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I would add White Christmas (1954). It is one of our Christmas traditions to watch it each year, and its a wonderful way for us to get into the holiday spirit.
1 week, 2 days ago on 6 Christmas Movies That Should Be Left Alone
@patricksplace @TedtheThird I was 14 (7th grade) for Challenger and even younger for Regan. Those didn't stick with me the way 9/11 did. 9/11 stopped life as usual, and signaled our world had changed.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on JFK Assassination Birthed Breaking News Coverage
As I am not yet 50 years of age, I wasn't around for JFK assassination. For our generation, the "never forget where you were" event is 9/11.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on JFK Assassination Birthed Breaking News Coverage
"We are not retreating - we are advancing in another Direction."
-- General Douglas MacArthur
2 weeks, 5 days ago on ‘Revert Back’ and 7 Other Redundancies
I don't run guest posts on my blog yet for two reasons. First, I haven't really established my niche. It would be difficult for a guest poster to know what kind of content might work best for my audience. The second issue is that I don't really have that big of an audience. I want a guest poster to get some great exposure from my blog and I just can't offer that yet.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on My 2 Biggest Roadblocks to Guest Posts
I love dogs for their honesty, their innocence and their ability to prioritize with that perfect mix of carpe diem and desire for a snack. They are beasts of the heart. Unfortunately, all things remaining equal, we outlive our dogs (or furry kids if you prefer). It’s the only relationship we enter into that we know two things: There will be unconditional love and loyalty flowing in both directions, and it will end with heartbreak.
—The Rev. Bob Severson
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Too Short a Life
1. Which store is your
favorite place to buy the most of your groceries?
As much as I hate to say so, it’s Wal-Mart.
2. Does that store
offer some sort of discount card and, if so, do you have one?
3. What’s the number
one reason this grocery store happens to be your favorite?
Prices are better on the majority of stuff I buy.
4. Do you wipe off
your shopping cart with one of those sanitizing wipes stores now place next to
the carts, or do you secretly snigger at those who do?
Sometimes I’ll wipe the cart off. I don’t snigger. You shouldn’t either.
5. Do you prefer
paper, plastic or reusable cloth bags?
Reusable cloth bags. I’m not some huge environmentalist or anything, they
are just easier to carry, and I love having the insulated ones for my frozens.
6. Which section of
the store (i.e., frozen, produce, meat, etc.) do you buy from most often?
Tough one. I hardly ever buy produce there. I like
going to another store for produce. Bilo or Publix. Everything else is pretty
What started it all was the diapers and formula.
They were my gateway drug. Then I started looking at other stuff I buy and next
thing you know, I’m buying the majority of groceries at what we affectionately
call ‘Wally World’. Yes, it’s a National Lampoon Vacation reference.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Saturday Six #497
Full disclosure before you read my comment. My views don't align well with either party so I consider myself an Independent.
The Facebook posts from last night on the shutdown that I didn't understand were some of my friends insisting that the process didn't work. The more extreme ones went so far as to declare we now live in something akin to a dictatorship. The reason being that both the comprimise and ObamalamaCare were passed without a single republican vote.
Maybe I'm misinformed on how the process works, but it only takes a majority of Congress to pass something. There's nothing in there about each party having to pass it (gracious, if that was the case NOTHING would get passed).
I think it would serve those who lean more to the right better to spend some time considering how the Democrats got enough votes in Congress to pass something without your party.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Covering the Shutdown: The Media’s No-Win Scenario
@patricksplace @TedtheThird Under most circumstances I tend to agree that the market left to itself will handle most stuff pretty well. But I tend to think that there are some things (education, healthcare, others) that don't fit the laissez faire model all that well.
To borrow an example from your world, the Nielsons are a great way to measure television. When you to, as some have, apply them to websites, there are some important differences in reality of the two services (TV versus Internet) that cause the model to not work as well.
We see the same thin in healthcare. There are certain aspects to it that cause the laissez faire model to not work as well as it does in say manufacturing or retail.
2 months, 1 week ago on 4 Problems That Lead to the Government Shutdown
What I don't see discussed often (if ever) is the role of Health Insurerers in this mess.
For years (yes, even before Obamalama was elected) I could count on every other year my employer having a big meeting and telling us that our because our current insurer was raising rates 15, 20 or 30 percent we were moving to another plan. No explanation was ever given for the increase in rates other than my own speculation that they needed to make more money for stockholders. At the same time, more and more out of pocket expenses were required (High deductible plans, higher co-pays etc).
Then there were the draconian pre-existing conditions rules. If you went even 1 day without coverage, everything you ever had became a pre-existing condition and no longer covered. It was like they were looking for ways to not live up to their obligations.
ObamalamaCare might not be the answer, but the Insurance Companies created a big part of this mess themselves with their own decisions.
@patricksplace @TedtheThird That sounds right to me. Nobody expected Fox to come in with the offer they. Fox essentially had to overbid to convince the NFL to go with them over their long time broadcast partner.
2 months, 1 week ago on 20 Longest-Running Network TV Shows Still On the Air
I'm not sure how this should factor in, but NFL on CBS did not broadcast from 1994 to 1997. Fox outbid them for the NFC games and CBS had to wait to snatch the AFC away from NBC.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on 20 Longest-Running Network TV Shows Still On the Air
I think the issue may have been avoided completely by a better design. If the shirt had been designed, with the acromnym spelled out or a picture of a falcon, people's minds wouldn't immediately go to the WTF abbreviation.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Parents Give WTF School Shirt Failing Grade
It is in some way reminescient of the 'worship' arguement the church has/had over the traditional hymnal versus the 'modern' worship song. We do seem to be adverse to change in the Church.
4 months ago on What’s So Wrong with ‘Church of the Future’?
The biggest password rule I broke was using the same one over and over again. I wouldn't say it would be easy to guess, but who knows? After that I changed to using different password, but that led to needing to keep them all written down (another password no-no) because I clearly couldn't remember them all. At this point I think its simply of matter of choosing which password rules you are going to break.
Now I use a password that is about 12 characters long and includes upper case, lower case, numbers, and a special character when allowed.
4 months ago on 17 Dangerous Passwords You Should Definitely Avoid
World breastfeeding week is August 1st through August 7th. But my favorite August holiday is the Hall of Fame game marking the start of another season of football!
4 months, 1 week ago on 7 Obscure August Holidays Worth Celebrating
"The Message, a popular translation that simplifies the Bible into modern text"
I adore Eugene Peterson's The Message, and I go to it often for Bible reading. While this may seem like a technical point, it should be more correctly called a paraphrase and not a translation. Words are important. A paraphrase and a translation have very different aims and goals, and I have found that using both together gives me the greatest experience. I read the paraphrase to get the gist of the passage and then turn to the translation for actual study (NASB is my go to translation at the moment).
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Without the Bible, Would You Still Have Christ?
Okay. Here it is. The answer depends on what you define "The Bible" as.
What is your favorite song and why?
"Steal My Show" by tobyMac. Steal My Show is a song with
a great beat and a strong message about surrendering our lives to God. tobyMac
uses his own performance as an analogy for our own lives. The song is fun, and
catchy and energetic.
2. What is your favorite band and why?
Unsurprisingly, my favorite band is tobyMac. In addition to Steal
My Show, he's also performed several of my other favorite songs like "Me without
You" "Made to Love" "Get Back Up" and "City on
tobyMac has a great voice, and his songs are fun. They get your
feet moving while delivering hope and encouragement.
3. What is your favorite place to vacation and why?
The happiest place on earth aka Walt Disney World. There is so
much to see, so much to do, and so much to eat. There is something for everyone
in the family and it is an absolutely wonderful experience. It is truly a
magical experience every time we go. Disney just has this way of making you
feel like their most important guest even when you know you are just one of
thousands they see every day.
4. What is your favorite local restaurant and why?
Moes! Moe’s Southwest Grill. I love the place. The food is
outstanding, and its one of the few places that my entire family can find
something they want. The menu has all these creative pop culture reference
names. The staff is super friendly, and the prices are pretty reasonable. The
chips and salsa are outstanding. I usually get the Joey Bag of Doughnuts.
caveat is that I’ve found the one in Mt. Pleasant is not quite as good as the
5. Who is your favorite living relative and why?
I would have to say my Mom. We've been through so much together,
and she's the person I think about whenever I need advice. She's become more of
a friend than a parent now, and I treasure the time we can spend together.
6. What is your favorite pet (current or past) and why?
When I was a kid my grandmother took in a German Sheppard named
Freeda from a family that was moving out of her neighborhood and could no
longer care for the dog. That dog became sort of my dog whenever I visited her.
We would run and play and have a great time. At the time I didn't know anything
about breeds or how German Sheppards were used as police dogs and such. Freeda
was the gentlest, most loving animal I've ever been around and I still think
about her sometimes.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Saturday Six #484
My comment hit 500 words, so I'm going to post it to my blog on Sunday. Have a great weekend.