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by Ralph
Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:30 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Deadliest Place In the Solar System Is Beautiful...
Replies: 8
Views: 789

Re: The Deadliest Place In the Solar System Is Beautiful...

As the Sun rotates around the Earth we can appreciate its beauty and essential place for us as the central component of the Universe.
by Ralph
Wed Apr 21, 2010 2:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: About Corlyss M. Drinkard ... nice chat!
Replies: 15
Views: 1338

Re: About Corlyss M. Drinkard ... nice chat!

Good health to you and Corlyss!
by Ralph
Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:11 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Please keep Corlyss in your thoughts...
Replies: 65
Views: 5269

Re: Please keep Corlyss in your thoughts...

Corlyss has always been here for anyone dealing with serious illness or any personal misfortune. I miss her and think of her every day. I hope she will soon return.
by Ralph
Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:00 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Supreme Court case - text messaging & privacy
Replies: 15
Views: 1311

Re: Supreme Court case - text messaging & privacy

Court takes up public employees' privacy case MARK SHERMAN From Associated Press April 19, 2010 6:17 PM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears likely to rule against public employees who claimed a local government violated their privacy by reading racy text messages they sent on their emplo...
by Ralph
Sun Apr 18, 2010 11:08 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Musicalpaintings
Replies: 331
Views: 31645

Re: Musicalpaintings

SaulChanukah wrote:Princess of Horses © 2010

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Very nice.
by Ralph
Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:10 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Supreme Court case - text messaging & privacy
Replies: 15
Views: 1311

Re: Supreme Court case - text messaging & privacy

It's hardly unusual for a person to have two cell phones. The bulky Motorolas of an earlier period are gone. That isn't a serious issue, legally or practically. I believe the Court will sustain the police department's policy which was clearly articulated. Employees have zero privacy rights with reg...
by Ralph
Sat Apr 17, 2010 10:06 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Supreme Court case - text messaging & privacy
Replies: 15
Views: 1311

Re: Supreme Court case - text messaging & privacy

I doubt that most employers have a 100% no personal use policy anymore than they do with personal emails on workplace computers. Just for everybody's info, the federal government does have such a rule. It is not possible to enforce it 100%, but employees who violate it do so at their own risk. ****...
by Ralph
Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:03 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Supreme Court case - text messaging & privacy
Replies: 15
Views: 1311

Re: Supreme Court case - text messaging & privacy

I recognise that there is a sound legal basis for ruling that ownership of the means equates to ownership of usage, but surely the Justices will recognise that, as Jean pointed out, one consequence of technology is that work and private lives are inextricably bound up in the nexus of time and commu...
by Ralph
Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:07 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Supreme Court case - text messaging & privacy
Replies: 15
Views: 1311

Re: Supreme Court case - text messaging & privacy

It's hardly unusual for a person to have two cell phones. The bulky Motorolas of an earlier period are gone. That isn't a serious issue, legally or practically. I believe the Court will sustain the police department's policy which was clearly articulated. Employees have zero privacy rights with rega...
by Ralph
Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Mahler arranges Beethoven
Replies: 11
Views: 1452

Re: Mahler arranges Beethoven

Mahler's Beethoven is a curiosity piece, one for "completists" of either Mahler or Beethoven. I haven't listened to it in many years.
by Ralph
Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:01 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 5958

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

Jbuck just called this thread to my attention. I haven't had the time to post here in a while (working 7 day weeks). I really look forward to meeting both past attendees and first timers. Any weekend in May or June works for me except Sunday, 16 May, when i have graduation. Ralph, while I think abo...
by Ralph
Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:07 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Planning the next CMG get-together
Replies: 145
Views: 5958

Re: Planning the next CMG get-together

Jbuck just called this thread to my attention. I haven't had the time to post here in a while (working 7 day weeks).

I really look forward to meeting both past attendees and first timers. Any weekend in May or June works for me except Sunday, 16 May, when i have graduation.
by Ralph
Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:26 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: CNN poll shows Obama likely to beat any goper in 2012
Replies: 34
Views: 2035

Re: CNN poll shows Obama likely to beat any goper in 2012

The poll isn't bogus but it is valueless. The political scene is far too fluid for any poll to be meaningful now.
by Ralph
Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:25 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Dog Pack Attacks Gator In Florida
Replies: 10
Views: 871

Re: Dog Pack Attacks Gator In Florida

I've enjoyed alligator in a few Southern restaurants and even here in Gotham.
by Ralph
Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: an embarrassing moment.....
Replies: 7
Views: 780

Re: an embarrassing moment.....

In read your story to Tassel and Kimmy, my felines, and they meowed with much mirth. A nice story, a very human encounter with serendipity.
by Ralph
Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:54 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Germany Number 1 in Hunt for Former Nazis
Replies: 1
Views: 314

Germany Number 1 in Hunt for Former Nazis

Tel Aviv - Germany Receives Highest Grade for Hunt for Former Nazis Published on: April 12th, 2010 at 08:56 AM News Source: Earth Times Tel Aviv, Israel - The Jewish centre that deals with hunting down wanted World War II criminals has, for the first time, given Germany the highest possible mark for...
by Ralph
Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:19 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hitler's Aides
Replies: 31
Views: 1795

Re: Hitler's Aides

Hitler was no Christian - and the attempt to foist the Holocaust onto Christian teaching is utterly wrong and vile. I recall no sermon of antiquity against the Gypsies - but Hitler butchered and gassed them too. Maybe it was more to do with the Wagnerian Teutonic mythology of the Master Race than a...
by Ralph
Sat Apr 10, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Escaping the Holocaust
Replies: 1
Views: 326

Escaping the Holocaust

Too long to paste but well worth reading.

http://www.tabletmag.com/life-and-relig ... at-escape/
by Ralph
Sat Apr 10, 2010 3:36 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Lovely NYC Easter Tradition
Replies: 1
Views: 296

Re: A Lovely NYC Easter Tradition

"Wilding" has been largely a short-lived neologism. It describes nothing new, nothing that hasn't happened in centuries. And the Times Square melee was truly unusual for New York in recent times.
by Ralph
Sat Apr 10, 2010 3:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pushing Too Far on Vegetarianism?
Replies: 27
Views: 1693

Re: Pushing Too Far on Vegetarianism?

Philosophical vegetarians are inherently preachy and political whether they admit it or not. No one says "eating animals is morally and ethically wrong but only for me" any more than anyone says "stealing is morally and ethically wrong but only for me." A famous star has the luxury of being up-fron...
by Ralph
Sat Apr 10, 2010 3:28 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The New Intolerance
Replies: 16
Views: 1701

Re: The New Intolerance

"No army fought more honorably" than that of Lee. How about the documented, high command sanctioned murder of black federal soldiers?
by Ralph
Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Isn't Tiger Just Asking for it Now??
Replies: 10
Views: 761

Re: Isn't Tiger Just Asking for it Now??

Who is this Tiger Woods? Is he a big game hunter? :?:
by Ralph
Wed Apr 07, 2010 10:44 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pushing Too Far on Vegetarianism?
Replies: 27
Views: 1693

Re: Pushing Too Far on Vegetarianism?

Imagine if this guy insisted all on the tour went vegan!!!
by Ralph
Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:17 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: 2 million-year-old skeleton takes a bow...
Replies: 10
Views: 769

Re: 2 million-year-old skeleton takes a bow...

Agnes,

Nothing opens up.
by Ralph
Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:19 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: More Americans Give Up Citizenship to Avoid Rising Taxes
Replies: 20
Views: 1102

Re: More Americans Give Up Citizenship to Avoid Rising Taxes

"Taxes are the price we pay for civilization."
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
by Ralph
Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:14 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Of Course I'm A Bigot! Isn't Everyone?
Replies: 8
Views: 675

Re: Of Course I'm A Bigot! Isn't Everyone?

I ain't no bigot but I loathe eggplant.
by Ralph
Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: More Americans Give Up Citizenship to Avoid Rising Taxes
Replies: 20
Views: 1102

Re: More Americans Give Up Citizenship to Avoid Rising Taxes

What an incalculable loss for America. :D
by Ralph
Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:10 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pope's immunity could be challenged in Britain
Replies: 3
Views: 666

Re: Pope's immunity could be challenged in Britain

The Vatican is a state and the pope is its ruler just as the Grand Croupier is the ruler of Monaco. Immunity attaches to both rulers and in any event the crimes of individual priests domnot fall under the concept of universal jurisdiction.
by Ralph
Sat Apr 03, 2010 11:12 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How to Get On To a Top Cultural Board
Replies: 6
Views: 635

Re: How to Get On To a Top Cultural Board

Well we all are on the board here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by Ralph
Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:57 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How to Get On To a Top Cultural Board
Replies: 6
Views: 635

How to Get On To a Top Cultural Board

From The New York Times: April 3, 2010 Trustees Find Board Seats Are Still Luxury Items By ROBIN POGREBIN Like Prada handbags and Hermès scarves, a spot on one of New York City’s most prestigious cultural boards never goes on sale, even in a recession. Looking to join the power set at the Metropolit...
by Ralph
Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Courageous israeli Initiative?
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: A Courageous israeli Initiative?

Ralph, I agree that the theater experience is much preferred. The big screen, other folks as you said, and just being captivated without any other distractions in the dark. But it is expensive. Last time I went, there was a quick check to make sure that patrons weren't bringing in any of their own ...
by Ralph
Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:43 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Some docs are just really pi**y
Replies: 5
Views: 739

Re: Some docs are just really pi**y

I think this urologist should consult a proctologist as he has a broomstick stuck up his...
by Ralph
Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Courageous israeli Initiative?
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: A Courageous israeli Initiative?

I guess he hasn't bought a popcorn or soda in any of our movie theaters. I love going to the movie theater but it's become so incredibly expensive. Especially when Netflix delivers the movies to your mailbox and you can watch it at your conveniene, several times if you want, and pause it to go to b...
by Ralph
Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: OSAMA - WHO?
Replies: 1
Views: 325

Re: OSAMA - WHO?

While most everyone here would be happy to see bin laden killed, most people are realistic enough to understand that his demise would not lower the threat against us or against the people of other countries at all.
by Ralph
Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:33 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tasering a 10 year old kid: no April Fooling!
Replies: 8
Views: 642

Re: Tasering a 10 year old kid: no April Fooling!

Of course there will always be abuse just as there always will be murderous doctors and criminal lawyers. Police have power and often the victims are both the least represented and are also often isolated when wrongful force is used. It's a constant battle to instill ethics and obedience to law in A...
by Ralph
Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:42 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Tasering a 10 year old kid: no April Fooling!
Replies: 8
Views: 642

Re: Tasering a 10 year old kid: no April Fooling!

There have been a number of Taser incidents but its value when properly used outweighs any downside. You are wrong in saying that the Taser replaces psychology. It replaces the use of the baton and brute force which often left both the subject and the police injured. Talking to calm someone down is ...
by Ralph
Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:37 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Stupid or Kidding: You Be the Judge
Replies: 10
Views: 939

Re: Stupid or Kidding: You Be the Judge

I've seen more than one island tip over in my day.
by Ralph
Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: A Courageous israeli Initiative?
Replies: 4
Views: 531

A Courageous israeli Initiative?

Jerusalem - Israel May Curb The High Price of Popcorn and Soft Drinks Published on: April 1st, 2010 at 08:35 PM News Source: Guardian UK Jerusalem - It is the source of angst for cinemagoers worldwide – why is the price of popcorn so high? Now an Israeli politician is threatening to introduce legisl...
by Ralph
Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:34 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Age of the Universe
Replies: 62
Views: 2732

Re: The Age of the Universe

My interpretation is that Gerald Schroeder is trying to make sense out of the Genesis account, reconciling it at a fairly detailed level with scientific knowledge. After 10 or 15 paragraphs I began to skim though. However, I would like to know the answer to this question: if God made grass and herb...
by Ralph
Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:08 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Age of the Universe
Replies: 62
Views: 2732

Re: The Age of the Universe

I bet the rabbis who push this theory have hair growing on their palms. OK... this made me laugh so hard the cat got scared. ***** Jean, I read it to my cats and they're still howling! Another one of those dreamers who spend time talking to their cats. And I wait to hear something intelligent comin...
by Ralph
Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The World's Strangest Tax Laws
Replies: 10
Views: 715

Re: The World's Strangest Tax Laws

Bank robbers are required to report their take. To avoid self-incrimination they can decline to identify their profession but their income must be reported. Don't they have to give that "other income" some kind of classification, e.g. consulting income? :D ***** As long as they pay taxes on it, the...
by Ralph
Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:21 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Age of the Universe
Replies: 62
Views: 2732

Re: The Age of the Universe

Jean wrote:
I bet the rabbis who push this theory have hair growing on their palms.
OK... this made me laugh so hard the cat got scared.
*****

Jean,

I read it to my cats and they're still howling!
by Ralph
Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The World's Strangest Tax Laws
Replies: 10
Views: 715

Re: The World's Strangest Tax Laws

Bank robbers are required to report their take. To avoid self-incrimination they can decline to identify their profession but their income must be reported.
by Ralph
Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:27 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Age of the Universe
Replies: 62
Views: 2732

Re: The Age of the Universe

I bet the rabbis who push this theory have hair growing on their palms. :evil:
by Ralph
Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:52 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: The Age of the Universe
Replies: 62
Views: 2732

Re: The Age of the Universe

Yeah, that God fellow is some practical joker. Guess he wanted a handful of his Chosen People to take the bait while the rest of them along with most of the world laughs.
by Ralph
Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Presidential Power
Replies: 4
Views: 806

Re: Presidential Power

Mixon is head of Army forces in the Pacific theater. He had urged troops to 'speak up' and urge political leaders not to repeal the ban. I wonder what would have happened if the General commenting was not quite as important as this one... ***** There is no general or admiral who can't be replaced. ...
by Ralph
Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Monsters Who "Teach" Kids
Replies: 60
Views: 2138

Re: Monsters Who "Teach" Kids

I'm not sure about some of this..... I wasn't either. The details matter. ......She admitted to beating the child and that is indefensible. Yes (of course) -- true regardless. In those states that permit teachers to administer corporal punishment..... Some do??? IMO that fact is worse than anything...
by Ralph
Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:52 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Presidential Power
Replies: 4
Views: 806

Re: Presidential Power

President Barack Obama supports lifting the ban, and an active attempt to keep it in place could be considered insubordination. ["Could be?" It is. RMS] Every one in the army is supposed to know the political opinions of their superiors all the way up the chain of command and treat them as a de fac...
by Ralph
Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:48 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Monsters Who "Teach" Kids
Replies: 60
Views: 2138

Re: Monsters Who "Teach" Kids

In those states that permit teachers to administer corporal punishment, a barbarous practice in my view, it must be for violation of a disciplinary rule. It can not be for nonperformance in class or giving wrong answers. Given the admitted facts in this case, even if the state allows such chastiseme...