Posts by Crusher138

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  • Game of Thrones Season 7: #WinterIsHere Trailer #2

    06/28/2017 5:26:39 PM PDT · 32 of 33
    Crusher138 to ConjunctionJunction

    Please add me to the ping list!

  • Luther’s Appalling Instabilities & Contradictions

    06/28/2017 12:23:58 PM PDT · 99 of 147
    Crusher138 to vladimir998
    Just came upon this post. I was raised Moravian and they were as pretty straight-laced, conservative and boring as they come.

    In that Moravian source you posted I found this paragraph:

    What were the responsibilities of ordained women in the early Moravian Church? Ordained women were allowed to perform pastoral services within their respective choirs and to give an address in meetings with only women present; they also assisted in the distribution of Holy Communion, and some of them (the so-called archdeaconesses) even performed ordinations of other women. The office of the archdeaconess came closest to that of a male bishop. Although the women’s responsibilities were confined to the female realm and therefore not equal to those of their male counterparts, their roles were quite extraordinary when compared to other groups of the time.

    I would hardly call this controversial. The women were allowed to pastor to all women choirs. Horrors! They helped pass out Communion - which in the Moravian church meant standing in the aisle and passing the plate to the next row of pews when it came to you. Their responsibilities were confined to the "female realm." My, they are truly going to hell...

  • Harvard Study Shows the Main Reason Wives Divorce Husbands [Husbands Not Making Money] [ed]

    06/27/2017 9:45:35 AM PDT · 61 of 103
    Crusher138 to SamAdams76
    That is a big mistake men often make. They get to a certain salary level, lose their job, and then they sit around waiting for an equivalent job to come along. It is much better to put yourself right back in the workforce, even at a much lower paying job. If you were truly worth what the original job paid you, you will get promoted quickly where you are or you will be able to find that better job at leisure - with at least some money coming in.

    Absolutely right. I was let go from a 6 figure job. We moved to somewhere with a much lower cost of living and took a job for less than half of what I had been making. Within two years I was offered a partnership. I turned it down to start my own company because I was tired of working for other people. While I still don't make as much as I used to, I live in a house that is more than twice as large. There are much better public schools here. My wife works with me at our company, so she is emotionally and financially vested in it's success as well.

  • We Went to Sears For The First Time In More Than 10 Years and Instantly Saw Why It's Dying

    06/26/2017 4:05:55 PM PDT · 237 of 240
    Crusher138 to ARGLOCKGUY

    Another example of “mismanaged to death” would be Radio Shack.

    Back in the 80’s I managed a small store near an expensive neighborhood. Buffalo Bob Smith and Peter Frampton were regular customers.

    The store was in a strip center, so we could open and close whenever the company wanted us to. Rent, for some reason, was dirt cheap and the company had a very long lease, so they weren’t inclined to close the store.

    Back then, Radio Shack required managers to be in the store at least 1/2 an hour before and after closing. My store was open from 10:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday through Saturday. Doing a little math, you can see that I worked at least 54 hours a week.

    The rocket scientist for a District Manager decided that extending my hours would improve sales, so he made me open at 9:00am and stay open until 7:00pm. That put me at 66 hours a week.

    Well, it seems that there was a rule that managers were not to work over 60 hours a week. So I asked for a part timer to take over some of the hours.

    District Manager: No, you can’t afford a part timer.

    Me: Can I close for an hour lunch a day?

    District Manager: No, that is against company policy.

    Me: Can I get a waver from the rule that I have to be here a half-hour early and stay a half-hour late?

    District Manager: No, all managers must do that.

    Me: So how do I keep my store open for 60 hours a week, put in the extra required 6 hours a week, and not get fired for putting in too many hours?

    District Manager: That’s not my problem, you have to figure it out.

    So, basically, if I wanted to keep my job, I had to work off the clock, which if they discovered I was in the store, but off the clock, I would have been fired.

    Years later I discovered that some other managers got around this by covering stores for one another and charging the hours of the covering manager to his “home” store. If they were caught doing this, you were instantly fired.

    Keep in mind that a large chunk of the money you made as a manager was a bonus based on the profitability of your store, with the majority of it being distributed in July, right after the June 30th end of fiscal year. If you were expecting a large check (I knew managers that got $40K bonus checks) you might be fired on June 29th to keep the company from having to pay your bonus.

    Not sorry to see Radio Shack go down the drain.

  • Tech firm fed up with ABQ crime

    06/26/2017 1:06:43 PM PDT · 24 of 52
    Crusher138 to CedarDave

    Rio Rancho, just outside of Albuquerque, has very low crime. Good schools as well.

    When violent crime in Rio Rancho is committed, they are often gang bangers from Albuquerque.

    The auto theft in ABQ has gotten totally out of hand.

  • Hollywood Melts Down After Ossoff Loss: ‘Grouphug, Get In’

    06/21/2017 9:48:07 AM PDT · 65 of 69
    Crusher138 to C19fan

    Retailers that lean left are faltering.

    Hollywood is having a horrible year at the box office.

    Broadcast news viewership is way down.

    Newspapers are struggling.

    I just heard on Brian Kilmead’s radio show a discussion between him and another Fox talking head. They were discussing the GA06 Republican victory and the talking head commented on how surprising the victory was and how Hollywood and the polls and the pundits all got it wrong. He commented that maybe they (the press) spend too much time in their own echo chamber and are out of touch with the rest of the country.

    Ya’ think? Geniuses...

  • The Silence of the Lambs: Are Protestants concealing a Catholic-size sexual abuse scandal?

    06/20/2017 11:47:34 AM PDT · 14 of 76
    Crusher138 to Morgana

    Certainly.

    There is a world of difference between a Jimmy Swaggart or Jim Bakker having a scandal and an organization taking cover up as an institutional policy.

    Now if you wish to deny that the Catholic church tried to cover up allegations of child abuse for years, we’d all like to hear it, but I believe that ship has sailed.

  • The Silence of the Lambs: Are Protestants concealing a Catholic-size sexual abuse scandal?

    06/20/2017 11:34:57 AM PDT · 5 of 76
    Crusher138 to Morgana

    This sounds like an assumption of an over-arching Protestant organization. Unlike our Catholic friends, we aren’t that organized.

    A cover up by dozens of denominations isn’t very likely.

    Unfortunately the Catholic church organizational structure is ideal for organizing a cover up. Only a very few levels of management, a fierce sense of loyalty, coupled with a “we are inherently good/right just because of who we are” attitude means that they could get away with anything, at least for a while.

    This is not to bash Catholics, I am just pointing out that from an organizational standpoint they are more likely to be able to get away with a scandal and cover up than Protestants.

    Yes, Protestants have scandals too. We just don’t get away with them for very long.

  • Border Patrol raids Arizona desert camp that helps illegal immigrants

    06/16/2017 3:02:07 PM PDT · 25 of 44
    Crusher138 to donna

    Good thing I’m visiting Phoenix on the 22nd. Temperatures are supposed to have plummeted to only 115 by then.

  • Pop Goes The Car Bubble . . . And It May Not Be a Bad Thing

    06/13/2017 3:51:21 PM PDT · 204 of 297
    Crusher138 to TwelveOfTwenty

    Been jonesing for a pickup truck so I just went to my local Ford dealer’s web site. Put in New, F-150, and told it to sort by price.

    The cheapest has these specs:

    Oxford White 2017 Ford F-150 RWD 6-Speed Automatic Electronic 3.5L V6 Ti-VCT 2D Standard Cab, 3.5L V6 Ti-VCT, 6-Speed Automatic Electronic, RWD, Medium Earth Gray w/Cloth 40/20/40 Front Seat.

    So about as basic as you can get. Includes only an AM/FM radio.

    They want $28,700 for it. $5740 down and with 2.99% APR your payments are only $366 per month for 72 months.

    Living in New Mexico I need 4 wheel drive, so the cheapest they have of that is: $33,345.00

    As basic as the other one, only with 4 wheel drive.

    Ridiculous

  • ‘Batman’ star Adam West dies at 88

    06/10/2017 10:06:38 AM PDT · 54 of 100
    Crusher138 to heterosupremacist

    When I was pledging my fraternity one of the more popular pledge line questions was:

    “Who were the baddest and the bat-est Betas?”

    The answer was George Peppard and Adam West.

    Rest in peace, brother.

    Forever in -kai-

  • What Part of Covfefe Do You Not Understand?

    06/07/2017 4:01:17 PM PDT · 17 of 19
    Crusher138 to Yardstick

    Yes

  • I Bake New Neighbors Bread To Welcome Them, And They Never Say Hello to Me Again

    06/07/2017 3:44:30 PM PDT · 168 of 202
    Crusher138 to simpson96

    When I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s we lived on a dead end street. About 24 houses and about 20 of the families were very friendly. The kids played together. We had holiday parties at each other’s houses. We even all pitched in and rented out the local skating rink for a night for a private party.

    Now, I know few of my neighbors. Many of the houses in the neighborhood are rentals and people only seem to stay for six months or a year.

    Our circle of friends is comprised of people from our church with whom we have formed “life groups”. We meet once a week for Bible study and fellowship. We share food, stories, advice, prayers and tears. While families still come and go, there are usually 10 or so in the group and we have a core of about 5 long term member families.

    I guess it is part of the culture. I don’t really know or trust most of my neighbors, but I would trust the folks in my life group with my home or my life.

  • France, Italy, Germany defend Paris Accord, say cannot be renegotiated (Issue joint statement)

    06/01/2017 3:29:25 PM PDT · 74 of 127
    Crusher138 to Dave346

    Darn...I was so looking forward to making it better...

  • Why 'Baywatch' Drowned at the Box Office

    05/30/2017 2:07:18 PM PDT · 12 of 72
    Crusher138 to drewh

    They didn’t know their audience.

    Guys watched Baywatch. David Hasselhoff was there to move any plot (thin as they were) along.

    It was a good excuse to ogle Pamela Anderson - as if one needed an excuse.

    Trying to make the guys the sexual attraction was never going to work. Women hear “Baywatch”, think “Babe-watch”, and go no further.

  • Apple's MacBooks: Still the most reliable

    05/26/2017 4:10:28 PM PDT · 21 of 84
    Crusher138 to ImJustAnotherOkie

    Nonsense? Wow, just...wow...

  • Apple's MacBooks: Still the most reliable

    05/26/2017 3:49:57 PM PDT · 17 of 84
    Crusher138 to ImJustAnotherOkie

    One more thing, to help alleviate your ignorance.

    I have built dozens of PC. The ability to upgrade was necessitated primarily by Microsoft and software companies. I would buy a loaded PC with a killer video card and 18 months later the newest game or video editor would require a faster card, or more memory, or a faster processor. If I were unable to upgrade, my PC would be a paperweight in two years.

    Currently own/operate about a dozen Macs and a couple of PCs. After about 5 to 7 years or so (Swordmaker has a better handle on that time) Apple will stop “supporting” a machine. It will still work, you just can’t upgrade the operating system any more. I have a Mac Pro I bought in 2007 that is still chugging along. I run Adobe Design Suite on it and use it for email and web surfing.

    Macs aren’t up-gradable (a debatable point, they are to differing degrees) because Macs generally don’t need to be upgraded.

  • Apple's MacBooks: Still the most reliable

    05/26/2017 3:37:33 PM PDT · 15 of 84
    Crusher138 to ImJustAnotherOkie

    I’d chime in, but Sword-dude covered it.

    You’re either ignorant or a liar.

    Big question is why do you bother to post on Apple threads anyway?

  • Planned Parenthood to close 3 clinics in northern NM

    05/23/2017 8:13:45 AM PDT · 5 of 5
    Crusher138 to Morgana

    The one in my neighborhood is closing!

    We support CareNet, which offers counseling and financial assistance to women with crisis pregnancies.

  • Here’s Everything We Know About The Mysterious Air Force Plane That Just Landed, 2 Years In Space

    05/09/2017 2:00:32 PM PDT · 140 of 143
    Crusher138 to CodeToad
    Yes, they are. Some dweeb on the Internet might try to claim a certain provision only stipulates weapons of mass destruction, but the “peaceful purposes” clause stipulates otherwise.

    The Outer Space Treaty represents the basic legal framework of international space law. Among its principles, it bars states party to the treaty from placing weapons of mass destruction in orbit of Earth, installing them on the Moon or any other celestial body, or otherwise stationing them in outer space. It exclusively limits the use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes and expressly prohibits their use for testing weapons of any kind, conducting military maneuvers, or establishing military bases, installations, and fortifications (Article IV). However, the Treaty does not prohibit the placement of conventional weapons in orbit and thus some highly destructive attack strategies such as kinetic bombardment are still potentially allowable. The treaty also states that the exploration of outer space shall be done to benefit all countries and that space shall be free for exploration and use by all the States.