3. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
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Funny, the first thing that popped int my head after the Civil Rights Act was the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, passed in the Bush I era, and probably the single most effective environmental law on our books --- but then I looked at the legislative history and while I remembered it as controvers...
- Wed May 19, 2010 9:02 pm
- Forum: General stuff & Tabloids
- Topic: Do you obey the law because it is the law....or
- Replies: 65
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I obey the laws because that's what an ordered society expects and demands. Not to mention that as an officer of the court, I try to hold myself up to the highest standards (but I do speed at times, I admit). Gob, do you wear a helmet on your bike, or hanggliding? If so, why wouldn't you buckle your...
- Wed May 19, 2010 8:59 pm
- Forum: Science & Technology
- Topic: Google's cougar double standards
- Replies: 20
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Oh I'm certainly feline (and in my early 40s), but as a Lioness I've just never been interested in boy toys -- I prefer the King of the Jungle (and a certain 10-years-older Swede who fills that role rather well). :D (which just illustrates the point that we all have our own preferences and it is ind...
- Wed May 19, 2010 5:35 pm
- Forum: Science & Technology
- Topic: Going to Mars (not quite)
- Replies: 11
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Isn't everyone in the universe a Red Sox fan (except a few sadly misguided folks in the tri-state area)?Big RR wrote: Yankee go home? Even on Mars they're red sox fans?
- Sun May 16, 2010 12:59 pm
- Forum: Lifestyle
- Topic: Going solar is paying off!
- Replies: 17
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I've got no fireplace and no trees, but lots of beach cobble and sand and beach grasses. Will plant some rugosa at some point, but right now I'm still trying to unpack and get the inside ready for a housewarming party later this summer. Jarl, since you know my town, I'm down on Atlantic now -- betwe...
I had a similar problem with the mail several years back. As lawyer in Massachusetts I have to re- register and pay an annual fee with the "Bar Overseers" (BBO) (there is a similar process in every state, as lawyers licenses are issued on a state basis, not by the federal govt). You have to get the ...
Even in New England solar can help. My house is 110 years old, but modern windows and a reconstructed sunporch help warm the downstairs on bright days and doesn't leak much heat on cold ones. Upstairs in my master "suite" I have 9 windows and glass sliders (with water views on both sides) and it is ...
- Fri May 14, 2010 6:07 pm
- Forum: Philosophy and Religion
- Topic: You will learn tolerance respect and understanding!
- Replies: 41
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No, there is no engulfing or pushing going on, what happened was a total and complete overreaction to something that was simple deceny. Like BigRR's kids, I also had to go to a mosque, a greek orthodox service, and a synagogue during my confirmation class. The point was not even to learn to expect o...
I only spent a summer clerking for a state supreme court, but they did indeed horsetrade, compromise, and make deals to get the ability to write the majority opinion. It's just that they (and the clerks) don't like to talk about it much.
I'm not seeing the irony, Keld. Bill Clinton is an incredibly charismatic and interesting person. No matter what you think of him, you have to meet him in person once, truly. You'll never forget it. I'm not so sure he's hawking his notariety. He's helping out his wife -- if you thought your personal...
As we've had frost warnings every morning since Saturday, nothing yet. I'm doing all containers this year, with the constraints of my new yard/location (sandy soil and beach cobble isn't the best for growing). I've got a strawberry jar ready to go, and some herbs started indoors (thyme, rosemary, sa...
Fair enough BigRR, but your dislike of him doesn't mean that the email is unprincipled or undignified. I just got one yesterday from the Dems offering the chance to win a flight to San Francisco and lunch with the President and Senator Boxer, if I contribute to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Com...
First of all, "A Day With . . ." is a standard fundraising technique and has been very successful for HRC in the past. Second, as Secretary of State she herself cannot raise money to pay off these debts under the Hatch Act, nor can she just pay them off herself. Her own money, which she lent to the ...
Sue, I think this commenter would have concluded that Wood was a better 5th vote, than a 4th. Interesting analysis here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lawrence-lessig/on-the-difference-between_b_571742.html Excerpt here: Liberals are angry that the president has let them down -- again. They believe ...