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Everything posted by dfitzo53

  1. I'm trying to understand how someone with an assault weapon and a desire to kill people is going to be stopped (or even slowed down) by a metal detector.
  2. With part time gigs in retail it's not always quite that simple. But then again, if you're taking a part time job in retail, you're probably understanding you'll have to work some Saturdays.
  3. Some More Cops Who Need To Be Commended

    Not even 10 mins from my house. So sad. What a waste in so many ways.
  4. I don't see how Flake has the standing to preach on spinelessness.
  5. The Grilling and Cooking Thread

    Around the lip of the lid where it meets the kettle so you can clamp it down as tight as possible to minimize air loss.
  6. The Own3d Thread.(Keep it clean)

    In the comments on the deadspin article one of the users said, "Horton, Here's a Poo!"
  7. All Things Star Wars Thread

    Fair enough, but I think there's a happy medium where the situation is dire enough that Luke is needed to turn the tide, but not so overwhelming that the idea of a successful resistance seems ludicrous. They overshot that mark in my opinion.
  8. All Things Star Wars Thread

    We just watched TLJ last night with the kids. Over the past few weeks we've watched the OT and 7 and 8 with them on Friday nights. The wife and kids loved TLJ. I thought it was so-so. I don't regret watching it, and the action scenes are good, as they have been with all the new movies, but that's about the best they have going for them. I recognize that even in ANH the idea of a ragtag band of rebels destroying the Death Star pushed the limits of what was reasonable to believe, but they never took it anywhere near as far as they did in TFA and TLJ. A planet (Starkiller Base) that eats up suns and uses that energy to destroy multiple star systems at once from across the galaxy? That's just a bit much, and there's no reasonable way to believe that a resistance movement that's down to a couple cruisers' worth of troops has any way of resisting an entity with that level of resources. Don't get me started on Poe single-handedly destroying all the laser batteries on a single ship without the First Order already having launched TIEs. Or these weird WW2-era bombers that require a crew member to push a button on a remote control? Come on... TLJ also just dragged on. It didn't need to be as long as it was. At least 30 minutes could have been cut out of the middle of the movie here and there. As some others have pointed out the writing was also pretty cheesy in places, but if we're honest with ourselves that's been true about Star Wars from the beginning. On the other hand, I thought Luke's character development was decent. The scenes between Rey and Ren were good. The action scenes were fun to watch.
  9. The Grilling and Cooking Thread

    Yep pretty much the same story for me in terms of vents. Just open barely enough so the coals don't go out.
  10. The Grilling and Cooking Thread

    I have one, I can confirm it works beautifully. I've used it for chicken and ribs. Edit: I don't know exactly what they mean by unattended. I was checking periodically to monitor temps of course, but I didn't have to add charcoal or anything.
  11. HUffPost.com: When Your iPhone Reinforces Sexism

    Literally nobody uses the word literally correctly anymore.
  12. Weaponized Morons would make a great name for a band.
  13. Importing teachers from the Philippines isn't new. There were cohorts of Filipino teachers in Baltimore when I started over a decade ago.
  14. Cancer Sucks

    Maybe put the pic in spoiler tags? I don't personally have a problem with it, but I'm not sure everybody wants to see that without warning.
  15. The Parenting Thread II - Advice, Tips, Etc

    There is growing research that suggests that putting an incentive on something that people will need to build their own internal motivation for (such as good behavior and learning to read) is actually counterproductive. That entire competition sounds well- intentioned but misguided to me, especially for kids that young. My opinion for what it's worth is that it's far and away more important for kids to enjoy reading than it is for them to meet someone else's goals or standards for what they should be reading. I do think there's a place for pushing for more challenge, but I don't really have specific suggestions for how to go about that.
  16. Yes. That's how you preserve the dignity of our institutions when this cancerous mole is excised, which it will be in time.
  17. Some More Cops Who Need to Be Fired

    "Chisholm concluded there was “no basis to conclusively link” the death of Trammell, which occurred in May, to the officers’ actions." The ****?
  18. The Own3d Thread.(Keep it clean)

    We have this book in the science room at our school: No joke.
  19. I'm not totally sure I buy that, at least in the short term.
  20. Fair enough, but I don't mind that if it's done ethically and leads us to a good place.
  21. The Parenting Thread II - Advice, Tips, Etc

    @Springfield This is also a good book about a big brother who feels like his little brother is horning in on his territory: http://a.co/82Eo4cU It talks about sharing, and about how parents will never run out of love for both kids, and about how big brothers are special. Apparently it's a sequel (to a good kids book but not about siblings) but we haven't read the first one. You don't need to read the first one to understand the second. Edit: To be 100% fair, it contains a blatantly scientifically inaccurate statement implying that the sun makes other stars light up if that bothers you, but I'm not super concerned about that. Kids read or hear stories that fudge science for the sake of a narrative all the time.
  22. The Parenting Thread II - Advice, Tips, Etc

    Lots of great stuff in here already. Just wanted to add, don't be afraid to apologize when you make a mistake. Not from a wishy-washy, codependent position of not wanting your kids to be mad at you, but from the standpoint of modeling owning up to mistakes and learning from them.
  23. The Beer Thread

    I haven't had one. I've been really into Firestone Walker's stuff lately.
  24. What do you Believe??? (Religion)

    It had to be done.