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  • Microsoft Exec: Windows 9 to be Free for Windows 8 Users

    09/29/2014 7:51:57 PM PDT · 111 of 111
    Mr Rogers to Excuse_My_Bellicosity

    I’d have kept 7 if I could have. I like it better than 8.1 for some oddities - like with 8.1, you cannot make a system repair disc. You must use a USB drive and it can only hold the restore files. What was the point of that?

    And 8.1 requires you to log on with a MS ID & password. Why? How many people REALLY wanted to log on to their computer with an ID held at Microsoft?

  • Dashboard video shows shooting of unarmed driver

    09/29/2014 12:00:54 PM PDT · 269 of 274
    Mr Rogers to 12th_Monkey

    State of mind must be reasonable, as in the Zimmerman case. There has to be a REASON to be afraid. Cowardice isn’t sufficient reason to kill someone.

  • Microsoft Exec: Windows 9 to be Free for Windows 8 Users

    09/28/2014 8:37:22 PM PDT · 21 of 111
    Mr Rogers to Excuse_My_Bellicosity

    Windows 8.1 with Classic Shell isn’t bad. I’m told it has some behind the scenes improvements, but none that I notice. My Windows 7 laptop was dying (I suspect the hard drive is going bad) so I switched over to a cheap Windows 8 laptop and did the downloads to get it to 8.1 and then tweaked it and finally got something that seems like Windows 7 to me.

    If they make Windows 9 free, then I’ll consider it an apology by MS for screwing up Windows 8.

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Release Date, Cast, Trailer and News

    09/26/2014 2:29:46 PM PDT · 29 of 33
    Mr Rogers to yuleeyahoo

    I’m waiting for the one disc version, when all three movies are combined into one running 110 minutes...

  • Sources: Milton Wolf weighs Greg Orman endorsement

    09/26/2014 10:08:17 AM PDT · 53 of 67
    Mr Rogers to ilgipper

    “There are stands to make, but this is not one of them.”

    I agree...while sitting in Arizona. Roberts isn’t ideal, but I’d rather see him in office than McCain or McFlake - my home state senators!

  • Microsoft offers first look at new Windows - and gives it a name

    09/26/2014 10:00:37 AM PDT · 67 of 81
    Mr Rogers to Scutter

    Windows 8 sucked. Windows 8.1 with Classic Shell isn’t bad...but doing the massive downloads to upgrade 8 to 8.1 was not fun, and I shouldn’t need to install aftermarket software to make an OS behave more like the one before. With 8.1 & CS, it is almost like having Windows 7 installed - not quite as nice, but OK.

    It also wasn’t fun doing Internet searches to find out how to shut off the corner stuff, or getting some screen up that you did not want and wondering how to get away from MS’s app store...

  • Dashboard video shows shooting of unarmed driver

    09/25/2014 1:43:54 PM PDT · 159 of 274
    Mr Rogers to 12th_Monkey

    “Still goes back to the cops state of mind.”

    No, it does not. The law doesn’t give the cop the right to have unlimited feelings. His state of mind MUST be one a reasonable person would have under those circumstances, and his reactions must be proportionate. He arguably was justified in pulling his gun, although his bad technique had led to the situation. He could have gone for cover. But he didn’t have the right to start shooting.

    There was a POTENTIAL for a threat to develop, but it must materialize into a discernible threat before the cop starts shooting. Otherwise, cops could shoot us all with impunity any time they felt like it.

  • Dashboard video shows shooting of unarmed driver

    09/25/2014 1:17:15 PM PDT · 145 of 274
    Mr Rogers to 12th_Monkey

    “Were you their? How do you know what is going through the cops mind? Do you have ESP??”

    What was going on in the cop’s mind is immaterial. What matters is what a reasonable person would be justified in feeling. The guy did not dive into his car. He was asked for something and he turned and moved his upper body inside the car. He had showed no aggression. He did not come back out with a gun or knife. The guy did not do anything illegal or unusual. There was simply no reason for the cop to feel threatened.

    Cops are not supposed to kill people just because. They need a REASON - a discernible threat. This cop had none.

    Unlike the Zimmerman case, this cop was not getting beaten up. Unlike the Ferguson case, there is no reason to believe this guy had already attacked him and tried to get his gun. It was unprovoked.

  • Dashboard video shows shooting of unarmed driver

    09/25/2014 11:12:38 AM PDT · 44 of 274
    Mr Rogers to 12th_Monkey

    “So for the haters here, does the cop need to be shot, stabbed or assaulted FIRST before he earns the right to protect himself???”

    He needs to be THREATENED before he shoots. You can not “protect” yourself from nothing - there needs to be a THREAT. No one threatened the cop in any way.

  • Emma Watson nude photo threat a hoax

    09/25/2014 7:13:42 AM PDT · 45 of 46
    Mr Rogers to BlackElk

    Given Emma Watson’s background, she may never have ever talked with anyone who is pro-life. The answer to “I should be able to do with my body as I will” is “YOUR body isn’t the one being aborted!” If you want to change someone’s mind, you do not spew venom...and Watson seems to actually HAVE a mind.

    She needs someone to ask her “When does life begin? Is it when the child can take care of him or herself? Is it at birth? What about after 8 months in the womb, when the ‘fetus’ is capable of being delivered - alive!? If the ‘fetus’ can be delivered alive instead of aborted, in what sense is it not already another human being?”

    There is no reason to suspect Watson doesn’t support abortion rights. However, many women in her position have never even considered what abortion involves. And she was right about some things in her speech - that societies, even ours, often treats women solely as sex objects, and that men are not valued as fathers and that men should have a role in liberating women. She is also correct in admitting that for women in England and the US “as a woman I am paid the same as my male counterparts” - try getting Obama to admit that truth!

    How many lockstep liberals would admit, “I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decision-making of my country. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men.”

    Her speech had good points and bad, but it was much better than I would expect from someone brought up in the film industry and liberal colleges. It certainly did not deserve the attacks and vicious name-calling it received here.

  • Emma Watson nude photo threat a hoax

    09/24/2014 9:33:10 PM PDT · 32 of 46
    Mr Rogers to Viennacon

    She admitted she has led a privileged life - in part because she was raised in a place like England. I don’t hear stuff like that from celebrities very often. She says society undervalues fathers, which is true of western society at least.

    I am sure Emma Watson is both pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage, both of which I abhor...but she also comes across as someone a person could talk to. That would make her very different from the average film industry liberal.

    And part of her speech WAS correct. Real respect for women is something MEN need to teach. We need to teach our daughters they are valued, so our daughters won’t seek love from some teen boy who only wants to get into her panties. We need to teach women and society that the rappers and the Miley Cyrus types who think women are only valuable as sex objects are evil. We need to teach real respect for women...because if real men don’t do it, then society will teach them a false respect, one grounded in their being used by men for sex and promoting an abortion culture.

  • Emma Watson nude photo threat a hoax

    09/24/2014 8:25:31 PM PDT · 29 of 46
    Mr Rogers to Viennacon

    She may or may not have been talking about abortion. I don’t know. Given the world-wide audience, decisions about your own body could include not dressing in a burka. It could include access to health care without a male relative watching - something I encountered in Afghanistan, where a woman could be killed by her family if she had been seen in a hospital without a male relative standing by and giving his permission for her flesh to be seen. It could include not being beaten up by your rapper boyfriend, even if the President of the USA likes him.

    I’m sure I disagree with Watson on a number of issues. She was brought up in England and went to liberal colleges. But overall, her message was not vile. It merits discussion, not name calling and spewing venom like some liberal hag on MSNBC.

  • 3 Mistakes Hannah Graham Made

    09/24/2014 6:42:26 PM PDT · 94 of 107
    Mr Rogers to OpusatFR

    After my 5’2” daughter finished USMC boot camp, she decided she was she picked a fight with a 6’2” Army private. He picked her up, tossed her across the room like a rag doll, and said, “You’re cute!”

    As she got up, she decided it might be a good idea spending the rest of the evening being “cute” than getting beaten up by a guy who meant her no harm at all. Martial arts can help, and can be particularly good at getting a girl an opening for running away, but they don’t really even the odds between 110 lbs and 205 lbs...

  • Emma Watson nude photo threat a hoax

    09/24/2014 6:24:21 PM PDT · 22 of 46
    Mr Rogers to Viennacon

    Actually, I agreed with much of her speech. You might remember that many members of the UN are Muslim, and they DO need to hear that women are not objects for men to abuse and control.

    “I was appointed six months ago and the more I have spoken about feminism the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.

    For the record, feminism by definition is: “The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.”...

    ...Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive.

    Why is the word such an uncomfortable one?

    I am from Britain and think it is right that as a woman I am paid the same as my male counterparts. I think it is right that I should be able to make decisions about my own body. I think it is right that women be involved on my behalf in the policies and decision-making of my country. I think it is right that socially I am afforded the same respect as men. But sadly I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights.

    No country in the world can yet say they have achieved gender equality.

    These rights I consider to be human rights but I am one of the lucky ones. My life is a sheer privilege because my parents didn’t love me less because I was born a daughter. My school did not limit me because I was a girl. My mentors didn’t assume I would go less far because I might give birth to a child one day...Because not all women have been afforded the same rights that I have. In fact, statistically, very few have been...

    ...Because to date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued less by society despite my needing his presence as a child as much as my mother’s...

    ...If men don’t have to be aggressive in order to be accepted women won’t feel compelled to be submissive. If men don’t have to control, women won’t have to be controlled.

    Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong… It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals...

    ...I want men to take up this mantle. So their daughters, sisters and mothers can be free from prejudice but also so that their sons have permission to be vulnerable and human too—reclaim those parts of themselves they abandoned and in doing so be a more true and complete version of themselves.

    You might be thinking who is this Harry Potter girl? And what is she doing up on stage at the UN. It’s a good question and trust me, I have been asking myself the same thing. I don’t know if I am qualified to be here. All I know is that I care about this problem. And I want to make it better.

    And having seen what I’ve seen—and given the chance—I feel it is my duty to say something. English Statesman Edmund Burke said: “All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for enough good men and women to do nothing.”...”

    I certainly would not agree with all she said, but given she is English and went to liberal colleges, I think her message was far less anti-men than I would have expected of someone with her background.

    I also like that she DID mention her privileged background.

    I think the names you called her were a knee-jerk reaction, not justified by her comments. You are wrong. Emma Watson isn’t totally correct, but neither was she entirely wrong. Her thoughts were not “bile-spewing”.

    As for gender equality in the US, the way the media adores the sluts and women-abusing rappers is proof our society DOES have a lot of women haters around. The President’s acceptance of the highly sexualized and abusive lyrics of rappers are proof OBAMA needs to learn respect for women. REAL respect, not the fake pretense he puts out.

  • Coca Cola, PepsiCo work to reduce drink calories consumed by 2025

    09/23/2014 9:57:34 PM PDT · 30 of 45
    Mr Rogers to ConservativeStatement

    Maybe Coke could go back to only selling 6.5 oz bottles, like they did before the 50s.

  • Waitress Proudly Used Rush Limbaugh's Generous Tips To Fund Abortions

    09/23/2014 6:16:07 PM PDT · 90 of 137
    Mr Rogers to markomalley

    Apparently, this is her idea of “normal”:

    “I had an abortion because we were poor and I was depressed and I didn’t know who the father was. I had been having an affair. My kids were 2 and 3, and the debilitating morning sickness, which I experienced early in each of my pregnancies, made it difficult to work or care for two toddlers.”

    If she were my daughter, I’d ask her why she was screwing strangers and in such numbers that she was clueless about who got her pregnant, and why her immoral behavior needed to be followed by killing the only one involved who was innocent. Has it never occurred to a liberal woman to just NOT HAVE SEX?

    I debated this during the Hobby Lobby decision on a forum that rarely discusses politics. I noticed the liberal women on the forum just could not conceive of the idea that maybe, just maybe, they either ought to abstain from sex, or accept responsibility for the results and costs!

  • Vile ad bounces off McSally, sticks to Gabby Giffords

    09/21/2014 1:42:21 PM PDT · 13 of 14
    Mr Rogers to conservativehistorian

    I’m someone who was in Saudi during the same time frame she was, and who knew a number of A-10 pilots who loathed her.

    “McSally said that while the U.S. healthcare system was broken, the Affordable Care Act was the “wrong diagnosis.” Though she supported the main legs of the law, including forcing insurers to cover preexisting conditions, allow young adults to stay on their parent’s insurance, and eliminating extra payments for women’s care, she criticized the law’s requirement that all Americans carry health insurance or pay a penalty.

    The law, she said “uses mandates, penalties and taxes and that’s not the way to address to this issue.”...

    ...McSally couched her ideas in pragmatism. “We need to do this in a way that’s practical and also fair.”

    She said the immigration system should serve the economic needs of the nation and argued that the quota system, in place in some form since 1924, needed to replaced with something that considered families. “We have a failed strategy right now and we need to change the system to respond to our needs.”

    “This is a complex issue that can’t be explained in soundbites, we need to deal with root causes,” McSally said.”

    Also see


    “A lot of people seem to be evolving on that. You said last time out that you supported a constitutional amendment to limit marriage to one man and one woman. Now we have it in all these states.

    I believe it’s primarily a state issue. When you’re answering these surveys, sometimes it’s a “yes/no” question when really it should be an essay answer that’s appropriate.

    So you don’t support a federal constitutional amendment anymore?

    I am not planning on spending my political capital on that type of issue. The way it was framed to me was, “If everything changed in the country and if somehow there was the voice of the people to come forward”—which is what you would need to have for the constitutional amendment to come up—”is that something you would vote for or against?” I don’t think that’s a practical reality. If we have any kind of constitutional amendment come up, I think a balanced budget should be the priority. My focus is putting people back to work, getting the economy going again, saving Davis-Monthan and the A-10, making sure that we’re able to get our debt under control, making sure we protect Social Security and Medicare, and getting our border secure.

    So philosophically, on the question, you ...

    Philosophically, I believe marriage is between one man and one woman, and it should be left to the states.

    So the federal constitutional amendment, you would not support that any longer?

    In a hypothetical situation, where the country has decided this is very important and they’ve gotten the support across the board in the country for it to come up—that’s a hypothetical situation. That’s not happening anytime soon.”

    “I suspect that you are a Wooten supporter.”

    I’m not an anyone supporter in this race. I had a very low opinion of her during my time in the military, backed by a number of A-10 pilots I met, and she was the least conservative of the 3 running in the primary. I think she is exactly what the GOP-E would LOVE to rally behind as a spokeswoman for the GOP...and she is not someone I can support.

    The House will stay in GOP hands this fall. I have no need to support an establishment candidate who, if she wins, is likely to be pushed as an example for all Republicans to follow. I’d rather see her political ambitions end now, lest she become McCain’s heir apparent for when he dies in the Senate...

  • Vile ad bounces off McSally, sticks to Gabby Giffords

    09/21/2014 10:52:03 AM PDT · 11 of 14
    Mr Rogers to vette6387

    I think McSally is being groomed as the GOP-E’s future Hillary - a rising star because she’s a female republican.

    However, I despised her actions in the military. If I had behaved the way she did, I’d have been in deep trouble - but then, I wasn’t a protected female with heavy congressional support. I tend to despise any political types in the military, and anyone who was a military officer who goes to Congress to be an aide.

    McSally also supports illegal immigration. She mouths the words on a strong border, but her heart isn’t in it.

    Given her supporters, the history of the district and some of her background, I’m pretty sure she will also support the gay rights movement. I also find it odd her marriage was annulled - not a divorce, but a civil annulment.

    I don’t want a Democrat elected, but neither do I want to give a RINO a career boost into national politics. I consider that to be more damaging to conservatism, particularly since the House will stay republican.

  • Vile ad bounces off McSally, sticks to Gabby Giffords

    09/21/2014 9:20:22 AM PDT · 8 of 14
    Mr Rogers to rktman

    I won’t vote for McSally, but this ad isn’t going to convince anyone here who isn’t already rabidly liberal.

  • First In, Last Out - The story of the Wild Weasel.

    09/20/2014 9:30:32 PM PDT · 8 of 22
    Mr Rogers to DemforBush

    Good video. I flew as a WSO in the 90th TFS in the Philippines.

  • Poll: Greg Orman leads Pat Roberts in Kansas

    09/20/2014 1:53:27 PM PDT · 52 of 52
    Mr Rogers to GIdget2004

    I don’t like the GOP-E, but I think I’d pull the lever for Roberts if I lived in Kansas. Unlike some states, including my home state of Arizona, I don’t remember seeing the GOP-E candidate attack conservatives with much vitriol.

    Of course, I’m not sure Roberts can think long enough to attack anyone, but I’d rather see him in than his opponent.

  • Texas court throws out 'upskirt' photo law

    09/20/2014 11:32:34 AM PDT · 51 of 101
    Mr Rogers to 1rudeboy; palmer

    You can travel on a public road to a public clinic and have a state licensed doctor abort a baby for profit to a publicly owned business because that is private, but you cannot prevent someone from hiding a camera and taking pictures of your body from beneath you because your ‘privates’ are public.

    Only in American law is that considered sensible!

  • Voting Democrat Won't Teach GOP a Lesson

    09/19/2014 7:17:19 AM PDT · 58 of 86
    Mr Rogers to C. Edmund Wright

    The people who spit in my face are not going to represent my views in Congress anyways. My senators are John McCain and Jeff McFlake. Both of them despise people like me. Both of them prefer liberals and why should I vote for them?

    How does one show folks what conservative ideas can do if one only elects non-conservatives who attack those ideas regularly? McCain has far more venom for any conservative than he ever had for Ted Kennedy!

  • Voting Democrat Won't Teach GOP a Lesson

    09/19/2014 7:12:55 AM PDT · 57 of 86
    Mr Rogers to SMGFan

    Republicans treat conservatives the way Democrats treat blacks, and that is not pretty.

    Here is a bottom line I’ve adopted since 2008: If you want my money or my vote, don’t spit in my face and pee in my Wheaties! If a Republican loses because he/she violated that be it!

  • Vikings ban Adrian Peterson from all team activities

    09/17/2014 9:00:05 AM PDT · 89 of 98
    Mr Rogers to Scoutmaster
    Thank you for the links. This says a lot:

    "He offered up information that the police didn’t have and was incredulous when asked if some of the numerous wounds and marks on the child were from an extension cord, saying, “Oh, no, I’d never hit my child with an extension cord. I remember how it feels to get whooped with an extension cord. I’d never do that.

    The marks show it was excessive, but I'm not sure it rises to felony level. It may depend on if one believes the child, or if the child is being encouraged by the mom in prep for a civil case...$$$.

  • No-homework policy improves home life for younger students at one CPS school

    09/15/2014 7:05:48 AM PDT · 34 of 38
    Mr Rogers to yldstrk

    I did 3-4 hours of homework a year in high school. I took calculus, 4 years of science, 4 years of German, etc. After graduating, I tested out of 46 credits of college, and got my BS in Biology in 3 years.

    I’m not buying the idea that kids need lots of homework. I’ve volunteered at the high school. It seems to me they fart around in class and then receive all their practice work as homework.

  • No-homework policy improves home life for younger students at one CPS school

    09/14/2014 9:11:37 PM PDT · 2 of 38
    Mr Rogers to MNDude

    Ridiculous amounts of homework are one of my pet peeves. My youngest is now in 12th grade and doing 3-4 hours a day. I’m sure glad I grew up in the 60s and 70s...

  • Gabby Giffords: Gun Control for Women's Sake Now

    09/14/2014 9:00:15 AM PDT · 28 of 76
    Mr Rogers to Don Corleone

    Sorry. I met too many A-10 pilots who knew her to think very highly of Martha McSally, Lt. Col. USAF Ret. She pro-illegal immigration and a darling of the GOP-E to boot.

  • Pope says world's many conflicts amount to piecemeal WW3

    09/13/2014 7:06:32 AM PDT · 9 of 25
    Mr Rogers to GreyFriar

    “War is irrational; its only plan is to bring destruction: it seeks to grow by destroying,” he said. “Greed, intolerance, the lust for power. These motives underlie the decision to go to war and they are too often justified by an ideology ...,” he said.

    War has solved a number of problems. It is entirely rational in self-defense. Indeed, war is not a person at all. It makes no decisions. People do. Evil people will start a war to increase their power. What should the innocent do? Submit?

    Many Muslims are at war - physical violence - against non-Muslims. What should we do?

    America has been fighting this war with one hand tied behind its back since the 1990s, in part because we refuse to recognize the enemy. It has not helped to have a POS President who is a member of the enemy...

    Nor does what is going on now in any way compare to the horrors of WW1 & WW2.

  • Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson Indicted on Child Abuse Charge (switched his child)

    09/13/2014 6:39:59 AM PDT · 253 of 306
    Mr Rogers to 1010RD; Cvengr

    “I have had success with hundreds of children whose parents said they were out of control or wouldn’t listen.”

    Unless you’ve been very busy in the bedroom, you have not raised hundreds of kids as a parent. The role of a parent is very different from a teacher. The same rules do not apply.

    “I’ve never needed to punish a child with hitting of any kind.”

    I have. Kids like and need clear rules, and to know they are not in control. Like a horse, they thrive when the know someone tougher than them is taking care of life and protecting them. That is when they are safe to enjoy life.

    You can try talking to two year olds if you wish. I’ve met some who would respond to talk. Many more do not. Horses for courses, and choose the discipline that works with your individual child.

  • Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson Indicted on Child Abuse Charge (switched his child)

    09/13/2014 6:34:52 AM PDT · 249 of 306
    Mr Rogers to 1010RD

    “A sheep dog who bites or grips is a bad sheep dog. I doubt a normal sheepherder ever “set the dogs” on the sheep. They simply let their dogs herd the sheep. That’s normal and requires no physical contact from the dog. The rubber hose is indicative of a impatient rancher.”

    You assume the sheep will obey the dog. If so, fine. And if a child obeys the parent, fine.

    But range sheep WILL refuse to obey a dog, then then the dog must enforce its will with its teeth. Not all sheep live in pastures and are worked with daily. Range sheep may need a dog to be aggressive.

    It is even more true of cattle. The idea that herd dogs never ever need to bite is a myth. A dog who will not use its teeth to enforce its will has no control over the rougher animals.

    So it is with kids. Some kids are born pretty willing. Some are not.

    And yes, a rancher can be impatient when he has a lot of sheep to load to meet a deadline...just as a parent can need to meet deadlines that a child cannot understand.

    “Sitting down and reading the Bible won’t do it, but living the Bible will.”

    Part of living the Bible s following its advice.

    “Do not hold back discipline from the child,
    Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.
    You shall strike him with the rod
    And rescue his soul from Sheol.”

    I don’t think “strike him with the rod” means anything other than what it says. You are ignoring the plain text to create an interpretation no one else holds.

    Further, when a kid will not stay out of a road or stop when told to stop, there is no time to teach & live and feel fuzzy about him. You must enforce your will, or lose. If you lose, you greatly increase the chance that ultimately the kid will lose.

    “Why the Sheol reference? Matthew Henry gets it right again. This is a spiritual issue.”

    Indeed. A kid who knows no discipline, who refuses to obey his parents, is heading to hell. It is the parent’s job to save him from a life of destruction. That includes enforcing the rules.

    It twists the plain meaning of scripture beyond recognition to pretend that the Bible does not teach corporal punishment. You can reject it if you wish, but the Bible clearly endorses it.

    “Utterly different context at 26. The entire chapter isn’t about children, but fools.”

    So “rod” means “rod” when it is talking about fools, but means the Bible when talking about kids? Sorry. I’m not buying what you are selling.

  • Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson Indicted on Child Abuse Charge (switched his child)

    09/12/2014 9:43:25 PM PDT · 184 of 306
    Mr Rogers to 1010RD; JRandomFreeper

    “A child is not a dog. Whacking isn’t a natural consequence at all...Our prisons are full of kids whose parents hit them. It doesn’t work.”

    Dogs are smarter than some young kids...but young kids and dogs and horses all respond well to immediate, proportionate physical punishment.

    I’ve known a great many successful people who were spanked and belted. The idea that it causes folks to end up in prison is silly.

  • Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson Indicted on Child Abuse Charge (switched his child)

    09/12/2014 9:39:30 PM PDT · 181 of 306
    Mr Rogers to 1010RD; Cvengr

    Time outs do not work with many kids. I had two who LOVED time-outs. They are also ineffective with young kids who do not link things thru time.

    Spanking a 12 year old makes no sense to me. But it can work great with a 2 year old.

  • Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson Indicted on Child Abuse Charge (switched his child)

    09/12/2014 9:30:59 PM PDT · 169 of 306
    Mr Rogers to 1010RD

    Actually, sheepherders DO set the dogs on sheep who won’t move. And I’ve helped a sheep rancher use a rubber hose to get sheep thru a ramp before.

    Corporal punishment is definitely allowed and encouraged in the Bible.

    “He who withholds his rod hates his son,
    But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.”

    I’m sorry, but that does not sound to me like encouragement to read the Bible to my kids regularly. That is a good thing too, but it is not what the verse is talking about. The same goes for:

    “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
    The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.”

    “Do not hold back discipline from the child,
    Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.
    You shall strike him with the rod
    And rescue his soul from Sheol.”

    “A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey,
    And a rod for the back of fools.”

  • How the King James Bible changed the world

    09/12/2014 9:04:15 PM PDT · 125 of 125
    Mr Rogers to terycarl; RoosterRedux

    “heard the entire bible preached over a three year period”

    No, they did not.

    Pre-Vatican II, only about 1% of the Old Testament was covered, and about 16% of the New Testament.

    The current one, read on Sundays and major feast days, covers about 40% of the NT and 4% of the Old.

  • Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson Indicted on Child Abuse Charge (switched his child)

    09/12/2014 8:43:43 PM PDT · 118 of 306
    Mr Rogers to tflabo; 1010RD

    John Gill:

    “Verse 24

    He that spareth his rod hateth his son,.... Who withholds or withdraws his rod of correction, which is in his hand, which he has power to use, and ought to exercise at proper times; he, instead of loving his son, may be said to hate him; for such fond love is no better than hatred; and, if he really hated him, he could scarcely do a more ill thing by him than not to correct him for a fault; which was the sin of good old Eli, and both he and his sons suffered for it;

    but he that loveth him; that has a true love for his son, and a hearty concern for his welfare and future good; he will regulate his affections by his judgment, and not give way to a fond passion, to the prejudice of his child: but he

    chasteneth him betimes, or “in the morning”F24; in the morning of his infancy, before vicious habits are contracted, or he is accustomed to sinning, and hardened in it; or as soon as a crime is perpetrated, before it is forgot or repeated: or every morning, as Jarchi and Aben Ezra; that is, continually, as often as it is necessary, or as faults are committed.”

  • Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson Indicted on Child Abuse Charge (switched his child)

    09/12/2014 8:38:00 PM PDT · 110 of 306
    Mr Rogers to JRandomFreeper

    I’m with you. I wasn’t switched, but the belt sometimes left a mark. I generally needed it if I got it, and I’m better off for it.

    Personally, I always used my hand because then I knew exactly how it felt. However, there were times that finger marks were left. If you ask my kids, they’ll tell you the same I say about my Dad.

    If I had ever used a switch, I’m sure I would have drawn blood at times. But cars, horses and rattlesnakes and cactus can be a lot more dangerous, and whatever it took to make a young child listen was better than a single time of not listening when things got hairy.

  • McDonald's Is Quietly Copying Chipotle's Strategy ("Customization")

    09/12/2014 12:57:00 PM PDT · 36 of 55
    Mr Rogers to aomagrat

    Me too! I stop at a McD’s because I want something fast & cheap - typically a couple of cheeseburgers to go...about $3, eaten while driving.

    If they want me to wait around until buzzed...well, I think not!

    Am I the only person left in America who LIKED fast food? I don’t go to a McD’s for salads, gourmet shakes, foo-foo coffee or health food. I go for burgers, maybe with fries, cheap and fast.

  • Should atheists who refuse to say ‘so help me God’ be excluded from the Air Force?

    09/11/2014 11:15:11 AM PDT · 40 of 48
    Mr Rogers to RedStateRocker

    “Obeying, or enforcing, a bad law is every bit as bad as having written it. IMHO.”

    So when we had people in the squadron who claimed GW Bush wasn’t legally the President and they did not need to deploy, should we have let them?

    If Barack Obama doesn’t like immigration law, should he be allowed to “interpret” it his way?

    Where does it end?

  • Should atheists who refuse to say ‘so help me God’ be excluded from the Air Force?

    09/11/2014 11:11:32 AM PDT · 39 of 48
    Mr Rogers to Lurking Libertarian

    “The statute contains a cross-reference...”

    No, the statue does not. Some legal software will provide you with cross references, and that helps to build a legal case. One can also look at notes provided by Congress for fuller explanation, when they exist. But those are things COURTS do. The military takes a law at face value.

    An affirmation usually means you have a religious objection to swearing an oath, as I do.

  • Should atheists who refuse to say ‘so help me God’ be excluded from the Air Force?

    09/11/2014 10:53:55 AM PDT · 29 of 48
    Mr Rogers to xkaydet65

    I strongly suspect the courts will side with the legal reasoning in the article, and issue a ruling saying the law doesn’t really mean what it says. Courts do that all the time, and it is sometimes a worthwhile thing. After all, the person who updated the AFI probably didn’t have access to legal software to help track down every court case or exception - all they had was the text of the law itself.

    Frankly, the ruling ought to say the words are a religious test and are unconstitutional.

    My only point, as someone who has sometimes had to draft revisions to a regulation, is that the USAF’s hands are tied. The USAF has no business deciding the words are unconstitutional and must be stripped from the law.

    Now, if I were the officer administering the oath, I might not catch an omission of those words by the oath-taker, if you know what I mean...

  • Should atheists who refuse to say ‘so help me God’ be excluded from the Air Force?

    09/11/2014 10:42:56 AM PDT · 23 of 48
    Mr Rogers to right-wing agnostic

    It is public law:

    U.S. Code › Title 10 › Subtitle A › Part II › Chapter 31 › § 502
    10 U.S. Code § 502 - Enlistment oath: who may administer:

    (a) Enlistment Oath.— Each person enlisting in an armed force shall take the following oath: “I, XXXXXXXXXX, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

    (b) Who May Administer.— The oath may be taken before the President, the Vice-President, the Secretary of Defense, any commissioned officer, or any other person designated under regulations prescribed by the Secretary of Defense.”

    Bad law, but it is the law until revised or overturned.

  • Should atheists who refuse to say ‘so help me God’ be excluded from the Air Force?

    09/11/2014 10:40:47 AM PDT · 20 of 48
    Mr Rogers to RJS1950

    According to public law, the words are required. Congress specified the exact wording and gave no one authority to delete it.

    I think it is wrong, but this is a problem with Congress, not the military. When the AFI was revised, they simply corrected it to align the AFI with the law Congress passed. The USAF has no say in the matter.

  • Ten Great Land Yachts

    09/11/2014 8:54:43 AM PDT · 39 of 90
    Mr Rogers to TexasGator
    In picture form, to help folks visualize:

    "Alternatively, a coupé is often distinguished from a two-door sedan by the lack of a B pillar to support the roof. Sedans have an A pillar forward at the windscreen, a B pillar aft of the door, and a C pillar defining the aftermost roof support at the rear window."

  • The United States should be nervous about the Scottish independence referendum

    09/11/2014 7:20:58 AM PDT · 85 of 88
    Mr Rogers to driftless2

    Scottish independence would be like California becoming independent - a blessing to those who remain behind!

  • How Christian fundamentalist homeschooling damages children (Salon)

    09/11/2014 6:44:37 AM PDT · 76 of 83
    Mr Rogers to Faith Presses On

    I’ve met plenty of fully educated public school grads who have about a third grade education after 12 years. How is that better?

    My daughter was homeschooled thru 8th grade. She is taking calculus and a variety of AP classes as a 16 year old senior. It doesn’t seem being homeschooled before the 9th grade hurt her any...

  • How the King James Bible changed the world

    09/10/2014 4:43:33 PM PDT · 112 of 125
    Mr Rogers to terycarl

    “The KJV was, of course, in English and while there were many latin versiions of the bible available, they were not in the hands of the people because they were prohibitively expensive..”

    Actually, that began 100 years before the KJV, when Luther and Tyndale made their translations. However, there was a demand for scripture in the vernacular, which is why Wycliffe’s followers labored so hard to distribute hand written copies. There was a reason the Jews in the days of Jesus knew the scriptures - because it was emphasized. Had the Catholic Church wanted, it could have done so as well. It chose not to do so, because it could not reconcile what was in the scripture with what the church was teaching.

  • How the King James Bible changed the world

    09/10/2014 4:39:16 PM PDT · 111 of 125
    Mr Rogers to terycarl

    “Christiaans baptized households full of people.”

    There is no example of baptizing a baby in scripture, nor would it have made any sense to Jews. Baptism by water was for converts, not for infants.

  • How the King James Bible changed the world

    09/10/2014 1:33:54 PM PDT · 106 of 125
    Mr Rogers to Dr. Sivana; daniel1212

    Well, if someone refuses to read anything that might not agree with what they already believe, then they certainly won’t ever feel challenged!

    Heck, Augustine and Jerome never agreed on the status of the Apocrypha, and even the Council of Trent refused to decide between them! If two Great Church Fathers can’t even agree on if the Apocrypha is good for doctrine or not, then just how useful are Church Fathers? Indeed, how useful is a Council if it can’t decide?

    “Ultimately, the teachings of the Church Christ founded, the Holy Roman Catholic Church, provides the guidelines.”

    Given the discrepancies between the New Testament and the Roman Catholic Church’s theology, the inescapable conclusion is that Christ did not found the Roman Catholic Church. There were no Christian priests in the New Testament, nor Bishops, nor Pope. There was no evolving doctrine. There was no purgatory nor indulgences. Baptism was for believers, because it makes no sense to baptize someone who cannot or does not believe.

    All that is obvious if one simply reads the New Testament by itself. But it can only be discovered by someone who values the Word of God over the Word of Church.

  • How the King James Bible changed the world

    09/10/2014 12:57:50 PM PDT · 104 of 125
    Mr Rogers to Dr. Sivana; daniel1212

    “Oh, a priest, theologians, Church fathers, Church doctors, Holy Saints, and much much more.”

    I’d suggest skipping those and simply using a decent commentary that includes discussions of the original language and the historical setting. Theologians will argue over almost anything. The Church Fathers were all over the place. In one writing they would say one thing, and in another say another - with the same person writing! Church doctors and Holy Saints were interested in preserving Catholic theology, and cheerfully would do so at the expense of the word of God.

    The New Testament knows of two types of human priests - Jewish priests, offering blood and other sacrifices, and every Christian, offering sacrifices of obedience, thankfulness, etc. There were no priests in the New Testament in the Christian Church. Someone who is a priest is, by definition, someone who does not accept the authority of the Word of God over his own theology - so why consult him to find out what the word says, when he doesn’t CARE about what it says?

    That was why Wycliffe was so dangerous to the Roman Catholic Church. By getting the word of God into the hands of believers, he allowed the believers to discover they had been lied to about what God wants of them. That is also why they attacked Tyndale, and attacked Luther, and why they still attack the KJV - because letting people read the Word of God leaves the Roman Catholic Church with no foundation.

    A church who wants people to “do penance” instead of repent is not interested in the Word of God.