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Is Romney slurring his words?

Posted by Fridays Child | Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:57 AM (2 replies)

PBS: Romney to concede in about five minutes. eom

Posted by Fridays Child | Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:46 AM (0 replies)

Help! I need to economize so I'm thinking about ditching cable and subscribing to...

...something like HuluPlus or Netflix. But I don't know which one to pick or maybe there are other services, too. I'd really appreciate advice from the good and wise people of DU.

Your thoughts?

Posted by Fridays Child | Tue Sep 11, 2012, 12:10 AM (15 replies)


I always have fun at this site. Someone here at DU posted the link, probably about eight years ago. I can't remember who it was, though. My best flake is 795089, if you want to use the search tool to see it.

Anyway, if you're in the mood to cut a snowflake, have at it!

Posted by Fridays Child | Sun Sep 9, 2012, 02:30 AM (3 replies)

Homeland Security Prepares for Civil War

Apologies if this has been posted already. I looked and couldn't find it. Anyway, I'm interested to read what other DUers make of it:

Its Clear Our Military Is No Longer The Nation's Only Standing Army When It Comes To Killing Power

Over the past 2 weeks, everyone from the mainstream media to bloggers and conspiracy theorists have questioned the government's mass purchasing of ammunition for federal agencies like the National Weather Service and even the Social Security Administration. Combined, both agencies ordered over 210,000 rounds. This ammunition is mostly made up of "hollow point" bullets, which are designed strictly for maximum damage to the human body and have been outlawed for use in warfare since 1969.

On the surface, these purchases alone are scary enough and raise questions as to why these unlikely agencies need any amounts of ammo, especially bullets that have been outlawed. The National Weather Service claims they have 63 officers who "enforce the nation's ocean and fishing laws to ensure a level playing field for fishermen and to protect marine species like whales, dolphins and turtles." If you divide 46,000 rounds by the 63 agents they employ, that's 730 bullets per agent, or, in other words, 63 crack shots and a lot of dead fisherman.


Governments Strategy To Crush Any Tea Party Insurgency (Warfare)

How seriously does the government consider a Tea Party rebellion? Kevin Benson, a retired U.S. Army colonel, who now teaches modern warfare to soldiers at the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, has co-written an article with Civil War expert, Jennifer Weber, detailing how to crush a Tea Party insurgency. That report, by itself, has ignited a firestorm among those increasingly concerned about what they feel is a distinct anti-civilian tone that has infected much of the military and Homeland Security personnel since 2009.

More at http://www.opednews.com/articles/Homeland-Security-s-Intent-by-Jack-Swint-120821-433.html
Posted by Fridays Child | Thu Aug 23, 2012, 10:05 PM (14 replies)

Does this offend you?

Just caught the tail end of a Nickelodeon sitcom. I think it's called "Yes, Dear." Just as I tuned in, a young dad was with his little boy at an outdoor school lunch area. The dad counseled his son not to sit with the girl eating lunch by herself. The dad told him the she was "smart, pretty, and self-confident" and that he should leave her alone. The dad then put his hands on his son's shoulders, turned him to face a table where six girls were eating lunch and advised him to flirt with them by encouraging him to go for "six chicken nuggets" instead of just one.

The only redeeming thing about it was that the little boy ignored his dad's advice and sat with the little girl who was eating alone. But this kind of stuff, even though it's supposedly comedy, bugs me. It sends the wrong message and reinforces the objectification of people, in general, and girls, in particular.
Posted by Fridays Child | Sat Aug 18, 2012, 10:15 PM (28 replies)

Has anyone gone abroad to study a foreign language for a semester or two?

My daughter wants to go to Barcelona for 14 weeks of beginning Spanish instruction. She just graduated from high school and she plans to enroll at the local community college, sometime in late 2013 or early 2014, to study either nursing or photography. In the meanwhile, she wants to study language abroad for 4-5 months. The idea is to develop some independent living skills, travel to Europe, and get a semester or two of foreign language credit under her belt.

In 2009, she and I went on a 3-week art tour of several European cities, along with about 40 adults and students. It was a lot of fun but I wasn't entirely happy with the company, EF Tours. The program she's currently considering is also through EF Tours. Staying with a local host family is part of the package but she would prefer to reside in an EF residential facility. This would be a significant added expense but living in the home of strangers is not in her comfort zone, and I understand why she feels that way. At the company's residential facility, she would have her own room and kitchen, and it's supposed to be within walking distance of the educational facility.

All of the above notwithstanding, I'm not completely at ease with this company. I have a lot of questions to ask and research to do. I've looked for some independent reviews but I can't really find anything regarding the company's study programs. I did find some reviews of tours like the one she and I took in 2009, and most of those reviews weren't too great.

I wonder if any fellow DUers have experience with foreign travel study programs. Or maybe someone can point me in the right direction so that I can evaluate this program and/or compare it to similar programs.

DUers possess a wealth of experience and insight, and I'd be grateful for any information and observations that you all can offer in this situation. I'll kick the thread, as needed, to get as much feedback as possible. I'm very excited that she wants to do this because the experience could enrich her life immeasurably. But I also want to do everything I can to ensure her happiness and security. Obviously, I won't be able to simply step in and help her while she's so far away. I also want to make sure that the study program is effective and that it provides college credit. The company's brochure is unclear--to me, at least--about a lot of things. I'm not quite ready to see red flags, quite yet, but I have a lot of questions.

Thanks, in advance,
Fridays Child
Posted by Fridays Child | Fri Jul 27, 2012, 03:06 AM (21 replies)

My daughter cast her first vote today!

She registered as a Democrat (of course!), shortly after her 18th birthday. Her candidate won, too. Yay!!!
Posted by Fridays Child | Wed Jun 13, 2012, 02:19 AM (4 replies)

Thank you for the heart!

Work was grueling, today. Seeing that someone gave me a heart really lifted my mood.

Whoever you are, many thanks!
Posted by Fridays Child | Fri Feb 10, 2012, 12:41 AM (0 replies)
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