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  • Why MSG Is Perfectly Safe

    09/01/2014 10:47:24 AM PDT · 29 of 106
    Mr Rogers to AppyPappy

    “What some people ascribe to MSG is just simply people responding to the greatly-increased salt and fat in restaurant food.”

    Sorry, but I normally eat a high salt, high fat diet. It works well for me. But a visit to a Chinese restaurant can darn near level me...

  • The Great Nunquisition: Why the Vatican Is Cracking Down on Sisters

    09/01/2014 10:45:58 AM PDT · 17 of 93
    Mr Rogers to Slyfox

    The impression this Baptist has is that the Vatican is cracking down on non-Catholic nuns. I may have theological differences with the Catholic Church, but I can understand why they would want their nuns to be...well, believers!

    Why would they want nuns who rejected God?

  • Why MSG Is Perfectly Safe

    09/01/2014 10:40:00 AM PDT · 17 of 106
    Mr Rogers to driftdiver

    The last time I went to a Chinese restaurant, I had a brutal headache so bad within 30 minutes that my coworkers insisted I take the rest of the day off. In addition to the headache, my face turned beet red.

    I eat eggs regularly. I eat salt in huge amounts. I don’t believe everything we eat is harmful regardless of who says it is bad.

    But I’ve experienced what the article calls “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome”, and I had it with no expectations in advance. It wasn’t a placebo effect.

  • America is so over homeownership: Why the shift to a renting economy might actually be a good thing

    09/01/2014 10:32:44 AM PDT · 92 of 93
    Mr Rogers to Alberta's Child

    I’ve got a lot of money in index funds. They can be a great investment. But if my house drops in value, I still have a place to live.

    And in the example I gave above, during year 3 of a 15 year mortgage, $500 of my ‘rent’ goes to me, not the bank. $6000 a year, going from my ‘rent’ payment into my pocket - and that was year 3! By year 8, only about $300/month of my ‘rent’ is going to someone else. Try finding a house you can rent for $300/month - even in southern Arizona.

  • America is so over homeownership: Why the shift to a renting economy might actually be a good thing

    09/01/2014 9:27:01 AM PDT · 86 of 93
    Mr Rogers to Alberta's Child

    The investments sunk into X would need to average more than my interest on the loan. That may or may not happen.

    120K over 15 years vs 30 costs 51K vs 120K in interest. After 2 years, the 15 year loan has you paying off $500/month in principle, while the 30 year loan has you paying off $159/month on your principle.

    During your third year of ownership, that works out to paying off 6,000 and paying off $1900.

    You can decide if you think your stock investments will outperform that. Over a 30 year period, the answer is probably. Over 5-10 years, maybe not. The additional value in your home is something tangible being purchased, vs stocks that are here today and may be gone tomorrow.

    Of course, if you are stupid enough to buy at the top of a bubble, your house will lose value - but it is much easier to see a housing bubble than a stock market one.

  • Michael Brownís Size Doesnít Matter

    09/01/2014 8:08:16 AM PDT · 94 of 159
    Mr Rogers to Oldeconomybuyer

    “Trayvon Martin was far from the height and weight of Michael Brown, but that didn’t save him from being criminalized because of the most salient feature they shared: skin color.”

    No, I think the pertinent common point was a willingness to attack other people without cause.

  • I Can Destroy Your Reputation and Career in Two Minutes

    09/01/2014 7:54:52 AM PDT · 38 of 81
    Mr Rogers to yldstrk

    A paralegal told me of a prospective client who came in, hobbling on crutches and complaining of having her back injured in a car wreck a couple of months earlier. They didn’t take her case.

    Why? Well, her Facebook page showed her surfing in Hawaii the week prior to visiting the attorney...

  • America is so over homeownership: Why the shift to a renting economy might actually be a good thing

    09/01/2014 7:38:46 AM PDT · 76 of 93
    Mr Rogers to CorporateStepsister; Alberta's Child

    “Just live in a nice middle class non-posh area and tell anyone in the family who has grand ideas of a lifestyle to go stuff it.”

    I spent some time living in a non-posh trailer park. We had nice neighbors but we sure didn’t live in a fancy home. But it set us up well for the future. THAT is the problem - people spend for today and don’t think about tomorrow.

    I was volunteering at a high school last year. The class was working on interest and how compound interest works. One of the students asked me what was the most important thing to know about interest. I told her the most important thing was this:

    Get the bank to pay YOU interest instead of you paying the bank interest.

    We then talked a little about it using a car loan as an example. I hope it sunk through...she did the calculations and was shocked at how much a car really costs if purchased on a 5 year loan vs cash, so maybe it got through. If so, it will have been one of the most important things she’ll have learned in high school.

  • America is so over homeownership: Why the shift to a renting economy might actually be a good thing

    09/01/2014 7:32:08 AM PDT · 75 of 93
    Mr Rogers to Alberta's Child; AlaskaErik

    “Most people never really buy a home at all ... they buy a mortgage.”

    Most people are idiots. Most are economically illiterate. Something like 50% of credit card holders have debt of $15K or greater on their credit cards. People know nothing about interest and don’t bother to learn.

    Go to any web site that amortizes mortgages, and compare the total interest costs on a $120K loan over 10 years, 15 years, 20 years and 30 years. It becomes painfully obvious that a 30 year loan is a bad idea for most circumstances.

    Any of those web sites will allow you to see how much you pay down the principle during the first 3 or 5 years of a 30 year loan - virtually none. Yet I’ve talked to many homeowners who don’t know that.

    The fact that many people are financially stupid does not make credit cards or home debt bad. I pay my credit card every month and get percentage of reward back on my purchases. For me, a credit card is better than cash. For others, it is pure trouble. It is the person at fault, not the system.

    “After less than nine years I was able to sell my house and walk away with enough cash to buy a retirement house in Arizona for cash.”

    Yep. Buy a house with a 15 year mortgage and stay in it 9 years, and it is entirely possible to do very well. Do it a couple of times over your life, and it is entirely possible to pay cash for a house and live in it with only property taxes hanging over your head. But renters pay property taxes too...they just don’t know it because it is part of their rent.

  • America is so over homeownership: Why the shift to a renting economy might actually be a good thing

    08/31/2014 9:12:29 PM PDT · 31 of 93
    Mr Rogers to Alberta's Child

    Owning a home is hardly a con game. I moved around in the military, but I lost $2K on one home and made $40K on another. Buy using a 15 year mortgage, and the interest costs are not bad at all.

    Fools who buy using 30 year mortgages and who then move every 3-4 years are suckers, but home ownership is not. It is a financial decision, and buyers need to consider how likely they are to stay put, the cost of homes in the area vs the wages, etc.

    If I had to sell right now, I’d probably make less than I put in (and I own my home outright). But if I sold now, it would be to move to a smaller house on more land farther from the city, so I’d be paying a lot less. In essence, money gives me the ability to swap homes and pocket the difference in values.

    However, this house is building up a lot of memories of kids and grandkids, so we might stay. Those memories can disappear quickly when you rent - but then, there are fewer stable families today, too.

  • Did the historical Jesus exist? A growing number of scholars donít think so

    08/31/2014 9:02:07 PM PDT · 42 of 153
    Mr Rogers to ConorMacNessa

    “The kernel of Christianity is the Word enunciated in the Sermon of the Mount - particularly the Two Great Commandments.”

    I disagree. The Good News of Jesus is that God has not left us to die the deaths we deserve, but that He is willing to forgive our sins and change us.

  • Stephen Hunter: Thoughts on Ferguson (The actual shooting)

    08/31/2014 4:59:03 PM PDT · 33 of 47
    Mr Rogers to MasterGunner01

    “He may have recorded the second and later hits (until the fatal shot), but his pain mechanism was nonfunctional.”

    Maybe and maybe not. It might happen sometimes, but it is not a universal reaction.

  • Stephen Hunter: Thoughts on Ferguson (The actual shooting)

    08/31/2014 4:55:20 PM PDT · 32 of 47
    Mr Rogers to 2ndDivisionVet

    The author assumes a similar stance at all times while the shots were fired. In theory, the arm wounds could have happened, then Saint Mike the Gentle could have stopped, raised his hands - and been shot twice more. You cannot assume the wounds to the arms occurred and then were followed immediately by the other 2 wounds.

  • Mary Landrieu And Her House Of Cards

    08/31/2014 4:44:43 PM PDT · 36 of 54
    Mr Rogers to Kaslin

    In all fairness, John McCain owns homes in Arizona, but does ANYONE thinks he lives here? If by the grace of God we ever get him out of office, does anyone think he’ll come home and live in Arizona with his wife?

  • Advice for foreigners on how Britons walk

    08/31/2014 1:23:54 PM PDT · 11 of 40
    Mr Rogers to the scotsman

    The curb restrains errant cars...

  • Gay Marriage and the Limits of Tradition

    08/31/2014 1:14:53 PM PDT · 29 of 59
    Mr Rogers to Kaslin

    “Perhaps the low point for their side came when one was asked why Wisconsin makes it so hard for same-sex couples to adopt and ventured to say, “I think tradition is one of the reasons.””

    Perhaps the reply should have been, “Because stallions don’t screw other stallions, and there is no reason to admire, support or encourage unnatural acts between perverts.”

  • Banning chocolate milk backfires

    08/30/2014 9:43:30 PM PDT · 39 of 61
    Mr Rogers to Yogafist

    The researcher should have tried whole milk. Maybe if they would leave the fat in, kids would like it better.

    After jogging in the desert, I come back and drink 12 oz of water. About 15-30 minutes later, 8-10 oz of whole milk. It works great. Water can follow after that is absorbed.

    We don’t need added sugars in chocolate milk, but we can use the fat in milk.

  • On the dismissal of the Chris McDaniel challenge in Mississippi

    08/30/2014 12:31:53 PM PDT · 49 of 100
    Mr Rogers to Irish Eyes

    If Republicans want my vote, they can at least refrain from spitting on me and calling me a racist. Since they did not refrain, they obviously do not want my vote. I will not force myself on them.

  • On the dismissal of the Chris McDaniel challenge in Mississippi

    08/30/2014 12:13:01 PM PDT · 41 of 100
    Mr Rogers to DiogenesLamp
    We've been known to disagree, but you are spot on with this:

    Bite them for stepping on us.

  • The FRiday Night Movie - The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

    08/29/2014 7:40:57 PM PDT · 10 of 16
    Mr Rogers to driftless2

    The cast of Perry Mason stuck by Talman, so it would have been hard for the producers to punish him.

    “Talman was acquitted of all charges in a hearing held in June of 1960. But apparently, this didn’t impress CBS. Not only was Talman not reinstated, he found himself unofficially banned from working in Hollywood. Of the sudden lack of work, he said: “Everyone has a right to be timid, but they’re abusing the privilege.”

    To earn money, Talman fell back on his previous profession—writing. He had to use a pen name to write a few scripts for CBS, and was able to star in two episodes of “Have Gun, Will Travel” around September 1960; he played a cowhand in the episode “The Killing of Jesse May” and a sheriff in “A Long Way Home.”

    All during his exile, Talman was finding out who his friends were. Although Burr and Talman played archrivals on the set, they were friends, allies, and co-conspirators in the practical joke department behind the scenes. All of the cast rallied around their costar but it was Raymond Burr who, typically, led the charge. He campaigned hard for Talman’s reinstatement. He forbade studio personnel to clean out Talman’s belongings, and this included his coffee cup on the famous mug rack. Even after Talman was canned, his mug continued to hang there, name and all, among those belonging to the rest of the crew. Wherever Burr went in the United States, he would make special efforts to persuade the local CBS affiliates to pressure the network for Talman’s return. The public let their thoughts be known on the issue. Mail poured in from all over, favoring Talman’s rehiring. A crusader to the end, Burr also took the time to answer personally all fan mail written to support Talman’s cause.

    Talman had one other very important person in his corner: Erle Stanley Gardner. Although the two men were occasionally at odds, Gardner liked the way Talman played Burger, thought he was essential for the show’s success, and therefore supported Talman’s reinstatement...

    ...Finally in December of 1960, six months after he had been acquitted, CBS cried “uncle” and compromised. They agreed to allow Talman to make “occasional appearances.” A new contract was drawn up and signed.

    The close-knit Mason cast had won another victory. “Welcome Home, Bill” signs greeted Talman, on his first day back on the set.”

    http://www.perrymasontvshowbook.com/pmb_c603.htm

  • No, Catcalling Is Definitely Not Flattery

    08/29/2014 3:02:10 PM PDT · 5 of 44
    Mr Rogers to Sherman Logan

    “One day, as my female schoolmate and I rode New York City’s F train home...”

    Move away from New York. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone getting ‘catcalls’ while in Arizona, Utah or Idaho.

  • Build Better Teachers

    08/29/2014 9:19:05 AM PDT · 16 of 53
    Mr Rogers to fuente

    “My first take is that this is little more than the teacher protection syndicate with union interest using the regulatory muscle to prevent highly qualified individuals from participating.”

    Agreed. And Democrat politicians will enforce it forever, all “for the children”.

  • Build Better Teachers

    08/29/2014 9:17:32 AM PDT · 15 of 53
    Mr Rogers to Kaslin
    "Reformers have urged -- depending upon where they stand ideologically -- smaller class sizes, more accountability, merit pay for teachers and educational choice. Each year seems to bring a new fad: child-centered learning, new math, cooperative learning and so forth. The No Child Left Behind reform focused on testing. There have been proposals to repeal teacher tenure and to provide every child with a laptop. And always there are fights over curriculum -- the Common Core being the controversy du jour."

    And what do they refuse to try? Classroom discipline, including physical punishment for offenders. Maybe if teachers spent less time baby-sitting, they could spend more time teaching...

  • Are Stereotypical Good Boys More Likely to Be Gay?

    08/29/2014 9:13:02 AM PDT · 37 of 69
    Mr Rogers to Ancesthntr

    Avoiding heterosexual relations makes me want a heterosexual relation more. It doesn’t do squat to make me want a man, dog, ewe or some other substitute.

    I was a church going virgin when I married at 28. It did not make me lust after men - not wired that way.

  • autopsy: officer wilson would have had to be over 12 feet tall to corroborate pro-brown witnesses

    08/24/2014 9:15:33 PM PDT · 66 of 68
    Mr Rogers to Fido969

    No, it is not. Lots of folks have been shot multiple times, particularly in the arm, and still been standing and functioning. It is not rare at all.

  • Fox News star jumps into 'gay' Christianity

    08/24/2014 1:46:55 PM PDT · 94 of 121
    Mr Rogers to Mrs. Don-o

    “Gayla: Exactly to the point. God does connect his Scriptural condemnation to sex expressed in idolatry, forcible rape, temple prostitution, and soft people addicted to luxury (”malakoi”). He made this distinction so we could see it’s exploitative sex He objects to, not loving marital sex.”

    Here is the problem with Gayla’s argument: It is false. Period. It is not a true statement. God makes no distinction, and His Word is clear. Someone who rejects the clear and obvious teaching of God’s Word is NOT following the Holy Spirit, and Hebrews makes it clear that rejecting God after tasting Him and knowing He is good is a very dangerous thing!

  • Fox News star jumps into 'gay' Christianity

    08/24/2014 1:34:26 PM PDT · 90 of 121
    Mr Rogers to CityCenter

    “That was Paul addressing an actual situation in the church at Corinth, what this has to do with Kristen Powers, I’m not sure.”

    If it had application only to Corinth, it would not be in God’s Word.

    “None of us in this life have arrived and none will ever achieve perfection in belief, words, and deeds.”

    I’m not asking for perfection. I’m saying she is openly advocating that Christians accept and live in sin proudly. She is advocating for Christians to accept practicing, unrepentant homosexuals as members of Christ, and there is no chance that is God’s will. Further, she has had enough years where she supposedly was a Christian, during which she has been questioned on this subject, to know full well what God’s Word says - and she is rejecting the Word of God for Liberalism.

    I can pray for her repentance, but I can also publicly condemn her for embracing evil and rejecting God’s clear commands.

    “When you find men who have been enlightened, who have experienced salvation and received the Holy Spirit, who have known the wholesome nourishment of the Word of God and touched the spiritual resources of the eternal world and who then fall away, it proves impossible to make them repent as they did at first. For they are re-crucifying the Son of God in their own souls, and by their conduct exposing him to shame and contempt. Ground which absorbs the rain that is constantly falling upon it and produces plants which are useful to those who cultivate it, is ground which has the blessing of God. But ground which produces nothing but thorns and thistles is of no value and is bound sooner or later to be condemned—the only thing to do is to burn it clean.” - Hebrews 6

    She needs to repent ASAP, and Christians have a duty to say so.

  • Fox News star jumps into 'gay' Christianity

    08/24/2014 10:39:29 AM PDT · 73 of 121
    Mr Rogers to CityCenter

    “It’s not up to you to let her do anything. You should pray for her and let the grace of God do its work.”

    Hmmmm....

    1-2 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and immorality of a kind that even pagans condemn—a man has apparently taken his father’s wife! Are you still proud of your church? Shouldn’t you be overwhelmed with sorrow and shame? The man who has done such a thing should certainly be expelled from your fellowship!

    3-5 I know I am not with you physically but I am with you in spirit, and I assure you as solemnly as if I were actually present before your assembly that I have already pronounced judgment in the name of the Lord Jesus on the man who has done this thing, and I do this with full divine authority. My judgment is this: that the man should be left to the mercy of Satan so that while his body will experience the destructive powers of sin his spirit may yet be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

    6-8 Your pride in your church is lamentably out of place. Don’t you know how a little yeast can permeate the whole lump? Clear out every bit of the old yeast that you may be new unleavened bread! We Christians have had a Passover lamb sacrificed for us—none other than Christ himself! So let us “keep the feast” with no trace of the yeast of the old life, nor the yeast of vice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of unadulterated truth!

    9-13 In my previous letter I said, “Don’t mix with the immoral.” I didn’t mean, of course, that you were to have no contact at all with the immoral of this world, nor with any cheats or thieves or idolaters—for that would mean going out of the world altogether! But in this letter I tell you not to associate with any professing Christian who is known to be an impure man or a swindler, an idolater, a man with a foul tongue, a drunkard or a thief. My instruction is: “Don’t even eat with such a man.” Those outside the church it is not my business to judge. but surely it is your business to judge those who are inside the church—God alone can judge those who are outside. It is your plain duty to ‘put away from yourselves that wicked person’.

  • Fox News star jumps into 'gay' Christianity

    08/24/2014 8:46:34 AM PDT · 43 of 121
    Mr Rogers to All

    Addressing KP’s argument directly:

    “Another objection is to say that the biblical passages concerning homosexuality only prohibit certain kinds of homosexual conduct, such as homosexual prostitution or pedophilia, or unfaithful homosexual relationships. (This is sometimes called the “exploitation argument”: the Bible only prohibits exploitative forms of homosexual­ity.) But there is no legitimate evidence in the words of any of these verses, or their contexts, or in evidence from the ancient world, to prove that the verses were referring to anything less than all kinds of homosexual conduct by all kinds of people. Two biblical counterarguments against the “exploitation argument” may be briefly men­tioned: (1) In Romans 1:23–27 Paul clearly echoes Genesis 1:27, indicating that Paul viewed any sexual relationship that did not conform to the creation paradigm of “male and female” to be a violation of God’s will, irrespective of whether the relationship is loving. (2) Paul’s absolute indictment against all forms of homosexuality is under­scored by his mention of lesbian intercourse in Romans 1:26, since this form of intercourse in the ancient world was not typically characterized by sex with adolescents, slaves, or prostitutes...

    ...Some object that the phrase “contrary to nature” in Romans 1:26–27 shows that Paul is only talking about people who “naturally” feel desires toward a person of the opposite sex but who then practice homosexuality. Paul says, “For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another” (Romans 1:26–27). According to this view, Paul is not saying anything about people who “naturally” feel desires for a person of the same sex, for such desires would not be “contrary to that person’s nature.” However, this is reading into the text a restric­tion that has no basis in the actual words that Paul wrote. He does not say “contrary to their nature,” but “contrary to nature” (Greek para physin), a phrase that is used several times in literature outside the Bible to speak of all kinds of homosexual conduct as something contrary to the natural order of the world. In other words, Paul is not saying in Romans 1:24–27 that some people switched their innate heterosexual urges for contrived homosexual urges, but rather that people exchanged or left behind sexual rela­tions with a true sexual complement (someone of the other sex) to gratify their inward urges for sex with members of the same sex. Paul sees such people as choosing to follow their desires over God-ordained creation structures.”

    From the link above.

  • Fox News star jumps into 'gay' Christianity

    08/24/2014 8:42:48 AM PDT · 42 of 121
    Mr Rogers to Mrs. Don-o

    If homosexuality in the Bible referred to homosexual rape, it would say so. If loving, monogamous homosexual relations were allowed, it would say so. God is not stupid, and He knows how to make distinctions, when there is one to be made.

    “The word “therefore” connects the making of Eve from a part of Adam’s body with the “one flesh” sexual union between a man and a woman in marriage: it is the reunion of the two constituent parts of a sexual whole. It is not another man who is the missing part or sexual comple­ment of a man, but rather a woman. (Jesus emphasizes this connection between the two different sexes, “male and female,” in Matthew 19:4–6 and Mark 10:6–8.)

    Consistent with the pattern in Genesis 1–2, sexual intercourse outside of the marriage relationship between one man and one woman is prohibited. For example, “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14; reaffirmed by Jesus in Matthew 19:18; cf. Romans 13:9; James 2:11). In addi­tion, other specific kinds of sexual intercourse outside of marriage are also prohibited, such as prostitution (1 Corinthians 6:15–18), incest (Leviticus 20:11–21; 1 Corinthians 5:1–2), and bestiality (Leviticus 18:23; 20:15–16).

    Homosexual conduct is also viewed as a sin (something contrary to God’s will) in several passages of the Bible. Leviticus 18:22 says, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination [Hebrew to‘ebah, actions that are extremely displeasing to God].” Similarly, “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have commit­ted an abomination” (Leviticus 20:13; cf. Genesis 19; also Jude 7). These absolute Levitical prohibitions are grouped with other relevant sex proscriptions (incest, adultery, bestial­ity) and are considered first-tier sexual offenses that are grouped together in Leviticus 20:10–16...

    ...In a long list of sins, Paul also includes “men who prac­tice homosexuality” (1 Corinthians 6:9).This phrase translates two different Greek terms: malakos means “soft” or “effemi­nate” and was commonly used in the Greco-Roman world to refer to the “passive” partner in homosexual acts, while arsenokoites is a combination of Greek arsen (meaning “man”) and koite (here meaning “sexual intercourse”). The term arsenokoites was apparently coined by Paul from the Septu­agint (Greek translation) of Leviticus 20:13, and means (in plural) “men who have intercourse with men.” In 1 Timothy 1:10 Paul uses the same word arsenokoites in the midst of vices derived from “the law” (here, the second half of the Ten Commandments), which means that this verse also should be interpreted as an absolute prohibition of male-with-male intercourse, in keeping with Leviticus 18:22; 20:13. Early Jewish interpretation of Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, and early Christian interpretation of 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10, also show that these verses were understood as absolute prohibitions against all types of homosexual conduct.”

    http://www.worldmag.com/2013/04/the_bible_and_homosexuality

    Mrs. Don-o, I know YOU understand the issue. What I don’t believe is that there is wiggle room that allows someone who has been a Christian for 8 years not to notice what God has said - particularly since she has been questioned at length on this issue for her entire time that she claims she has been a Christian.

    Given that God’s natural revelation of His Will to man has allowed the vast majority of non-believers to figure it out, then someone who is aware of what God’s Word says - and KP certainly is by now - has no excuse whatsoever. It is simply open rebellion against God’s revealed will, and openly encouraging others to sin.

  • Fox News star jumps into 'gay' Christianity

    08/24/2014 8:14:07 AM PDT · 32 of 121
    Mr Rogers to NKP_Vet

    “Then one night in 2006, on a trip to Taiwan, I woke up in what felt like a strange cross between a dream and reality. Jesus came to me and said, “Here I am.” It felt so real. I didn’t know what to make of it. I called my boyfriend, but before I had time to tell him about it, he told me he had been praying the night before and felt we were supposed to break up. So we did. Honestly, while I was upset, I was more traumatized by Jesus visiting me...

    ...I didn’t know what to do, so I spoke with writer Eric Metaxas, whom I had met through my boyfriend and who had talked with me quite a bit about God. “You need to be in a Bible study,” he said. “And Kathy Keller’s Bible study is the one you need to be in.” I didn’t like the sound of that, but I was desperate...

    ...I remember walking into the Bible study. I had a knot in my stomach. In my mind, only weirdoes and zealots went to Bible studies. I don’t remember what was said that day. All I know is that when I left, everything had changed.”

    http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/november/fox-news-highly-reluctant-jesus-follower-kirsten-powers.html?paging=off

    If she has had 8 years of following Christ, then she is old enough as a Christian to be responsible for knowing the difference between gross sin and not sin. In truth, most non-Christians do as well. On the issue of homosexuality, which her pastor opposes, the vast majority of humans for thousands of years have thought the truth was obvious.

    So no, I won’t wait for her to outgrow this.

  • Fox News star jumps into 'gay' Christianity

    08/24/2014 7:58:08 AM PDT · 25 of 121
    Mr Rogers to Nevadan

    She may or may not be a baby Christian. I’ve known a number of converts whose conversion lasted 1-2 years until they decided they would rather follow Buddha or be New Age or follow some other fad.

    “Some of the seed fell among the rocks where there was not much soil, and sprang up very quickly because there was no depth of earth. But when the sun rose it was scorched, and because it had no root, it withered away.” - Mark 4

    I don’t expect the Holy Spirit to be able to instruct a new follower in EVERYTHING very quickly, but I think He is capable of keeping a new follower from promoting what is obviously Satanic and utterly unnatural.

  • White House Officials Will Attend Michael Brown Funeral

    08/23/2014 9:27:52 PM PDT · 48 of 79
    Mr Rogers to dragnet2

    We could call it: “Tomb of the Unknown Thug”

    It could be guarded 24/7 by guys with their pants around their crotch...or lower. Inside, visitors could take their chance at capping a “Creepy Ass Cracker” in a video game. Overhead, a marble memorial of Saint Trayvon ascending to heaven could dominate, while MLK’s statute kneels submissively to the latest heroes of President Obama.

  • Why itís hell to be a doctor in America today

    08/23/2014 4:54:48 PM PDT · 44 of 88
    Mr Rogers to Hot Tabasco

    “I have been to two rehab facilities and have never experienced the account your wife seems to be trying to imply...........

    Nothing personal but it sounds to me like your wife just may have an axe to grind given her perpensity for not being able to hold a legitimate nursing position for any length of time.

    Her personal complaints do not jive with all the nurses and medical professionals I happen to know...”

    Odd. I know a number of nurses - at church - and they tell similar stories.

    What is YOUR ax to grind? What nonsense are YOU trying to push? What makes you think all is wonderful in the medical field?

  • Why itís hell to be a doctor in America today

    08/23/2014 3:31:47 PM PDT · 33 of 88
    Mr Rogers to Hot Tabasco; Soul of the South

    My SIL just got out of a VA hospital after a 3 day stay. His doctor made it by once/day, not twice. The only visit that lasted over 2 minutes was when my wife (an RN) and I were there. That came after she asked why the patient hadn’t been seen for over 24 hours, and when was the doctor going to make his rounds.

    My wife quit as a nurse when patient loads went from 4 to 6, with a roughly 50% increase in acuity, and the hospital got angry because she was putting in overtime. She said the “successful” nurses were the ones on her floor who filled in their paperwork BEFORE visiting the patient. That way, if they were interrupted, their paperwork showed them complete.

    She then went to work in a rehab place. The first week, she asked why 20 drugged rehab patients were being wheeled into rehap, one or two were given some rehab for an hour while the rest dozed on, drugged in their wheelchair, but all 20 were shown as having done an hour of rehab. The second week, she was fired.

  • The Massive Trucker Shortage Could Hit Your Wallet Soon

    08/23/2014 3:19:52 PM PDT · 87 of 97
    Mr Rogers to Moonman62
    "Almost all fuel price increases occurred under W."

    Gas prices over the last 10 years. Notice the SPIKE under GWB, and the LEVEL under Obama...

  • White privilege: An insidious virus thatís eating America from within

    08/23/2014 2:58:11 PM PDT · 74 of 183
    Mr Rogers to 2ndDivisionVet

    I don’t see white privilege. I do see black failure, and that failure of culture is rooted in a 70% illegitimacy rate and the habit of blaming bad results on others instead of themselves.

    If a cop told me to get out of the road and I replied, “Fuck you, pig!”, my white privilege would put my white butt in jail. Blacks who believe otherwise have “black blindness”, and it is black blindness that damages their community, not white privilege.

  • The Massive Trucker Shortage Could Hit Your Wallet Soon

    08/23/2014 8:12:44 AM PDT · 34 of 97
    Mr Rogers to upbeat5

    When they pay more, they will get more. Unless, of course, they hire Mexicans instead...

  • autopsy: officer wilson would have had to be over 12 feet tall to corroborate pro-brown witnesses

    08/23/2014 8:05:42 AM PDT · 27 of 68
    Mr Rogers to Fido969

    “This is stupid, it assumes that the kid was standing there after 5 bullets had been pumped into him.”

    It is entirely possible to be standing after being shot 5 times. Look up the Miami Dade FBI shootout...

  • autopsy: officer wilson would have had to be over 12 feet tall to corroborate pro-brown witnesses

    08/23/2014 8:04:13 AM PDT · 26 of 68
    Mr Rogers to therightliveswithus

    Without more knowledge about where and at what angle the bullet hit his head, no one can know. A grazing wound could come from beneath. If he dropped his head after surrendering, then the bullet could have come from anyone. This would also be true if he had his head lowered and was charging. There is just not enough information public to make an intelligent comment.

  • Paul Ryan airs frustrations with GOP in new book (that no one is buying!)

    08/22/2014 8:54:01 AM PDT · 21 of 46
    Mr Rogers to Opinionated Blowhard

    “Hey, A-hole, no one was agitating to shutter national parks. No one. The Dems did it as a strategy to make the Republicans look bad. If Ryan does not understand that, he’s a complete F-ing idiot.”

    Good summary. If someone in the GOP accepts Democrats accusations as truth, then what use is he?

    “Ryan recounts being confronted at a county fair by a Democrat who objected to his frequent talk of “the makers” and “the takers,” or the divide between those who pay more taxes than the ones who receive government benefits such as unemployment insurance, Social Security and Medicare. Ryan now realizes that during that confrontation, he had been insulting voters without realizing it.”

    Ryan wanted to cut the prepaid pensions of the military while fully supporting tax “refunds” to illegals. Apart from attacking military pensions (which are funded in advance by the Pentagon with a pension fund that is in the black for as far as the eye can see), Ryan accepts pretty much everything.

    He makes no attempt to distinguish between those getting SS benefits they worked for, and those getting disability thru fraud. He seems to have no idea that there are generations who have lived on welfare. He apparently has never seen an extremely fat woman pay with food stamps while her extremely fat kids go around the checkout aisle (because they wouldn’t FIT thru the checkout aisle), or watched them get into a new car.

    He’s making GWB look like a fiscal conservative, and GWB most definitely was NOT!

  • (Those Were The Days!) PHOTO: Late 1960s: Economy Class Seating on a Pan-Am 747

    08/21/2014 8:02:21 PM PDT · 45 of 107
    Mr Rogers to eclecticEel
    I believe this is a real picture from 1959:

    This is supposed to be British Airways in the 60s:

    Another one that looks plausible, at least:

  • CNN source: Darren Wilson didnít suffer an eye socket fracture

    08/21/2014 4:03:43 PM PDT · 64 of 90
    Mr Rogers to SeekAndFind

    I haven’t read the comments, but this really pissed me off:

    “If the victim’s intent to harm is proved, establishing that Wilson’s fear of Brown was reasonable, then he’s one-third of the way to self-defense. He’d also have to show that Brown was advancing on him, a claim the prosecution will try to disprove, and further that Brown was so dangerous that Wilson was justified in using lethal force in bringing him down.”

    I don’t know Missouri law, but I thought it was up to the prosecutor to prove someone GUILTY, not the accused job to prove his innocence!

    I thought the prosecutor would have to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that

    A) Wilson had no reason to fear Brown’s intentions,

    B) Brown had surrendered and was waiting to be cuffed, and

    C) That Brown was so weak and helpless that Wilson could not have believed a threat existed.

    Given the robbery video, those would be tough to prove to a jury with me on it!

  • African Americans are very concerned about whatís happening in Ferguson. Whites are not.

    08/21/2014 3:57:56 PM PDT · 43 of 45
    Mr Rogers to FreedomStar3028

    If Wilson is convicted, every white cop who works a partially black neighborhood needs to quit. It would make it impossible for a white cop to defend himself against attack without going to jail.

  • Police officer suspended for pointing rifle at protesters, threatening them (Ferguson)

    08/20/2014 7:42:55 PM PDT · 15 of 47
    Mr Rogers to Oliviaforever

    The cops were trying to get the crowd to move to a different location. Taken in context, the cops words were no more meaningful than mine when I’ve said I was going to kill someone. If the cop meant it, videoprick would be dead already.

    Sorry, but I’m all out of sympathy for wannabes running around Ferguson trying to identify with black thug criminals at night. I’d vote to shoot a dozen just so this crap will end.

  • Police officer suspended for pointing rifle at protesters, threatening them (Ferguson)

    08/20/2014 7:30:16 PM PDT · 11 of 47
    Mr Rogers to Oliviaforever

    The video I saw wasn’t the highest quality, but it looked to me like his finger was along the trigger guard, not on the trigger. If so, the buttwipe protestors were in no danger. I see no reason to coddle adults who are out at night forcing riot control police to waste my money trying to keep some order.

    The cop wasn’t nice to them...so what? They were assholes, and the world would be a better place if some of those assholes got their butts whipped. They are NOT freedom fighters. Just wannabe punks.

  • Police officer suspended for pointing rifle at protesters, threatening them (Ferguson)

    08/20/2014 7:13:44 PM PDT · 7 of 47
    Mr Rogers to tcrlaf

    When I watched the video, I felt sorry for the cop. He didn’t do anything that I wouldn’t have done under similar provocation. I cannot imagine what it is like dealing with those assholes all night long...

  • Paul Ryan Repudiates ĎMakers and Takersí Language

    08/19/2014 9:28:59 AM PDT · 1 of 37
    Mr Rogers
    I'm coming to really despise Paul Ryan! The problem has NEVER been the "deserving poor", who need a helping hand for a short time to get on their feet. It has always been the "undeserving poor" - the ones who make poor choices and then want to be paid for them. Think of the many fakers on disability for life. Think of Ferguson, MO. Think of the many liars who take welfare for life.

    My wife is a nurse. Think of the many patients on Medicaid who are primarily going hospital to hospital for drugs. Think of some veterans: My SIL spent a day in the local VA hospital, and the doctors seemed shocked that he wasn't there to get morphine, that he in fact refused it.

    Think of Section 8 housing, and women having 7 kids from 7 fathers without even thinking of marriage.

    THOSE are the takers, Paul Ryan!

    And folks wonder why I'm not willing any more to vote Republican because they are 'better than the alternative'. In many cases, they are just repackaged liberals...

  • Robles NYT: Dr. Baden didn't have access to important info: xrays, clothes, toxicology, witnesses

    08/18/2014 8:04:17 AM PDT · 73 of 107
    Mr Rogers to GrandJediMasterYoda

    I think it is telling that a hack like Baden still ends up conflicting with the folks who hired him...

  • Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Struck at Least 6 Times (all in front)

    08/17/2014 9:51:20 PM PDT · 69 of 131
    Mr Rogers to ltc8k6

    Yes, the head shots were almost certainly the last ones. But it doesn’t seem to provide proof that Brown was moving at the time. It seems consistent with both a charging Brown and one who stopped and lowered his head - although the exact angle might tell a story, since Brown was 6’4”.

    I’m pretty confident Brown was charging and was shot multiple times doing so. And if charges are ever brought against the cop, then the burden of proof will be on the prosecutor to show, beyond a reasonable doubt, Brown was not charging.

    As for the Baden criticizing the number of shots, I’d say Baden has never been in combat, nor has he ever been shot at and needed to shoot back. If you’ve ever needed to defend yourself for real, instead of on TV, then you would know you don’t stop shooting until the other fellow stops everything.