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About Ormond

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  1. Ormond

    Swimming pools in Florida

    I have no idea, but think you should avoid being in one this weekend because of Tropical Storm Nestor.
  2. Ormond

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    I do not believe this is true. If he's impeached he will be removed from office, and perhaps barred from holding office again, but any prison time would require a separate conviction in another court besides the Senate.
  3. Ormond

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    I would bet that the definition of "middle class" in New Zealand is more like that in Australia than in the USA. In American culture, anyone who is neither on welfare or a multi-millionaire defines themselves as being "middle class." The USA is one of the few places in the world where most people who have assembly line jobs in factories think they are middle class, and when the American media talks about the "struggling middle class" they are usually referring to people without a college education who hold blue collar jobs. I have been told by Australian acquaintances that in Australia it's considered "putting on airs" to call yourself "middle class" and that people who are owners of small businesses in Australia usually will call themselves "working class" and do not want to identify with the "middle class" label. That's the opposite of the American attitude.
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    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    The online Merriam Webster definition of conversation: As a 68 year old myself, my first reaction to the word "conversation" is to think it only refers to oral communication, as per the first definition. "Conversation" by texting or email strikes me as a very new use of the word and I don't think Sondland should be criticized for that word choice if what he meant was he thinks diplomacy is best done by oral communication. (I think he's probably lying; it's just that I think his meaning is clear to me.)
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    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    Eisenhower and Ford were both bald. Tywin seems to think "bald" is a synonym for "fully shaved head."
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    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    And the liberal denominations have been advocating FOR same sex marriage, as well as for decent treatment of undocumented immigrants, gun control, and a lot of other "liberal" issues. If you want to do away with all tax exemption, fine, but eliminating it just for some on the basis of their advocating against a current government policy is going to come back and bite you sooner or later. You only have separation of church and state when the government gives the same sort of tax exemption (or lack of same) to all religious denominations. P.S. Here's a link to the PCUSA Office of Public Witness "Take Action" page to show some of what liberal religious advocacy looks like. http://capwiz.com/pcusa/home/
  7. Ormond

    US politics - When the Barr's so low.

    According to the reporting I've seen, O'Rourke did not advocate for the removal of tax exemption for all churches, but just for those who oppose same sex marriage. I worked for almost 40 years to get my denomination (Presbyterian Church USA) to allow same sex marriage. But the idea of the government deciding which religious organizations do and do not deserve a tax exemption on the basis of their stance on particular issues is abominable. How can someone who believes in the separation of church and state at all even come up with that idea? If he had actually advocated for the elimination of tax exemption for all religious organizations, that would be treating all religions equally. But to use the tax code to reward or punish beliefs the present government agrees with is incredibly dangerous. Do we want the next Republican administration to deny tax exemption to religious organizations that support abortion rights or provide aid to undocumented immigrants?
  8. Off topic -- but this is the first time I've ever been exposed to the British slang word "chuffed." I'm surprised it means "very pleased" -- somehow the sound of it at first implied the opposite to me.
  9. Here's the link to today's column: https://www.omaha.com/living/cleveland-evans-blake-could-mean-black-or-white-could-refer/article_0c1a7d81-3311-5a8b-bbd1-3ba8faa01cae.html Because of needing to discuss both the male and female usage of Blake, I didn't have space to mention famous people who didn't greatly impact the popularity of the name. There are several male professional athletes named Blake active in the USA at the moment. There is a podcast about sports which gives a "Blake of the Year" award, recently won by the basketball player Blake Griffin: https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Blake-Griffin-Comes-In-Studio-To-Accept-His-2019-Blake-Of-The-Year--Award--Mt-Rushmore-Of--Athlete-Traits-You-Wish-You-Had-
  10. Ormond

    2019 Nobel Prizes (except Literature)

    Thanks for posting -- I am embarrassed to say I mistakenly thought the Peace Prize wasn't going to be announced until next week so I wasn't paying attention. I hadn't heard of Abiy before now but he does seem to be a good choice. No one is perfect, of course.
  11. Well, I just found out the Omaha World Herald will not be having separate "Living" sections on Thursday or Friday any more, so they have moved my column from Friday to Saturday. I really don't care what day of the week they publish my column as long as they continue to do so. But it is sad to see this newspaper continually cutting back, which isn't the fault of the editors or journalists. Except for papers with a national following like The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, advertising revenue has plummeted as advertisers shift to social media and other Internet ads, and that sets up a vicious circle as papers cut content, and then more and more subscribers drop off as the papers get smaller while the subscription price goes up. I worry that there will soon be no place where the general public can get information about state and local issues except through the short "sound bites" offered on TV and things like Google News.
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    US Politics - I'm not orange I'mpeach

    That statement's a bit overblown. I am sure there are some Trump supporters who do that. What evidence do you have that it's a majority of them? If Fox News turns on Trump, there will be a substantial number of his supporters who stay with him. But I don't believe it will be the entire 42% of the electorate who say they "approve" o him.
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    US Politics - I'm not orange I'mpeach

    Murdoch has been an American citizen since 1985. Though he probably made the decision to become a naturalized American for business reasons, I think people who support immigrants shouldn't now say he's an example of "foreign interference." I also don't think one poll is going to get Rupert Murdoch to abandon Trump. It may happen, but they're not there yet. At least on CNN and MSNBC last night they were saying that although the Fox News division reported the poll, the evening shows on Fox which get the highest ratings didn't mention it, except when one Democrat who was being interviewed brought it up. If the right wing hosts on the evening shows start supporting the impeachment inquiry, then we'll know Murdoch has decided to bail.
  14. Well, Jeva Lange was right about Olga Tokarczuk. And everyone who was sure one of the winners would have to be non-European were wrong.
  15. Here's a not completely serious analysis by Alex Shephard in The New Republic. https://newrepublic.com/article/155316/will-win-2019-or-2018-nobel-prize-literature and a somewhat more serious article by Jeva Lange: https://theweek.com/articles/870077/favorite-author-isnt-going-win-nobel-prize Maryse Conde seems to be a favorite of the moment, which I suppose means she probably won't win. We'll see soon.