re: ~RIP~ her dreams…
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"I've been off Facebook all day"

Holy smokes, this is serious!

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Homework

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re: Assistance needed to read a KY Marriage Record
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{ posted: Monday, 14 May, 2018 at 9:38am // views: 14 // words: 15 }

Paynter of age

Consent ???Reoven??? by

Wash. Smith son of

John Smith

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Giddy Sammy rolling down the hill during Averill’s tball practice.

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re: Why is Southern soul food much heartier than the cuisines of other warm regions?
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{ posted: Thursday, 3 May, 2018 at 7:59pm // views: 25 // words: 158 }

No one has yet mentioned that Southern soul food was largely brought about by slaves, using the scraps from their masters. No well-to-do white folks were eating bitter collard greens, etc…

Total guess–but I would think that slaves would have gravitated towards food that packed a punch, and given them the energy needed for their long, back-breaking days. That's perhaps one side of what you describe as "richness". The other, ie fried and other very flavorful preparation, may have something to do with the fact they were using scraps and probably needed lots of seasoning to make it palatable; not unlike how Americans popularized cocktails during Prohibition because our liquor was bootleg garbage that needed mixers.

Apropos: I saw somewhere on Reddit not long ago that English cuisine is considered dull because they have long had access to quality food that didn't breed the same levels of creativity that other regions were forced to develop.

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re: I went to high school with this guy, he dropped out our sophomore year.
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{ posted: Friday, 27 April, 2018 at 11:24am // views: 20 // words: 12 }

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

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re: [Christians Only] evolution.
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{ posted: Thursday, 26 April, 2018 at 11:49am // views: 24 // words: 44 }

You're right–please pardon my assumption.

That said, to your actual argument, that it comes across as allegorical in a number of ways, what would you say to someone who says the same thing of Hell, which is a common claim nowadays?

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re: [Christians Only] evolution.
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{ posted: Thursday, 26 April, 2018 at 11:15am // views: 25 // words: 140 }

I think everything you're saying is sound, and our disagreement represents "foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels" rather than critical doctrine, but my concern is that your argument ("science is clearly at odds with the Biblical account, so we must assume the account to not be literal") could very easily transfer to any number of other critical elements of doctrine.

Science shows that consciousness comes from brain activity, and in death, the brain ceases to function, so awareness after death is an impossibility, so Heaven and Hell are clearly representative of our experiences on earth, in which case, while I still appreciate God giving me life, I've only got a few years so I'm not going to be wasting any more time in church. I'm going–to quote Frank Reynolds–"to get real weird with it."

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re: [Christians Only] evolution.
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{ posted: Wednesday, 25 April, 2018 at 2:01pm // views: 25 // words: 61 }

I agree, but would humbly suggest that "adaptation" is a better term than "macro evolution". I feel like the biggest trick evolution apologists use is to say: "Look, these animals lived in cold conditions for generations and developed thicker coats, so obviously dinosaurs turned into chickens" and referring to the former as "macro evolution" plays into that narrative.

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re: [Christians Only] evolution.
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{ posted: Wednesday, 25 April, 2018 at 1:55pm // views: 24 // words: 239 }

I'm pretty much in the same boat, but my pastor once argued for a hard-line Young Earth Creationism based on a literal interpretation of Genesis by essentially asking the question "who are you listening to/believing?" I found it a pretty compelling point.

Because if any of us read the scriptural account of creation with no other information / outside influences, we wouldn't say "I bet when it says 7 days, it actually means 7 multi-billion year epochs", we would take it at face value.

When we start to argue that it doesn't really mean what it says, it's because we're trying to make it gibe with the latest hypotheses of scientists because we don't want to sound stupid. And if we'll do it for what God says about creation, then we'll probably do it for what he says about right and wrong when we don't want to sound bigoted or judgmental to the world.

It's tricky, because the strict creationist interpretation doesn't really gibe with my personal experience or perspective, but then, neither does life after death. And I'm opposed to reactionary anti-intellectualism.

But ultimately, if we agree that God in any way created the universe, it's absurd to say "Well but He couldn't have done it THAT way". So while it does make sense that the world is billions of years old, that doesn't seem to be what Scripture says, and that's my authority.

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re: Jamal Fucks Part 3 the way of the klan
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{ posted: Wednesday, 25 April, 2018 at 1:21pm // views: 24 // words: 17 }

That is not what the minions represent. Lots of families watch the Minion.

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TIL that the highest ranking general in the Confederate Army was a career US Army officer from New York named Samuel Cooper.
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My Great-Grandfather’s Death Certificate
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{ posted: Tuesday, 24 April, 2018 at 1:06pm // views: 176 // words: 571 }

Thomas Ward McCullough, just before the War.

Finally received a copy of my great-grandfather’s death certificate, having been curious about the cause of his demise for years. As a 23-year-old private in the 42nd Artillery, his company was hit with mustard gas in the Second Battle of the Marne. Family lore says that he only survived by pulling the mask from a felled comrade. My grandfather recalled him being persistently sick–his standard answer to “how are you?” being “About as sick as I’ve been in a month of Sundays.”

The studies I’ve found on the link between mustard gas and lung cancer aren’t compelling, not to mention the fact that he was an asthmatic who regularly smoked Bull Durham, though his passing at the age of 52 puts him a bit on the young side of the CDC’s claim that smoking reduces life expectancy by a decade.

The Birmingham General Hospital in Van Nuys, California (in which he died) was a typically Californian sprawl of symmetrical stucco buildings planted in the middle of farm land during World War II. It had served as military hospital and Prisoner of War Camp and would close by 1950.

The Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital’s 114 buildings spread across 146 acres in Van Nuys, California. Image via California State Military Museums

He came to California from Georgia only shortly before entering the hospital–just long enough to take up work as a hotel maintenance man. Maybe a sad fall from a life in law enforcement, maybe a welcome relief. Either way, he entered the hospital on December 10th, 1946. 5 weeks later, they removed his cancerous right lung, and two months after that, he succumbed to the metastases that had engulfed his brain.

It does strike me as sad that he left the world over two thousand miles away from his nearest family member. I probably read too much into things, but I’ve always wondered whether the exile didn’t stem from some vague feeling, instilled by the trauma inflicted by his own father, that a father’s best influence was none at all. At least for a McCullough. In fact, three days before Ward’s final admission into the hospital, the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta burned, killing 119. Later researchers pointed to arson carried out by Ward’s brother Roy. At any rate, the final self-inflicted isolation mirrored, if less profitably, the breaks from family he had forced on himself through his whole life.

My grandfather’s last memory of his father was on a busy sidewalk in Brunswick, Georgia. A young pastor by then, well along on a successful path, he saw his father at a distance, and crossed the street to avoid him. He never knew whether or not his father had seen him, but I have a romantic imagining that he did, and that he must have derived some painful satisfaction from it–Yes, cross the street.

In the final reckoning, I think the notion that we can open doors for our children that will lead them places we cannot follow is a lie, but I don’t doubt the sincerity with which my great-grandfather held it, or the nobility of the mistake. He certainly endured the fruits of it–bounty and rot alike–and I know the life I’ve been able to enjoy stems from it.

Anything I can do for dying chicken?
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{ posted: Friday, 20 April, 2018 at 3:38pm // views: 27 // words: 77 }

Got home today to find a hen whose been getting pecked lying down with a pretty big bloody hole on her back side. I put her in a pet carrier and brought her in the house. She's still breathing and moved a bit when I picked her up, but is generally not responsive.. Not worth taking her to the vet, but wondering if there is anything I can do for her at this point?

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Has anyone else seen these baffling/hilarious YouTube shorts Carl Weathers starred in a decade ago?
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