“The only way to make them stop is if they get zero clicks. So in a way, it's your fault. And mine. I'm gonna remember that for the New Year.”
Katarina Minola on Jan 5, 2013 at 23:11:46
“I thought that would be a way to make it go away for good. Do you remember when that woman started that petition to get the Kardashians off of the E channel? I think a lot of people tried to just not comment thinking it would go away. It didn't work. Maybe we should boycott all of the advertisers on Huff P, then maybe they will stop.”
sharmaine73 on Jan 3, 2013 at 03:40:33
“I totally agree. I made a conscious decision not to click on anything having to do with Sarah Palin. It's hard sometimes.”
“Although I was a very bright, promising student, I failed in college the first time around. I went back several years later, and got the education I was ready for...education I paid for and fought for myself. I graduated with straight A's. I was intellectually an early bird, but emotionally a late bloomer. Don't worry, just keep gently pushing and encouraging your son. Let him know you will always be there for him, but that he needs to find his own way.”
mtmrere on Dec 28, 2012 at 14:05:31
“I believe what you did is the right way to go for many people ~ it's what I did. However he had this drive to go to college (his HS advisor said he'd never do well in college) and play baseball and I couldn't stand in his way. The money makes a lot of sense ~ I get that too. Thanks for your support and suggestions. It's good to hear there are others who understand the situation. And it's obvious now that I was having a small pitty party last night, lol.”
“I was a serial curfew-breaker during high school. I had older friends with later curfews, and often stayed out with them. My mom used to threaten to send me to 'juvie'. I was an A student, captain or president of freaking EVERYTHING at my school, and also a band geek, if that tells you anything. When I was in college, my mom admitted to one night sneaking over to my friend's house to see what we were doing so late. She hid in the bushes and looked through the window. We were all gathered around the piano singing at the top of our lungs. I also used to sneak out in the middle of the night, go to a friend's house and listen to George Carlin tapes (ooohhh, so edgy). I NEVER got in trouble at school. Meanwhile my younger brother was smoking pot, drinking, and now has an illegitimate son and works as a linecook at nearly 30 years old. Good job, Mom.”
Dani Vernes on Dec 28, 2012 at 08:26:08
“I have a friend whose early life mirrors your own to an eerie extent. He's done well for himself - college educated (paid his own way), government job for over 10 years, supports his parents now. His sister isn't a failure, but never went beyond high school and barely makes enough to support herself. His little brother and your little brother must have been separated at birth, because they sound like astral twins. I just know you're not my friend because your English is way better than his :p
I suspect that his mother was like that because his father has always been a no-good alcoholic and she raised 3 kids on a meager salary. She probably wanted to ensure that at least one kid would be there for her when she couldn't work anymore. Obviously, she succeeded, since my friend is looking after them, but his own life is not in a good place. Housing in Europe is extremely expensive, and while he makes decent money, it's not enough to support two mortgages, two sets of bills, etc. If he took off on his own, he couldn't pay their full expenses anymore. He has zero privacy and he's always sad and frustrated by their constant meddling.
If his mother had parented his siblings instead of him, they would have all had enough to both be independent and help their parents out. Instead, one is bearing the burden, and the other two are barely hanging on on their own.”
scrzbill on Dec 28, 2012 at 06:54:35
“What's an illegitimate person?”
rjsparling on Dec 28, 2012 at 04:57:15
“So would you rather have been raised the way your brother was?”
“Bill's contribution was transparent. He's not trying to write right-wing legislation and put it into the hands of local lawmakers, nor funneling money to PACs and passing them off as 'grassroots' organizations.”
“WTF? I live in Illinois and am planning a secular wedding. The theme is strengthening community through the binding of families. We have actually asked a Catholic priest to officiate, but have emphasized that there will be no mention of god - just community, love, family and growth. He agreed to officiate, stipulating that since the wedding is not Catholic, we will have to get an 'official' witness to make it legal. I guess in Indiana, it would count, but in the case of my brother getting married with his lay brother-in-law officiating, it wouldn't have counted. Incroyable!”
“Let me clarify - middle-to-upper class whites DO equal safety for the most part, and that is the makeup of Logan. You state that you won't go to Logan Square - and yet you state that it is unsafe. My whole point is that you DON'T KNOW because you DON'T LIVE HERE or HANG OUT HERE. You want to talk about unsafe neighborhoods? Talk about Uptown or Pilsen or Humboldt. NO ONE who has any idea what they are talking about thinks Logan is unsafe.
I see your posts from time to time (and have called you out of some of them when I have the patience) and remember you because of 1. your irritating habit of bold-ing your font and 2. your claim to know things when you so obviously don't and 3. your refusal to relinquish your 'knowledge' even when someone wiser and more experienced than you points out your wrong-ness.
So, my advice to you is to be prepared to back up your statements. Rarely do you back up your posts with facts or statistics or reason..instead they are bolded and LOUD which you mistake for legitimacy and truth. Critical thinking is paramount for successful analysis. ”
tissa on Dec 6, 2012 at 19:28:27
“The fact that you said a safe neighborhood IS about being white says it all. zYou obviously have never been to Joliet. Please, stay in the FABULOUS Logan Square--it is LOVELY!”
“If you go to the heart of Logan Square, at any time of day or night, it is filled with young white people. There are a dozen or so expensive restaurants, bookstores, and upscale baby/kids shops. The farmers' market there during the summer and fall is full of hipsters and white people with strollers. I think maybe you are confusing Logan with its' southern neighborhoods? Logan is solidly white now, and realtors deem it the 'hottest' neighborhood in the city.
I live in Avondale, one neighborhood to the north of Logan. While we often hear gunshots in the summer, we never see violence ourselves. I'm sure it exists, but we just don't see it. Our cat sometimes plays with the garage door remote and we have discovered that our garage was open for hours - sometimes during the day, sometimes at night. We have my classic car, two motorcycles, and a newer car in it as well as a ton of tools and gadgets. NO ONE has ever touched anything in our garage or taken anything from the house. We have lived here almost 5 years. We were some of the first American-born whites in the neighborhood - surrounded by Poles and Mexicans - and have never felt unsafe. ”
tissa on Dec 6, 2012 at 12:55:15
“It is not about being in a "white" neighborhood that makes it safe...clearly Logan Square is white, but it is still not safe..sometimes lower income areas have this issue--it is not about skin color.”
“It's called gentrification. It happened in Ravenswood, with accompanying shootings, it happened in Wicker Park, with the muggings, and now Logan Square. However in this case, it was a bad crowd in a nightclub. Ethnic nights at clubs are NEVER a good idea. ”
tissa on Dec 6, 2012 at 10:32:35
“I don't think this area will ever completely be "gentrified"”
“No one in the military has 'defended our freedom' since WWII. Maybe the first month of the Afghanistan war. And I'm uncaring and unpatriotic? What kinds of volunteering do you do? I tutor adult college students in writing and critical thinking, and put in hours every week with refugees. I help people get the most out of this country I love and appreciate. I also admit my weaknesses, as evidenced above. Please, continue to attack me personally on a point of argument that you made up - an argument I wasn't even trying to make. ”
“When it came time for me to decide where I would volunteer, I just couldn't bring myself to volunteer for the homeless. I had heard from many how thankless it could be, and how many didn't want to be helped, or refused help.
Instead I volunteer to help with refugees. They are thrilled to be here, understand what hard work is, understand the importance of education and assimilation, and every moment I spend with them is joyful. Their progress is amazing, and they give just as much as they get.
I am a weak, egotistical person, I know. I want 'bang for my buck' so to speak - and with political refugees, I get it. Someone who isn't from here, and really knows how terrible it could be elsewhere, is far more rewarding to work with than someone from a privileged nation. Let's face it - even our poor are relatively rich and privileged compared to many people in the world. Case it point - this bugger who is 'hiding' his shoes so he can strike it twice.”
InnaGaddaDaVida on Dec 4, 2012 at 14:22:49
“Ever consider this "bugger" is a vet, probably suffering from PTSD for protecting the freedom of uncaring individuals like you....and likely,yes, he sold them for something to eat (or drink, doesn't matter); or maybe he really has hidden them so he doesn't get mugged by others for the boots. Typical American Patriots, put a bumper sticker on their car and call it a day.......”
“Interesting. The libs I know worked their butts off and now have nice pensions for themselves - or, in the case of my factory-worker grandmother, had a lovely retirement and then left her daughters a tidy sum when she passed. My other grandparents, die-hard Republicans, had no problem hiding their meagre savings and going on Title 19. They beat their chests til their dying day against people who 'lived off the gubmint' and yet themselves mooched off the state and left nothing for their children.”
“And WHY is the National Turkey Federation's flock so ill-cared for? WHY wouldn't it be in the best interest for this organization to raise healthy stock and educate people on buying healthy birds instead of the sickly birds found in grocery stores?”
“Pushed through? After decades of handwringing and political posturing? It took YEARS and YEARS of this conversation before it finally got done. There was MONTHS of deliberations, in which the right pushed to table the Public Option, which would have prevented all this nonsense.”