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Subway Wants "Footlong" All to Itself

May 25th 2010 8:23PM Screw Subway. Footlong is a part of American vocabulary. I'd boycott Subway over this. This is as stupid as trying to patent human DNA which is something the courts have said they can't do.

Hey, I want to copyright the term "mile per hour." And "mile per gallon." I've just copyrighted the term "oil spill"! You can't use it without paying me a royalty.

Boy, 14, Allegedly Tattooed Against His Will By Bullies

May 25th 2010 7:39PM This is definitely sexual abuse and should be charged as such. But what's with the "allegedly tattooed" headline? How incompetent can the media be? That he was tattooed seems to be an established fact; his tormentors can be called "alleged assailants" until they are convicted, but "alleged" does not apply to established facts. "Boy, 14, Allegedly Tattooed Against His Will"...there is no "against his will" in this case. A 14 year old cannot consent to being tattooed.

Manuscript Reveals Mark Twain's Soul as a Father

Apr 28th 2010 1:24PM Cluey, you're jumping to conclusions. But this reply is to Dorothea. Every parent prefers one child to another. It isn't horrible. It's normal.

Back to Cluey--one can only forgive so much, even if it's due to an illness the person was born with. I have a younger brother. I have an older sibling. The sibling was, is, and will continue to be a purely evil thing. When it dies, not one tear will be shed.

Catholic Preschool Boots Child Because Parents Are Lesbians

Mar 8th 2010 4:52PM As a private group, that school has every right to pick and choose. As for a gay agenda--yes, there is. This whole issue is an attempt to advance it. You may as well try to ignore that there is a deaf agenda, which there certainly is and for the same reason. It's why a hearing person who could sign was driven from the presidency of a deaf school..."Not one of us." It's why some deaf couples have deliberately coupled to have genetically deaf children. It's why many deaf people oppose having children fitted with cochlear implants. They're a minority who want more people in it. Same thing with homosexuals. If this was not true I wouldn't have heard the quote, "There are no straight men; just men who haven't met ME yet." It's a minority that wants more people in it.

What Movie(s) Have You Walked Out Of?

Mar 5th 2010 9:59AM The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I thought it was stupid and not worth the hype my friends gave it and people waved lighters, matches, and lit whole books of matches in an old theater that I'm sure wasn't up to fire code. The audience was out of control. The last straw was when a glass bottle thrown from the balcony smashed in the aisle next to me. There's a difference between enthusiasm and mass stupidity.

I didn't walk out of this next one, but I should add the time I was waiting in line with my 6-year-old daughter to see The Little Mermaid. I had read Anderson's tales to her at bedtime. They aren't really children's stories because there are deeper meanings than most little kids can appreciate and they can be very dark and scary, but she enjoyed them. So I said, "You know how the story ends, don't you?" She said, "Yes. She dies." I said, "Don't count on it. This is Disney." Thus began her lifelong contempt for all things Disney.

Home Ec: Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent

Feb 18th 2010 11:44AM Interesting that your grass died, Stephen. The MSDS (material safety data sheet) can sometimes give a bit of insight. In the case of Fels, there are terpenes (turpentine derivatives) and these are defatting agents, meaning it will REALLY dry your skin. That's why it's good for taking poison ivy oil off of you. Oil up with something after using it. Borax is sodium borate with a health hazard of 1 out of 4 (irritant) and zero fire and reactivity ratings. But we know it kills cockroaches and ants. Washing soda is sodium carbonate and that one surprised me with a health rating of 2 (corrosive) and reactivity of 1. "Reacts violently with 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene." Don't wash TNT with washing soda, nor dynamite either. So you're right, these aren't entirely benign ingredients but you aren't EVER going to be totally clean without some toxicity.

As to what killed your grass, this would make a good science fair project for somebody's kid. Water plants with different concentrations (HIGHLY diluted) of these three ingredients and see which is the most toxic. Everything is toxic if you have enough of it, even water. Grass plugs from other areas of the lawn could be used as the test subjects.

I was looking for info on plant toxicity. Didn't find any. I'd bet on the sodium carbonate (washing soda) first, next the sodium borate (borax), with the combination of both salting the ground as third. I have a hunch it isn't the Fels.

Just Chute Me! (Or: Do We REALLY Have To Play With Our Kids?)

Feb 14th 2010 2:44PM I'm a single dad, widowed. I gave her cookie cutters and the garlic press I never used; she had the Play-Doh. She came home from college one day to see the garlic press in a box..."Dad! You can't get rid of that!" I'd put bubble bath in the tub and give her the hand crank eggbeater. "Don't catch yourself in it." So the time we flew a kite was memorable, as were the odd times we ended up in state campgrounds. Or at a kitschy amusement park. I worried about her as she was growing up but I didn't hover over her except to set limits. Kids will amuse themselves and they love to help you do grown-up things.

Now she's married and living in another state. I'm alone and SHE worries about ME. Isn't love grand?


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