“Reality check, folk: Age phases are changing for those lucky enough to live in parts of the world where prosperity, peace, good nutrition, good medical care, are available--that is, if you care about educating yourself and following through on the preventive maintenance. In america today, there are 65 year olds who look and function like 45 once did, and 65 year olds who look and function "old." If you take care of yourself and are lucky enough not to fall victim of dementia or a terminal illness, middle age might last to, oh, 75 or so....an 80-year-old man just summited Mt. Everest, for pete' sake. these gents need to start training and get out there and have some adventures. Surf's up!”
FZliveson on May 31, 2013 at 01:03:16
“I agree fully. And "Old Age" is not to say "Dying" because we all are dying from birth and the value we get and bring happens in the moments where we feel alive and demonstrate that by our actions.”
“what this is about, is some conduct that was beyond even what the cops would consider "normal for new year's eve." the exception would be, cops being harsher on a celeb than a normal person, but i think the odds of that exception applying here are low. i think what this is about, is behavior or speech that went over the line even for new year's. this is liberal and celeb-friendly santa monica we're talking about. he was either over the line in some way, or provoked/got in the face of the cops in some way, to which they responded by giving him a few hours in the cooler and then releasing.”
Dec 24, 2012 at 04:17:13
“untrue. he has made incredible movies since then. under-known, underrated movies. one about the civil-rights-era church bombing. one about new orleans and katrina. and several more little-known gems. ok, he's an obnoxious begrudger. but don't belittle is filmmaking chops. he's a really wonderful director and auteur.”
Mark Weld on Dec 25, 2012 at 04:11:47
“The judging of a successful movie is how many people see it...there are a million directors who can make a good movie...just not one that get a big audience of academy award nominations..therefor he is IRRELEVANT because he reaches very very few people. He's NO Steven Spielberg or even Quentin Tarantino...THEY are relevant”
“thank goodness the tacky, frumpy, provincial clowns huffpost has hired to run its "style" department are telling me how to wear my hair! this nonsense is as bland as what's on offer from the so-called "style" departments of the MSM print entities...”
“oh god, i really need tacky, frumpy, provincial clowns and dipsh@@@@ like these people to give or withhold permission regarding how i wear my hair....huffpost's so-called "style" department is as bland, colorless, and out of it as the offerings at the mainstream print media....”
“obama voter i may be, but i disapprove of crowing and gloating, regardless of which side is doing it. (notice how the tables ALWAYS turn before long on whoever is doing the gloating?) thank god the President himself, along with his family, seems to be showing some restraint for the moment. let's hope it continues.
however. having said that. i believe folks here are reacting to reports that Governor Romney and his supporters totally expected victory, by a LANDSLIDE, and were genuinely STUNNED by their loss.
why does this have us bystanders shaken? because of what it implies about these folks. these people adopted and persisted in this belief against significant evidence indicating that it wouldn't go that way. to discount the data to a point, sure--you know, our math eggheads versus your math eggheads. but to the point of being STUNNED when your LANDSLIDE doesn't materialize? this implies scary things about these folks. you might not like Nate Silver, but he crunched his numbers in good faith, with disclosure as to methodology and caveats RE danger of skew, fact that he was making assumptions derived from past patterns, etc. his peers were equally careful. even if you didn't buy their work, nobody rational would discount it enough to be SURE of a HUGE Romney win, with SHELLSHOCK when it didn't happen. come on. hell, i'm an obama supporter and i was worried sick despite Silver's numbers. that is what has folks here reacting this way...”
“Art is also about acquiring a skilled trade or professional license that will enable you to pay your own way in the world if your art is not earning money. And a lot of "artists" are not willing to do that. They want others to pay their way, which is nonsense.
“the ruling of the supreme court is NOT "the last word." the last word is the will of the electorate through the congress and the executive. the health care act is a piece of legislation, not the tablets moses brought down from mount sinai. and like any piece of legislation, it can be repealed or altered any time by democratic processes, via a president and a congressional majority. which is exactly what is going to happen: a republican president and congress could repeal it outright. but even if a republican prez and majority do not come in, the democrats will end up altering it as the years go by because it is so badly conceived and written that they will have to. what will NOT happen, is that it will survive or work well in its present form.
so bank on it, the current act will either be done away with, or altered and "fixed" over time. but that is not the supreme court's problem, or their role.
read the opinon: as justice roberts himself so eloquently put it:
"It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices."
He also writes in the opinion:
“We do not consider whether the Act embodies sound policies. That judgment is entrusted to the Nation’s elected leaders.””
“if you live anywhere west of the First Street Bridge, here is a little news flash: you don't live in east l.a. i am a longtime echo park resident, and i call these clowns "trick or treaters." i am absolutely sick of them. their recherchee nonconformism is so conformist, so bland, and they are so comically pleased with themselves! oh, god, the assembly-line quote-unquote "bohemian" facial hair on the boys! the "bands" they join and the way they preen over this! the heroin habits! if only they would return to the 'burbs they came from!”
Aaron Rice on May 14, 2012 at 16:55:23
“I'm east of First Street. I'm east of the 5, so there ya go.”
“i used to believe that. but there is something atavistic in the way males are socialized, or perhaps in the way both genders are socialized, that seems to guarantee that it doesn't work that way. it's counter-intuitive, because there is a lot of (understandable) male resentment about the "man pays" view of datig. but in practice, splitting initial dating fifty-fifty does not seem to result in good treatment for the female half of the bargain. i'm with our "babe magnet": fifty-fifty is great and only fair once you're going steady, but during the initial dance however that goes on, the gentlman should pick up the check and the lady should be a lady, not a gold-digger, about that.”
DannyJ on May 3, 2012 at 21:56:15
“i agree with you. i don't mind paying for half but not till we are in a relationship”
MariaTall on May 3, 2012 at 21:47:38
“That is pretty much how my husband and I handled our courtship; compounded by the fact that we were both cash strapped students most of that time.
As much as my 60 something father loves my husband, he still does not know how I could have married a man that would let me pay for a date.
“[With those odds how hard can it really be to be a magnet?] you'd be surprised. a large cohort of single men in this age group are single because their wives have initiated the divorces. they are far from the entire pool, but they are a big sub-group. their wives initiated the divorces because these men spent decades unable/unwilling to hear polite (and in the late stage where put-upon females turn in to enraged shrews, angry and less-polite) signals that it was time for them to learn some of the lessons our "babe magnet" listed. [our babe magnet is too gentlemanly to note they apply to the bedroom, but the bedroom component is an unspoken X-factor in many female-initiated divorces of inconsiderate, emotionally tone-deaf men.] these men are always bewildered when their wives cut them loose. [in brutal market terms, the rich/successful tone-deaf males aren't in this group. they leave their put-upon wives first for far-younger women they stupidly believe want them for their looks or prowess. they then behave just as tone-deaf with the young stuff and get away with it due to the mercenary/opportunistic nature of the bargain.] but the average joes dropped by their wives due to refusal or inability to learn the skills our "babe magnet" is talking about, do not do well as singles in the over-fifty dating game....”
“judging from the xtreeeeeeemely white-bread (i'm casting a scio-cultural, not a racial, aspersion here), dull, and conventional looks of these people, particularly the males, whose shapeless, colorless clothing, athletic jackets, and blocky, dullard faces are giveaways to their status as all-american burghers......i'd say it's a sure thing this is some sorority/fraternity clique at an awful Big American U's idea of REEEELLY CRAAAAZY HIJINX!!!
whoooooa! you are SOOOO WILD, Rice Crispy Girlz and Marshmallow Boyz!!!!”
“really? well.....we have an election coming up. and this particular individual is one of the biggest weapons in the arsenal, per more than one highly reputable political reporter. and this quote-un-quote "imprompto surprise" that was planned, shot, and dissemimated all over the globe in minutes, is just a little salvo in the re-election campaign.
i'm not saying the FLOTUS isn't a class act and wasn't charming as hell during the, um, "surprise" photo op, er, video op. i'm just saying, since you asked....that is eggzackly what it was. not being sarcastic, just the fax.”
Jakesmom on Feb 19, 2012 at 03:16:30
“Apparently she does this every year; no reason for this to be different. Besides, why not? She seems to really enjoy it.”
EvasDaddy on Feb 17, 2012 at 09:35:09
“I see. You're suggesting that Mrs. Obama disappear until after the election.
nonetheless---she looks great when she isn't wearing ridiculous plunging necklines, skin-bearing cuts and clownishly short hemlines. this is the biggest style error made by women as they get older. YES on wearing stylish and even hip clothes, so long as they are classy----NO on the girlish hemlines and skin-bearing cuts....”
“that's right. and all the bad press about the supposedly bloated pensions---most of these public employees are like the $50K per year "whoo-hoo" teacher in the article. what you are going to have if you take pensions and benefits away from a large swath of our country's civil service/public apparatus is what they have in countries where these people are paid a pittance---namely, widespread and routine, as opposed to relatively isolated as currently in the u.s., public corruption. that angle on the story has not gotten enough play in all the hoo-ha over this.”
“most of those desperate people watching the clock tick to the end on their unemployment have no health insurance as it is and are hanging on by a thread. i fail to see how adding them to the already-existing legions of long-term unemployed with no benefits of any kind would "wake up" anyone. for a certain type of unimaginative person, isn't it easy to contemplate inflicting misery on others when you are not in that terrible position yourself....”
hopingheart on Dec 12, 2011 at 23:07:03
“I'm saying that I'd like it if the thousands of unemployed who are still receiving benefits -- and those that care about them -- would think about and advocate for those thousands who are not receiving unemployment benefits or employment income thru no fault of their own.
The America I was taught to believe in would care for and support both populations.”