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  1. On 1/3/2020 at 9:49 PM, Fether said:

    1) Joking about trying to avoid the bishop or trying to get out of a talk or calling.

    Why would that be a joke?  It's serious business for most people.

    On 1/3/2020 at 9:49 PM, Fether said:

    2) Saying that it is acceptable that you are consistently 15 minutes late to 9 am church when you have kids (same family continues to be 15 minutes late to 11:30 am church when the time changes... speaking from personal experience)

    So they're getting there ahead of a fifth of the ward, and actually showing up unlike three fifths.  What's wrong with that?

    On 1/3/2020 at 9:49 PM, Fether said:

    3) Focusing on exceptions and unique cases instead of principles of the gospel / leaving long disclaimers at the end of testimonies to prevent offending anyone. (ie "God wants all worthy able men to serve missions, but if you *insert 5 minute explanation as to why missions aren't for everyone*")

    Maybe they're trying to counter the "if you were worthy, He would have made you able" attitude that's still way too prevalent.

  2. On 12/31/2019 at 11:43 PM, NeedleinA said:

    If running and/or hiding are not options, as a last resort (bold by me) "use anything available as a weapon, and fight to incapacitate the person". It also says "if others are present, organize to defend yourselves and to attack the assailant".

    Ask Captain Gaffaney and Specialist Greene how well that works when you're denied the use of a firearm.

    Oh, wait; you can't, because those trained soldiers died using that tactic.  Bet it's going to work so much better for a bunch of doTerra shills.

  3. 2 minutes ago, Traveler said:

    All of this ended well, this time - mostly because the assailant was mental and had no clue.  If the time comes then such attacks are well organized by a terrorist group; the chance of mistakes from friendly fire from the congregation will go up significantly.


    That's like saying seat belts are useless because your car might just be flattened by an 18 wheeler.

  4. 7 hours ago, Grunt said:

    Well, we only really see two good guys draw.  The first announced his intent without drawing, the second drew and took the shot.  There were 6 good guys with guns that we know of from the video, but we only see two of them as they react.  It's hard to tell where the other four were or what their reaction would have been.

    Most of the others had a lot of people right under their line of fire.  Hard to blame them for hesitating; too much risk someone's going to panic and bolt just as you pull the trigger.  The one who fired wasn't in a much better situation, but did appear to have a better line and some well-earned confidence in his marksmanship under pressure.

    The older woman ushering folks out with one hand while holding a large frame pistol in the other is proof it's Texas.  Those giant granny purses got a lot more useful when CHL laws came into effect.

  5. 5 minutes ago, MormonGator said:

    This is a horrible idea. Welfare destroyed poor communities, and just throwing money at people without accountability could compound addiction problems.  

    This, and this is the reason I favor eliminating cash welfare.  I have no problem with feeding the hungry by giving them food, but I've known too many people that, given $20 when they were broke and hungry, would get fast food and cigarettes and be broke and hungry again the next day.

    Make Humanitarian Daily Rations available to all citizens and legal residents one per person per day, (allowing weekly or monthly stocking up as well) regardless of income, and eliminate all other food aid.  2400 calories a day is plenty for anyone who isn't working a heavy labor job.  Offer extra HDRs or upgrade to MREs for $1 each for those who are working.  For housing, offer vouchers for temporary aid (keeping those having temporary setbacks from losing a house or apartment for 6-12 months max unless on legitimate disability - don't get me started on how I'd reform disability) and barracks-style housing for longer term. 

    There are much better ways to help those in need than just handing them money and expecting them to use it well.

  6. I'm hoping that eventually people will start to say "shut up about how your opponent is worse and start telling us why you're worth voting for."

    Partisan impeachment attempts on a President who's eligible for another term are pretty much the pinnacle of mudslinging efforts. 

  7. 2 hours ago, prisonchaplain said:

    The lyrics are amazingly sound, in most cases.

    I've made the mistake of going to a few of the rock band services.  So far, I've only heard two types of lyrics; awful theology, and so incredibly bland that it would be hard to fit bad theology in.  As in "sin is bad, Jesus is good" was pretty much the total depth.

    Now get a pianist or organist who's well versed in New Orleans jazz and a Cokesbury hymnal, and it's going to be a great service.

  8. 6 hours ago, Fether said:

    What I’m talking about is purely situational. I just ask how many rounds can a prepared assailant get off before an armed church member figures out what’s going on, targets the shooter, draws his weapon, aims to make sure not to hit anyone else, and fires. I would assume at least an entire clip if it is a hand gun. But if there was a man in the front row of the overflow that watching him come in, a quick tackle may he a better option. But that would require specific conditions.

    How is it that only oblivious imbeciles can be armed, while unarmed ushers have superhuman awareness and speed?

  9. And just to resurrect the thread for a personal brag, I managed 5k in under 45 minutes last night for the first time since the early 90s. Looks like I'm on track to be ready for next year's triathlon season. With a little luck, I might even be in shape to try Olympic distance.

    And while my hip isn't happy about it, that's manageable, and my knees, which were the limiting factor all this time, aren't even sore.  

  10. On 8/29/2019 at 7:53 AM, Godless said:

    My wife used to sell jewelry at Macy's and she developed a fixation for watches during her time there. She even bought me a very nice Swiss Army watch as a birthday gift before we were married. While they may not be practical in today's digital age, watches can be a fun way to show off your personal style.

    Considering my phone isn't conveniently attached to my wrist, and frankly I'm not going to risk pulling it out around the dust, paint and epoxy at work, a watch is still quite practical.

    And for church, I have pocketwatches in both silver and gold finish so they can match my cufflinks while I'm being very obvious about time-checking a long winded speaker.

  11. On 8/22/2019 at 12:11 PM, anatess2 said:

    And therein lies the problem - Sacrament Meeting is not the place for such distracting advocacy.  

    This; I wore a light blue suit and white shirt with orange pinstripes this morning.  Because it's a suit I haven't worn in a while, but dropped a couple pounds to get the pants fitting right again, and the shirt actually coordinated fairly well.  I certainly didn't declare it a "non-white shirt protest."

    Got quite a few compliments on it too.