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What is the difference between courting and dating?
Posted by: FenelonSpoke at February 16, 2013 03:23 PM (PxYrx)
Briefly, courting is dating with a purpose, and that's marriage. It isn't dating just to play the field or have fun. Usually the guy asks the parent(s) for permission to court the daughter. So while you're "dating" so to speak, you're serious about it and you're learning whether the person is marriage material. And from people I know, the courting process doesn't last years and years like some dating relationships can. At some point you fish or cut bait.
Posted by: I lurk, therefore I am (Hard! Hurry hard!) at February 16, 2013 03:28 PM (X11b6)
The boys have to spend time around the girls parents and the parents get to know each other before they're allowed to go out anywhere on their own. That's part of it.
My friends attitude is he wouldn't let some 18 year old kid he didn't know take off with his pickup for a few hours. He's sure not letting him "borrow his daughter."
Posted by: teej at February 16, 2013 03:30 PM (tF9LY)
If asteroid 2012 DA14 were to strike the planet, it would probably behave in much the same way as the Tunguska object, ... we're unlikely to see a civilization-threatening impact anytime soon. [UNLIKELY....]
teacher ...punished them for misspelling words by forcing them to trace the letters of the words on sandpaper with their fingers until their fingertips bled.
What is the true state of our union? Though this may sound harsh, I’ll speak the truth here. We are a country going bankrupt to fund a bloated, distant, and often corrupt federal government led by venal politicians more concerned with paying off their campaign cronies and consolidating their own power than in preserving the constitutional republic that so many have fought and died for (including our brave men and women in uniform who were barely mentioned last night).
...Washington Examiner columnist Conn Carroll read Dionne’s screed and did something increasingly unusual for journalists these days: he looked for facts before turning on his word-processing program. Imagine that.
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St. Malachy prophesied that the final pope would be "Peter the Roman", which is interesting because no pope to date has chosen the name of Peter out of respect for Peter the Apostle. There has also been speculation that the final pope would be black. Even more curiously, there is a black cardinal in Ghana, Peter Turkson, who is believed to be a frontrunner and whose name has come up in previous discussions of papal appointment.
Cardinal Turkson has said in the past that "if God would wish to see a black man also as pope, thanks be to God." Catholic Church chronicler Rocco Palmo has called Turkson the lone Scripture scholar in the Pope's "Senate", and believes that his status as a potential "papabile" has been elevated due to his 2009 appointment as spokesman for the Second Synod for Africa.
Outside of the Church, there are also many who believe that Turkson is the favorite to take over as pontiff. Even the London bookmakers believe he's the top choice. Odds comparison site Oddschecker.com lists Turkson at best price odds of 4/1, and as short as 2/1 with some firms. Francis Arinze, the Nigerian Cardinal, is also a huge favorite with the bookies.
There are some who insist that Malachy did not say that the last pope he mentioned would be the 112th pope, insisting that he was merely the last, and theorizing that there could be more popes to come between Benedict and "Peter the Roman". However, this is not a belief that everyone subscribes to and many believe that "Peter the Roman" will be both the 112th and last pope of the Catholic Church.
Malachy's prophecies are taken very seriously as they've been uncannily accurate to date. Will the Catholic Church get its first black pope? Will "Peter the Roman" lead us into the End Times? These questions are set to be answered by Easter, which comes this year at the end of March, when the papal conclave announces their decision.
the Massachusetts-based company has acknowledged the technology was shared with US government and industry as part of a joint research and development effort, in 2010, to help build a national security system capable of analysing "trillions of entities" from cyberspace. [video]
The real threat is that Google, or perhaps just a few people within the leadership of Google, may be quietly operating as a private intelligence agency for the left.
And every time you use Google or Gmail you could be contributing just a little bit more of your behavioral data to the left.
The Chastity League in Orwell's 1984.
In 1948 the real commies were all about free-love, in a world where that was frowned upon. In 1984 the book, the commies were about repressed chastity, in a world where everyone was hard up. Orwell did this on purpose.
It doesn't matter to the State whether or not sex or chastity is good for the individual or for the community, it matters to the State that IT gets to make personal decisions for the individual on every intimate choice.
The same for recycling garbage, or carpooling, or volunteering at inner city middle schools, or pediatricians handing out gun safety brochures. It doesn't matter to the Machine whether or not any of those choices are effective, it only matters that they made the decision for you.
The massive invasive tax code and welfare system exist in their current form, instead of a guaranteed minimum income system, so that the State can continue to micromanage every transaction of every person in North America.
Leftism is a mental disorder, not an actual political ideology.
Everything the left does has untoward and unwarranted results, often of the catastrophic variety. Gun control = more gun violence. Rent control = higher rents. The "war on poverty" = no change or even increases in poverty rates. "Affirmative action" = no change or even declines in minority participation rates. "Living wages" = less employment. Emissions caps = higher utilities bills and no real change in pollutant levels. Higher minimum wages = lower employment. Etc.
But you can't even discuss these matters with leftists. They're lost in space. Loco in the membrane.
Since it seems its always criminals that do these shootings, they should pass a law banning criminals. Law abiding people abide by laws, especially when they own guns.
We've tried laws abridging our civil right to carry guns. We've tried 22,000 of them. That's the number of anti-gun laws on the books in America. They don't stop criminals from doing criminal things.
This is my first proposal: What we really need is laws banning murder, attempted murder, and so forth. With punishments! Threatening criminals with punishment will work. It just hasn't been tried yet.
Gun-free zones are great places for criminals to go murdering with guns, which they almost always attain illegally (since they're criminals, you see.) This is probably because they know that it is unlikely that someone who obeys laws will be there to shoot back (since they are law-abiders, you see.) Since 1950, all but one mass killing has happened in a gun-free zone!
My second proposal, then, is to ban gun-free zones. If they do not exist, then the criminals won't know where it is safe for them to go murdering. Since criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot, this may in some way deter them from going for the easy, no-risk murders.
It is also clear that where gun laws are strictest, murder rates by guns are the highest.
Therefore, I believe national, comprehensive guncare is a pressing issue of the highest priority. This is my third proposal. Let everyone who can afford a handgun buy one, or if they don't, pay a fine. And let them pay just a little more to make sure the most vulnerable among us can get affordable guns that will protect them in dire circumstances.
The Affordable Care Act is a good blueprint for what such a law should look like, and I call on Speaker Boner to draft and pass such a comprehensive gun care law for the good of the country- and for the children.
Some say we cannot afford to make everyone in America a gun owner. There are still some 100 million of us unprotected. To those folks, I will simply say we cannot afford to see another criminal in a gun-free zone prey upon the most vulnerable; we cannot afford NOT to act to stop the next Newtown massacre.
It is time for us to pull apart the institution of marriage from the definition of a legal union.
Marriage should be determined by the church, whatever church you belong to. Some religions agree to same-sex marriages, others do not.
On the other hand, the state should not meddle with the definition of marriage, but focus instead on determining the legality and requirements of civil unions.
Marriage -- and the relationship between partners and their God -- should be defined by the church.
Civil unions and their legalities should be defined by the state.
It would breach the idea of freedom of religion to force a priest or pastor who does not believe in same-sex marriage to perform such a union.
The division? The government should issue civil-union licenses that could be referenced for legal/insurance matters. Churches should continue to perform marriages as they see fit. The churches' determinations would not affect couples' legal standing in terms of taxes, benefits, etc.
How four justices of the U.S. Supreme Court could have concluded that the Second Amendment does not guarantee the right of individuals to own firearms is baffling and horrifying to me, but that is what they believe.To my surprise the most powerful guardians of the Second Amendment have come not from law schools but from cable television network programming meetings.… By making the widespread ownership and use of firearms acceptable and normal to millions of people who have never touched a gun, these shows have unwittingly saved the Second Amendment.…Top Shot, a reality TV show on the History Channel…allows decorated military veterans, public servants like policemen and firemen and educated and intelligent civilian hobbyists to demonstrate their skill in the shooting sports and their respect for, and love of, firearms., …Sons of Guns is a reality TV show on the Discovery Channel about a custom gunsmith business in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.…American Guns is a reality TV show on the Discovery Channel about a family gunsmith business in Denver, Colorado.…Family Guns is a reality TV show on National Geographic about a father and son who buy, sell and restore rare firearms.…Each of these shows allows people from all walks of life, and especially people in urban areas who have never even seen or touched a real firearm, and who know about firearms only what they see in action movies and in news stories of homicidal maniacs with "assault rifles," to see smart, educated, classy men, women and youngsters using firearms completely safely and purely for sports, fun, and entertainment. These television shows unintentionally have the effect of introducing people to the safe and fun use of firearms.
Besse Cooper died peacefully… in a Georgia nursing home at age 116. …listed as the world's oldest person…
He is a Communist without question promoting the Communist Manifesto without calling it so. How shrewd he is in America. His cult of personality mesmerizes those who cannot go beyond their ignorance. They will continue to follow him like those fools who still praise Lenin and Stalin in Russia. Obama's fools and Stalin's fools share the same drink of illusion. [Um... Pravda??]
Peter Jackson's eagerly awaited new film is the first to be shot using high-speed 3D cameras that capture twice the normal number of frames per second. But some viewers said the filming techniques made them feel nauseous and even caused migraines.
seeking to have his marriage annulled after discovering that his Indonesian wife of 19 years had been born a man. … said that he and his wife had decided not to have children because he had two by his previous marriage and she fooled him by pretending to menstruate, using sanitary towels, "to conceal the truth". … "Even during sex, I never noticed anything."
But researchers still don’t know exactly how the brain’s extra folds and convolutions translated into Einstein’s amazing abilities.
Two local news anchors in Bangor, Maine resigned on air without warning over claims they were not allowed by upper management to pursue their ethical duties as reporters. Cindy Michaels and Tony Consiglio of ABC affiliate, WVII announced the move at the end of their 6 p.m. broadcast. [video]
...for the first time since its introduction in 1953, Bazooka bubblegum... Not only will... lose its popular red, white and blue colour scheme but its iconic comic strip featuring Bazooka Joe will also be replaced.
“He was an archetypal character, somewhere between crazy artist crossed with left-wing radical crossed with working-class Latino hood... He had a big influence on me through his artwork. He was top-of-the-line in that generation of underground, breakaway cartoonists.” —R. Crumb
The recently published code constitutes the first comprehensive taxation in Cuba since the 1959 revolution abolished just about all taxes.
A couple died and their 16-year-old son went missing after being swept into sea in Northern California while trying to save their dog…. The dog got out of the water on its own
The Beatles' audition tape famously rejected by a record executive in 1962 has finally been uncovered after 50 years. … The recording has never been officially released and the sound quality on it is said to be pristine. … [Had they been signed, we would probably never have seen Ringo join.]
Sacramento homeowners called for what was going to be an expensive new heating and air system.... Workers installing the equipment found… hidden away in the house… $300,000 worth of gold.
I'm getting a feeling that both the Obama administration and the loyal opposition are concerned about an economy that they know is ready to screech to a halt in 2013.That’s why they are pushing the fiscal cliff story so hard with their known associates at the Congressional Budget Office. Certainly they know what the Fed knows; the Fed that has said it will keep interest rates at sub-zero until evolution produces men who can produce hundred dollar bills via extra sensory perception. The Fed, you see, is gravely concerned about the next year’s GDP outlook. And they should be.
…in the eyes of the British media and foreign office Israel is at fault; astoundingly, it is apparently Israel which is responsible for inflaming the situation, not the Palestinians. Never mind the 120 rockets in four days or the 50 further rockets this evening, including 17 Grads fired at the city of Beersheva; or that since the beginning of 2011, 1,100 rocket have been fired on Israeli targets, 797since the beginning of this year; or that a staggering 5274 rockets have been fired from Gaza at southern Israel since 2006. … Never mind the fact that this current round of violence started when an Israeli Defence Force jeep was attacked by an anti-tank missile, wounding four IDF soldiers. Never mind that Hamas have hidden rocket launchers under civilian homes in Gaza, thus once again turning the Palestinian population into human shields.
Google is set to begin covering a cost that gay and lesbian employees must pay when their partners receive domestic partner health benefits…. The increased pay is largely to compensate these workers for an extra tax that heterosexual married couples do not pay. [Root of the problem: IRS defines marriage because of income tax, therefore putting the government in charge of religion, in violation of the First Amendment. Related webwork: Freedom to Marry]
Good Morning Morons. Today is Thursday, November 15, 2012. On this day in 1777 the Continental Congress approved the articles of confederation. History has shown that we would have been better off keeping them after perhaps strengthening them a small bit.
…in 1976… Moraitis had lung cancer.… nine months to live. He was in his mid-60s. …decided… to return to Ikaria, where he could be buried with his ancestors in a cemetery shaded by oak trees that overlooked the Aegean Sea. … Today, three and a half decades later, he’s 97 years old… says he’s 102 — and cancer-free. He never went through chemotherapy, took drugs or sought therapy of any sort. All he did was move home to Ikaria. …
Florida based restaurant boss John Metz, who runs approximately 40 Denny's and owns the Hurricane Grill & Wings franchise has decided to offset [the costs of Obama's Affordable Care Act] by adding a five percent surcharge to customers' bills and will reduce his employees' hours.
Who is minding the store? Everywhere we look we see the rank incompetence or corruption of the people who are supposedly running our country and our major institutions. Let's hope that responsible reporters at Obama's press conference today ask the right questions Americans deserve answers to. [Hahaha! "Responsible reporters" -- that Sarah! What a sense of humor!]
c/o The Senate
I wanna be Secretary of Defense
Sold out my fellow soldiers to achieve fame.
Threw away my medals. I knew what they were worth.
U.S. Senator, Kept Man w/Sugar Mommy
DID NOT ACTUALLY AIM NORTH VIETNAMESE ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUN AT AMERICAN PLANES LIKE THAT ACTRESS CHICK.
A scrawled note in the margin reads: "This guy sounds perfect! B.O.", and another below it says "Approved on my authority, V. J."
Police say they found Henry Hamilton’s body in his bedroom Nov. 8, along with a living will with handwritten words “Do not revive! (expletive) Obama!” Two empty prescription empty pill bottles were in the dining room. … was anxious about his tanning business
[For the record… Democrats and Barack Obama placed an oppressive racist tanning tax in their health care bill to help pay for the plan. -Jim Hoft]
This veneration of the leader and the paternalistic “knowing the people’s will before the people themselves know” is part and parcel of American progressivism, not just in Wilson’s time (and, to an extent, his predecessor, TR), but in the present day in his modern acolyte, Obama. Goldberg discusses this tendency extensively in his must-read, “Liberal Fascism,” and it’s an unhealthy one in a democratic republic, something far too many succumb to.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has reportedly demoted the former head of U.S. Africa Command, who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses. …stripped Gen. William 'Kip' Ward of a star, which means that he must now retire as a three-star lieutenant general. Ward must also repay the government $82,000.
re the question why military generals being pilloried. Hitler did the same thing as did Stalin when they were consolidating power. They got rid of the ranking military officers that would not toe the company line. This was to negate or at least lessen the chance of a coup being started. Tyrants follow the same checklist, I think this is what is going on. Take them down and scare the ones that are left into cooperating.
…here are 10 of cinema's most obnoxious tropes that you see in Oscar-bait film after Oscar-bait film, with two entries dedicated solely to the most shameless award-whore movies in recent history
David Brooks, David Frum, Bill Kristol (oh, how his father must be spinning in his grave), John
Boner Boehner, Rand Paul, even Bobby Jindal, WTF is wrong with you people? Most of the garbage in the links above is business-as-usual from the Usual Suspects, but that last one in particular really grinds my gears.
Here is how quickly live data happens using a relatively low-tech example of how President Obama’s team of mathematicians used live signals.
Thousands Called for the Overthrow of Dictator King Abdullah today in massive street protests. [video]
For Ike, it was Lebanon’s civil war and Israel’s Sinai invasion. For Lyndon Johnson, it was the 1967 Six-Day War. For Nixon, it was the 1973 war. For Carter, it was the Iranian Revolution. For Ronald Reagan, it was Lebanon. For George H.W. Bush, it was Iraq. For Bill Clinton, it was Al Qaeda and Afghanistan. For George W. Bush, it was Iraq and Afghanistan. For Barack Obama’s first term, it was Iran and Afghanistan, again. And for Obama’s second term, I fear that it could be the full nightmare — all of them at once. The whole Middle East erupts in one giant sound and light show of civil wars, states collapsing and refugee dislocations, as the keystone of the entire region — Syria — gets pulled asunder and the disorder spills across the neighborhood.
Ripped off from another site:
"All of you should have a look at this picture of the dead terorists car:
Do you have any idea how much it has taken to make a missile that only causes this tiny amount of damage? The precision and mass/velocity/design of the kinetic vehicle and warhead are awe inspiring.
If they had used a conventional Hellfire round there would be a crater 6 feet in diameter and 6 foot deep. Instead the headlights have survived.
Anyone who states that the IDF use indiscriminate force can fuck off. "
We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force. Let me quote General Moshe Dayan: "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." I consider it all hopeless at this point. We shall have to try to prevent things from coming to that, if at all possible. Our armed forces, however, are not the thirtieth strongest in the world, but rather the second or third. We have the capability to take the world down with us. And I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.' —Martin van Creveld, professor of military history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, quoted by David Hirst
If Israel were to take out the dam with a nuke, a rush of boiling, radioactive water would go up the Nile and scald and contaminate everything in its path. Unfortunately for Egypt, 95% of its population is within 12 miles of the Nile.
Granted, that would probably only happen if Israel were to exercise the Samson Option, but still…
Israel is bracing for
terrorist attacks perfectly understandable spontaneous reactions to a video
Rambam Hospital in Haifa … wartime operating room a dozen stories down, to the third level of an underground parking garage that will become, should bombs fall again, one of the world’s largest emergency hospitals. At 645,000 square feet, the three stories will house 2,000 medical stations -- enough to care not only for those wounded physically or psychologically from the war zone, but also for the most critically ill inpatients and outpatients needing regular treatments like dialysis.
Army bombs multiple terror targets in the Gaza Strip, killing up to six, as Operation Pillar of Defense commences against Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets; Hamas’s armed wing warns assassination of top activist has ‘opened the gates of hell’
…contains the dietary fiber Dextrin, which Pepsi’s Japan distributor claims will reduce the amount of fat absorbed by the body. … The indigestible fiber causes people to feel fuller, which helps prevent them from eating too much. The additive also causes an increased number of bowel movements…. [Oh, well, let's have another bottle of that!]