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  1. In all fairness, nobody from the extreme right is throwing around revolution or secession because the government wants to ensure the health of the people. There's more than one way to skin a cat, and they are convinced that under the 'leftist regime' implementation of healthcare reform, that quality of care will decline, that forced healthcare rationing will be necessary and will be implemented by the government, and that this is all part of a broad trend towards nationalization (or an informal system whereas the effect is the same, even if there's a facade of private ownership). They articulate their case poorly, present it out of anger instead of reason, and most seem not to comprehend the underlying issues that make some of their concerns valid. It does get pretty assinine, but what's new?

    I don't understand this concern. Even if people are given a "public option" (like Medicare), if there's a market for private healthcare, someone will provide it. So where does rationing come in? If you've got the means to have healthcare now, and you want to continue paying for private insurance or private healthcare, I'm sure someone will provide it. That's the whole idea of a market economy. And don't tell me our entire market-based economy is going to disappear because of Obama's so-called Socialism; we all know that's ridiculous.

    On the other side, you have an extreme that exhibits cult-like behavior over a messianic leader and that rejects traditional religion and yet embraces the concept of sanctity of life (a Judeo-Christian value) as the primary basis for their support for a bill that they haven't read--because it doesn't exist yet. There's no apparent consideration for the intense gladhanding that is very clearly going on behind the scenes or for the potentially catastrophic risks posed by poor implemenation of well-intended policy; of course, with respect to these two criticisms, they seem to apply uniformly to the supporters of whichever Party happens to be in power.

    Why is it that suppporting this president is "cult-like behavior over a messianic leader"? He is an intelligent, patriotic man and a strong leader. I'm happy to support our president. I think that's patriotic. But the terms of dialogue have conveniently shifted... if one didn't support Bush, one was an enemy of the state. Now, if you support Obama, you're a sheep following a false Messiah. Sorry, you just can't have it both ways (unless you are Glenn Beck...).

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  2. That's kind of the point. I was making an exaggeration in response that Republicans are like pre-Civil War confederates. Rampant ignorance is the problem. Sorry for the confusion, folks. ;)

    Sorry I missed the joke. It was a little too close to what one actually hears these days.

    You are correct, there is exaggeration and ignorance enough to go around.

  3. Alternatively, I could present an argument how Democrats are looking like more and more like Communists and how this would lead to a VIOLENT ЯEVOLUTION :ph34r:

    ...but I'm not, because that's just going to lead to trouble. I wouldn't deny that the parties are starting to get a bit radical, though... :unsure:

    You know nothing about Communists if you think Democrats look like Communists. Rampant ignorance is the real problem these days.

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  4. Lockmat, it's fine to say that morals are bad and parenting is bad now, but it doesn't offer any solution. Should we all just stand outside and tell people to start being better parents? I'm a good parent. Others are good parents. Some others are not. I don't know how to make people better parents, or to make them have morals. Do you want to force them to go to church, and do everything the preacher says? Or would you like the government to legislate good parenting? I'm guessing your answer to these questions would be no.

    So, without being able to make people better parents & moral people (whatever THAT means!), we need some solutions. Seems like sex ed and birth control is a good place to start.

  5. I never said teach MY Morals - I said parents need to teach their kids THEIR morals. Its not the schools jobs to teach any kind of Moral or Religious belief system. I am not against a cause/effect teach the body to the kids. Kids should learn about the body itself, in a scientific biological way and not a sexual way. Teach the body parts, and leave the sexuality out of it. What I am against is the inevitable interjection by the teachers that its normal to think you should be having sex when you are 12 and the how to have sex, etc.

    Just teach the biology behind the act, and leave the moral debate/abstinence/how to wear condom, out of the discussion. Its not the schools jobs.

    This issue is the same as the greater problem with public schools....we have 20-30% truly stupid kids who have no desire to learn at all, 20-30% smart kids, and 20-40% in the middle....the left wants the 20-30% of stupid not caring kids to not get left behind, so we drag the rest down....I dont want the stupid kids left behind, but we need to quit dragging the normal kids down, and making the schools entire agenda revolve around what is best for the worst, and instead make it revolve around what is best for majority....and especially what is best for the smartest because its clear they are the future.

    We may be the teen pregnancy capital but that capital was made up of only 6,591 teen births...out of how many Hundreds of thousands of teens?.....Ya, I think its pretty stupid to drag down the MAJORITY to teach to the Minority...I am firmly against dragging down the majority to prop up the minority.

    Im not saying its not a problem, but I am saying its not a problem for MOST teens.

    Dude, study up on your history. The architects of No Child Left Beyond were Bush administration officials, not "the left."

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  6. First off, I dont have kids yet - but if I did, I would not want the schools teaching them about sex and birth control and everything else. It is NOT the governments job to teach YOUR children to keep their pecker in their pants and their legs closed. As a parent its YOUR job to do that. Parents now think that its someone else's responsibility to teach their kids everything. Its YOUR job to teach YOUR kids, morals, good nutrition, and how to behave. A school should not be responsible for this. Schools are very liberal in everything they teach now a days, and it is this liberal mindset, of acceptance, and progressiveness that teaches our kids that its part of growing up to experiment with drugs, alcohol and sex. Its progressive now to try these things, and to learn from them.

    Teaching kids about sex, and handing out condoms is not going to stop them from doing it. Its your job as a parent to teach your kids morals and responsibility. When I have kids I dont want teachers who have a much more accepting view on sex and sexual habits telling my kids what is right and wrong, or handing out condoms in school so they can get away with it without being embarrassed going to the store and buying them.

    Take some responsibility...if your kid is pregnant, its through your own failings as a parent to teach morals and responsibility. Its funny how teen pregnancy is not a very large problem in those households where the parents are involved in their kids lives....

    I agree. (never thought I'd write that to you!). It's totally MY job to teach my kids properly. But guess what... plenty of folks out there aren't doing their jobs. And as a result, we're paying for a lifetime of expenses, in many cases, for the unfortunate offspring. I can't make other people be responsible parents (though I certainly wish I could), but maybe I can save myself some tax dollars by giving their irresponsible kids some condoms.

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  7. Sorry folks, but this is pathetic. I think it is simply a "summation" of the direction our City has taken over the last several years, if not the last couple of decades.


    First, I believe this statement is a joke: "Manlove said Texas' high teen birth rates are particularly driven by the state's large population of Hispanics, in whom teenage motherhood is more culturally accepted than it is in other ethnicities."

    More culturally accepted? Please. That's B.S. Seems a politically-correct way to make an excuse for the number of births to kids here illegally.

    Why has Houston become #1 in this category? Non-existent sex education? Is it the State's fault? The City's fault? Perhaps a detailed breakdown of the demographics of all the teen mommies would uncover and explain a lot. Personally, I find it disgusting. Being the "fattest city" in the U.S. is one thing. Being the Pregnancy Capital of the U.S. is simply horrific.

    Perhaps our City and State leaders should make this a top priority beyond all the other crap they waste money on.

    Eight years of the federal government reducing access to birth control and sex education can't have helped. We ought to be handing out condoms in homeroom every day.

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  8. Sounds to me that they don't want to fix things, and don't want to be bothered with the list of demands following an inspection. So they're saying, if you want to leave the house standing, it's your problem, not ours.

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  9. "acquired taste" is my favorite so far.

    "easy living" is second.

    In my humble opinion as a yankee and former resident of New York, they're related concepts. It's easy to love NYC, but hard to live there. So people might quickly come up with superlatives to describe the city, and if you've got money, it would be a great place to live. But otherwise, it can slowly suck the life out of you.

    Houston, on the other hand, doesn't present its fair qualities so readily. But the living is easy, and over time, one comes to really appreciate that. Then, it's easier to also appreciate the architecture, the green space, the cultural diversity, the museums & restaurants, and so on.

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  10. I think it's a good idea to have a 12-month option. Some students want to stay and do research/writing, especially graduate students. It's very disruptive to be told you have to leave during the semester break or the summer. And as the previous poster said, if you don't want a 12-month lease, choose a different place to live.

  11. Are you coastal? I really can't understand the need to board up if you're not.

    Remembering the victims of hurricane Camille - 40 years ago today.

    I don't want a tree branch or anything else flying through a window.

  12. My experience with stained concrete was in an Urban Loft townhome. The floor was poorly done. It looked gorgeous, but it had a sealer on it that just never seemed to have set. It was almost tacky (in a tactile way). Rug pads, rubber balls, even sneakers left on the floor would adhere to it, and then pull off the sealer and some of the color when you removed them.

    I looked into having it redone or fixed, and was told it was better to have it polished but then have nothing put on it... no sealer. Then you have the durability of concrete, instead of a sticky floor that shows marks and flaws.

  13. So we have Ana and Bill now... 2+ months of nothingness, now its starting to get a little active.

    Most everyone I know believes Houston will NOT be affected in any such way this entire season. Lets see if they are right. Although there are some who believe nothing will happen for a very long time as it did before, although I would just rather be cautious, and just believe that we are a potentially going to get hit every season and just prepare as if it is going to happen. It not a bad route to take, makes me stay extra stocked up on water and beer.

    We are going this week to get plywood cut for our windows. Hopefully, we won't need it, but I can't deal with the idea of fighting the crowds for scraps at the last minute.

  14. We have a 1963 ranch with a single, windowless door to the patio. I would like to replace it with a full-glass door. I want it to be energy efficient, but also solid in terms of security... I don't want anyone kicking or breaking this door in.

    I really don't know where to start... what material door to get, where to get it, or who to have install it. Should I contact a professional door & window company?

    Thanks for any advice. And feel free to PM me if you know any good people.


  15. are you the parent that brings things to the elementary school children's parties that the kids don't eat?

    Ha! No, I only torture my own children with goodies like baked kale. For school, it's crowd pleasers... pumpkin muffins disguised as cupcakes. :)

  16. Oooh baked sweet potato slices! I also threw in some sliced zucchini the other day (happened to have some hanging out in the refrigerator) and they came out pretty good, too..

    Here's a really healthy one: baked kale. Same process, but cut up the kale and bake it til it's crispy (but not burnt). Quite yummy. I swear.

    I am impressed with all the posts. You HAIFers are healthier than me, by far.

  17. It's one thing to disregard McLeroy...support him or not, he is a controversial person, but to shoot down creationism as a whole is an insult to millions of people: Muslims, Christians, Jews, and several other religions believe that some divine being(s) created life as we know it.

    You are talking about different ideas using the same term. This distinction is in the first paragraph of "Creationism" on Wikipedia; it's a pretty basic idea. As you put it above, "creationism" is used very loosely, referring to some divine power being involved in the creation of life.

    In contrast, the "creationism" espoused by the politicians discussed in this thread is the second kind (quote from Wikipedia):

    In relation to the creation-evolution controversy the term creationism is commonly used to refer to religiously motivated rejection of natural biological processes, in particular evolution, as an explanation accounting for the history, diversity, and complexity of life on earth.

    So the creationists are rejecting evolution by natural selection. Many people who believe in evolution do not reject God or a divine role in the process.

    So no, I don't think anyone is insulting millions of Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Just the ignorant ones who refuse to accept science. ;)

  18. That would work for about a day or two. Americans in cars, in general, are too impatient to wait for people to cross the street.

    People walk all over NYC, despite steady traffic at every intersection. You don't need a bridge or tunnel for people to cross the street. Just a culture where cars actually look for a pedestrian, and don't try to run them over.

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  19. I agree for the most part, but would your thinking change if a neighbor parked in front of your house every day? I have no current plans to put rocks anywhere, and I, like you, think we should try to maximize our parking. In other words, I want the space in front of my house available for my visitors and for other neighbors' visitors.

    But how do we handle a situation where a neighbor essentially takes over the spot in front of your house and is unwilling to park elsewhere? It's a legal parking spot that has been taken by this 1 neighbor on a daily, pretty much constant, basis. Consider his car just 1 very large, ugly rock, made in Detroit, in the right of way. This large rock is preventing anyone else from parking there -- including my visitors and my other neighbors' visitors.

    Does that change anything or shift things in the judgment scheme you are using here?

    Does that make any statement about the person parking his car there daily?

    Why are rocks not acceptable but crappy cars just fine? If they're both occupying the right of way 24/7 (or close to it), seems to me they're both bad.

    I do agree with you that this is unimportant, but I could not resist. And with my 50 or so posts to your 10,000, I hope you'll grant me some minor rant leeway. :P

    I happen to agree... I used to live in West Philly, and people there, for reasons I still don't understand, would abandon cars pretty often. Twice, cars were abandoned in front of our house, taking up our only parking spot. Other times, neighbors would park and leave their car there for days, as you describe. It was a little different because on-street parking was the only parking available, so we were really in a fix without our spot. But the annoyance of seeing someone's junked-out car in front of your house every day was very real.

    It's rude and inconsiderate of your neighbor. I don't know what the solution is, however, outside of convincing the neighbor not to park there.

  20. That's how I would do it but having never actually painted stairs before maybe you should go to a paint store and consult with the experts. They might have a better recommendation.  And I like Red Scare's idea of using contrasting colors. 

    I think it looks nice as is. Wouldn't it lighten the place up to take those dark blinds off the door?

  21. He probably wasn't there. I've met him plenty of times at various events and know his MO pretty well. He pops in for a few minutes before folks start speaking, makes the rounds, and makes a discrete exit. If he's a speaker or is introducing a speaker, he leaves immediately after he's done and provides no opportunity for Q&A, whether formal or informal.

    The guy's got no class. Mayors White and Lanier make themselves approachable by others. Peter Brown approaches you, and then only on his terms.

    I don't see how popping in and out of an event means he has no class. Popping in and out is typical of any politician. They have multiple events every evening, they make their appearance, say a few words and discretely leave. I'm not arguing for or against Brown; I don't know enough about him (except he supported our efforts to get trash cans at Calumet Lofts a few years ago, which of course I appreciated). Just saying it's not unusual or bad behavior.

  22. Ugh - invasive and best kept jailed to pots :P

    If they're along a perimeter they can be good entrance deterrents, but otherwise prune them back (even though it will encourage new growth, if you do it enough you may be able to "bonsai" them). Otherwise, you can water them to death :ph34r:

    I like that: bougainvillea = barbed wire.

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