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  1. Oh, gosh, I finally clicked on the link and am embarrassed to say I was soon laughing out loud. I guess this situation points up the absurdity of the "fifteen seconds of fame" everybody can have on social media these days. I'm afraid, though, that the public reaction to this is in the long run going to be much more negative for Brad and Nanette than it will be for Cracker Barrel. Even if it turns out that her firing was indeed unjust, I think this will make it very hard for any prospective future employer to take either of them seriously.
  2. US Politics: Ask Fox News

    I don't get how this would fly with the general public because Trump's nomination of Gorsuch is just about the least likely one of his decisions to have been influenced by the Russians. Plus if Pence becomes President and Gorsuch's nomination has been delayed I just can't see him doing anything but nominating Gorsuch over again.
  3. US Politics: Ask Fox News

    As someone who sent money to O'Malley before he withdrew, I think a lot of that was because there were many, many people out there who backed Clinton who were NOT "the party establishment" in the sense of being designated leaders, nationally or locally, but who were the loyal footsoldiers of the party over the last several decades. It wasn't just the people working for the DNCC in Washington who were adamant about Clinton being the only possible candidate for the party to nominate in 2016 -- it was hundreds of thousands if not millions of feminist and minority voters who really felt that Hillary Clinton was "owed" the nomination because she was so qualified and had paid so many dues. Baby boomer age feminists (not all of them women themselves) just identified with her so strongly that they were not able to see how unenthused other large parts of the Democratic voting base were about her. If one spoke up questioning whether or not she was really the best candidate for 2016, especially if you weren't far enough left to be comfortable as a Sanders cheerleader, you were seen as being a traitor to the inevitable triumph of the first woman president. I will admit that I very seldom brought up my doubts about Clinton and my hopes that O'Malley would do well with any of my politically active friends because I didn't want the derisive blowback I was sure I would get. On this board people who are tempted to still bring up these issues are usually critical of Hillary Clinton -- but in other parts of my personal life, where I interact with lots of left-leaning people over the age of 45, they are still posting on Facebook arguments about how Clinton was really a wonderful candidate and blaming everything on Comey and the Russians. They are much more likely to bring up the topic than those who were skeptical of Hillary Clinton are.
  4. US Politics: Ask Fox News

    Well, gee, given that 538 is the one poll aggregator that it seems to me did get the 2016 election right (they said Trump had about a 30% chance of winning, which given how close the election was seems very reasonable I would certainly think 38 is still well worth looking at.
  5. US Politics: Ask Fox News

    You know, there is a reason that many of us in academia make fun of or look down on Education classes. Traditionally they have been both among the easier, more boring, and least backed up by evidence parts of a college curriculum. And people who end up teaching elementary school have usually majored in Education. High school teachers more likely majored in the subject they teach and effectively minored in Education. So it wouldn't surprise me at all if elementary school teachers on the average were less adept at critical thinking than the average college graduate.
  6. US Politics: Speak Into the Microwave

    Oh my, I don't think "chicken hawk" has at all the same slang meaning for me that it does for you,
  7. Here is the link to today's column. Evidently Ralph Waldo Emerson's family thought they must be descended from Peter Waldo. They can't be directly descended from him, because he only had daughters, and there is no evidence that they are descended from Waldensian immigrants to England. The farthest back the family has been traced so far is to Thomas Waldo, who lived in the town of Mitcham in Surrey, England in the late 1500s. There is a street called Waldo Place in Mitcham today. http://www.omaha.com/living/evans-you-can-find-waldo-if-you-look-hard-enough/article_481877ee-8f1f-506d-9af3-8d3831516567.html
  8. Daylight savings time sucks spring 2017!!!

    Scot has always said in these threads that he doesn't care which time regime is in place as long as it doesn't change. Since we have already greatly increased the proportion of the year that we spend in DST since the way it was when I was a child, I think that if Lily Valley believes DST should have started "weeks ago" it really would make a lot more sense for her to have year round DST and not have any changes either.
  9. So... I'm engaged now.

    Congratulations! And what a wonderful story -- not least because I found out that you and I share a special love of elephants that goes back to childhood.
  10. U.S. Politics: Russian Around

    The idea that people become more conservative as they age is very problematical as a general statement. There hasn't been a great deal of good longitudinal research on this subject, and the results are very mixed. Most of the research I've seen showing people getting more "conservative" politically as they age is from the UK. Much research from the USA on this shows, if anything, people becoming on average more liberal as they age, especially on social issues. When Americans and Canadians become more conservative with age, it's often on issues relating to things like security and taxes, and seems to be the result of becoming a parent, not just getting older, because childless people don't seem to get more conservative with age on those issues. At the moment the oldest generation regularly voting (the so-called "Silent Generation") tends to be the most conservative, but that seems to be a cohort effect, as they are the people who first became politically aware under the Eisenhower administration, which led to a higher % of Republican identification. They've always skewed more Republican than the two generations on either side of them, the World War II generation and the early Baby Boomers.
  11. What to do with old DVD's and books.

    Yup. I am 65 and I buy DVDs all the time -- when I have watched them, I keep a few I really like to watch again. I give most of the rest to the library of the university I teach at. If the library already has a copy, or if I think it is unsuitable for the library for some reason, I donate the family friendly ones to a nonprofit thrift store, and sell the others to Half Price Books, which is the main place I know of in Omaha that buys and sells used DVDs. Isn't it true that things are going in and out of streaming services like Netflix all of the time? If there is a film you really, really like and know you will want to see over again some day, isn't it safer to own a DVD than to rely on whatever streaming service you subscribe to still having it available in the future? (I would suppose the more obscure and less generally popular the film, the greater the chance would be of it disappearing from streaming services.)
  12. U.S. Politics: Russian Around

    A very important point to bring up -- but just to point out, the Coast Guard is NOT the same thing as the National Guard. It's the former where the cuts are proposed.
  13. U.S. Politics: Russian Around

    If there's one thing the present political climate shows, it's that in addition to us always having the poor with us, we will also always have those who twist the ideas of others, whether they be Jesus, Calvin, Buddha, or Marx, to justify blaming the poor for their own condition and thereby refusing to help them.
  14. U.S. Politics: Russian Around

    And that itself may be a misunderstanding of John Calvin. The "Calvinism" that is often thought to underlie laissez faire capitalism is not what Calvin himself would have supported, at least according to the following: http://spindleworks.com/library/vanpopta/calvin.htm A quote from the above: Here is one of Calvin's profound insights on the role of the Christian man. When modern critics of Calvin declare him to be the father of laissez-faire capitalism (Visser't Hooft 8) they fail to understand the import of (or have not read Calvin on) this issue. The Marxists may claim as their slogan, "to each according to his needs, from each according to his capacities," but Calvin understood that this was a biblical teaching. Visser't Hooft lays the charge that it is in the perversion of later Calvinism that Calvin's teachings of social reform were abandoned and that the Calvinist churches did not for long maintain the courage and vitality necessary for the accomplishment of the prophetic mission entrusted to them - a mission which, for Calvin, had been an essential duty of the church.
  15. US Politics: Lock Him Up!

    After having read the last few pages, a couple of quick comments: First, it amazes me that the discussion about turning swing states into allocating electoral votes by congressional district has talked about this as if Trump himself would be behind it. Trump's narcissism ensures that he will believe he'll win re-election no matter how electoral votes are allocated. Didn't he actually say it would be a good idea to do away with the electoral college in a meeting with senators AFTER the November election until McConnell told him this was a bad idea? If this electoral vote thing happens in Wisconsin or Florida, it will be because Republicans in general like the idea as a way to help any Republican candidate, not because Trump himself will be pushing it. Second, as to the likelihood of Trump's physical health failing --- not sure I would bet on that one. The main negative factor for him is his frequent hostile outbursts, which are definitely associated with a much higher risk of heart disease. Plus his narcissism may make him less likely to consult a physician when symptoms crop up. However, that must be balanced with the fact that his mother lived to be 88 and his father lived to be 93, and that Trump does not smoke or drink alcohol. Trump's father had Alzheimer's, but that didn't manifest until he was 87. Trump's chances of having a heart attack during the next four years are probably higher than those of the average President, but I'm not sure they are higher than the average for a man his age, and so I wouldn't count on physical health problems leading to his removal from office during the next four years. Also, he is not going to have a "mental breakdown" that will lead him to be much "crazier" than he is now. His present problems are not going to lead him to develop schizophrenia or another major mental illness even with the extra stress. It seems to me the possibility there would be that under extra stress he will be even more likely to do something that would make him impeachable -- but that won't be a "breakdown."