the winner was clear, ought to be ashamed?  Why I believe you did sir.  I said considering how McCain's candidacy was a similar story that was a few mere months shorter and with far less support until the Republicans saw he was certain to be the nominee, I didn't think shame was deserved.  In fact, in politics this is rather unremarkable and common.

How did John Kerry get into this?  I brought him in to illustrate the Republican propensity to take a position when it advantages them, but downplay it when it is not in their favor (like perhaps casting shame on bandwagoners?).  Kerry was a veteran, but that's not as important when the Republican candidate isn't a veteran.  In fact, they will go so far to question the quality of Senator Kerry's service to his country when they can't point to a record of Veteran service for their own candidate.  But OH BOY is it important when their candidate is famously and deservedly known as a veteran.

McCain in an AP story is still backing the notion of young Americans having "Privatized" personal Soc. Security accounts.  This will require oversight to implement,maintain, and monitor such a program above and beyond what is currently employed in the Social Security Administration.  These would be Federal employees.  This would be bigger government by definition.  And often citied as a reason for not supporting given domestic programs, Republicans (and conservitive ones espeically), and Senator McCain himself, often scowl and say they are not for bigger government.  Except that now they are. 

Give them five minutes. The positions will change again.    Remember Flip flopping?   Remember when it was bad?
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: June 17, 2008, 01:17:49 AM
Good luck.  Thanks.  Stay safe.
96  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gore endorses Obama on: June 17, 2008, 01:07:25 AM

Quote from: cheeba on June 17, 2008, 12:31:49 AM

Quote from: the Nightbreeze on June 16, 2008, 10:43:22 PM

I feel like I'm forgetting something.  What else ought to we be remembering?
I believe you forgot to make sense smile.

Never slowed you down, sir.  You win on grounds of Typo, huh?  Heck, I'll spot it to you.  I won't even edit for correction.
97  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gore endorses Obama on: June 16, 2008, 10:43:22 PM
You mean like how the Republican party members, talking heads,  and leadership flocked to endorse McCain after he won his primary,  after they were calling his campaign broke and dead months earlier?

Making safe bets.  Politics as usual.  It's alright for Republicans, but it makes Democrats questionable.

And remember, When John Kerry was a Veteran, it meant nothing.  Now, being a remarkable veteran should decide your vote for McCain.

And Remember, bigger government is bad, unless you want to add staff to the Social Security Administration to manage "Privatized" accounts for younger Americans.  Then you need bigger government.

I feel like I'm forgetting something.  What else ought to we be remembering?
98  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Driver Scavenger Hunt... help on: June 14, 2008, 01:25:55 AM
http://www.opendrivers.com/ might help
99  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Discount Boardgames? on: May 31, 2008, 09:29:31 PM
if anyone ever has the same question for any boardgame,  www.BoardGameGeek.com has an entire row of click-through ads at the top of the main page for all ofthe major game discounters.  You can comparison shop, and you don't have to spend your life googling and posting in forums about the matter.

Plus you'll learn about games you haven't run into yet.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 25, 2008, 05:31:58 AM
Red Wings played the better game tonight, no doubt.  And it would be stupid to say that the Wings are not the best team the Penguins have played in the playoffs.

I would be very surprised if the Penguins serve that many penalties in a game again.  The long break waiting for the series and nerves showed in the youngsters.  I suspect that the Penguins will pick up their game and make a series of it now that the first game is out of the way. I can't see them laying down just because Detroit Fans may tell them they have no shot.  The second goal was a passing error that ought to not even be a choice in Ruttu's mind in those circumstances.  Youthful misake, and it knocked the train of the tracks for the rest of the night.  They'll adjust.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I might have to move back to LA if this happens on: May 22, 2008, 05:21:00 PM

Quote from: gellar on May 22, 2008, 03:41:16 PM

Quote from: cheeba on May 22, 2008, 03:15:55 PM

I would expect a more devoted fan base than LA in any of those markets.

You'd expect wrong.

2. Chicago (29th in the NFL in % attended last year)
8. Detroit (26th)
10. St. Louis (20th)
11. Indianapolis (25th)
12. Pittsburgh (24th)

Pittsburgh at 24th is not an indictment of how the team is run, because of the business model in Pittsburgh and the realities of the weather in an open air stadium.

The Rooney Family purposefully undersized their stadium by modern standards in order to maintain a more constant level of attendance in an outdoor stadium in Late November through the Playoffs.  If it was somehow under 20 F in LA in an open air stadium, you'd have a point.  You would also have a city that is shut down instead of holding a football game.

Compare it to their overall result, away games included, and they jump to the top half in the league at 14th, because they are in the top 5 on road attendance percentage.  People show up to watch the Steelers on the road because of the Population exodus in a depressed industrial economy.  Pittsburgh moved to where the Jobs are, and took their team with them to their new town of employment.

Pittsburgh has a small stadium that is always sold out and has a generation-long waitinglist for season tickets.  When you have a child, put their name on the waiting list and they might get a shot at it before they are married and out of school.  The fans there don't show up, even though the tickets are sold, in the late regular season, usually because they have a place in the playoffs clinched and its too cold to make sense to sit there and freeze off your perogis.  Hats off to the Lambeau crowd for toughing it out.  We'd rather be warm.

The Rooneys make their money on merchendaising.  You could lock the fans out of the stadium and it would still turn them a profit.  I would be very surprised if anyone outsold the Steelers on liscenced gear.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Question for the Parents on the Boards on: May 16, 2008, 01:37:19 AM
If you want to make a show of it, you could explain the "pacifier fairy" is coming and will leave Big Girls or boys a present for all their pacifiers, which she can give to give the babies.

If they are excited about the Easter bunny and Santa, and you're worried that they might be reluctant otherwise, it's worth a shot. 

Cold Turkey likely works enough if you catch them young enough.
103  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Edwards endorses Obama on: May 14, 2008, 11:48:45 PM
She needs to get the memo out to her campaign.  A representative of hers was on PBS McNiel-Leher's News Hour this evening parroting the "Hillary is the strongest candidate that can carry "Swing states" like WVA, PA, OH, and FL in the Fall against McCain" rhetoric still, implying Obama can't do it or win in the Fall.

Not at all  "Get behind whatever Democrat is nominated" .  Not even close.   Her supporters are still wanting the cake while they eat it too.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: May 14, 2008, 04:17:02 PM
Call me silly, but + / - only shows me that the Redwings have two or four guys scoring and the Pens have two or four lines scoring.  There's lots of names on the Pens scoring sheet.

What that means come the cup is hard to say, and I'm not willing to make any predictions either way off of it.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alaskan playground on: May 14, 2008, 04:07:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 14, 2008, 03:40:02 PM

Quote from: the Nightbreeze on May 14, 2008, 12:28:38 AM

I'm not playing on that thing, Mom !  Somebody's bear ass has been all over it.

<groan>

Don't give me that. You're just pissy that someone beat you to it.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alaskan playground on: May 14, 2008, 12:28:38 AM
I'm not playing on that thing, Mom !  Somebody's bear ass has been all over it.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wolverine & the X-Men on: May 09, 2008, 03:51:15 AM
Gambit was trained his whole life to be a nimble and graceful thief.

What makes Gambit a superhero is his ability to manipulate the Universal Conservation of Energy, specifically Kinetic and Potential Energies.

He can intuitively and instantly take something as innocuous as a playing card or toothpick, and transfer into it the Potential energy of something akin to a bowling ball at the top of an 10 story building or perhaps more.  It will hold that potential energy until the item is released from his grasp an makes an impact against something else, releasing all the potential energy as Kinetic energy.
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Teacher fired for Wizardry. I can't make this up. on: May 07, 2008, 03:12:58 PM
A thread about teachers?  Yeah, I admit I have a habit of showing up in threads about teachers.

It is disappointing in this age that this sort of fear and superstition exists anywhere, let a lone a school.  If my (fictional) kids  were in this district, I'd be planning a move out of it this summer.

And I do believe the teacher here, that the other charges can be tagged on after the fact very easily and without validity.  If a teacher was under performing like they described, that's a poor reflection on the administrators who kept sending him assignments without trying to remedy the points of these all of a sudden "long standing complaints" about his work.   You can't hope that complaints fix anything if you don't bring them to the attention of the person about whom the complaints were made.  Mrs. Jones didn't like your work. I hope you can tell by how I am breathing, because I can't be bothered to tell you.

And even bearing all of that in mind.  He's a substitute.  They can decide to not give him work because his socks don't match or he has brown eyes.  He doesn't have much choice except to seek employment elsewhere, and if that part of Florida has him blacklisted, and not just that district, it is sadly time to move.  I would encourage it, really.   

I know by reading this story, I would want no parts of working in a district like that.  I am tempted to wonder how hard it is for them to find subs after this press, but then I realize that overly-religious kooks can get education degrees and credentials as well.  Hopefully they find each other.

Those poor kids.  How can they learn when the people acting in their interest have such fear?
109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need the forum's advice - I Want to start a side business on: May 06, 2008, 06:10:23 PM
A cautionary note on your intended wares.  Online boardgame sales are a deep discount item.  Hop over and look at Boardgamegeek.com to scope out ads for more than a half dozen players in that field.  I'm not saying to give it up, I would just suggest figure out how to compete with these established players offering 20-35% off MSRPs before you bet the farm.  It will take some homework to crack that tough nut.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You should see my X-ray(update surgery is Monday) on: May 04, 2008, 02:41:47 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 03, 2008, 05:31:41 AM

Well I go in for the proceedure Monday. They had me go in today for pre op stuff. They will use MAC to put me to almost sleep. He said I have to have a stint...oh god no! frown I hear those hurt. My stones are around 16mm though. May even take more than one trip. I hope not. Now Im nervous lol.

Stints and their removal are not as painful as passing the stone without intervention.  That said, it is not at all comfortable, either.  It's as wierd as much as it hurts, maybe moreso, but it is a bad day that will be over and in the past soon enough.  Best wishes.  We're pulling for you, and you'll get by.
111  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Help me understand this. on: May 03, 2008, 04:43:07 AM
Thanks for the replies and articles.

I'm glad to learn, even if I am very disappointed in what I'm learning.  Yikes, this sort of shit can ruin a weekend.
112  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Help me understand this. on: April 30, 2008, 06:06:13 PM
Another notion that strikes me...  If Clinton's proposal were to be implemented,  Where would funding for infrastructure come from if somehow the unlikely happens and oil posts greatly reduced or no profits?  You cannot always assume profitability. 

I mean Corporate Oil would not have any incentive to invest their profits back into their operations and therefore reduce their posted profits once you started taxing them on it heavily, right?  They wouldn't have rooms of people trying to figure out how to make their revenues look like they were meagerly profitable to avoid taxes, would they?

It doesn't sound sustainable to me, but I am often the first to say "Eh, what the hell do I know?"
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NHL Playoff Talk on: April 30, 2008, 03:29:53 PM
Every Minute of every game of the Pens and Rangers series has mattered to the outcome of the game, Koz.  It has come down to Pulled goaltenders at times.  There was no safe moment to go fetch a beer from the fridge or Nachos at the snack bar.  The games have not been one sided.  Until the last buzzer or horn, it was any team's game.  A bounce here or a goalie out of position there and they still might be in overtime for any of those games.

Now if you haven't watched them, fair enough, then.  I don't know how to make them more exciting without going to overtime, though. All three periods in all three games were tense, and the scores tied up twice during the course the last game alone.

I'll grant you that some other series may be more flashy and exciting to watch, but the Pens and Rangers has been good watchable hockey.
114  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Help me understand this. on: April 30, 2008, 04:58:49 AM
OK, yeah, I should have remembered Economic competition.  I did sleep through Economics.

Otherwise... Wow.  I'm not crazy.  Disappointed that I had things mostly right, but not crazy.
115  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Help me understand this. on: April 29, 2008, 06:52:53 PM
During a phone call today, was on Hold when the President was addressing the press.

Among other things suggested was the desire to suspend collecting certain sales taxes on gasoline already figured into the price per gallon.

1) Why will the fill stations lower their prices if the tax is suspended?  Why wouldn't they just hold the price where it is and put the former taxes in their profits?

2) Don't these same taxes pay for infrastructure maintenance?  Did all the collapsing or crumbling bridges take some antibiotics and get better? In a time of less and less funding, do we want to spend less on roads?

Another notion that struck me as odd is this idea that President Bush Just can't get Congress to work with him, when his party controlled both houses of the Legislature for the first 6 years of his two term administration.  If Your team has More votes, why couldn't you lead your team?

And when did the Congress get the right to tell Oil companies when to start or stop building oil refineries?  All the Oil companies have to do is follow zoning, and buy real estate, and fund their projects, just like every other business.  When did that fall to Congress? 

I feel like someone slept through Civics class, and I just want to be sure it wasn't me.  A little help?
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL] Draft Weekend-any speculations on: April 25, 2008, 04:10:46 PM

Quote from: Devil on April 25, 2008, 01:46:29 AM

Whatever BB does, I'm sure will be the right thing.

I heard they are taping the rest of the league's war rooms too.

I heard he's arguing with his assistant coaches that he should game plan to kick more field goals.  On second down sometimes, even if only to prevent a repeat of history.
117  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama and gun rghts on: April 24, 2008, 05:55:23 AM
I have a hard time believing that any legislation on firearms ownership will get passed despite any promises Democrats, Republican, or the Easter Bunny may make to the contrary.  At most there might come new registration and background check statues, which to me and my family's guns is all to the good.  It's only ever broached as a scare distraction to real issues, in my point of view.
118  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Expelled on: April 20, 2008, 02:05:33 PM

Quote from: msduncan on April 20, 2008, 01:00:57 AM

... then you have a warped sense of reality.




I do not agree with the reverend's sentiments.  What I believe is that your beliefs about the progress of demographics you proclaim is somewhat less than the reality that exists.  I also believe if you are bold enough to say it to spoiled twits on a Videogame forum, your convictions are less admirable than if you were bold enough to walk in a troubled community and say what you believe to anyone who would listen.
119  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Expelled on: April 20, 2008, 12:52:39 AM
Sir.

Take your avatar.

Print it on a t shirt.

Walk through Compton.

Tell them your views.

It is bound to work out very well for you, trust me.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book recommendations? on: April 09, 2008, 08:34:58 PM

Quote from: CSL on April 08, 2008, 10:52:51 PM

Quote from: the Nightbreeze on April 06, 2008, 01:49:29 PM

Some of you might like www.goodreads.com  or www.librarything.com  for reading reviews and reading "networking".  I know they helepd me a bunch.

Are you on the OO group in Librarything?

I don't have a Librarything or an OO profile.  Or if I do, it is to say that I haven't input anything on them in years and wouldn't know how to log back into them.  I have a GoodReads profile becaues they just let you go nuts with profile space, no restrictions or subscriptions like other "netlibrary" sites.  I barely read and post on GT enough to make it worth using it, to be honest.  OO and GT are good sites, but I don't often have much to say that someone hasn't put out there first.
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