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Weekend Open Thread

07 Sep

I would like to first start by welcoming Ricorun as a contributing author and look forward to his articles. I would also like to thank all of you who visit and comment here. It’s been a good beginning and my goal is to eventually bring you all over to the dark side.

Being the political junkies that we are, there is never a shortage of topics to discuss, so feel free to bring up anything that’s on your mind. I want to begin with a quiz – what is wrong with the following headline?

Family income not a factor as students eat free

The first one to identify the problem, might win some valuable prizes!

Have a great weekend y’all.

 

 

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20 Comments

Posted by on September 7, 2013 in Open Thread

 

20 responses to “Weekend Open Thread

  1. bardolf2

    September 7, 2013 at 8:19 am

    I’m going to go with the word ‘free’.

     
    • Cluster

      September 7, 2013 at 8:26 am

      We have a winner!!!

       
      • bardolf2

        September 7, 2013 at 12:03 pm

        GMB makes a good point. What do I win?

         
    • GMB

      September 7, 2013 at 10:59 am

      “The first one to identify the problem, might win some valuable prizes!”

      I would have asked what the prizes were first before answering. It could be something you don’t want.

       
  2. Cluster

    September 7, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I really took exception with the following quote from the article:

    “It’s one less weight and one less burden for parents,” said Joshua Rivera, whose son is a second-grader at the Maurice J. Tobin School in Boston’s Roxbury section.

    So feeding your kids is now a weight and a burden?? Unbelievable. We have really declined socially as a society.

     
    • bardolf2

      September 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      http://weaselzippers.us/2013/07/30/pelosi-describes-child-raising-as-a-burden-for-mothers/

      If Nancy Pelosi thinks it is a burden are you surprised that a person in Roxbury might actually believe her and see it is a burden?

       
      • GMB

        September 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm

        You read WZ? You right wing loon! WTTC

         
      • mitchethekid

        September 7, 2013 at 2:59 pm

        Are you sure you don’t mean these guys? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squirrel_Nut_Zippers

         
      • Cluster

        September 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm

        What do I win?

        See now here is where you need to read the fine print – the sentence read; “might” win some valuable prizes. The prize committee has just informed me that you are not eligible.

        If Nancy Pelosi thinks it is a burden are you surprised that a person in Roxbury might actually believe her and see it is a burden?

        This observation may raise your eligibility however. Excellent analysis. And as Rico is fond of saying, the “externalities” of comments such as Pelosi’s and misguided policies of progressive bureaucrats can present problems

         
      • bardolf2

        September 7, 2013 at 4:07 pm

        “See now here is where you need to read the fine print – the sentence read; “might” win some valuable prizes. ” Clueless

        LOL

        Back in the Clinton days I think Gingrich said something like as many as 50% of Clinton’s aides could be criminals. When challenged that there was no way so many actually had criminal records, Gingrich replied AS MANY AS means 50% or fewer, in this case fewer.

        GMB & Mitchie, I don’t read WZ. I actually Googled “children are a burden” and that was one of the first links to come up.

         
      • mitchethekid

        September 7, 2013 at 4:43 pm

        I’ve never heard of WZ, but but I have heard Squirrel Nut Zippers. And The Ferrets having a party. And inviting some weasels.

         
  3. mitchethekid

    September 7, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Roxbury ;
    A section of Boston that is ghetto

     
  4. rustybrown2012

    September 7, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    How do people feel about the Massachusetts Supreme Court hearing a challenge to the phrase “under god” in the pledge of allegiance? I’m sure you all can guess where I stand on the issue. In fact, I think it’s a good time to scrap the pledge altogether. As a kid, it always struck me a bit weird to be compelled to recite a daily loyalty oath. It also seems rather coercive and contrary to the spirit of rugged individualism which the American spirit supposedly embodies.

    A bit of interesting history about the pledge; did you know it was written by a socialist and the original salute was not a hand over the heart, but greatly resembled the Nazi salute (it was abandoned during WWII because Hitler spoiled the fun):

    http://www.ushistory.org/documents/pledge.htm

     
    • Cluster

      September 7, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Why would you care about retaining any resemblance of “rugged individualism”? Your political positions are light years away from even coming close to that notion.

      And if people omit God from their lives, don’t be surprised if He omits them.

       
      • rustybrown2012

        September 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm

        I didn’t say I cared about retaining it, only that it seems contrary to the spirit. BTW, not believing in unchecked, unregulated capitalism leaves plenty of room for individualism.

        If there is a god and it wants my attention I’m very open to it’s telling me that itself; no word, so far.

         
      • Cluster

        September 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm

        If there is a god and it wants my attention I’m very open to it’s telling me that itself; no word, so far.

        That would require quieting the self aggrandizing noises in your head, having a little more humility, and listening to your soul.
        I don’t see that happening.

        And this country is also light years away from “unregulated capitalism”.

         
      • rustybrown2012

        September 7, 2013 at 1:18 pm

        And how exactly would you know how far my contemplation goes, or how deep my quiet musings? You’re making a lot of half-assed and insulting assumptions here.

         
      • Cluster

        September 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm

        Well you’re quick to anger, so that’s one telling sign.

         
      • rustybrown2012

        September 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm

        Who said I was angry?

         
  5. GMB

    September 7, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    In other non political Illinois news, The Illini managed to win against a Division 1 team beating Cincinnati 45-17. Two more non conference games to go before the real mauling starts.

    2-10 for the Illini

    😦

     
 
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