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Forum: Rantidote 05 June 2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 999
Views: 365,350
Posted By JoeBentley
The following are distinct concepts and aren't...

The following are distinct concepts and aren't always the same thing.

- A wrong answer.
- An answer you don't like.
Forum: Police Blotter 04 June 2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 57,612
Posted By JoeBentley
Roughly 20,00 children are emancipated in the US...

Roughly 20,00 children are emancipated in the US every year.

Roughly 250,000 are tried as adults.

And I'd wager emancipation for 12 year olds is statistically insignificant.

22 states have...
Forum: SLC 04 June 2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 1,000
Views: 343,990
Posted By JoeBentley
IMO another of the many, many flaws in the...

IMO another of the many, many flaws in the Electoral College system is how often it gives impressions of landslide victories in otherwise close(r) races.
Forum: SLC 04 June 2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 1,000
Views: 343,990
Posted By JoeBentley
In 57 elections the Electoral College has gotten...

In 57 elections the Electoral College has gotten in "wrong" 3 (or 4 depending on how you look at it) times.

We've had 48 Superbowls. If due to a quirk how the games were scored 3 of those...
Forum: SLC 04 June 2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 1,000
Views: 343,990
Posted By JoeBentley
The Electoral College is inexcusable at this...

The Electoral College is inexcusable at this point in time.
Forum: Police Blotter 04 June 2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 57,612
Posted By JoeBentley
The thing is we shouldn't be talking sympathy. ...

The thing is we shouldn't be talking sympathy.

Sympathy, empathy, pity... this are all subjective emotional constructs that don't really have a place in passionless legal system.

I don't have...
Forum: Police Blotter 04 June 2014, 05:24 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 57,612
Posted By JoeBentley
And it's not like anyone here is even...

And it's not like anyone here is even entertaining the suggestion that the legal system shouldn't react at all this.

If anyone here was actually playing anything close to the "Well they are ...
Forum: Police Blotter 03 June 2014, 01:06 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 57,612
Posted By JoeBentley
I agree. I always thought it was rather...

I agree. I always thought it was rather hypocritical of the Justice Systems (and I suppose society by extension to some degree) to retain the right to go "We're going to hold you accountable for...
Forum: Police Blotter 03 June 2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 57,612
Posted By JoeBentley
I'm really skeptical about stories like this...

I'm really skeptical about stories like this because so often it turns out that the "Cause" is just something that just gets mentioned in passing and latched onto by others.

It's a weird analogy...
Forum: Rantidote 03 June 2014, 09:14 AM
Replies: 1,056
Views: 368,150
Posted By JoeBentley
I've got these two little patches of extremely...

I've got these two little patches of extremely dry skin (to the point it scales, cracks and bleeds) on my forefinger and thumb of my right hand that will not go away no matter what I do to it. It's...
Forum: Book Corner 03 June 2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 3,140
Posted By JoeBentley
U.S. ambassador sworn in on a Kindle

On Monday, Suzi LeVine became the first U.S. ambassador (she's the American representative to Switzerland) to be sworn in on an e-reader:

LeVine took the oath on a digital copy of the U.S....
Forum: Social Studies 02 June 2014, 06:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 11,473
Posted By JoeBentley
Studies on how often you have to actually wash...

Studies on how often you have to actually wash garments have been undertaken by both the military and NASA (Mary Roach devotes a whole chapter to it in her recent Packing For Mars. and the gist of...
Forum: Social Studies 02 June 2014, 06:36 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 14,631
Posted By JoeBentley
Because a lot of people in authority see that as...

Because a lot of people in authority see that as an actual benefit.

"Meek/obedient/fearful of authority" and "reasonably respectful of authority" have always had a very hazy line between them in...
Forum: Social Studies 02 June 2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 14,631
Posted By JoeBentley
//Wild Mass Guess// I know when my sister...

//Wild Mass Guess//

I know when my sister graduated from High School about 4 years back her "Yearbook Photo" and her "Senior Photo" weren't the same thing. The yearbook photos were all fairly...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 02 June 2014, 05:48 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 22,418
Posted By JoeBentley
//Slight hijack// Elvis stamps were like a really...

//Slight hijack// Elvis stamps were like a really big thing a decade or two back. There was actually a legit controversy over whether to put a younger or older Elvis on it.
...
Forum: SLC 01 June 2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 1,001
Views: 309,799
Posted By JoeBentley
The Captain opened up the fantail of the ship for...

The Captain opened up the fantail of the ship for smoking. I went outside, lit up a nice JR Ultimate, and as the sun set into the sea a pod of dolphins starting playing in the ship's wake. It was...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 31 May 2014, 06:06 AM
Replies: 458
Views: 126,610
Posted By JoeBentley
Dear Bailey. I know that you aren't used to...

Dear Bailey.

I know that you aren't used to being able to observe this much wildlife right outside your door but the following things are not food/playthings for the kitty.

- The multiple...
Forum: SLC 29 May 2014, 05:44 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 51,949
Posted By JoeBentley
- Go to a mall that has a toy store on an upper...

- Go to a mall that has a toy store on an upper floor.
- Buy every Slinky in said toy store.
- Walk over to the nearest up escalator, arms full of Slinkies.
- Let the Slinkies loose down the up...
Forum: Social Studies 26 May 2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 24,056
Posted By JoeBentley
As I understand it, yeah. I agree I don't see...

As I understand it, yeah. I agree I don't see where the loophole is supposed to really be here. All the hypothetical situtation given in the OP could even begin to do was muddy the waters enough so...
Forum: SLC 25 May 2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 1,062
Views: 349,702
Posted By JoeBentley
Okay so how much of a cost of a product really...

Okay so how much of a cost of a product really comes from how much it cost to transport it from where it is made to where it is sold?

Every time gas prices go up the economic talking heads on TV...
Forum: Rantidote 24 May 2014, 05:44 PM
Replies: 1,007
Views: 342,261
Posted By JoeBentley
Not the way the system is set up. Of course...

Not the way the system is set up. Of course there's no rule that says two non-drinkers can go out but since if you want to drink, and this is a ship full of sailors, you need a non-drinker the...
Forum: Rantidote 24 May 2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 1,007
Views: 342,261
Posted By JoeBentley
The Navy has basically taken the "Designated...

The Navy has basically taken the "Designated Driver" Concept and expanded it with its "Liberty Buddy" concept to an almost absurd level.

Basically if you want to leave the ship you have to go out...
Forum: Rantidote 24 May 2014, 05:01 AM
Replies: 1,016
Views: 325,450
Posted By JoeBentley
My ship got the wrong food order from NAVSUPP......

My ship got the wrong food order from NAVSUPP... so we had to have Ribeye for dinner 3 times this week.
Forum: Social Studies 24 May 2014, 04:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 24,056
Posted By JoeBentley
Wasn't this the plot of a Simpsons episode?

Wasn't this the plot of a Simpsons episode?
Forum: Rantidote 22 May 2014, 10:16 AM
Replies: 1,007
Views: 342,261
Posted By JoeBentley
When I tell you "No" do not go behind my back and...

When I tell you "No" do not go behind my back and try to bully/pressure one of my junior sailors into doing it.

I've been in nearly 17 years now so while I'm still respectful of rank I long ago...
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