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  1. Hi, sorry but I don't post here much anymore. I'm still a heathen. I just haven't got much time in my life with a full-time permanent job, and I'm also going back to get my MBA this fall on a part-time basis.

  2. I don't think my dad will do that unless something else happens. Perhaps the friendship can still be saved, but only if the neighbors apologize. From what it sounds like, you're probably right about the six feet thing and the judge should have known that, given his job. Aren't most court cases in small towns mundane things like traffic tickets and property disputes? My parents are playing it by ear for now. All of the other neighbors had no problem with them building a house, and it turned out beautiful. You're also right about the fence thing. If they really have that huge of a problem with boundaries, they should have put one up years ago. But I still think this is coming out of the wife's grief. There's no logical reason for that kind of overreaction from someone who refuses to even put up family pictures on the internet for privacy reasons and is so careful to state their opinions about political matters in public. That's what gets me about this whole thing. It's completely counter to his personality. Oh, and apparently I am NOT supposed to know about this.
  3. I have to rant somewhere, and I can't do it on Facebook because my parents read it. This summer, my parents tore down their cabin and built a retirement home. Both of them were forced to retire early due to the economy -- my dad in 2008 and my stepmom in 2009. Well, the neighbors, who were nice to my parents for all the years they had a cabin (10 or so) overreacted because the truck driver bringing the propane tank accidentally crossed their property line. No damage was done. Some more background: The husband is the local judge. The wife has gone through many changes in 2009, including her kid graduating from high school and her mother passing away. We think it was her grief that caused this particular overreaction. The wife, for some bizarre reason, has something against propane. But even if you didn't like it, why would you throw away a friendship for? It makes no sense to me. In the grand scheme of things, it is a very little thing compared to say, someone getting married or someone dying. I'm allergic to cats, but at the same time, I have friends in real life with cats. We just get together somewhere without the cats. My dad got 2 flaming e-mails from the judge. After the first one, my dad apologized profusely and said he would do whatever it took to make things right, including paying for any damage (even though there was none). Judge sent him a second flaming e-mail. We think the wife put him up to it, but it was extremely STUPID of him to send it in writing, in a time where anyone can put anything someone says on the internet, or send it to the local paper. To top it off, these people are Christian. Liberal Christians, but still. They don't even follow their own religion. I understand that grief makes people do stupid things, but even so, the judge should have said "no, I'm not going to risk my career for this". I suspect his wife needs therapy to deal with everything, because you don't just throw away a 10-year friendship for something as stupid as this. I am tempted, the next time I go up there, to take matters into my own hands to bring our families together again. This is very stupid and should not be happening.
  4. I poached an egg for the first time in my life. I got Julia Child's cookbook for myself after seeing the movie.
  5. Homework for my technical writing class and playing Dragon Age: Origins.
  6. I am doing homework, working on other people's web sites, cooking, and washing the dishes.
  7. Amethyst

    I'm Sorry

    So women and families should have no means of self-defense other than a cell phone to call 911 with? Cops do not always respond as quickly to calls as needed. Hence why people still end up robbed, dead, or raped in this day and age. Not to mention, the government will not always be able to protect you from everything. Look at what happened with Hurricane Katrina. It is better not to trust them blindly. Karate and other martial arts will only get you so far. If the perp has a gun, they have an advantage you do not, if you do not have one. Mace will also only get you so far. Most Mace weapons have to be used close up, and by that time the rapist will be practically on top of you. People can also train themselves to resist Mace; it has been done. Not to mention, Constitution, anyone? The Constitution is the document which bars the government from forcing any particular variety of religion on anyone, be it Christianity or otherwise. Without it, don't you think they would force us to believe or at least act as if we do, in public all the time? Also, they would surely force us to keep our mouths shut about any dissent towards Christianity, given the choice. This site would not exist, if not for the 1st Amendment. There is a very good reason the founding fathers wrote the 1st and 2nd Amendments into the Constitution. I prefer to give them the benefit of the doubt.
  8. I don't find eternal torture for a finite crime just punishment.
  9. Amethyst

    I'm Sorry

    This post is exactly why I am not Christian. Torturing billions and billions of people for all of eternity simply because they carried a religious label other than "Christian" throughout their lives is unethical. I refuse to worship an unethical being, who by the way, has never been proven to exist. There is ZERO, absolutely zero, justification for the hell doctrine. The only reason it exists in Christianity is that it is the stick in their carrot/stick control mechanism. I will not be tortured for not being perfect enough, and I don't have to be religious to avoid it, either, because hell does not exist. No true loving deity would torture...oh, I'm sorry , send someone to be tortured forever for either not being perfect enough or not being religious enough.
  10. IMHO, blindly trusting anyone or anything is a bad idea. I don't trust the news media 100%, and neither do I trust bloggers 100%. Human beings are inherently biased, so the news is going to be biased as well, up to a point. But I do think we should get our news from a variety of sources, in order to get a more complete picture of what's happening. I'm one of those that reads all the major U.S. news websites at least once a week. This means I read both CNN and Fox, in addition to the regular networks and my local paper. I also make it a point to read an international news site at least once a week to get a different perspective. I think the more sources that are out there, the better. But I do agree that the days of printed newspapers are numbered.
  11. No, because it would be another religion and not Christianity. Also, temporary torture for carrying another religious label other than Christianity is still unethical. And any punishment > the crime is unethical. An unethical deity is not one worth spending my time or money worshipping.
  12. I don't even bother debating on Youtube...too many ignorant types posting there.
  13. Happy birthday! Hope other than the crappy gifts, that you have a good birthday. Sounds to me like your parents really don't know you and expect you to be a mini-version of themselves, which is a mistake many parents make. IMO religious or political gifts are not a good thing to give people because you never know what people's private thoughts on the subject are. As for what to get them...gift cards are generally safe since people can buy whatever they like. Perhaps they might even learn from your example. I'm personally planning on homemade gifts for Christmas this year. I once also got a vaccuum for my birthday and specifically asked for one because I needed it. I'm practical like that.
  14. I have a potluck to go to at a friend's house on Sunday. I'll probably just bring a veggie tray.
  15. How about 1. Treat the house and people living in it with respect? That should cover everything.
  16. If it could be implemented with the exception of mods, I'd be all for it. Plus then we'd know to ban the person right away.
  17. Been watching Stargate Atlantis season 5.

  18. It definitely takes time to get over. For some that may be a matter of months, and others it may be a matter of years. As an idea for dealing with the fundy wife, I suggest a mutual gift...earphones and perhaps iPods. That way, neither of you have to deal with the other's media.
  19. Now everyone knows! Why'd you have to go and do that?
  20. *Hugs* She does sound unhinged. I would talk to your parents and try to get them to convince her to get some type of help. Definitely advise caution in dealing with her. Sounds like talking with the police did help. Also definitely agree with documenting your contact with her.
  21. Funerals are to honor the dead and comfort the living. I fail to see how altar calls accomplish either of the two, unless the deceased was a die-hard fundamentalist. In your case, I would suspect he was not. *Hugs*
  22. No, math is not evil. Human beings making use of it to classify each other on certain different levels is distasteful, repulsive and potentially destructive IMO. As long as humans are going to be on this Earth, we're going to judge each other. It's a human tendency. The thing is, people should be judged by things that are worth it (like what they actually do at their job), not on superficial data. A credit score does not 100% indicate how well someone is going to perform, and in a down economy like this one, it only hurts people who need to get jobs the most, that might actually do well because they need the money.
  23. People have been rated and classified by numbers for years, if not centuries. There is GPA, how much money you make, how many hours you put in at your company vs. how much time you take off. If you're a salesperson you are rated by how many sales you make. Most companies have some sort of scale for productivity. Women are judged by their weight and dress size. Baseball players are judged by how many balls they hit, how many people they strike out, and so on. We live in a society in which people are highly judged by numbers of one sort or another, and that is the way it is probably always going to be. Humans have a strong tendency to want to quantify everything people do.
  24. Yes, this seems to be the Christian religion's version of weight loss success stories. You know, the ones who lost 200 pounds or more, and of course they did it with their own efforts and have repented of their non-exercising and junk-food eating ways, and by some modicrum of luck (or modern medicine) manage not to gain it back. It's funny how we never hear about the ones who lose weight and gain it back, just like we never hear about the ones who leave the church and don't sin, or even the normal people who lead mundane lives, and the worst law they ever break is a minor traffic violation. The vast majority of people are normal, law-abiding citizens. They aren't as shiny and attractive to the church as the ones who commit crimes and use Christianity as a means for acceptance.
  25. Nooooooo, not at all. GS isn't a traditional high school. I've learned more there that was more useful. It's definitely there to enlighten and encourage. But now that I'm out of the bubble, and stuck in the "outside" world, I feel like the news is like MTV. It's overhyped bullshit and utter stupidity. It is, at least the corporate media outlets here.
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