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  • It's the End of the World As We Know It (I feel fine)

    09/30/2008 5:20:52 PM PDT · 10 of 14
    sassbox to Maelstorm

    that song was stuck in my head for days after 9/11.

  • Feds Call for 38 Point Bailout of USC

    09/27/2008 10:02:06 AM PDT · 1 of 9
  • Texas High School Student Told Rosary Is 'Gang Symbol'

    09/16/2008 9:58:19 AM PDT · 44 of 85
    sassbox to Dilbert San Diego

    Sad to say, it is not uncommon for Mexican and Central American gangs to hijack Catholic imagery - in particular rosaries, pictures of Our Lady of Guadalupe, baroque-style crucifixes and crosses, etc - for gang symbolism. If this particular school district has a problem with gangs who use rosaries as gang symbols, I can hardly blame them for banning rosaries. It certainly sucks for the young lady, however.

  • Palin Addresses Wall Street Financial Crisis

    09/15/2008 2:39:48 PM PDT · 19 of 25
    sassbox to PetroniusMaximus

    Why not make Biden Secretary of the Department of Hair? McCain said he wants some Democrats in his cabinet after all.


    09/15/2008 9:18:16 AM PDT · 49 of 53
    sassbox to The G Man

    Was I the only one who first thought John McCain was walking next to Calista Flockhart in that photo (instead of Cindy)?

    This is encouraging news. Even if McCain-Palin don’t win NY (which they probably won’t) the tightness of the race in NY of all places bodes well for the swing states.


    09/13/2008 11:45:17 AM PDT · 43 of 96
    sassbox to SkyPilot

    Randi Rhodes is the one who back in the spring called Geraldine Ferraro “David Duke” and called Hillary Clinton “a f-—ing whore.” Very classy lady.

  • Oops, Obama ad mocks McCain's inability to send e-mail. Trouble is, he can't due to tortured fingers

    09/13/2008 9:18:58 AM PDT · 41 of 63
    sassbox to Mrs.Z

    I was pretty appalled by the comments too. I hope they don’t reflect the sentiment of most people in this country.

  • Wondering No More [McCain can't use a computer because of his POW beatings]

    09/12/2008 5:14:51 PM PDT · 193 of 315
    sassbox to Cinnamon Girl
    Michael Scott indeed! This latest blunder by Obama sounds more like something from The Office than real life.
  • What Makes People Vote Republican (Good Article From A Lib Alert)

    09/12/2008 1:03:51 PM PDT · 39 of 63
    sassbox to JamesP81
    But if Durkheim is right, then sacredness is really about society and its collective concerns.

    Really? Then how come in Christianity the central tenet is personal salvation by a personal relationship with God?

    Actually the notion of Christianity as a personal relationship with God is relatively recent. Historically Christianity has been viewed by Christians and by non-Christians as a collective entity. Remember, not every collective institution is a statist one. Families are collective institutions, for example. I think the author's point is that Democrats dismiss all these collective social institutions (except for the government) and they are foolish to do so, given the way humans are hard-wired.

  • What Makes People Vote Republican (Good Article From A Lib Alert)

    09/12/2008 12:49:30 PM PDT · 37 of 63
    sassbox to goldstategop

    fantastic article, thank you for posting it.

  • Obama mocks McCain as computer illiterate in ad

    09/12/2008 8:56:35 AM PDT · 96 of 124
    sassbox to FastCoyote
    Apparently disco balls are a big issue to Americans.

    Exactly. Also it seems McCain has already stolen some of the fire on this issue by poking fun at his age on SNL. I hope this backfires on Obama. It's hard to guess if it will, however. McCain had some "silly" ads comparing Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney which were somewhat effective.

  • Democrat October Surprise? Joe Biden Steps Down, Hillary Clinton To Rescue

    09/11/2008 8:02:26 PM PDT · 69 of 224
    sassbox to Extremely Extreme Extremist
    I agree with you about Biden. I hate his politics, but there is something likeable about him. He reminds me of Michael Scott from The Office.
  • What if Obama Loses? ("reminiscent of the [1960s] riots")

    09/11/2008 7:26:22 PM PDT · 87 of 178
    sassbox to TNCMAXQ

    FWIW, there is a store in the next town over that can best be classified as a Rastafarian gift shop. In front of the store, they are hawking two or three tee-shirts with Obama on them. What always cracks me up when I pass by the store is that there is an enormous stoner tapestry of Bob Marley and a giant marijuana plant looming over the Obama shirts.

  • Your 9/11

    09/10/2008 9:13:07 PM PDT · 102 of 119
    sassbox to truthingod

    I was in Rome, doing my college semester abroad. It was about 5 p.m. Italy time when I found out. I had class that afternoon, and when class got out, I went to the school computer lab to check my email. As soon as I entered Yahoo, I saw the headline “World Trade Center Collapses.” At first I thought it was a promo for a bad movie or something. But then I realized it was not. By this point all four planes had crashed, and both towers had collapsed. I got the news in one fell swoop.

    My classmates and I were living in an apartment building about two miles away from our school. Usually we walked or took the buses home, but somehow, that evening we found ourselves in a taxicab. As we drove through Rome, it was rush hour. About 2/3 of the vehicles in Rome are Vespas, so I could see tons of people as we drove to the apartment. I’ll always remember the horrible grim look on every person’s face that afternoon.

    The next morning I went to St. Peter’s Square and attended Pope John Paul’s morning address, where he prayed about the attacks in English.

    I have never been so scared in my life. At first I was so scared I could not think straight, then I was just in shock. About two nights later I finally broke down into sobs in my bedroom.

  • Pissed About Palin

    09/10/2008 4:06:50 PM PDT · 63 of 98
    sassbox to Sherman Logan

    This was the most over-the-top hatefest I’ve read so far, so I was curious about the writer’s background. Check out this profile article from the San Francisco Chronicle in 2004. It manages to hit every radical, nutty cliche, including 2 deaths from auto-erotic asphyxiation.

    To be honest, I pity this woman. It’s very likely that she is mentally ill. It can’t be a happy existence to be her - that seems pretty obvious from her writings.

  • S.C. Dem chair: Palin primary qualification is she hasn't had an abortion

    09/10/2008 2:21:43 PM PDT · 209 of 257
    sassbox to flyfree

    Now I know why Obama made the comment about fish, wrt to Sarah Palin. She has become the DNC’s great white whale.

    And yes, I know whales aren’t fish.

  • McCain Rally in Fairfax, VA

    09/10/2008 10:25:47 AM PDT · 2 of 50
    sassbox to youshouldknowthetruth

    did Sarah address the pig/fish comments?

  • Obama On Palin: "Lipstick on a Pig, Still a Pig"

    09/09/2008 4:05:07 PM PDT · 4 of 170
    sassbox to GOPinCa

    oh no he di’int

    fish? stinking?

    just damn

  • Former NY mayor: Palin 'scares the hell out of me'

    09/09/2008 12:15:45 PM PDT · 85 of 91
    sassbox to ozzymandus

    Jews do not vote 90% democrat.

  • Former NY mayor: Palin 'scares the hell out of me'

    09/09/2008 11:24:28 AM PDT · 61 of 91
    sassbox to NativeNewYorker

    Good points. From your perspective is Palin hurting McCain among Jewish voters? Before she was selected as running mate, I had read in several places that McCain was on track to capture the most Jewish votes since Reagan (gee, I can’t imagine why). But I can see why Palin, despite energizing the base and independents, could hurt McCain among Jews. Do you think McCain has lost or will lose any Jewish support because of Palin?

  • The Media and Their "Culture War". Understanding Who Started It and How Obama Re-Ignited It.

    09/08/2008 8:56:22 AM PDT · 13 of 13
    sassbox to Jabrown

    Ironic, isn’t it. I recall during the Dem primaries that Obama said something to the effect of “the culture wars are over. The culture wars are so 90’s.” Does anyone know the exact source of that statement?

  • Alec Baldwin and Jamie Lee Curtis Bash Palin at HuffPo

    09/07/2008 6:51:24 PM PDT · 26 of 55
    sassbox to DogBarkTree

    That’s a shame, I always liked Jamie Lee Curtis, and her husband Christopher Guest. Although I gotta say, compared to some of the offensive things other celebs have said lately, Jamie Lee’s statement is pretty mild.

    Alec Baldwin is, of course, a moron.

  • Nets Push Biden to Get Tough; Biden Says Press Has Been ‘Sexist’ and ‘Unfair’ to Palin

    09/07/2008 6:44:18 PM PDT · 6 of 17
    sassbox to generally

    I give him credit too. He seems a lot more classy than the people interviewing him.

  • The 10 most decadent dictators

    09/06/2008 7:29:31 PM PDT · 36 of 37
    sassbox to B-Chan

    I always thought “The Sopranos” did a fantastic job of showing the nouveau-riche/criminal “aesthetic” you talk about. The houses, the furnishings, the clothes, the jewelry, all support the theme of “money doesn’t buy taste” without beating the viewer over the head with it. In one early episode the educated and law-abiding Dr. Melfi shyly admits to her family that she likes Murano glass. I liked how that brief scene highlighted the very complicated social and ideological meanings behind how one decorates her house.

  • Sarah Palin: Readers Respond

    09/04/2008 7:24:09 AM PDT · 25 of 28
    sassbox to AndyJackson

    So well said! I work in academia myself, and one thing that absolutely drives me up the wall is the opinion that the intellectual foundations of Western Civilization (Plato, Kant, the canon, art history, etc) are the domain of the hard left. This simply is not the case. As you point out, the hard left doesn’t even read Marx, they read 4th rate slime instead. Meanwhile, in my experience, the academics who do see the value in the classics and the canon are rarely political radicals. True they are left of center more often than not, but they are smart enough and professional enough to draw a line between their personal political views and their scholarship. They don’t waste classroom time blathering about how much Bush sucks, they don’t publish articles about how we deserved 9/11, they don’t have much use for courses on the poetry of disabled Palestinian lesbians, etc. They’re more concerned with Beowulf than Bush and Othello than Obama.

  • THE MOMMY WARS: HERE WE GO AGAIN (MSM playing the cutesy game with a serious woman leader)

    09/03/2008 10:11:49 AM PDT · 14 of 24
    sassbox to elc; tobyhill

    It’s pretty crazy this week how Sarah Palin has turned many people’s assumptions about politics, working moms, etc upside down. I haven’t lurked on FR for several days (busy with stuff) but I do know there is an awful lot of sentiment against working moms on here. Some posters remind me of the “Bush’s fault!” leftists in how they scapegoat working moms for every societal problem. Not having been on here lately, how are these folks reacting to Palin?

    Meanwhile the reactions of the left are amazing, but not surprising, to me at least. It is funny to see leftists all of a sudden go June Cleaver on Sarah Palin. But that sentiment is not as weird or contradictory as you might think. It reminds me of so many of the people I grew up with and of the women elc has met online. I grew up in the 1990s in upper-middle class suburbs in a blue state. My mom worked, but was usually the only working mom on the block. All the other women were SAHM’s. A good number of them (maybe 2/3 to roughly estimate) were liberals. They *loved* Bill Clinton, and no doubt are getting all hot and bothered about Obama now. They held a particular contempt for social and religious conservativism - they had chips on their shoulders against anyone who was pro-life, who dared to criticize anyone’s sexual behavior, and who wasn’t a complete moral and religious relativist. I think this was exacerbated by the fact that some of the non-liberal SAHM’s in the same neighborhoods were evangelicals who also were not quiet about their views.

    In any event, while these SAHM’s were very leftist when it came to sex and killing babies (I didn’t get the impression that they thought much about politics beyond those issues, such as about economics and defense), they also held a thinly veiled prejudice against working mothers. In their world, they were superior because they had sacrificed their careers in order to be mothers, and the only reason any woman would have a career outside the home must be because she is some selfish, cold monster who didn’t care at all about her children.

    Since these ladies didn’t have much use for “traditional values” I think that their feelings about SAHM vs working moms were more motivated by class than anything. Being a SAHM was a status symbol.

    While it is very disheartening to see the viciousness of the attacks on Palin, I am happy to see the light finally shined on these prejudices have been around for years. Leftists look the worst when they are self-righteous, so please let their true colors about working moms all hang out.

  • Jamie Lynn and Bristol: Hypocrisy on the right?

    09/03/2008 9:38:48 AM PDT · 17 of 20
    sassbox to Mr. Silverback

    I do see one big difference between Bristol and Sarah Palin vs Jamie Lynne and Mrs. Spears (I forget her first name). When Jamie Lynne’s pregnancy was announced, Britney Spears had been engaged in all kinds of public, scandalous behavior for quite a long time. IIRC, Jamie Lynne announced the pregnancy after Britney shaved her head but before Britney lost custody of her kids. Given Britney, there was already a basis for a public sentiment that Mrs. Spears was not a good mother. Mrs. Spears’ maternal reputation had never been very good. When Britney was still a teenager, very popular, and making very salacious videos, I recall plenty of criticism of her parents for tolerating this. Mrs. Spears was also tagged as a “stage mom,” which made it even worse - she wasn’t just passively tolerating Britney’s smut, but was goading Britney into it for the money.

    Anyhow, when Jamie Lynne got pregnant, it was just one more thing added to Mrs. Spears’ reputation as a bad mom.

    Meanwhile none of the other Palin children have done anything comparable to Britney Spears. Sarah Palin did not have a pre-established reputation as a bad mother when news about Bristol broke (Palin had almost no pre-established reputation at all). So in that sense, Sarah is not comparable to Mrs. Spears.

    Still the news greatly troubled me. Believe it or not, the first thing I thought of when I heard about Bristol was how Sarah Palin would be compared to Mrs. Spears. But personally it troubles me too. While teenagers sometimes rebel, or make mistakes, or just don’t think, at the end of the day the behavior of teenagers does reflect upon their parents. While a parent is not completely responsible for the actions of a teen, a teen’s actions don’t happen in a vacuum either - parents play a role.

    Anyhow, I’m pretty big on internal consistency. And just as my reaction to Jamie Lynne Spears’ pregnancy was to not view her mother and father 100% favorably, my reaction to Bristol Palin’s pregnancy is also to not hold an entirely favorable view of Sarah and Steve Palin’s parenting. I certainly don’t view them as negatively as I view Mr and Mrs Spears, but I don’t view the Palins as parents as favorably as I did before Monday.

    Nonetheless, I will vote for Palin. And I mean to stress *for Palin.* I was one of the people thinking of sitting home on election night, especially since my vote never matters for squat given where I live. The choice of Palin energized me. I am disappointed in what has happened w/r/t her daughter, but I’m not electing her to raise my daughter. I’m voting for her because she is a fiscal and social conservative and hopefully the future of a renewed GOP. And I have sadly and cynically realized that most great politicians do not have ideal families. Reagan was a great leader, but his kids were a mess. Giuliani had potential, but good grief his family . . . and of course it’s found in both parties - the Kennedys, the Edwardses, etc.

  • College Daze: Instead of helping high school grads grow up, colleges prolong childhood

    08/18/2008 12:03:14 PM PDT · 27 of 49
    sassbox to robomatik

    Oh how I wish you were right, but watch daytime TV for an afternoon, visit your local social services agency, talk with anyone who’s worked in the prison system or the family court system, or observe an Obama rally, and you’ll see that for people who are already immature and badly behaved, having a baby is rarely a “magic bullet” for maturity and responsible adulthood.

  • No 'Yahweh' in songs, prayers at Catholic Masses, Vatican rules (more detailed info)

    08/12/2008 3:25:19 PM PDT · 77 of 189
    sassbox to PGR88

    Same here. My first thought when I saw the headline was, “Good. All the songs that use ‘Yahweh’ suck anyways.”

  • Man opens fire inside Knoxville church; at least six people shot

    07/27/2008 8:23:01 PM PDT · 135 of 213
    sassbox to 50sDad

    I can’t imagine what an awful day this has been for you, your brother and your family. You’ll be in our prayers.

    Assuming that the shooter isn’t just bats—t crazy, but was motivated by something concrete, like hatred of Christians, the irony of his targeting a UU church doesn’t surprise me. In my experience, the people that are really rabidly anti-Christian and anti-organized-religion are astonishingly ignorant about the differences between different Christian denominations. Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Mormon, mainline, evangelical, fundamentalist, pentecostal, dispensational, messianic, etc, etc - it’s all the same to them. For all they care, the pope handles snakes while wearing temple undergarments and waiting for the rapture. Such bigots rarely have the theological literacy to know that the UU’s are non-Christian, often non-theistic, and socially and politically liberal.

  • A Beer Question....

    06/13/2008 7:51:49 PM PDT · 30 of 60
    sassbox to big truck

    Goose Island is a micro-brewery in Chicago. AFAIK you can’t get Goose Island outside of the Chicago area - certainly not out here in the Mid-Atlantic region.

    When I was a teenager I worked the concession stand at a minor league ballpark in the Chicago burbs. We had Goose Island was on tap. I remember how the handle for the Goose Island was not an ordinary tap handle, but rather a big plastic white goose’s neck and head. It looked like a toy - but it was illegal for me to even touch it, being underage at the time.

  • Obama's Radical-Left Ties Broad And Deep

    06/02/2008 6:53:26 PM PDT · 49 of 49
    sassbox to TribalPrincess2U

    yikes - that’s a scary mental image!

  • Obama: "We can't drive Our SUV's and eat as much as we want..."

    05/19/2008 11:56:16 AM PDT · 219 of 241
    sassbox to RoadKingSE
    I'm buying one of these and I'm gonna eat as many fish as I can run over while I'm driving in the river.


  • Obama: "We can't drive Our SUV's and eat as much as we want..."

    05/19/2008 11:53:41 AM PDT · 218 of 241
    sassbox to WesA

    Barack can go f—k himself. The day he takes my Doritos is the day he takes them from my cold, dead, orange-dusted hands.

  • Graduation Open House Ideas Needed (Vanity)

    04/15/2007 6:28:56 PM PDT · 15 of 16
    sassbox to JRochelle

    For my graduation party (as well as those of several of my friends that year) our parents bought a bunch of Hershey bars in bulk. The candy bars came with custom printed labels. The labels had the Hershey font and style, but instead had our names on the front. On the back, where nutrition and ingredients info would be, was a list of our high school accomplishments (GPA, clubs, sports, awards, and such). I cannot remember where they had these things made - either a party store or perhaps through the caterer? It wasn’t very expensive and made for a fun treat.

  • 300 movie

    03/10/2007 8:17:27 PM PST · 37 of 76
    sassbox to PzLdr

    Do you mean to tell me that orcs didn't really fight in the Persian army?

  • What is the most convoluted, opaque, impenetrable book you ever read?

    03/10/2007 5:41:20 AM PST · 171 of 573
    sassbox to Blind Eye Jones

    fun thread idea!

    Tops for me is Ulysses, no question. I finished the whole thing, it became a challenge like climbing a mountain just so I could, but I didn't understand much about it other than it's set in Dublin and the guy's wife masturbates at the end.

    Atlas Shrugged was pretty bad. I made the mistake of reading it in the dead of winter shortly after being dumped. Once again, I finished the whole thing just so I could say I did - I hate not finishing novels, even cruddy ones.

    Anything by Heidegger or Hegel. These guys make Kant look like airplane reading.

  • Indoctrinating Grad Level Teaching Assistants in the "Queer Agenda" (Rutgers Univ.)

    03/04/2007 6:53:51 PM PST · 20 of 20
    sassbox to MaestroLC; Pinkbell; All

    I'm a TA at Rutgers and Pinkbell, what you said about treating all students with respect is exactly what I try to do. I know Rutgers has a reputation, but honestly, I would not make too much out of this thing.

    We TA's get *tons* of emails like this from the university about teaching workshops. It seems that every week there is another teaching workshop, focusing on topics from designing a course website, or creating effective paper topics, to stuff like this. All of these workshops are *completely optional* and I have no idea how many TA's go to these things - no TA in my department attends these workshops, as far as I know. Yes I got the email about sexual orientation, and deleted it once I saw the subject line, just as I delete every other email about a teaching workshop that comes from the university. I don't have time for any workshops! I think most other TA's are the same.

    Never have I been told by a superior to bring up sexual orientation issues in class, do activism in the classroom, or identify gay and lesbian students and treat them differently. Never. It just has not been an issue for my department. I think they have the sense to see that fair treatment of gay students falls under the umbrella of rules that cover the fair and professional treatment of all students. There's no need to bring in special rules regarding gay students - basic professional ethics are sufficient for dealing with any student - gay or not.

    My job is to educate my students; if I pried into their personal lives (such as their sexual orientation or activities) I would probably be fired. Not that I would even want to know about that stuff anyhow - it's just none of my freakin' business. And students recognize this too. While I'm sure that I have had gay students, I've never had a student who made his or her sexual orientation an issue in the classroom. It just does not come up.

    I'm sure there are some TA's or faculty at Rutgers who bring ideology and activism into classrooms where it has no place. Trust me, these persons are a minority among the faculty. Also don't assume that this reflects the attitudes of the 30,000+ students that attend Rutgers. By and large, Rutgers students are like students everywhere - largely apathetic or aloof to politics, ideology, and activism. There are some students who get into it, but they are not a significant segment of the student body by any means. Most Rutgers students are far too busy with juggling coursework and jobs and other activities that I'd rather not know about ;) to worry much about politics.

  • What happens on April 15, 2007? Marraige Penalty? Are tax cuts gone?

    11/11/2006 8:58:45 AM PST · 19 of 19
    sassbox to sr4402

    Thanks for your advice. We want to have a 403b set up by the end of the year. Unfortunately my husband's employer does not do any matching, since it's a public school district with pensions. I'm not too happy about it - who wants their retirement funds being managed by the state of NJ? But there's nothing we can do about it. We're looking at retirement with the view that we will not be able to depend on the pension or SS for any income - SS will be broke before we're retirement age. I look at that money as just one more welfare tax that I'm not going to see again.

    I'm in grad school and hopefully in 3-4 years will have a job as a professor. Depending on where I end up (public or private school), there might be 403b or 401k options I can start using. Also we hope to be in another state besides NJ, and the public school pension options for my husband may change at that point.

    Since I'm not done with grad school, buying a home is a long way off. I'm not familiar with Interest Only loans - what exactly are those? I've heard bad things about adjusted rate mortgages, are these similar? We hope that when it comes time to buy a home we can get a good rate. We have zero debt and excellent credit. In the meantime we're putting all of my tiny TA salary into savings for a downpayment. We'd like to move it into a CD soon, but now I'm worried about how the new political situation could effect capital gains taxes. Would those even apply to a CD?

  • What happens on April 15, 2007? Marraige Penalty? Are tax cuts gone?

    11/08/2006 7:52:06 AM PST · 16 of 19
    sassbox to elc

    Currently my husband and I are in the 25% bracket. If our income doesn't change much, we can expect our tax rate to remain the same until 2011, correct? Then it would go up to 28.5-29%? We also want to set up a retirement 403b - it's like a 401k only for public school teachers (husband's job), and a CD (for our first home down payment - we're in our late 20s but won't be able to buy a house til I finish grad school in 3-4 years). How will these investments be impacted by the capital gains?

    Sorry I'm such a novice about investing - and you sound like you know what you're talking about :-)

  • MEATLESS FRIDAYS and the Official Church Law (Surprise!)

    02/28/2006 6:13:32 PM PST · 80 of 98
    sassbox to bert

    I've heard that the capibara is also OK to eat on Lenten Fridays. It is basically a giant hamster but it spends most of its time in the waters of the Amazon river.

  • MEATLESS FRIDAYS and the Official Church Law (Surprise!)

    02/28/2006 6:10:22 PM PST · 79 of 98
    sassbox to NYer
    I know there's a lot of great stuff here during Lent - last year I helped out with the Roman station church threads. But this year I really need to do this. I've become a horrible procrastinator and the internet has played no small role in this. I need to spend more time on my schoolwork. I need to spend more time doing many other things besides surfing the internet.

    Also sometimes coming on here is not fun but ends up upsetting me. I either get overly anxious and frustrated about things going on in the world that I can do nothing about myself (Iran, terrorism, the border, etc) or I become uncharitable in heart, if not in posting, towards certain other FReepers.

    I will miss this place terribly, but it will be good to take a break for awhile and use the time to focus on other things. I'll be back at Easter, hopefully much more temperant in my internet usage by then!
  • Catholics - Who is giving up FR for Lent?

    02/28/2006 12:46:33 PM PST · 25 of 53
    sassbox to sarasota

    So true. I've always been an anxious and worrying person, ever since I was a little girl. Why add more fuel to the fire?

  • Catholics - Who is giving up FR for Lent?

    02/28/2006 12:28:40 PM PST · 19 of 53
    sassbox to netmilsmom
    thanks for the ping! I'm glad I'm not the only one who's giving up FR. It will be very tough, but with God's grace, I'm hoping I can do it. I've realized lately that I spend way too much time on the internet, often on sites that are stupid and frivolous (not FR!). I'm in grad school so my schedule is very open and flexible. The downside of this is that it is very easy to procrastinate. Many of my classmates (and even some professors) also have trouble with procrastination. It just comes with the territory of academia. Some folks procrastinate with sports, music, movies, various hobbies. I happen to have found the internet to be a very easy and fun way to procrastinate.

    Unfortunately I still need the internet for email, weather, and especially news since we don't have cable, just a TV and DVD player. Missing so much news will be the toughest part, I think, of giving up FR. This is the most informative website I have ever seen. But that's just something that will have to be sacrificed. In some ways it will do me good. I go on FR, and hear about all the things that are going on in the world. Some things make me very upset, frustrated, or angry such as the situation in Iran, the fact that no one wants to secure our border, Europe's self-destructive behavior, etc. The thing is, I've realized, there is very little I can do about any of these things. Next to nothing really. I live in central NJ - any vote I cast will be worthless. So at a certain point, I say to myself - why worry about this? It's out of my hands. Perhaps taking a break from the news will be good for me - might make me happier or at least I'll spend more time thinking about the stuff I can control, like my schoolwork.

    I'm not giving up news entirely BTW. Just limiting it to the headlines I get on yahoo when I check my email and and EWTN occasionally for Catholic news. But no FReeping til Easter! I have made one exception. If, heaven forbid, there is a terrorist attack on the US, I will check in here since it will the closest thing to a live news site that I have access to, due to having no TV.

  • MEATLESS FRIDAYS and the Official Church Law (Surprise!)

    02/28/2006 11:18:04 AM PST · 25 of 98
    sassbox to Owl_Eagle

    LOL . . . I sure am going to miss this place - starting tomorrow I'm giving up FReeping for Lent.

  • MEATLESS FRIDAYS and the Official Church Law (Surprise!)

    02/28/2006 10:21:20 AM PST · 11 of 98
    sassbox to areafiftyone

    Oh we had mandatory religious instruction (CCD) every week when I was a kid (80s and 90s). Unfortunately it mostly consisted of self-esteem lessons and art projects and precious little actual religious instruction.

  • As lives change, so does worship

    02/28/2006 9:31:48 AM PST · 4 of 6
    sassbox to hiho hiho
    Sunday evening services aren't bad per se. Some Catholic parishes have Sunday evening Masses which attract many people, especially teens, that may not have made it to Mass otherwise. Saturday evening they're already out on the town and Sunday morning they want to sleep in. Obviously these are not really good reasons to prefer Sunday p.m. Mass. However if you can initially get kids into church and give them solid preaching and give God reverent worship, they often later go on to develop a more mature faith. They'll start to see why worshiping God takes priority over sleeping in or going out. Of course this all assumes that the Sunday evening Mass or service is geared towards worshiping God - not trying to be hip or "organic" - whatever the heck that's supposed to mean.
  • Quebec Priests Challenge Same-Sex Stand

    02/27/2006 6:34:51 AM PST · 5 of 27
    sassbox to Loyalist

    I was thinking the same thing.

  • Wackiest Street Name

    02/26/2006 6:42:10 AM PST · 41 of 54
    sassbox to TBP

    In Batavia IL, the town next door to Fermi Lab (federal lab that works on particle acceleration) there is a cul-de-sac called Quark Court.

    In Piscataway NJ there is a road called Johnson drive. Eventually this road turns into Old Hoes lane. This leads to many jokes about old ho's on the end of a johnson :-)

  • What Makes a President Era-Worthy?

    02/25/2006 2:34:35 PM PST · 11 of 21
    sassbox to RWR8189

    Clinton's certainly left a memorable legacy. Just the other day I was having a conversation with some friends. One guy was trying to discreetly describe a very indiscreet but also very funny incident that happened about 8 years ago. People weren't quite getting at what he was trying to say until he said "it was the Clinton era." Suddenly we all "got it" and laughed hysterically.