“I realize that almost every little girl grows up dreaming of Prince Charming and the grand ball of a wedding but spend a little less time worrying about table placement or the bridesmaid dresses and a little more thinking about what life is going to be like when you're married.
Don't go eyeball deep into debt to pay for your dream wedding - it's just not worth it. It will be over before you know it but those bills will last a long, long time. Use that money for practical things like a house. Plenty of great, life long marriages started with a modest ceremony / reception and a honeymoon is not required. Cover the basics and set the foundation for a solid life together by being smart about expenses.
And fellas - if she's going way over the top on expenses with no thought to how that debt is going to impact your daily life after the wedding, it's not going to get better after you're married. Take it from someone who learned the hard way....”
Jun 2, 2014 at 11:03:06
“Uh huh - there were a few other minor posts that he held after being a community organizer (State Senator 7 years, US Senator for 7 years). His was a steady rise to the presidency from humble beginnings.
Hardly a one trick pony or a flash in the pan - unlike SP or Martinez.”
“If you have overtime pay, health benefits, sick time, paid vacations and can work in conditions where you aren't in danger of losing life and limb thank a union member. Absolutely none of these were the norm before unions and now that unions have been successfully crushed here in the states we're slowly going backwards to how it used to be.
It's funny - when factories were being systematically closed and those jobs sent overseas it wasn't seen as a problem to people with college degrees - it was the worker's own fault the logic went. Outsourcing was just the natural order of business - that is until they started outsourcing professional jobs that were done by people with college degrees. Only then did it become a problem.
But had we all banded together as fellow citizens and workers when the union busting and outsourcing first started, we might have been able to stop this slide before it started. But way too many people just assumed that their diploma was some sort of forcefield that protected them from this; it was only the ignorant grease monkeys who were affected so who cares?
Give it another 50 or 60 years and we might see small kids back in coal mines working 16 hour days again - just like it was during the "golden age" of Republican politics circa 1897.”
“As far as #8 goes, it's because the difference between vanity and regular plates is so low. I lived there in the late 80's / early 90's and I believe it was only $10 or $15 more than the registration fee. In Ohio it can be $50 on top of the normal fee.”
“The fact is that in the digital age it's just not that hard to allow another photo to be submitted. The fact is that literally every professional camera has the ability to review the picture taken immediately without the need for darkrooms or photo labs to allow for on the spot approval. The fact is the administrators could have stopped people in the hallway before pictures were taken to prevent "inappropriate" attire from ever entering the photo session.
The fact is you seem desperate to defend something that could have been easily avoided with a few small simple steps.”
“I'm conflicted on what Snowden did but this email is nothing more than subterfuge. It is absolutely meaningless and proves nothing. How about producing unredacted logs from the email servers during the time Snowden worked there to see exactly what emails he sent and who he sent them to? How about letting independent analysts unrestricted access to those mail servers and the mail storage backups in order to verify exactly what the specific contents of every email Snowden ever sent?
Or are we simply supposed to take the word of an organization that has been proven to be categorically incapable of transparency and honesty?”
“If you had read the story that was covered - they had a sign in the photo session reminding them of the dress code and advising them that their picture could be altered.
It's amazing what you might pick up if you actually read the story before posting.”
pleblian on May 29, 2014 at 17:04:15
“It amazes you? Than you need to get out more, you're easily amazed.
And if you read further into the story, you'd read that the photos where inconsistent, not just between the pictures but from year to year prior to that. Students weren't entirely sure what was acceptable attire. Going around full circle here, they wished somebody have inspected them beforehand, so they could change if was felt to be inappropriate and left many of them unhappy with how they ended up looking but they have to deal with it for the rest of their life.
“Seems very arbitrary - while I agree in concept with a dress code why weren't the students given an option to resubmit a photo if the original was unacceptable?
It seems like they took more time and effort to perform hand handed retouching than it would have taken to simply have them take another picture.”
blue eyes blue skies on May 29, 2014 at 16:36:31
“I think it's hard to spend 5 minutes on an article published by the media and assume all the facts are there. The fact is the student's had a choice to dress differently according to the code which has been in place for years. The fact is they were notified as they have been notified in previous years that people who don't adhere to the dress code will have their photos altered. They could have chosen what was appropriate for the code.”
“Wages were cheaper too, as a FYI. Most things were cheaper but most people made a lot less money. My first job in technology in 1984 paid the princely sum of $14,500 a year and I wasn't living in my parent's house - that was my sole income to pay for all of my bills (food, rent, clothes, etc). It took me almost 15 years to work up to what a college student could expect as a starting wage today and almost 20 years before I made enough to stop living paycheck to paycheck.
It's not like money was falling out of the sky and everything cost a nickel. Everything is relative.”
Roxanne Sapra on Jul 24, 2014 at 08:24:21
“That's like £8520 or something like that. I work part-time, and i get about £6000 a year, and if i were working full-time, i would be getting around £12000 a year. I don't live with parents either, i live on my own. The cheapest rents where i live are a room in shared accommodation for around £450 a month. If one wants a studio flat it's around £700, and if one wants a one-bedroom flat it's £900 and up.
I have to claim money from the government just to be able to afford rent, and they help by discounting some bills too. Most people here in the UK are having to live like this.
I can barely afford food, let alone clothes.
Also, if i were to work full-time, the government wouldn't help with rent or bills.
I also have a baby.
I'm not complaining, i grew up growing vegetables and whatever with my Indian Hindu vegan immigrant grandmother in her back garden, she fixed things before even considering buying new. She was a smart-living lady, that rubbed off on me. I'm fine being financially poor, it's societies' mess not mine, i could go into it, if you want?
My point is that i'm reliant on the government to survive in this country, as are most people here. Even the thought of saving any money is a luxury.”
“I've actually come to admire Snowden in some respects but it's clear that for all his planning in obtaining and smuggling out documents from the NSA he gave no thought whatsoever to what happened after. This displays an immaturity that is staggering. If he had given this even a minimum of thought he would have realized that of course the US was going to revoke his passport and try to get him returned to face justice. This should have been obvious. Why not wait to release the story until after he's safely in a stable extradition free location? It just makes no sense.”
Ramona the Pest on May 28, 2014 at 11:03:51
“Yes and if he'd really been trained as a spy he'd have known this and done it differently- he's changing his stories.”
Cratewasher on May 28, 2014 at 10:40:54
“I'm just glad he took the chance.
Nobel Prize for Snowden.”
“What a crass, offish thing to do. There was no reason other than ham handed grandstanding to publish such a letter and shame on the craven media for giving this useless creature a forum. This has nothing to do with anyone's rights and everything to do with one man's eternal quest to make money on the speaking circuit and/or run for office. You can't even call this guy a has-been since he really never was. Just one more pathetic right winger who wants to cash in on the politics of anger and resentment.”
“I am saddened by the hardships and horrors of war that the Syrian people are enduring but who, exactly, should we support in this effort? While there are some rebel forces who aren't hardcore extremists - those same rebel forces have at times called the extremists allies. It just doesn't seem possible that aid we'd provide to "moderate" elements wouldn't get into the hands of hardcore extremists who have vowed to kill as many Americans as possible. While I don't want to see Assad escape justice for what he's done I also don't want to see Syria become a haven for extremists who would use it as a staging ground for more 9-11 type attacks.
There just doesn't seem to be a good solution there; anyone we might support has too much baggage or potential for future problems it seems like we'd be better to just wait it out and see who prevails then craft a strategy around that.
I wish we'd finally get to some sort of renewable energy that would let us just turn our backs on that part of the world and let them spend the next millennia killing each other without us. Let's face it, if it weren't for our need for oil we could simply ignore that part of the world and it's endless cycle of grievances that go back to the crusades.”
Sandy Beaches on May 27, 2014 at 12:20:32
“This is a religious war. We have no reason whatsoever for participating.”
“You make some good points - all I'm saying is that women can be just as bad as any man in the revenge department. I've never really been to any of these sites so I can't say from my experience if it seems to be tilted towards one gender or another but in general it seems to be the rule on HP that men are nearly always portrayed as perpetrators and women as victims but in real life it's hardly that simple.
And yes, it is a Howard fist - I assume you're a fellow fan? :-)”
The Trenzalorian on May 25, 2014 at 20:50:55
“Indeed, Hey Now!
Which goes to my point that I'm certainly no prude, and certainly I believe we are sexual creatures by nature. A previous commenter noted that I was holding an outdated view of masculinity, but I think that one can fully embrace human sexuality and still maintain a level of dignity and decorum whilst dealing with the other sex, even by today's rules and mores involving relationships and dating.
I have not myself, either, spent any good deal of time in contact with the aforementioned site, but years back I was intimately involved with a young lady who was in the midst of dealing with a series of "intimate" pictures that a former college boyfriend of hers had posted on a chatboard or site somewhere. Ultimately after working several channels and with threats of litigation, they were removed, and to this day only a handful of people were ever made aware, but it was more than enough to inflict serious emotional damage on our relationship in terms of trust.
I can imagine how much worse it is for all the people who are thus far unable to have it removed, especially more graphic ones that make their way on to some of these full-on porn sites. It's again powerful proof that small actions of revenge or pity or spite can absolutely negatively effect other's lives in powerful ways. A dollar of action with a thousand of consequences.”