Feb 6, 2013 at 00:46:28
“Well put, I am a bit introverted by nature but working in the advertising industry has allowed for so much social/business interaction (and tolerating self-important types with deference) I've been able to give glide by with smiles, polite nods and the like.
Another important thing that helps is honing an ability to some knowledge and understanding on most any topic. The article implies this talking about the likeable person's interest and asking the right questions but having a grasp of subject matter is so critical.
The basic understanding of trends of different business and career fields, the arts including film and music, current events (and knowing how to even make salient political points while feigning disinterest if brought up by another who is ideologically different) will often allow you to hit on an area of particular topic or area they're thrilled to elaborate on.
Lastly, the art of using a pun or other turn of phrase in response without coming across as corny goes far in delighting people as they discuss something.”
“You know I probably wouldn't be inclined to believe people could "fall" for Stephen Colbert except I have credible second-hand knowledge of my friend's sister, who lives in deep Red Oklahoma and daughter of a far-right father, actually likes Stephen Colbert because she believes he's fighting for them. Absurd but not surprising from those who deny reality.”
Prairiewinds on Jan 15, 2013 at 14:18:43
“Please repeat that for Ver Didad above. It's not the freedom of speech, it's the sad tendency of some people to misconstrue satire and run with rumor as truth that was my concern as well.”
“I know there is the argument of the 14th amendment "constitutional" option to say screw you to Republicans on the debt ceiling but that gets the courts involved and I think would be more politically risky than the platinum option.
The Fed has no restrictions on the amounts they can mint platinum coins unlike all other precious metals. Therefore, just mint 2 platinum coins - $1T each - and deposit at the Reserve. The fallout would be preferable to default and I guess that can be considered Obama's "missile shield" to the R's nuclear weapon.”
“A "touchdown celebration" using the ball as a prop or falling to the ground is against NFL rules but spiking the ball (after scoring at least) is allowed. Therefore, spiking a ball would be part of the assumed risk to attend even if it isn't part of the normal aspect of the match.
Also, an usher is there as part of his occupation and not as a fan. With that said, I hope he gets a new pair of glasses and/or time off as needed.”
tennisguy on Dec 18, 2012 at 19:36:44
“Spiking the ball is not a part of football. That something is not against the rules doesn't make it part of the game or somehow nonnegligent.
Also, since there was negligence, the usher could recover for damages.”
“Right, a rich guy with the fancy country club keeps the black guy away under the guise of him being a threat to (corrupt?) (influence?) the children and you think that's a great plan.
Look, I agree with him that he's a wreck, and sure I don't really think any athlete should be put on a pedestal for the children especially Tiger, but when Mr. Palmer makes statements like, "I'm sure he COULD beat him" well that doesn't really say anything as lots of things could happen.
Tiger not being #1 is a weird reason too since unless 1 guy is playing, there are going to be many players who aren't #1. I don't play or especially like golf, I don't especially like Tiger, but it's stuff like this that's really unwarranted by your billionaire friend.”
logic123 on Dec 18, 2012 at 17:42:51
“I agree with you. The first thing that came to my mind when I read that was "r. ace".”
“It looks like 'the right' is back to ignoring the obvious.
I don't blame all the Empty Suit R's for keeping to wanting these rates extended to all, but I don't blame Americans for expecting the 1% to pay a higher share that they can afford. We just had an election about this.
My biggest problem is all the talk about hurting job creation doesn't have a basis in reality except the napkin drawing of the Laffer curve.”
“I'll give you a good example you probably didn't think of. There are a lot of the poor countries that don't have money to fight serious problems like advanced strains of TB. Even if you favor more restrictions on immigration, that's fine, but if we stop giving them money to fight it over here we'll deal with it later. Terrorists and germs have a lot in common ya know.”
“Your comment is very true. I am half white and half Mexican so I can identify with both cultures and mindsets in a semi-removed way. From what I've seen besides the portion of the crudest and ugly racism, there are a lot of prejudices and stereotypes that most if not all people carry even if unintentional. I also work in advertising so there's the added layer of demographics and archetypes that have to make assumptions based on ethnicity among other factors. This is not to claim 'equivalence' or try to minimize racism's impact but in this social climate we're incapable of having an honest conversation on the state of race in 2012.”
“The pejorative noun "illegals" is more offensive and dehumanizing but illegal immigrants is pretty much accurate when used correctly.
My dad was an illegal immigrant until Ray-gun waved his trickle-down magic wand in 1986, but no the phrase does not offend him, me, or any (former or otherwise) illegal immigrants I know.”
abbadabba on Oct 19, 2012 at 16:32:46
“It's been so overused by those baiters it's almost a norm, now. Only those who are hip to the drift get that it's propaganda.
I was just reading about a relative who put in a state law to restrict non-citizens from working the mines in AZ in the 1920s. Seems that really angered the Italians who had an open employement agreement with US.
As you well know, immigration is a status that is always changing. But only when times get hard or people do does it equate to criminallity to answer Help Wanted signs.”
Oct 9, 2012 at 20:27:24
“Poison, White Snake type bands. The "hair bands" refers to the stage glam generally that resulted in a whole lot of hair along with rocking out.
Trace the evolution of (rock) music through the transition from the 70's to 80's and a distinct pattern that fits the characterization of hair bands starts a new trend.”
Juan Rulfo on Oct 9, 2012 at 20:54:29
“Thanks! Yeah, I thought it meant pre-punk rock long-haired bands. Though, of course, long-haired bands like that continued, but I thought punk and then New Wave had sorta put a big dent into that type of music.”
“Right, one party wants to put the policies back in place that led to the economic downturn, my vote is for not them. Saying economy and jobs in empty platitudes is much different than actually talking about it, Ryan-Romney plan cuts 300k jobs in a couple of years. You can disagree on the merits of government jobs in the long term but it isn't good economic policy to throw that many generally middle class families out in the middle of a recovery. Ryan's budget makes the deficit worse, this is what I don't understand.”
chanahan on Aug 19, 2012 at 22:32:05
“I agree and would not vote for failure. We have been experiencing economic failure for the past 4 years.”
“Those are wise words you speak, thanks for the insight.
The coldness in these men you speak of seems to be mammon that Jesus spoke of on the Sermon on the Mount. "No one can serve two masters."
I can't see in their hearts if they are truly wicked or horribly misled but in any case, as you mention to those with power who abuse, and much worse in the name of God, who pervert the word and leads many, many astray.”
Aug 10, 2012 at 16:54:00
“Well yes and no. "Artistic property created by me" in rights management would boil down to copyright ownership. So as I mentioned, peripheral things to his music (i.e. album covers, song names, even beats or instrumentals that weren't created by him) are fair game if they got the copyright owner to agree - assuming Adam doesn't have ownership of some of these assets.
Not saying it is a good thing for them to try and get around the spirit of his request, but it would technically be possible.”
“Well put. On another note, that most Christians treat the Bible as infallible while reading it in their Zonderban English version, means that concepts like 'mammon' are foregone to simplifications like man with any further context gone, whether by blind faith and/or willful ignorance.”
Enroh Mot on Jun 8, 2012 at 22:12:20
“Most Christians get their messages from the Tower of Babble.”
“People complain about the US not stepping up, until the point at we theoretically do and would be roundly criticized for that. Then the spin on civilian casualties, which of course is way worse if outside forces do it vs. Syrians. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. I wish the perception here didn't have to be so jaded but I have the feeling any outcome here will be wrought with negative consequences.”
May 15, 2012 at 21:59:53
“When you synthesize the art around a movie that incorporates a brilliant gathering of creativity to make your point to him as a "pretender" is a really jaded view for something that, while I haven't seen myself, seems to be entertaining people and giving joy.
That sucks about your sister-in-law, of course capitalism isn't fair, but people have to live their lives in reality not best wishes and if Mr Downey was able to maximize his payday and get someone to sign off on it, not robbing people blind like the frauds and banksters, then more power to him. Jesus would shake his head at the whole lot of us.”
EveryoneLies on May 15, 2012 at 22:49:22
“your last statement hits the nail on the head and that was what i was going for. The priorities is what i was deriving my thought from. ”
“Exactly, then those same people would turn around and call you a RINO for not goose-stepping in line.”
dodie1990 on May 15, 2012 at 22:04:16
“They should all read Goldwater's book Conscience of a Conservative to see what it is all about. Goldwater abhored any inrtrusion into private matters as completely out of the realm of government or anyone else. He would be appalled at what his party has become.So am I. (He also supported Planned Parenthod)”
“The last paragraph of this article is really off. Yes, they've definitely had PR snafus but the speculation to "frantically" release new products doesn't cite examples you might expect (eg Frito's burrito) but rather on well-planned initiatives aimed more at their bottom line than anything else. Fast foods need to compete for breakfast and creating higher price point items with perceived premium value is inevitable. I'm just saying those examples in the article can't really be frantically planned, the PR folks do their thing and the marketers do theirs.”