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  1. This sentence makes me wonder how many "Christians" will "forget" to donate. Perhaps those pastors who won't stop the services are worried about cash flow.
  2. Tonight's news reports that Tony Spell of Baton Rouge, who we have discussed on one of the virus threads here, has also been arrested. He remains defiant. https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/31/us/louisiana-pastor-arrest-tony-spell/index.html
  3. Right now I think I'd vote for Cuomo. He's no Mr. Rogers but he knows how to play hardball and get things done.
  4. As someone posted elsewhere on the net: "When you are dead, you don't know you are dead — it's difficult only for others. It is the same when you are stupid.
  5. It’s been a beautiful day. The sun rose to a clean blue sky dotted with white puffy clouds that looked like giant cotton balls sprinkled to the horizon. I stepped out for my morning walk and the thin breeze was cool but not cold; the warmth of the sun seeping through my flannel shirt, which I soon had to shed. Walking down to the corner and turning west into the breeze, the neighborhood was quiet except for the excited little dog that always announces my approach. I could tell that traffic on the main road to the south was barely extant as the usual dull hum was reduced to an occasional whoosh when a solitary car motored by. I walked at a brisk, but not exhausting, pace, thinking about standing tall, admonishing myself just as my mother would have. I stopped to take a snapshot of the gate at a driveway about a mile farther on. I found it amusing; the closed and locked gate of vertical metal bars capped with spikes, and the very serious-looking sign, “BEWARE OF DOG.” And in the middle of the gate, a wreath of thin pine twigs in the center of which was a scrap of wood marked with hand-painted letters that read, “Welcome.” Lunch came soon enough, some fresh sweet grapes, a few forkfuls of potato salad (with egg, the best kind), and the last two of Mrs. Older’s homemade chocolate chip cookies washed down with milk in a chilled glass. After lunch it was naptime, and this one provided some quickly forgettable but happy dreams. The vanilla crunch bar, being a required post-siesta elixir, was firmer than yesterday, the freezer having cycled away from its automatic defrost temperature. The drive across town to daughter’s house was easy as the usual chaos of after-school pickups was absent, and the terror of just-released high school drivers did not arise. Daughter brought out the block of cheddar cheese we had ventured out to get and the grandkids lined up on the sidewalk to exchange I-love-you’s as we maintained social distance from inside our car. As the normal rush hour approached, we trundled east on what is usually the busiest street in town. As we passed the main commercial avenue and the freeway onramps, which are usually backed up at that time of the afternoon, we got all four traffic lights green.
  6. Buffetphan: A columnist recently suggested that folks like him could be held civilly liable for injury. I'm not a lawyer but as I understand it tort law has several levels of negligence, one of which is gross negligence, or reckless disregard for others. If he knew, or should have known, that opening the school would put people in grave danger, a good lawyer should have no problem bringing a case against him. But, oh silly me, everyone there is Christian, so it's just the work of God and they wouldn't think of suing.
  7. Here's a little more from the story on Howard-Browne: At a church service on March 15, Howard-Browne said he would not close his church's doors until the Rapture, when believers will be lifted up to heaven, according to evangelical theology. At the same service, the pastor said he won't close his Bible School either, "because we are raising up revivalists, not pansies." Howard-Browne defended his actions in a Facebook Live post titled "End of Days Part Three," according to CNN affiliate WFLA. https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/30/us/florida-pastor-arrested-river-church/index.html
  8. OK, Moho. Time to show us what you can do. Where online can we hear some of your virtuosity?
  9. Thanks for the response, Josh. I'm not that impressed with the DNC either but I think I'm forced to go with Biden. I'm concerned that he's showing the effects of age. But to me, a career politician knows, or should know, how to work the system to get things done. Too many important people have said that Trump has made a mess of things, including some of those who worked for and with him. I did like what little I heard from Yang.
  10. In answer to the O.P. question: I can't do much about it so I'm not going to stress over it. I'll take care of myself and my family and that's all I can do at this point. As I can, I will also do my part politically to move things in the direction I think they should go. As I've posted on this site before, this quote is particularly appropriate now: Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. — Arthur Ashe
  11. What draws you to him, and what turns you away from Biden? (I do not want to start a debate. Just curious as to what concerns folks have and why they make the decisions they do.)
  12. OK, folks. I'm on the verge of apoplexy. Here are some more morons: Jerry Falwell Jr. has reopened Liberty University. From the story: President Jerry Falwell Jr. told CNN on Wednesday that about 1,900 of its 15,000 residential students had returned to its Virginia campus from spring break. This week, he told the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “I think we have a responsibility to our students—who paid to be here, who want to be here, who love it here—to give them the ability to be with their friends, to continue their studies, enjoy the room and board they’ve already paid for and to not interrupt their college life.” ... On March 13, before he communicated with students at all about the virus, he gave an interview to Fox & Friends in which he said media was exaggerating it in order to hurt Trump and that the virus might be a bioweapon manufactured by North Korea. In the same interview he said that in-person classes at Liberty would go on. At an all-campus event streamed online later the same day, Falwell again dismissed the virus as “hype.” When a parent of three Liberty students challenged him on Twitter about the decision to stay open, Falwell called him a “dummy.” ... “I think we, in a way, are protecting the students by having them on campus together,” he contends. “Ninety-nine percent of them are not at the age to be at risk, and they don’t have conditions that put them at risk.” https://slate.com/human-interest/2020/03/people-at-liberty-university-arent-happy-about-jerry-falwell-jrs-decision-to-reopen-campus.html? https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/03/republicans-think-they-can-decide-who-dies.html? Hobby Lobby founder reportedly told employees a message from God informed his decision to leave stores open amid the coronavirus outbreak In the note to employees, Green reportedly wrote that the decision was informed by a message from God bestowed upon his wife Barbara Green, who he described as a "prayer warrior." "In her quiet prayer time this past week, the Lord put on Barbara's heart three profound words to remind us that He's in control. Guide, Guard, and Groom," Green reportedly says in the letter. "We serve a God who will Guide us through this storm, who will Guard us as we travel to places never seen before, and who, as a result of this experience, will Groom us to be better than we could have ever thought possible before now." Green wrote that while the future remains unclear, the company can "rest in knowing that God is in control," adding that the company may have to "tighten our belts" moving forward. https://www.businessinsider.com/hobby-lobby-reportedly-leaving-stores-open-message-from-god-2020-3 "Essential? Retailers Like Guitar Center and Michaels Think They Are" Guitar Center, Dillards department store, Michaels craft store, Sears, Kmart, and Joann Fabric and Craft Stores all think they are essential and are keeping many of their stores open. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/25/business/coronavirus-essential-retailers.html
  13. Fortunately, many of us are keeping our sense of humor. A recent comment seen online: "My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant in the last week that when I pee it cleans the toilet."
  14. Here's an article that popped up this morning about Venus and it's orbit. Interesting: https://earthsky.org/tonight/venus-greatest-evening-elongation-on-march-24?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork
  15. OK, folks. Here we are two months into this and here is the headline: _______ Louisiana pastor defies coronavirus order, draws over 1,000 people to services "The virus, we believe, is politically motivated," Tony Spell said. "We hold our religious rights dear and we are going to assemble no matter what someone says." _______ So if those assholes get sick, are they going to go to a taxpayer supported hospital for treatment, or will they go back to their church and pray for healing? https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/louisiana-pastor-defies-coronavirus-order-draws-over-1-000-people-n1168501
  16. I don't know that I'd rebel. I'd just ignore him.
  17. Climate change will take care of that.
  18. As I posted in another thread here, people under a certain level will only get $600, and those at the very bottom get nothing. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/488677-democrats-balk-at-1200-rebate-checks-in-stimulus-plan
  19. As I understand it, it is an income tax rebate. So if you are below a certain income you would get only $600. If you earned less that $2500 you get nothing. And if you earned $75,000, you'd get $1200. There is also a cutoff for high incomes. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/488677-democrats-balk-at-1200-rebate-checks-in-stimulus-plan Do you support Trump or some other candidate, or none at all?
  20. Oh, Prof. That sucks. I hope there were at least a few days or times when things were good, and that there are many days and times now that are good.
  21. Welcome, DLP. Your story echoes many others posted here — you are not alone. You close with feelings of guilt. But remember that guilt is something that you can control. It exists within you and you feel it only because you let it exist. Yes, it is difficult to shed — it takes a lot of work to get to the point where you no longer have those feelings. But you can do this. A useful exploration is the notion of "assertive rights." You have the right to be your own person without feeling guilty or needing to explain it to anyone. You might do a Google search for "assertive rights." It takes time to fully accept and internalize these, but it is worth the time. Here's a link to one variation of the theme: https://www.yrpcs.ca/assertiveness-and-your-personal-bill-of-rights/ And we hope you''ll stick around and join in our other discussions.
  22. My words as well. And we'll be thinking of you in the weeks ahead.
  23. I'd say that if this is the only way he can figure out how to communicate with his people, then he's a dumbass.
  24. And THANK YOU Pantheory for providing sources for your information. Legitimate info from reliable sources is important. Too much of what we see on the net is questionable, and too many people just repeat what they hear without validating the info.
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