Toj

“Equality”

Since: Jul 12

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#81907 Mar 7, 2013
I've been to open caskets and closed caskets. While I'm not particularly fond of attending the open caskets, I have noticed it helps with the realization of the finality of it. Of course, you KNOW intellectually but emotionally, for me, the period of mourning is much shorter.

Most touching tribute was when I was 20. A very good friend of our group of close friends died in a car accident. He always wore a red bandana -- it was always in his pocket or tied to a belt loop or on his motorcycle. He never went anywhere without it. One of our friends was able to get his bandana and before the coffin was lowered into the ground he tied it on one of the handles.

Kind of makes me teary-eyed even now.

Since: Mar 09

Miami, FL

#81908 Mar 7, 2013
My friend K in Japan asked me to share memories of my grandmother for a story she's writing. Reading her email brought tears to my eyes. I'm honored and my grandmother would be too.
Timmy

United States

#81909 Mar 7, 2013
Race, you should be glad you don't live in Lake County.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-andrew...

For those to lazy to read the article.

Lake County cops follow a assault suspect on a motrocycle to an apartment complex. Find the bike, but don't see which building/apt he went to. Bang on the door of an aprtment near the bike and do not identify themsleves as police even though it is 1:30 AM. Homeowner alarmed by the unexpected banging on his door in the middle of the night, gets his gun and answers door. Cop sees gun and immedately shoots the homeowner multiple times killing him. The State investigation found the officer did not do anything wrong. The sherrif maitains that making his officers announce they are police will put them at risk so he will not make them do that.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#81910 Mar 7, 2013
My unexpectedly fertile friend just texted me, she had her first sono. Only one baby. Thank goodness. Going to tell the rest of their brood tonight. I can't wait to see that video.

Since: Jan 10

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#81911 Mar 7, 2013
Matilda77 wrote:
My unexpectedly fertile friend just texted me, she had her first sono. Only one baby. Thank goodness. Going to tell the rest of their brood tonight. I can't wait to see that video.
Hey, our IT guy showed me how to get on the internet when it's down for the rest of the office!:D But made me promise not to tell anyone.

Anyway... coworker posted on FB last night that they're having a boy (third baby). They posted pics of her two young boys, one with a pink balloon (the one who wanted a brother) and the other boy held a blue balloon (he wanted a sister). THen there's a pic of them popping one balloon, and the remaining balloon being blue tells us the next baby is a boy. It's cuter than I'm describing. They took the boys to the ultrasound on Monday.

“FD&S is no way to be.”

Since: Feb 13

Cedar Grove, TN

#81912 Mar 7, 2013
Today's absurdity:

One of the cardinal electors for the next Pope said ties to anyone guilty of sexual misconduct whether intended or unintended COULD put a man's candidacy IN QUESTION IF it could distract from his spiritual mission.

WTF? Could? In question?? If???

Shouldn't it be a little more definite than that? Especially in light of the Catholic church's history in that regard? Ya' know, since we're talking about who's going to be the friggin' Pope? I mean, he's only the leader of the Catholic church and one of the 3 or 4 most important religious figures in the world. I'm not a believer, so it doesn't really matter to me, but I would think that if the highest standards should ever apply, this would be one of those times.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#81913 Mar 7, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey, our IT guy showed me how to get on the internet when it's down for the rest of the office!:D But made me promise not to tell anyone.
Anyway... coworker posted on FB last night that they're having a boy (third baby). They posted pics of her two young boys, one with a pink balloon (the one who wanted a brother) and the other boy held a blue balloon (he wanted a sister). THen there's a pic of them popping one balloon, and the remaining balloon being blue tells us the next baby is a boy. It's cuter than I'm describing. They took the boys to the ultrasound on Monday.
I like the gender reveal cake. White cake colored pink or blue, then covered in frosting. Older sib dives in to the cake for the reveal.

Mostly I just like cake.

Toj

“Equality”

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#81914 Mar 7, 2013
Matilda77 wrote:
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I like the gender reveal cake. White cake colored pink or blue, then covered in frosting. Older sib dives in to the cake for the reveal.
Mostly I just like cake.
The balloon thing sounded cute but I like cake, too. What a great idea!

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#81915 Mar 7, 2013
Sam I Am GEAM wrote:
Today's absurdity:
One of the cardinal electors for the next Pope said ties to anyone guilty of sexual misconduct whether intended or unintended COULD put a man's candidacy IN QUESTION IF it could distract from his spiritual mission.
WTF? Could? In question?? If???
Shouldn't it be a little more definite than that? Especially in light of the Catholic church's history in that regard? Ya' know, since we're talking about who's going to be the friggin' Pope? I mean, he's only the leader of the Catholic church and one of the 3 or 4 most important religious figures in the world. I'm not a believer, so it doesn't really matter to me, but I would think that if the highest standards should ever apply, this would be one of those times.
Oh yeah. That was Francis Cardinal George, the archbishop of the Chicago Archdiocese. It was all over the Tribune website yesterday and today.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#81916 Mar 7, 2013
Interesting bit on NPR yesterday where they had business analysts examine the issues the Catholic church faces and give them "business" advice. It was pretty interesting, and respectful as well. One conclusion: The CC would be advised to fully 'fess up as to the masterful coverup of moving child predator priests around to different jurisdictions -- only that way could they start to re-earn the trust of Catholics around the world.

It's especially tough when I read about women (poor women, women who'd had abortions, prostitutes, mentally ill people-- but mostly,*poor* women who had no voice) who were essentially kidnapped by the CC in Ireland and then put to work as slave laborers for their entire lives.

The Irish government recently issued an acknowledgement and apology to those women.

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me!

#81917 Mar 7, 2013
Your right, its a good thing.
I have a few questions about how it played out though. If he did have his gun leveled in the firing position then I can see that maybe a cop would draw and fire without directing him to put the weapon down. But if he had it at his side, then he should have given the person an order to drop the weapon, but again, if the cop is hiding you dont know who is telling you to drop the weapon.

Personally, If I could not identify them as cops, I would not have even opened the door, and called 911.
Timmy wrote:
Race, you should be glad you don't live in Lake County.
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-andrew...
For those to lazy to read the article.
Lake County cops follow a assault suspect on a motrocycle to an apartment complex. Find the bike, but don't see which building/apt he went to. Bang on the door of an aprtment near the bike and do not identify themsleves as police even though it is 1:30 AM. Homeowner alarmed by the unexpected banging on his door in the middle of the night, gets his gun and answers door. Cop sees gun and immedately shoots the homeowner multiple times killing him. The State investigation found the officer did not do anything wrong. The sherrif maitains that making his officers announce they are police will put them at risk so he will not make them do that.

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Schaumburg, IL

#81918 Mar 7, 2013
Jess in NJ wrote:
Also, this is kinda hard for me because some of you old timers will recall that I didn't particularly like my father in law. The people I love did, though, and I would do anything to ease their pain.
You are right to do what you can for those you love... Sometimes having someone in the wings ready to help with other stuff can help those "in the trenches" do what they need to do.

((((hugs to you and yours)))) i'm sorry for your family's loss.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#81919 Mar 7, 2013
RACE wrote:
Your right, its a good thing.
I have a few questions about how it played out though. If he did have his gun leveled in the firing position then I can see that maybe a cop would draw and fire without directing him to put the weapon down. But if he had it at his side, then he should have given the person an order to drop the weapon, but again, if the cop is hiding you dont know who is telling you to drop the weapon.
Personally, If I could not identify them as cops, I would not have even opened the door, and called 911.
<quoted text>
Same her e-- don't open the door, don't even STAND in front of the door. Go to another room and call 911.

“FD&S is no way to be.”

Since: Feb 13

Cedar Grove, TN

#81920 Mar 7, 2013
In this week's "No punishment too severe" category, a woman sold her baby daughter to a man so he could use her in child porn.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/brea...

Toj

“Equality”

Since: Jul 12

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#81921 Mar 7, 2013
Sam I Am GEAM wrote:
In this week's "No punishment too severe" category, a woman sold her baby daughter to a man so he could use her in child porn.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/brea...
ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!!! 24 months old! What the...

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#81922 Mar 7, 2013
Toj wrote:
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ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!!! 24 months old! What the...
And he was stupid enough to text about what he was going to do.

Theonly good thing in the whole morass is that the kid will probably not remember much eing so young.

Since: Jan 10

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#81923 Mar 7, 2013
Toj wrote:
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ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!!! 24 months old! What the...
They're never too young. 1 year, six months... it's insane.

Since: Jan 10

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#81924 Mar 7, 2013
Toj wrote:
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ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!!! 24 months old! What the...
I think you read it too quickly -- the mom is 24, the baby is 18 months.:(

Since: Jan 10

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#81925 Mar 7, 2013
Execute them both, after torturing them daily for a year.

Toj

“Equality”

Since: Jul 12

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#81926 Mar 7, 2013
PEllen wrote:
<quoted text>And he was stupid enough to text about what he was going to do.
Theonly good thing in the whole morass is that the kid will probably not remember much eing so young.
Thank goodness!

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