Posts by Rutabega

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  • Sweden's leading shopping mall is deemed a no-go zone...

    01/25/2017 4:50:12 PM PST · 30 of 32
    Rutabega to grundle

    I lived in Gothenburg for a number of years in the early 2000’s and went to this mall weekly with my girlfriends. It was a really nice mall with tons of fantastic stores. Even then, you had to skip one of the exits because it was like a subway tunnel full of indigent people. (Smelled like pee). So glad I am not there anymore.

  • FBI Obtains Warrant for Newly Discovered Emails in Clinton Probe

    10/30/2016 3:57:53 PM PDT · 106 of 278
    Rutabega to callisto

    Obama would be wise to force Hillary Clinton to withdraw from POTUS save the Democrat party from total destruction!!!

    Why would we want the Dems to insert someone else?

    FFS: THIS! If they can insert Michelle Obama at the 11th hour, she has a great chance of winning. I want Hillary standing firm all the way, not replaced by someone viable!!!!

  • Panera's Getting Sued Over A Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    06/08/2016 6:40:42 PM PDT · 75 of 75
    Rutabega to SamAdams76

    RE: Why so many food allergies?

    The very common “baby” books mothers get (usually free from OB/GYN) insist that babies are not allowed to try strawberries, peanut butter, or eggs until they are close to two years old because they may be allergic. Many parents follow this rule explicitly (I have four kids and many times friends fussed at me for allowing my young ones to try these foods) and they develop a sensitivity to them which often turns to a severe allergy. I had an idea this was the case, but recently read a study which discussed it. Moms who smoked when pregnant had no compunction feeding their babies mashed strawberries or peanut butter once they could chew bread. Once people became helicopter parents, they monitored what our babies ate and made sure they kept away from unsafe stuff. Voila!

  • The Truth About The Ted Cruz Sex Scandal (Stefan Molyneux Video - Comprehensive and Good)

    03/27/2016 3:05:29 PM PDT · 73 of 175
    Rutabega to Rutabega; Duchess47

    Sorry, didn’t get your tag right in the previous post!

  • The Truth About The Ted Cruz Sex Scandal (Stefan Molyneux Video - Comprehensive and Good)

    03/27/2016 3:04:07 PM PDT · 71 of 175
    Rutabega to Duchess47; altura

    Too funny, Duchess, I was about to ask, “Project much, Amanda?”

    Unhinged and likely to do harm to herself soon.

    Anyone who thinks Ted really could win nationally after Hillary/any other Dem plays the video clips of Ted embracing the horrible pastor who says gays should be killed is beyond (beyond beyond beyond) DELUSIONAL. I would guess even the majority of people who are anti homosexuality aren’t calling for them to be put to death.

  • AZ TRUMP PROTESTER: I Was Paid $3500 to Protest Trump by Hillary Camp (update: FAKE STORY)

    03/25/2016 2:55:49 PM PDT · 26 of 87
    Rutabega to KarlInOhio

    No one has an AOL address except people who would vote for Hillary Clinton—

    Line of the day! LOVE IT! Hahaha!

  • Orban's Historical Speech Puts Hungary on a War Footing (speaks truth about Muslim immigration)

    03/20/2016 3:53:04 AM PDT · 7 of 22
    Rutabega to Vaquero

    Wow. I hope he’s right. Excellent speech.

  • Sweden's dream turns to nightmare as migrant crime soars

    01/30/2016 6:37:55 AM PST · 19 of 39
    Rutabega to SeekAndFind

    I lived in Molndal for two years, and went to the school for immigrants there for a third. My beautiful fifteen year old daughter is supposed to go and see her father there this summer...not.

  • Trump's claim that Dems would challenge Cruz's eligibility on firm ground

    01/15/2016 2:14:30 AM PST · 19 of 100
    Rutabega to John Valentine

    I am sincerely confused with your post: HE was (Trump?) born as a British citizen? How?

    My grandmother was English and naturalized as a US citizen before my mom was born, and so my mother had NO claim to British citizenship, as her mother had lost hers when she became a naturalized US citizen. The UK doesn’t grant dual citizenship in perpetuity, merely because you have British ancestors. When my grandmother and Trump’s mother became US citizens, they gave up their rights to British citizenship. Their children also lost that claim.

    I like Trump over Cruz (but certainly don’t hate Cruz, and would happily vote for him), and I don’t necessarily think that the ability to claim dual citizenship makes someone ineligible to run fro president.

    That said: The BC I’d be interested in seeing is Ted Cruz’s US birth certificate. When was that issued? Showing us his Canadian BC and his mom’s US BC is all fine and good, but the real question would be when did Cruz become a US citizen officially? The ability to get it when he was born (living in Canada or not) would have happened when he was born, I suspect, but when did his parents apply for it?

    For the record, I have a son who is eligible for a dual citizenship, but we never applied for it. He has no legal claim to the second country unless I went through the process of getting the second country to acknowledge that he could get it if he made some effort. So, he isn’t a dual citizen.

    Countries don’t waste their time chasing after babies who might have a claim to their citizenship, and send the papers in the mail to fill out, like credit card applications. If you want to get your citizenship from a country besides that which you were born in, you must make the effort to do it.

  • Scalia: Natural Born Requires Jus Soli ("of the soil")

    01/07/2016 2:16:31 AM PST · 87 of 88
    Rutabega to House Atreides

    I was young and wanted to live in Europe. ;) Just exploring my options!

  • Donald Trump Keeps Pushing Ted Cruz Citizenship Issue

    01/06/2016 7:11:29 PM PST · 62 of 111
    Rutabega to Forty-Niner

    His father wasn’t an American or an American citizen when Cruz was born. I don’t believe the wording means two parents, but that an American citizen mom is enough. Just saying...

  • Scientists sequence first ancient Irish human genomes [Book of Invasions]

    01/06/2016 6:47:15 PM PST · 29 of 29
    Rutabega to SunkenCiv

    Perhaps, but I did the genealogy DNA thing through National Geographic and my Irish ancestry traced the Mediterranean from somewhere Lebanon-ish around the sea, around the Iberian peninsula and across to Ireland, taking about 10,000 years. Goes along with the wave of neolithic farmers coming from the Middle East. Brian Sykes early book “The Seven Daughters of Eve” explains it in a more fictional, but still interesting way. The Irish sequence is J, and he refers to the carrier as Jasmine.

  • Scalia: Natural Born Requires Jus Soli ("of the soil")

    01/06/2016 6:01:09 PM PST · 69 of 88
    Rutabega to House Atreides

    My grandmother was a British citizen who married an American and had to apply for and get approved to become a US citizen in 1947. In order to do this, she had to surrender her British passport and sign documents that said she was no longer a British citizen, and could no longer get any benefits from being a British citizen. Those documents were sent through the British embassy and if she went to the UK and pretended she was still a British citizen, there would be a record of her renouncing he citizenship.

    That was how it worked.

    In 1998, a Swedish friend of mine did something similar; after eight years in the US, he was allowed to get his US citizenship, and had to surrender his Swedish passport and sign that he was no longer a Swedish citizen. These documents went to the Swedish embassy and it was recorded that he no longer was a Swedish citizen.

    FYI: I even called the British consulate some years ago to see if I could get UK birthright citizenship since my grandma was born there and the answer was 100% no, since she renounced her citizenship.

    I am sure you can find plenty of Freepers who became naturalized US citizens who can back up what I am saying.

  • Trump fires back, hitting Bill Clinton’s ‘penchant for sexism’

    12/27/2015 6:02:38 PM PST · 11 of 39
    Rutabega to Baynative

    Wait a sec—according to Trump, Hillary tweeted that Trump has a “penchant for sexism” and he asked who did she mean, implying Bill Clinton. Why did this article miss that, since it’s the most important part?

  • Ted Cruz Praises Jeb: Calls To Drop Out “Very Unfair”

    11/06/2015 5:09:46 PM PST · 10 of 57
    Rutabega to Norm Lenhart

    Want to press ‘Like!’

  • This Ted Cruz Booster Is 13, Black, And Just Shredded Obama On Clock Kid

    09/18/2015 6:42:03 PM PDT · 13 of 14
    Rutabega to Rutabega

    And one more thing, the ones with names like the boy in this article are often embarrassed about how “ghetto’ their names are. I teach a lot who go by a middle name, or nickname because they hate the travesty their mothers saddled them with.

  • This Ted Cruz Booster Is 13, Black, And Just Shredded Obama On Clock Kid

    09/18/2015 6:40:09 PM PDT · 12 of 14
    Rutabega to Steelfish

    My US History class (11th graders, VERY ethnically diverse group) talked about this yesterday, and the female black students thought it would have been foolish NOT to look into the terrorism angle. We were discussing the Bill of Rights (for Constitution Day), and I told them that students (while in a school building) were not as protected by the 4th Amendment as an adult outside of a school would be. They all agreed that the kid seemed suspicious, regardless of his ethnicity. Most of the white kids seemed offended that a Muslim was profiled, but not the minority kids, who were glad the school was on its toes to prevent violence.

    Then, one of the white boys—who is infamous for being a dope smoker—broke in and said if it had been him, he would have been arrested, and he wouldn’t have been invited to the White House. They all laughed and agreed Obama went overboard.

    Very often, I think people on FR get racially ugly about blacks, which annoys me, because I teach so many black kids who are smart as tacks. I only hope that they can rise above the generational democrat voting and think for themselves. Last year, I had a black boy who was always going on about the need for the 2nd Amendment, like he was a Freeper. He told me his dad was always being called an Uncle Tom, so I reminded him that Uncle Tom was the slave that tried to help the other slaves learn to read. There IS hope for the next generation. I could provide anecdotal examples all night of minority kids who are as true blue America loving as the best of us. Of course, I teach close to a large Army base, and I know that has a lot to do with it. Lots of military kids with their heads screwed on straight!

    **Just trying to spread a little Pollyanna tonight, guys. Don’t mind me! :)

  • Obama Wants Americans To Pay Slavery Reparations, Says Fox Host

    08/20/2015 4:48:33 AM PDT · 25 of 51
    Rutabega to ozdragon; nathanbedford

    I think the point Nathan Bedford was making is your comment on “anyone emigrating after 1863 and their descendants” still clarifies nothing without detailed genealogical records.

    Example: my husband’s family only talked about being second generation Italians, because of his mother. Thus, disqualifying him from having to pay to slaves, right? But then we look at his dad’s family, and there are more late 19th century/early 20th century immigrants, but then we find a solitary link...back to the coastal regions of Va in 1639 (the hotbed of colonial slavery).

    Does it matter if 95% of your ancestors were late-comers to the US if you have one potential slave owner?

    Imagine: just going back to the early 1800’s, regardless of where your family was at the time, you’d have over 100 great-great-great-great-great (give or take a great) grandparents. Would you need proof that each of these individuals (and then back to the early half of the 1600’s when the US first began to import slaves) was slave free?

    Think the IRS employs lots of people? Just imagine the Department of Genealogy!

    Then to go further: if someone fought (and died= extra negative points?) in the Civil War on the Union side, how many potential slave owning ancestors can that wipe out.

    The entire thing is a farce that is merely red meat to wave in front of the BLM crowd.

  • Trump: "Let's Keep the Debate Civil, Fellas"

    08/05/2015 4:27:47 PM PDT · 28 of 34
    Rutabega to stephenjohnbanker

    LOL, I had to check and make sure my name wasn’t at the bottom of your post, but I have to admit, my election night was 2012. Megyn Kelly was so thrilled to be the first to call the election and was so gleeful it was for BO, that I turned her off in disgust and haven’t once turned it back on.

    But I will watch the debate tomorrow night at a friend’s house!

  • Netflix introduces unlimited paid maternity and paternity leave

    08/05/2015 5:08:30 AM PDT · 21 of 41
    Rutabega to Gen.Blather

    It says that all employes have an unlimited leave option, so I assume that will hope to keep down resentment. Millennials care very much about work/life balance and not as much about other employment perks that have been more traditional valued. It is likely that Netflix has cut away some forms of compensation that was unused in order to fund this. I’d like to know if it is only for salaried employees or if hourly employees also get this. If it’s salaried only, how many people adopt or have a baby each year? Do they need to do some work at home, do they have to be a full-time employee for a certain length of time before taking maternity/paternity leave, etc. etc.

    The headline screams that they are conducting some socialist type experiment will cause the sea levels to rise for the rest of us, but it is probably more limited in real life. How many employees fit the criteria each year? How much free advertising and word of mouth, as well as employee loyalty do they get from this move? They get kudos from a lot of people who go, “Wow! Paid maternity leave for a year!” without actually doing much but juggling numbers. I expect to see more of this in the next few years, and less of more traditional compensation packages.