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Feb 24th 2011 2:32AM I think manufacturers have trained us to pay altogether all too much attention to expiration dates; candles in a drawer? A yellowing dish drainer will drop your dishes on the floor? We know a woman who discards, for example, a sterile, sealed can of beans (and then complains about the high cost of groceries). because it's approaching it's cutoff date, and "might be starting to go bad". Did no one ever buy day-old cinnamon rolls at the bakery? Did you throw up after? I used to sell out-dated chips at a Swap Meet; I've had people refuse to taste a demonstration bag I tore open, because it's "freshest" date was last Thursday, and this is already Saturday.
Nov 20th 2010 2:32AM Well, let's see now. I can set up a taco truck across the street from your house, or let my kids sell beer at the playground, because, hey, they don't know they need a retail license, and they want to make some money, just like all the rest of us. A teenager weeping all the way home because he fears being arrested later, or having a police record, is a victim of poor parenting; it took these parents weeks to call the newspaper, instead of the city council?
Were the parents pouting all that time, until they came up with that?
I'll admit that $1M in liability insurance seems excessive, but many schools won't accept home-baked goods for fundraisers, out of fear of any sort of contamination, even if "the kids didn't intentionally intend to poison anyone".
Nov 10th 2010 6:08AM I've noticed that those who yammer about censorship, freedom of speech/expresion, artistic license, are usually those who've run into trouble with the law. Let's not forget that perjury, treason, libel, inciting a riot, slander, calumny, obscenity, fomenting insurrection, profanity, public disturbance, are all illegal. Should we repeal all those laws, and make America a truly free country? Do anything, anywhere, any tine, to any one, no standards, limits, or restrictions? Woo-hoo.
Nov 5th 2010 5:30AM m For those who've said "But there's nothing wrong with wanting to sleep with adults!", I have to ask why you want to continue sleeping with a 13-yr. old daughter. Shouldn't she be starting to think about dating boys her own age, growing more independent of the protective nest?
Nov 4th 2010 1:02PM Didn't like Cancun!?! You went to the wrong one! We spent 12 days there 2 yrs. ago, and loved it! We agreed that if we had stayed 2 more days, we may not have come home. The one time we went out to "the Island", with it's Miami Beach high-rises and luxury shopping was when we took a wrong turn. We stayed in town, in what may be a half-star hotel, w/palm filled courtyard, heavy, dark cieling beams, big white arches, free wi-fi, attached restaurant, $135 for 5 nights. (Yes, that is correct.). We toured Mayan ruins, ate in little local cafes (got recipes from a couple of owners), drank $1 margaritas (not $7.50 Rum Bamboozlers), met friendly, outgoing people, prowled street markets for sausages, crafts, produce, souveniers: hand-blown glass coffee mugs ($6), fiesta paintings on bark-cloth (4/$20), now framed in a guest room.. Right now, we're arranging airfare & hotels for 16 days this spring; VIVA CANCUN!! (The mainland.)
Nov 4th 2010 11:58AM Golly! And here I was expecting that the grievous offense was the toy sword, another type of deadly firearm! What did the squire do to get suspended; it wasn't even his horse? If we're going to suspend a student because something dangerous might have happened, but didn't, isn't that a perfect definition of the Thought Police? What if a soccer mom leaves a supermarket w/a jug of wine? If she drank it all before starting her car, she'd be drunk and might kill 5 kids in a head-on collision, so let's arrest her for DUI before she even gets to her car! It could have happened in the future! Zero tolerance, zero I.Q.!
Nov 1st 2010 8:13AM Whle it may be somewhat frequent, it is not "totally normal" for children (up to age 13, or even 20) to sleep with their parents. Apart form the well-known risk of accidental smothering of a newborn, there is the development of other insecurities & dependencies in growing childrenen. Start moving this one out now, so there isn't a false competition established with the new baby (and parents shouldn't have to have sex in the back seat of the car to spare a toddler's embarrassment; are the adults in charge here?)
For what it's worth, I'm a tenured Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA Medical Center.
Oct 12th 2010 3:29AM The comparison of Dad bringing home a second wife and saying "I'll love her just as much" is nonsense. This kid was 3 yrs old when his sister was born, and 10 yrs later he's punching & shoving her? Don't tell me that "siblings will squabble"; this goes well beyond that kind of disagreement, and Mom is taking his side: "I know she annoys you"; "I can see why you're angry." Here, take this baseball bat and pound on a stack of newspapers; violence is an acceptable outlet. I agree with those who've said this will damage a growing girls psyche ("Mom said he's okay; I must be wrong"), but I can't agree with the woman who suggests that a 10-yr-old might be a self centered little witch who deserves it, just because she hates her loser sister at age 40.
Sep 9th 2010 5:22PM Say wut? A texan cain't find hisself no skanky women? Jes load yore pickup with Lone Star & Pearl, drive real slow thew thet part o' town (Yew know where Ah mane), and yew'll hev all yew kin handle. Course, mat hev tew pay some of 'em.
Aug 25th 2010 2:56PM Misty's remarks that the entire welfare system feels that children who are being fed are being overfed is ridiculously off the mark. A 5-yr-old weighng 156 lbs., more than my 5'10" wife, is obviously obese, and calling it "medical neglect" instead of "child abuse" is just another euphemism. Neither can I believe that a 4-yr-old weighs double the normal weight because of worry, fear, pressures at work; where does he get all the food, if not from the parents? The further medical problems of diapers, lice, urine, etc. are just further proof of totally incompetent parenting, and let's skip the psychobabble & spin.