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My husband watches it avidly. I've tried. I really have. The real entertainment to me is two-fold: the announcers with their seriously over-the-top pronouncements: "LOOK! HE KICKED IT!" and the histrionics of the soccer players if they are touched by another player. One or both players go down. I keep hoping they will stay down, but in spite of the grimaces of pain and holding whatever offending body part is "hurting", they pop up again, perfectly able to play! Usually within a minute! I think the game would be better if every time some drama queen hits the turf, they are required to be air-lifted to the nearest hospital and kept there for the duration of the game.
This is good news and bad news for my step-daughter who is graduating this week. She has nearly 40K in loans, and nearly 7% interest. The good news is that her payments will be less than she feared. What she probably hasn't figured out is that she still has to pay the entire amount, and for a much longer time, thereby her total payments will come to way more interest paid than otherwise. So for the immediate gratification people, YAY! But they will be paying their loans for a long, long time...
I was 13 when I saw that particular Ed Sullivan show--I remember where I was sitting, where my sisters were sitting and my Mom watching from the side. My sisters and I were in awe! Those boys were so cute! All my Mom could say was "Look at their hair! They all need haircuts!" We loved them all the more...Just like on American Bandstand, you could sing with the songs, and dance too. How innocent it all was. Only the Beatles could have pulled it off--the Stones (and their hair) would have made Mom apoplectic. Their performance, even with the disappointing "Sorry, girls, he's married" subtitle below John's name, was wonderful. Thanks for bringing back those memories!
All you state is true. Underlying is the culture of grandiose and unrealistic self esteem, driven by the educational system which teaches that kids "deserve": good grades without earning them, expensive items without having money for them, and success without achievement of any kind. These people must blame others for their own poor judgments and choices because in they have been taught they are never at fault. They have been taught to be stupid. Thank you, educational system and absent parents!
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Obama the Blameless

special1 Wrote: Oct 22, 2013 1:17 PM
Megyn Kelly's show last night had an interesting debate with an Obamacare proponent and the author of "Breaking Obamacare", a book that shows how this mess IS a mess. It was fascinating, and I'm wondering if the new line of excuse making for this disaster will be along the lines of the proponent for Obamacare, who was clearly in some sort of fantasy land when he said that people are losing their health insurance policies, because they were crummy policies to begin with! Why, they didn't cover everything they should have! These people bought insurance policies from "predatory" insurance companies! So..it sounds like people who are being canceled from policies they liked are just really stupid. I think that's the next excuse when the hundreds of thousands of people complain that they liked the policies that were just canceled. They were "victims" of a predatory insurance company and Obama SAVED them! Thanks a bunch.
I think they will blame Mitt Romney for this, since it was his state that provided the so-called blueprint. No way will the democrats man-up and be accountable.
"vast dramatic liberties" is an understatement. The only way to make the storyline work was to take Heck, yes moments and string them together for 90 minutes. Sandra Bullock was amazing, no doubt, to make this silly disaster story even halfway believable--that takes some acting for sure. But George Clooney played his normal devil-may-care playboy self in a space suit. How difficult is that? Maybe for total space geeks it's okay, but...really...I am in awe of the real space movie "Apollo 13".
So...35 years ago, Obama was doing the same as Trayvon? How many people did Obama criminally assault as a teenager?
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They Never Say "Tax the Successful"

special1 Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 10:24 AM
Yes, your definition applies. However, the government wants you to be "successful" if you drop out of school, fry your brains on drugs, have babies you can't take care of, and have no ambition to do any work at all. Our educational system teaches you that you are still a wonderful person! You are doing fine! And every person that works hard and earns enough to live on and pay taxes, is going to take care of you. You are rewarded for bad behavior. And that successful person who works hard is being told that they are just so evil their money must be taken. Is this a crazy picture or what???
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They Never Say "Tax the Successful"

special1 Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 10:15 AM
Of course, it doesn't apply only to money--with many children, we were rich in a lot of things but not money. How does our society benefit by making success in any form something to demonize? How many poor people are able to offer other people jobs?
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They Never Say "Tax the Successful"

special1 Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 10:01 AM
And yet, the story of the talents comes to mind--the one who increased what he was given was praised, while the one who did nothing with them was scorned.
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