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|IN RESPONSE TO: Thursday Random News|
People who choose to go naked in public are never people you want to see naked.
Posted: April 23rd, 2015 @ 11:54AM
|IN RESPONSE TO: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2|
Despite the butcher job on 1-3 and despite the fact that JJ Abrams is involved, I'm pretty excited.
Posted: April 16th, 2015 @ 7:02PM
|IN RESPONSE TO: Zombie Nation - Kernkraft 400 |
Posted: April 1st, 2015 @ 11:48AM
|IN RESPONSE TO: Lost Cat|
I'm really sorry for your loss. I had five cats and two dogs growing up. They were members of the family, and we loved them all very much. So I can relate. Try not to beat yourself up too much about what happened. Are you going to get another cat soon?
Posted: February 3rd, 2015 @ 5:37AM
|IN RESPONSE TO: Those Balls Are Perfect - Tom Brady Songified|
This might be the best one yet.
Posted: January 30th, 2015 @ 1:34PM
|IN RESPONSE TO: Dirty Cops or somewhat related|
RE: Attractive cop entraps teen
I reply to this not to get into a debate about the legality of marijuana, because individuals already have their minds made up about that. Instead, I would like to point out how poor the journalism is with this article and how gullible people are to believe what they read on the Internet (shocking, I know).
That Huffpo article was written by Tony Newman, who is the director for the Drug Policy Alliance. Take a look at Tony's writings, and you will see he has a particular viewpoint:
Now consider that he is basing his Huffpo article on a very one sided segment from "This American Life". In the segment, the 18 year old (Justin Laboy) makes it sound as if he was entrapped by a female officer. The segment spends about 98% of the time presenting his side of the story. There really isn't any presentation of fact. It's merely Justin's (self-serving) version of events.
I'm ashamed to admit I've spent about an hour or two scouring the Internet for follow up on this story. All I found was regurgitation of the American Life story and a bunch of reaction to it. Here and there I found some social media posts saying that Justin was full of shit and was no honor student, but there's no way to determine if the stories are credible.
One fact I did find is Justin Laboy's arrest record(s) in Palm Beach County, FL:
I can't direct link the dockets. You have to login as a public user, follow the instructions, and search his name. From there, you'll have to educate yourself on how to make sense of FL's dockets.
He plead guilty on 12/14/11 and was sentenced to 3 years probation, 100 hours community service, drug testing, etc. Considering that entrapment is a defense, does this sound like something he should have agreed to if he has such a good story?
It appears he violated his probation for the above sentence on two separate occasions (Dec of 2012 and July of 2013).
He was also arrested in April 2013 for possession of marijuana.
Based on a combination of common sense and Justin's subsequent actions, I find taking his story at face value to be highly dubious. Yet, why let facts or good journalism stand in the way of narrative?
Posted: January 25th, 2015 @ 4:53AM
|IN RESPONSE TO: NFL Football Corrupt|
Who in this thread was talking about Madden?
Posted: January 23rd, 2015 @ 3:02PM
|IN RESPONSE TO: FML|
I'm a little late weighing in here, but as I read Nebu's myriad complaints about HLM, I have to ask if she's back to work. If she's not, I think that's the crux of the problem right there. If I recall correctly, when they first got together HLM had recently lost an accounting job. Shortly thereafter, they had M Bacon (plus there was a little boy from a prior relationship to take care of). Given the poor economy in 2008 (making it difficult to find work) and the cost of sending two kids to daycare, perhaps it made sense for HLM to stay home and be a homemaker.
In the past seven years, Nebu's expense structure has gone up (house, trips, Disney passes, etc) and it sounds like his wages have either been stagnant or even down a bit. By the same token, M Bacon is now seven and in grade school. E is 11-ish, and probably pretty self-sufficient. If HLM isn't out there making $35-50,000 per year in the work force, then she ought to be. Even if it means pre or after school care for M Bacon and E, it's still worth it for the extra money. Assuming $10,000 per year in pre/post school care expenses and salary of $35,000/year, the take home should be about $1,800/month over and above what is currently rolling in. Perhaps more depending on deductions and tax brackets.
Posted: January 22nd, 2015 @ 9:59AM
|IN RESPONSE TO: NFL Football Corrupt|
LINK to Belichick statement
Coaches around the NFL are well known for being workaholics and control freaks. Even within this select group of individuals, Bill Belichick stands out for having his fingers in every last detail. There are numerous stories from former Belichick players about how they hated getting cornered by him in the hallway at practice during the week. He'd ask them all sorts of obscure questions about the player(s) they'd be lining up against, and he'd expect them to know the answers. Not only that, but Belichick knew the answers himself.
For Belichick to get up during that press conference and take the Sgt Schultz defense ("I know nothing") is preposterous. I think there was even an internal contradiction in his own statement. He claimed to know nothing about the game ball process, yet later on he talks about how he would control the condition of balls during the practice week. My opinion: he's lying his ass off. It makes me wonder how many other things he gets away with. I highly doubt that Spygate and Deflategate are the two times he ever skirted the rules, and the NFL was 2-2 at catching him red handed.
The deflation was likely driven by Tom Brady's preference for a softer ball, and I'd bet anything that Belichick knew all about the shenanigans that have lead us to this little scandal.
EDIT: I saw someone make a joke along these lines: Belichick was absolutely outraged when he learned that 11 out of 12 balls were found to be deflated. He wants someone fired for leaving the 12th within standard.
EDITED: 2015-01-22 10:40:29
Posted: January 22nd, 2015 @ 9:38AM
|IN RESPONSE TO: SAUDI OIL MINISTER: I Don't Care If Prices Crash To $20 — We're Not Budging|
Huh? One of the big reasons for the cut in prices is the expansion of supply due to U.S. domestic oil exploration and development. Shale oil production, for instance, is profitable when oil is $80+ per barrel. It's in the Saudi's best interest for prices to crash, thus causing the U.S. oil industry to whither. It's really a question of who can take more pain: foreign governments that depend heavily on oil revenue (e.g. Saudi Arabia, Russia, Venezuela, etc) or private oil companies that are developing U.S. oil fields. Either way, the consumer benefits until a victor is declared.
Posted: December 23rd, 2014 @ 5:11PM
|IN RESPONSE TO: Giorgio Moroder - Chase|
A good remix of this track that I used to listen to about 15 years ago:
Giorgio Moroder vs Jam and Spoon - The Chase
Or the weird video for the same:
Jam and Spoon The Chase remix
Posted: December 21st, 2014 @ 4:15PM
|IN RESPONSE TO: A town ravaged by anger: Before and after pictures show extent of damage to buildings in Ferguson|
Also, this was not a racial issue until the usual suspects and race baiters made it into one. The real issue was whether the use of force was justified. A grand jury concluded that there was no probable cause to indict Wilson. Case closed. Move on people.
Posted: November 27th, 2014 @ 5:31PM
|IN RESPONSE TO: New Computer|
I mentioned this before, but I'll say it again. Hardware Revolution is a good reference site for those into DIY computer assembly. The site's author does an excellent job reviewing individual components and giving templates for systems within a given budget. You can mix and match on the components as you see fit, but he does a nice job of explaining which parts work well with one another.
Posted: November 12th, 2014 @ 11:00AM
|IN RESPONSE TO: Pintrest?|
No. Just no.
Posted: October 30th, 2014 @ 5:16AM
|IN RESPONSE TO: Walking Dead Season 5|
Yeah, the post credits teaser is worth a quick watch. Good to see (name removed) incorporated back into the story line.
Posted: October 15th, 2014 @ 12:10PM
|IN RESPONSE TO: Help installing Northbridge Chipset Heatsink|
Check the forums or ask on hardware-revolution.com
That's a pretty good site with lots of DIY knowledge on computer hardware and setup.
Posted: October 8th, 2014 @ 6:21PM
|IN RESPONSE TO: Everyone Comments Thread|
Posted: September 16th, 2014 @ 6:26PM
|IN RESPONSE TO: Credit Card Recommendations?|
Thanks for the post EricC. I've been looking for another card or cards to supplement my Chase Freedom.
Posted: September 12th, 2014 @ 4:42AM
|IN RESPONSE TO: Ferguson Police @ St Louis, MO|
HAHAHAHA SJ, you've really jumped the shark. If I can distill for the general audience what "conversation" means to you, it's the following:
Agree with whatever Smokin Joe types.
It's comical. Your reply is so incredibly disrespectful and over the top, I really have nothing more to say. I mean, have I ever called you an asshole or a racist? You're a real fire bomber.
If I had to put my finger on one consistent EN.com poster that kills conversations, it's you. It wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility that there's an inverse relationship between the rise of you as a regular poster and the general decline in comments and conversation on this website.
Posted: September 8th, 2014 @ 12:21PM
|IN RESPONSE TO: ISIS (Terrorist aholes)|
America is simultaneously to blame for everything, should do something about it, but should also stay out of world affairs.
>>That's pretty bad reading comprehension if that's all you get out of the comments here.
I thought my comment was a pretty concise summary of the comments in the thread (particularly mad_dog's). He's blaming the U.S. for the rise of ISIS (a point no one seems to want to challenge, though it's quite a loaded assumption), claiming the U.S. has no business on other continents, and then in the next breath saying we should at least clean up the mess caused by ISIS.
We're rotting from the inside, so rejoice America haters, your post-American world is on the way. Hope you enjoy it when it arrives.
>> What does this even mean? Is it some sort of threat? You think that the World can't function with more than one Superpower?
My days of TLDR replies are mostly in the past. This is a conclusion without any of the argument. Here's my Cliff Notes version:
The bottomline is that I've grown extremely weary of the "down with America" sentiment both abroad and (sadly) domestically. I look at expansionist moves by opaque regimes (Russia and China mainly) and I contrast that to a U.S. that is becoming scared of its own shadow and paralyzed by indecision. Russia's recent actions are well noted, but take a look at the island and land claims that China is making. Domestically, I look at the materialism and entertainment orientation of the average American, and I realize we're becoming fat, dumb, and lazy (and extremely debt leveraged). Our ability to project power in the future is being crippled by our indebtedness and the general lack of backbone of our society. Then you have European assholes who have benefited from NATO's protection for decades taking constant shots at the U.S. You're going to find the Russians and Chinese far less reasonable.
EDITED: 2014-09-08 12:08:18
Posted: September 8th, 2014 @ 12:06PM