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Check out this battle of the church signs.


Help! I spilled coffee on my laptop and now besides having trouble with the keyboard I am having

trouble getting the thing to turn on. When I push the "turn on" button I end up with a loud beeping noise. Sometimes I end up at "Startup repair" but then when it goes to restart I end up with the beeping, (also when it is loading the files it beeps throughout the whole process.)

I bought a cheap keyboard and attached it with to the laptop but it doesn't automatically override and that may still be a problem; I don't know.

I was told by one computer repair person over the phone that it was a hardware problem and probably not worth the money to fix it - about $400.00. So I started looking at new laptops today but before I go buy one I figured I'd ask some of you experts here.

Is there anyway I can open up the back and see if there is corroded material that I can dust off or a short that I can just hook up again? I figure the computer is going down anyway so I'm not going to do much damage at this point, or at least nothing that will inevitably matter.

Any ideas would be appreciated. Also if I do have to get a new one ideas about where I can get the best deal would be appreciated too. I just had to shell out money for my teeth and this is not a good money time.

I have a whole new respect for sex workers after reading on this website.


It is set up in in England for the disabled and after reading 3/4 of this page I am in tears and really appreciate what some of these people do. I have a lot of things to be grateful for and one of them is being able to take care of my own sexual needs; something I had never ever thought about before.

(I hope this does not get locked. This is a serious subject that I believe needs to be out in the open)

OK so a Fox news voyeur told me that between the President and his family

and the Bidens; they have taken 5 vacations since January.

I did find out that the President played golf with Tiger Woods down in FL. (I think it was FL)

Anyone know anything else. I would love to tell her that this is just another one of their lies.

Can't remember if I got this here or somewhere else.

If it's a dupe, sorry. But hopefully some new people will see it.

I need someone to interpret a few lines of a poem for me.

I don't know if anyone has ever used this site but it is for divination. http://www.facade.com/

I use the I Ching which I have studied for about 25 years and Stichomancy which is defined as:

n. 1. Divination by lines, or passages of books, taken at hazard.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by C. & G. Merriam Co.

I don't suggest anyone get involved in it if you have an addictive personality!

Anyway I received an answer at the Stichomancy part and I do not understand how to interpret this poem, or part of a poem by Edwin Arlington Robinson. If someone is good at figuring out poems I would appreciate if they could tell me what these few lines mean.

The Man against the Sky by Edwin Arlington Robinson:

"And like to none that she has known Of other women's other sons, -- The firm fruition of her need, He shines anointed; and he blurs Her vision, till it seems indeed A sacrilege to call him hers.

She fears a little for so much Of what is best, and hardly dares To think of him as one to touch With aches, indignities, and cares; She sees him rather at the goal,"

Someone said to cross post this from general discussion.


Let's create an anti-NRA lobby and give the same amount of money they give - to anti-gun candidates.


EDIT TO ADD: That I am not talking about "repeal the Second Amendment people" I am talking about people who want to have real reform in our country with regards to gun legislation. So we won't have another assault weapons ban bill fail. It failed because of the NRA and everyone knows it.

The charts here show how much money was given to what Senate or House member. We all know that the better rating the NRA gives to a member the more money that member will get from them for their next race.

All we have to do is exceed the amount of money they give and we can have the same influence. I know we don't want to give money to republicans but what about the democrats that got money from them? And find out exactly how much they gave to a republican candidate and give the same amount to their democratic challenger.

They only gave a total of $421,000 to Democrats in the 2012 election. Someone here knows how to start a lobby and raise money. We can do that! And they gave 3,849,000 to Republicans. If our sole aim is to get these gun whores out we can raise that too.

I sign so many petitions and what does it matter if people are ruled by the money God. We have to fight fire with fire in this case I believe.

I hope everyone who thinks it's OK to "just breed her once" or "just buy one dog" reads this all the

way through.

The shelter manager's letter:

"I am posting this (and it is long) because I think our society needs a huge wake-up call.

As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all - a view from the inside, if you will.

Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don't even know - that puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it's not a cute little puppy anymore.

How would you feel if you knew that there's about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at - purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays" that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.

No shortage of excuses
The most common excuses I hear are:

We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat).
Really? Where are you moving to that doesn't allow pets?

The dog got bigger than we thought it would.
How big did you think a German Shepherd would get?

We don't have time for her.
Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs!

She's tearing up our yard.
How about bringing her inside, making her a part of your family?

They always tell me:
We just don't want to have to stress about finding a place for her. We know she'll get adopted - she's a good dog. Odds are your pet won't get adopted, and how stressful do you think being in a shelter is?

Well, let me tell you. Dead pet walking!

Your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off, sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy.
If it sniffles, it dies.

Your pet will be confined to a small run / kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it.
If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers that day to take him / her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose.
If your dog is big, black or any of the "bully" breeds (pit bull, rottweiler, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don't get adopted.
If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed.

If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed, it may get a stay of execution, though not for long. Most pets get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment.
If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles, chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don't have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment.

The grim reaper
Here's a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put-down".
First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk - happy, wagging their tails. That is, until they get to "The Room".

Every one of them freaks out and puts on the breaks when we get to the door. It must smell like death, or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there. It's strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs (depending on their size and how freaked out they are). A euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the "pink stuff". Hopefully your pet doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk it's leg. I've seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood, and been deafened by the yelps and screams.

They all don't just "go to sleep" - sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves.
When it all ends, your pet's corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back, with all of the other animals that were killed, waiting to be picked up like garbage.

What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You'll never know, and it probably won't even cross your mind. It was just an animal, and you can always buy another one, right?

Liberty, freedom and justice for all
I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can't get the pictures out of your head. I do everyday on the way home from work. I hate my job, I hate that it exists and I hate that it will always be there unless people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a shelter.

Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes.
My point to all of this is DON'T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE!

Hate me if you want to - the truth hurts and reality is what it is.
I just hope I maybe changed one person's mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say "I saw this thing on Facebook and it made me want to adopt".
That would make it all worth it."


Our country is sick! Massive ammo shortages in gun shops!


I say now is the time to levy a high tax on ammo since the price just went up. Let them pay through the teeth to get their fixes.

Gun enthusiasts are buying firearms with unparalleled zeal. As a result, ammunition is in short supply nationwide.

"We can't get any inventory within a 100-mile radius," said Mark Campbell, owner of Mid America Arms in St. Louis. He's having a hard time keeping ammo in stock. "It started right around the election, as soon as President Obama mentioned gun control. But right after the school shooting in Connecticut, that's when it went crazy."

Even the big ammunition retailers are feeling the pinch. Wal-Mart (WMT, Fortune 500) has been rationing its ammo since January, to three boxes per customer per day. And when a gun retailer like Cabela's (CAB) gets two or three shrink-wrapped pallets of 5.56 mm or .223 ammunition for AR-15 assault rifles, they're "cleaned off like locusts, within a couple of hours," according to Brian Rafn, a research director at Morgan Dempsey Capital Management in Milwaukee who follows ammo manufacturers.

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