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The Devil’s Triangle is NOT a drinking game. Kavanaugh lied.

“—skies” means brewskies, and everybody knows it. Kavanaugh lied.

"Boof" means taking in alcohol anally. Kavanaugh lied.

“FFFF” is an acronym for Find them, French them, Feel them, Finger them, F*ck them, Forget them." Kavanaugh claimed this was not an acronym, but rather a play on a friend with a verbal tic who "wound up" his F's before saying the F-word. Kavanaugh lied.

The “Renate Alumnus" entry in his yearbook refers to Renate Schroeder and clearly was a reference to sexual familiarity. Schroeder was one of 65 women who signed a letter sent to the Senate attesting to Kavanaugh's honorable treatment about women. Kavanaugh lied.

“Barfing” is a slang term for throwing up and everybody knows it. The reference in the yearbook occurred in relationship to Kavanaugh’s barfing on a prep school trip that involved heavy drinking. Kavanaugh claimed it was a casual reference to his well-known weak stomach. Kavanaugh lied.

Kavanaugh claimed that his beer consumption in high school was legal because the drinking age in Maryland was 18. In reality, by the time he was 18, the drinking age was 21. Kavanaugh lied.

He repeatedly said that all witnesses had refuted Dr. Ford’s testimony. That was a whopper. KAVANAUGH IS A LIAR.

I am a child?

My youth in Memphis contains recollections of the Sanitation Strike which drew MLK to town and ultimately led to his assassination. The marchers then, if you've read your history, wore signs that said, "I am a Man." I remembering wondering then about the need for stating something so obvious. But here, SO many years later, this terrible, sad echo.


Eve, the apple, and I'm outta' here

This forum was the main thing I enjoyed and the main reason I've stayed in DU, but it's just become too mean-spirited for me. I did want, as my last post, to say thank you to those who've helped me with ideas for my book and my Meet UP group and for the thoughts, and especially the laughs. you shared. Stay strong. Illegitimi non carborundum.

Eve and the apple

While this may be unsettling to many of you I feel compelled to pass on an enlightening tidbit from this week’s research. The food item, eaten by Eve in the Garden of Eden and condemning man to sin and guilt, was most definitely NOT an apple. The misconception may have resulted from monkish wordplay (the Latin word for apple is mala, the word for evil, mali) in translations, but it tweren’t no apple! Other suggestions for the actual edible have been wheat, a fig, a grape, a nut, an olive, and my personal favorite, a banana. At any rate, if millions of believers have been misled, for millennia, about the fabled fruit, is it possible that Judeo-Christian credo contains (gasp) other errors?

Dressing Divinely

Ok, folks, I'm back at the trough. You've helped me tremendously in the past, not just with my book in progress, but with ideas and thoughts for my Meet-up group Deep Dives on issues of concern to Atheists/Agnostics/Humanists. This is an appeal for material for a chapter on religious clothing, (and accessories and hair and jewelry, etc.). Beyond the Mormon underwear and the Pope's red shoes, there's a TON of material, but I want to know what YOU think is funniest, most ridiculous, most ironic in terms of what folks wear/have worn to identify themselves as "Holy." And what you think when you see such garb. All ideas gratefully accepted.

How weird is this?

and should I worry about my devotion to my new MacBook?

Apply Causes Religious Reactions in Brains of Fans


The Facebook Dilemma

I can't believe I'm doing this, but I feel compelled to address this issue and to cautiously defend the Uber-rich young CEO of one of America's largest corporate giants. I've got no Facebook stock, don't particularly like Zuckerberg's cool, disinterested Who Me? approach to the power, and influence, that his company wields over American politics and economics, but I have to concede that what Facebook has done, is doing, is more American than anybody's apple pie or baseball game. Zuckerberg, and his company, are in the fix they're in because they met a fundamental national (now become global) need. To CONNECT with each other. Personally. Directly. Graphically. On the basis, originally, of actual shared human relationships (the high school chums, the family members and neighbors, your co-workers) but then to an ever-expanding circle of more and more connections. There were the kids' friends, your friends' friends, your neighbor's friends. The folks who worked with those folks, who had history with them, who connected with you because something--some shared experience, some shared relationship--made you "friends" too.

Facebook has a lot to answer for. Most of the questions, I think, will reveal that Zuckerberg was quintessentially American. Way over his skis. He had built a better, in this case a revolutionarily better, mousetrap, and the glut of mice was not anticipated. I hope he provides answers, but I'm pretty sure that whatever we find out, it will not make me sorry for my Facebook experience. I won't regret the 134 high school classmates I re-connected with, the unknown half-brother I found, the hundreds of pictures and posts of far-flung friends, the almost daily delight of learning about what my kids and their friends are up to. I will deeply miss those connections if, as some have posted here, Facebook should "go away."

Since the election my FB experience has definitely become more contentious, more political, often unpleasant. But it's also been an opportunity for genuine dialog. I've changed a few minds. Or opened them, at least. I've learned a lot. I've been disappointed in people. I've been amazed and inspired by people. Most of them I actually know. Some I don't, really. But I feel a connection with all of them. And, as a basically shut-in individual, whose opportunities for actual travel are pretty much non-existent, Facebook has been tremendously important in enlarging my life.

I hope little Zuckerberg can bear up. That he will be honest and truthful. I hope that he can fix the broken things. Whatever serendipitous events have conspired to make him my champion, I'm hoping he will be worthy. I need the connections.


Source: Huff PO

LIZABETH TOWNSHIP, Pa.― Democrat Conor Lamb held a slight vote lead over Republican state Rep. Rick Saccone late Tuesday with 99 percent of precincts reporting — a result that will likely end in a recount.

The Associated Press said it was not declaring a winner on Tuesday because the race is too close to call.

There is no automatic recount on the congressional district level in Pennsylvania, according to state law. Candidates can, however, petition for a recount within five days after counties complete their vote computations.

“I would rather be in Lamb’s shoes right now,” former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said late Tuesday on CNN.

Yet, win or lose, Tuesday’s result represents massive progress for the Democratic Party. It reflects the heightened enthusiasm of the party’s liberal base ahead of the 2018 congressional midterms, and it also signals dissatisfaction of many voters with President Donald Trump. The commander in chief carried the district by nearly 20 percentage points in the 2016 election.

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lf you're listening to Trump at CPAC

and you're not completely humiliated on behalf of the country, you're as demented as he is.

What do you miss about religion?

for those of you who are post-theist (not you lucky ones who never drank the Kool-aid) I'm wondering what communal or ritual aspects of religion you miss or had a hard time replacing. I know, for example, that many people deal with depression after losing the consolations of religion, however false they turn out to be. Personally I miss the music. a lot. And it took a while to combat the isolation with a new group of non-believing friends. Anybody else had problems? I know you folks are smart, but please don't be glib. I sincerely would like to know.
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