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 Author Thread: How to approach when feeling strong attraction
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 4 (view)
 
How to approach when feeling strong attraction
Posted: 5/29/2010 9:23:00 PM
I think it's silly to be intimidated of anyone. That is my story and I'm sticking to it! :->

Fear is illusional except when considering jumping from a 10 story building (then I'd be intimidated over the situation).

Life is to be lived and one person's rejection is not the end of the world.
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 268 (view)
 
The Constitution and religious freedom
Posted: 5/29/2010 9:16:25 PM
Woo doctrine? lol.

Match -- unfortunately that day has come.
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 10 (view)
 
Do you Facebook
Posted: 5/29/2010 9:11:36 PM
Skooch...are you telling me that the 7 million farm coins I raised on Farm Town are not real? (Oh...great now I'm poor). :-p
 mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 266 (view)
 
The Constitution and religious freedom
Posted: 5/20/2010 7:20:06 PM
Thanks for missing me babe (Ace)! :-p


Well, all I know is that before there were unions there was no middle class to speak of.


If you truly believe this...then you truly are a babe? Aren't you older than me and likewise old enough to have seen or studies the Unions evolve (coal miners and welders dying at the hands of employers, etc.)?

Shall we talk elites, hun? Hope you are enjoying our first break of heat and sunshine as summer begins. :-)
 mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 25 (view)
 
Should we stop people from doing drugs?
Posted: 5/20/2010 7:12:15 PM
Um Acey deary...


what are you missing here?[endquote]

Drugs are linked to human trafficing, prostitution (and before the age of consent), murder, 'bad' voting...:-p, and various other crimes.

Not sure what you don't see in this very true statement Ace. It is not merely a recreational drug as many would like it to be that engage in drugs to get 'stupid' as you say. *wink*
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 20 (view)
 
Should we stop people from doing drugs?
Posted: 5/18/2010 8:42:11 PM
Correction: I meant 'responsible adult mind' as if anyone responsible would choose drugs when considering human trafficing, molestation, murder, vehicular man-slaughter, destroyed mental compacities and the payment in health and disability that taxpayers spend each year on various crimes and welfare for drug users.

 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 19 (view)
 
Should we stop people from doing drugs?
Posted: 5/18/2010 8:37:16 PM

Whats your take on it?
Should we spend money to prevent people from doing such things to themselves?
Anyways just curious as though what you peeps think! at least in california


If it were only the 'adult' decision being considered here...but when you speak of drugs...you might as well through in human trafficing, rape, molestation, murder, vehicular manslaughter and other various crimes.

Some will never get a clue (perhaps they are too high/stoned to see the 'whole' picture)?

*wink*
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 7 (view)
 
Do you Facebook
Posted: 5/18/2010 8:33:06 PM
I'm incognito on facebook -- naturally (the CIA will never find me). :-p
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 8 (view)
 
CA Real Estate
Posted: 5/18/2010 8:31:21 PM
8k golf...make that 10k if a new home buyer (unfortunately the 6.5k for non-first time buyers was not as long)...hmmmm...

85% ?? :-p (isn't that the current ratio for people up-side down in their homes)?

Missed you Golf!
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 248 (view)
 
The Constitution and religious freedom
Posted: 5/18/2010 8:28:09 PM
Ace (Hi Hon...did you miss me)? :-p

I have to go way back in this thread as I did an injustice. You asked somewhere in the name of Christ...well...

God told the Isrealites that they already had a King...a King that was 'all' about freedoms...

So much freedom was given to man that you now witness and find the tragedy of a government that we have now (yes my interest in politics :-p). So yes the Bible does support freedom all throughout it...and man has taken his liberity to extreme throughout history and made many blunders in governing what in truth is not 'his' (such as TAX DOLLARS and RELIGIOUS LIBERTIES/BELIEFS).

I rarely use caps so bear with me here. I am one of those odd conservatives that is quite fond of you Ace -- your thinking does not tick me off. That said, I like you...but I don't feel like I want to support you if you do drugs for 10 years and get on disability. (no offense and I realize this hypothetical is NOT you). Socialism though fails to stand for individuality and accountability.

Your latest talks about ethnic cleansing...??? It was the U.S. and our troops that died so graciously for the lives of Jews during the Holocaust. Yet the sons and daughters of these same men can not hang photos of Christ in the Manager on a National Christmas tree? Is this a bit unfair to you? So it is that Muslims and other religions including atheists shall rule?

Modern warfare (jumping ahead and on another train of thought)? What about the child to be born without a voice being killed via abortion? Freedoms we all have them Ace...but...

In some point we have to choose what is morally right and when we do we find that 'socialism' by it's definition fails in 'true' compassion across the board while at the same time lumping all together in a single fish bowel.

So you asked in the name of Christ? Governments have freedoms because of free will given to man. The abuses you see is socialist parental government robbing the middle class of his earning and religious freedoms while lying and saying its in the name of progress in civil rights and/or goverance and/or the poor (which will remain disenfranchised and poor via thinking the handouts amount to the best they desire in life).

In short: man has failed and the side to choose is not socialist thinking that only takes from the creativity and the soul of man.

Hope things are well btw (long time no post and sorry for going back so far). Disagreeing with you but wishing you as always true
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 12 (view)
 
Real Estate Investing - I need some guidance!
Posted: 4/13/2010 7:38:38 AM
Something to consider is the raising interest rates already beginning...here's an article for those interested:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Interest-Rates-Have-Nowhere-nytimes-100442253.html?x=0
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 3 (view)
 
What does dating look like these days? Describe...
Posted: 4/11/2010 9:05:14 AM
lol. The divorce rate is steadily increasing versus declining.
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 4 (view)
 
CA Real Estate
Posted: 4/11/2010 8:57:47 AM
Hey Stranger. My first thread got locked for off-topic political wars (I think anyway).

Interesting considering the age of this thread as far as the up and then down again. :-p

The bay area in general has not been hit as hard as Southern CA though. Southern CA has an enormous shadow inventory being held back (gov. actions to try to keep folks in their homes).

Some refinances are going well for home owners...most are not though and so this shadow inventory remains a mystery to investors and will serve to lower home sales until investors start seeing something trinkle in (so we all can be fooled by another spike and folks believing the bottom has hit perhaps?...not that I'm cynical, mind you). ;-p
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 7 (view)
 
Confused in marriage
Posted: 4/4/2010 11:07:58 AM
To the OT -- **sigh.

Doesn't sound as if you are married via legal restrictions and/or she is able to live in the U.S. and finances are difficult. She can not qualify for disability if not a citizen and I gather you are working or on disability yourself from your post, but not generating enough to sustain your lives in the way you are used to?

I couldn't pretend to know the stress this would detail, but do believe that love can see a couple through all things. <--just the tiny bit of romantic in me.

Best wishes and prayers sent your way. When times are real tough I invision and keep my focus on tomorrow and try to enjoy what I can out of today. Having survived cancer -- I fear many of us tend to focus on what we don't have versus what we do have.

Blessings to you and your wife or wife to be ~
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 11 (view)
 
What does commitment mean to you?
Posted: 4/4/2010 10:56:25 AM
Ace -- why do you think there would be a gender difference?

I think in today's world there are many forms of commitment ... some leading to marriage and others leading to whatever life style the other chooses.

I commit to ice cream and potato chips some days, but I still know this isn't the healthiest choice I could make. *wink*
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 18 (view)
 
420 an issue in relationships?
Posted: 4/4/2010 10:12:15 AM
Here's some articles on however you want to spell it, dearies:

As stated many do not want to accept that Marijuana is a hallucinogenic and creates the symptoms I have stated:

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_marijuana_a_stimulant_depressant_or_hallucinogen
Marijuana, LSD, and PCP
Marijuana and hashish, two substances derived from the hemp plant (Cannabis sativa), are also considered natural hallucinogens, although their potency (power) is very low when compared to others.

lol...and I love this Wiki answer on 'why' marijauana is an hallucinogen:

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_is_marijuana_a_hallucinogen
It can cause hallucinations in those who use it.

http://www.acde.org/common/Marijana.htm
BASIC FACTS ABOUT DRUGS:
MARIJUANA

What is Marijuana?

the world’s most commonly used illicit drug—and far more dangerous than most users realize. So, there is just cause for alarm when adolescent marijuana use increases, as it did in the mid-1990’s, and the age at which youngsters first experiment with pot starts to drops. ...

Although cannabis contains at least 400 different chemicals, its main mind-altering ingredient is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol).

How Does it Affect You?

A mild hallucinogen, marijuana has some of alcohol’s depressant and disinhibiting properties. User reaction, however, is heavily influenced by expectations and past experience, and many first-time users feel nothing at all.

Effects of smoking are generally felt within a few minutes and peak in 10 to 30 minutes. They include dry mouth and throat, increased heart rate, impaired coordination and balance, delayed reaction time, and diminished short-term memory. Moderate doses tend to induce a sense of well-being and a dreamy state of relaxation that encourages fantasies, renders some users highly suggestible, and distorts perception (making it dangerous to operate machinery, drive a car or boat, or ride a bicycle). Stronger doses prompt more intense and often disturbing reactions including paranoia and hallucinations.

Most of marijuana’s short-term effects wear off within two or three hours. The drug itself, however, tends to linger on. THC is a fat-soluble substance and will accumulate in fatty tissues in the liver, lungs, testes, and other organs. Two days after smoking marijuana, one-quarter of the THC content may still be retained. It will show up in urine tests three days after use, and traces may be picked up by sensitive blood tests two to four weeks later.

The Impact on the Mind

Marijuana use reduces learning ability. Research has been piling up of late demonstrating clearly that marijuana limits the capacity to absorb and retain information. A 1995 study of college students discovered that the inability of heavy marijuana users to focus, sustain attention, and organize data persists for as long as 24 hours after their last use of the drug. Earlier research, comparing cognitive abilities of adult marijuana users with non-using adults, found that users fall short on memory as well as math and verbal skills.

Although it has yet to be proven conclusively that heavy marijuana use can cause irreversible loss of intellectual capacity, animal studies have shown marijuana-induced structural damage to portions of the brain essential to memory and learning.

 mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 17 (view)
 
420 an issue in relationships?
Posted: 3/21/2010 7:36:03 PM
Match -- it's enforced federally and investigated by federal agencies already. Likewise a federal 'issue' has already been established.

It fell into federal hands as an effort to reduce crimes related to drugs (albeit locally...nationwide). Illegal drugs are regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with the FDA's assistance on medically accepted drugs with the potential of abuse. Of course drug 'sting' operations are imposed by hirer branches of gov. as we see on the news including but not limited to the bureau of federal investigations in larger cases.

Alcohol is regulated by the Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (again already a federal issue/presence...unlike same-sex marriage which is a State's rights).
 mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 14 (view)
 
420 an issue in relationships?
Posted: 3/21/2010 1:27:42 PM
As far as relationships -- to each their own.

My own opinion fwiw...life is short...I prefer emotional stability and rationality/logic exercised in relationships/friendships. Pot is a halucigenic, although difficult to accept by those partaking.

Most pot smokers are underachievers in life and suffer from drug-related relational issues due to the low grade halucigenic qualities found in marijuana as well as the time consumption and adverse health affects. With alcohol (a depressant), an accumlative affect can lead to a similar disfunction in life. If you choose a drug whether it be via dependancy or choice...there is the underlying question: what is so wrong with life that sobriety is not the choice you are making and/or more productive and healthy 'recreation' chosen.

Did I hear that Obama supports legalization of drugs? Again to each his own, but I'd prefer to see people succeed in life to their fullest potential versus living their life in some vegetative state and failing to understand the medical adverse affects of any substance consumed whether legal or not. The government once approved cancer causing red dyes and injected people with syphilus to study the symptoms.

Legally and socially, unlike alcohol, other types of drugs did not have pre-dated social acceptance for various reasons. Marijuana was used in the medical industry with cancer patients and others suffering chronic and long term conditions. It was not a recreational drug and is known to cause vegetative states as well as killing brain cells that are limited throughout our life times. Headaches followed by pot usage (even small usages) is not incidental no more than a hang over after an over-consumption of alcohol is.

There is a lot of money in the drug industry both if legalized or not. Legally there is already 'federal' enforcement in place of drugs (and alcohol for that matter). California can not infringe upon federal issues no more that the feds are suppose to not be able to infringe up States' rights. The battle as stated by Paul K will continue though (we just saw this with gay marriage...a States' right).

With illegal drugs (whether viewed independently as wrong or right) a federal right has already been established.

My thought is if you are going to do it...I would not judge you if you keep it from affecting me personally...that includes...

...do not drive under the influence or otherwise stay at home to fry your brain. Only talk to me when the affects wear off. :-p
 mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 196 (view)
 
The Constitution and religious freedom
Posted: 3/17/2010 5:58:58 PM
Thanks 213 and Match. Match in gov. studies the term communist creep was given even by a liberal institution in explanation for the ever diminishing original Constitution (and rights thereof).

If you look into the BIA, you will find that this agency created originally under the Dept. of war did not receive House (Senate/Congressional) authorization (as is required via the Constitution). I agree with your assessments, but would add that our elected officials often fail in their represention and oaths taken adhering to Constitutional law.

A sad state of affairs when the very foundation of a nation and its design is altered and/or amended to a point that the intent of the original authors is not recognizable.

I agree the problem also exists with citizens' inactivity and the allowing of elected officials to railroad ineffective solutions to the nations' problems. As far as amendments that matter...I as a woman would give up my vote if we could get rid of federal taxation. :-p
 mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 7 (view)
 
Real Estate Investing - I need some guidance!
Posted: 3/17/2010 5:38:00 PM
A lot of advice and thoughts in my thread on the CA RE market if you want to have a look.

I've carried statistics on the RE market for 3 years now. Interesting to see the different views, some who felt the RE crash would be over by now. *wink*

There is a shadow inventory that many know about (foreclosures) that have not been released on the market yet (although we see some trinkle in). This existing while interest rates have no where to go but up. Be patient and wise and ...

when buying watch out for the clause in loans that allow for a 1 percent hike in your rates. A few people I know got poked with this. Read the fine print ~
 mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 193 (view)
 
The Constitution and religious freedom
Posted: 3/15/2010 1:05:16 PM
Matchlight...not even the current administration is withdrawing as stated prior to election...along with the broken promises on taxation. There is discussion of a mandatory 1% 'war' tax now. lol. Troops being killed in Afghanistan as well as Iraq as we speak. A lack of support for our troops is a slap in the face of those sacraficing life for freedoms enjoyed by others. Most Iraqians feel Bush a hero regardless of liberal thinking in the U.S. Albeit, I think it is our troops deserving this credit.

Ace...going backwards in discussion...

Okay a simple question for you: Who regulates government? Are our checks and balances in place today?

Our forefathers would be turning over in their graves if they knew about the gov. being in the banking and real estate industry.

It's unconstitutional and a tax payers burden that you will find in time to be quite heavy. Would the market have balanced itself out is not the question here, but basic tenants and freedoms drafted so very long ago that stand abridged upon.

So I ask again...who regulates gov.? Is the people desiring Christ to be displayed on our National Christmas tree? Is it our over-burdened elected officials? Agencies make policy today and have over-site committees that fail miserably...at the expense of tax payers. They too are over-burdened. I've been federally employed for over 20 years and witness this all the time.

So do we expand the problem (gov.)? The more arms it has ... the more arms it needs and the more it evades the 'most simple' of freedoms (like Children decorating a tree).

No society is going to be completely united on all fronts, beliefs and causes and yes we have competing factions at work. The problem I see is that Constitutional law is disappearing (and the rights and freedoms thereof), while gov. is being allowed to dip it's tail into areas that are not the intent of the original founders.

This done at your expense as well as mine, but more importantly the future generations' expense.

There are civil codes and regulations in place that are needed. There are those that are just a part of communist creep into a society that is busy working thier behinds off and will never 'own' anything -- let alone be apart of what is allegedly called 'the American Dream.' You never own land here...but pay the gov. to rent it. It's called the ever inflating property tax.

The more gov...the less you will own.

Either see this point or not...regardless, you are living it. One day forums like this will be regulated by gov. and taxes imposed no doubt if this country keeps traveling the way it seems to be going. lol. (Don't be surprised when it happens).
 mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 13 (view)
 
attractiveness and entiltement, do they go hand in hand?
Posted: 3/15/2010 12:24:35 PM
I don't think attractiveness has much to do with abusive personalities.

It's how others handle stressors or positions in their lives (both men and women).

I don't blame parents either after a certain age. ;-p
 mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 18 (view)
 
Ladies does it really bother you when...
Posted: 3/15/2010 12:15:04 PM
Awww...my counter thread to this got deleted. I guess I better take this thread serious then...such as your profile advertising an alternative dating site. lol.

Why a woman's socks might remain on: Hammer toes? Hidden foot fungus? Staying partially dressed for a quick get-away.

Guess I'm not getting the point of this thread (could you have asked her--if there is any truth in the OT)...

Probably not as interesting as discussing your sexual experiences in public forums, eh?

 mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 21 (view)
 
Is College that important
Posted: 3/14/2010 2:42:09 PM
I thought it was rather funny...but then again that is what the years of higher education can do to you. :-p

Our Universities are some of the best in the country still (and have always been). Many migrate to attend our colleges for that reason. A lot of tax dollars and lobbying and special interests going on with our colleges.

In college you learn critical thinking and a degree displays an ability to finish what one starts. Beyond that and regardless of what is taught, statistics show a very small percentage of what is learned is actually retained (10%).

Intelligence and wisdom if exercised is a talent to excel in life (degree or no degree). I think it's a matter of what one desires in life.
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 18 (view)
 
What is friendship?
Posted: 2/28/2010 9:48:58 AM
SM --


Btw, who said that I couldn't care about someone I've slept with hmm?


SM...I didn't say that. You have a way of interpreting things that surely puts 'you' as the focus. *wink*

I merely stated if a woman who is a friend does not want to have sex with a man and he tries to sway her decision by stating 'it's okay and push his own desires/perception on to the woman' -- then he is using manipulation and hardly a friend to her.

Seems you want to degrade/insult women SM who hold an opinion that doesn't match your own. You failed to include men in your OT.

Glad to see some awesome male responses here to this thread and your other. :-)
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 17 (view)
 
What's wrong with rating someone?
Posted: 2/28/2010 9:30:54 AM

So really there's nothing wrong with rating. It's just how your rating is used against you right?


If that it is what you believe. I try to make wise assessements and judgements myself. I've never had a rating used against me...and don't do gender wars myself. :-)
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 12 (view)
 
What is friendship?
Posted: 2/27/2010 9:56:52 AM
This was an excellent post by Jack --
All people see friendship differently. It isn't how one sex or class or group sees it, it is how individuals see it, You can place yourself within a group if you like, but this doesn't mean others do.


FZ -- they also have to (in addition to help with your alibi), feed your cat when you are in prison. :-p

SM -- Many (both men and women) view sex as a recreational sport (as you appear to from your post). Still others attach greater emotions and/or meaning to sex.

A true friend cares about others and would distinguish this (what the other desires) and honor their friend (not infringe upon the other's beliefs...whether man or female). This is called -- 'caring about another' v. playing judge or trying to 'manipulate' another... just because a friend is the opposite sex. Do you care if you male friends attach more meaning to sex? Probably not.

A friend would not try to change or manipulate another friend into sex that is not wanted without the confines of a relationship that is deeper than friendship, SM. I see something deeper than 'different definitions' of friendship at play here.

What you display in several posts is not only gender bias, but unfounded and irrational biases at best.

What if I stated it seems that all black men are more prone to this or that? Would you appreciate the irony or call me prejudice? Do I see a hypocrisy? *wink* :-p
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 5 (view)
 
What's wrong with rating someone?
Posted: 2/27/2010 9:26:11 AM
Septemberman...

You see no difference in the things you offer as meritable attributes of women and men?

We are born with our appearances and short of surgical alterations...we have no input in the matter. On the other thing...social skills, mental conditioning, interests, career objectives, etc. is 'character' based.

Do you smell hypocrisy -- no.

Furthermore, women do rate men on their appearances too. Height, hairlines, body, eyes...etc. Wise men as well rate women on more than just their appearances.

To me eveyone holds a certain amount of physical attraction...it's when one can grab deeper in my soul that I personally turn my head.

Good luck to you.
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 186 (view)
 
The Constitution and religious freedom
Posted: 2/27/2010 9:15:28 AM
Ace,

Glad we agree on some premises, however to my observation it is government that is not regulated and requires oversite. The Clinton Admin. did not only approve the creative loans that lead to economic crisis in the U.S.--his Admin. pushed for buyers, just as it is today with the gov. buying up banks and forcing them to refinance people who simply can not afford homes and who act irresponsible (while blaming the gov. for their whoas).

We live in a country where victim mentality is a great majority thought. Holding this mentality offers no growth, deters inventions and sufficates prosperity. Moreover it hurts those who accept this idea of victimization and finger pointing. If I am poor...I work and take responsibility for my life over pointing fingers at industry. The gov. stepping into areas where it does not belong stifles industry and productivity in the long run. We see this historically and see the failing of socialist thinking.

We see over time as socialist creep has set in that our GDP has dropped so significantly that many 'other' countries hold little to no confidence in this nations' continuance. We are a new nation...just over 200 years old. The riches projected do not reflect those in oppressed areas struggling to support a family while working at Taco Bell. This is a norm in small cities nationwide and quite sad.

Industry regulation though prohibits profit in many areas and likewise we see industry building plants outside of the U.S. With this we see our money circulating outside of the U.S. as well. In the end, we no longer see 'buy American' displayed. We can't compete due to government regulations...

You say you want to see more regulation/taxation in place? Ace...just sharing two sides of the same coin.

Matchlight -- great post on my OT. Thank you.
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 179 (view)
 
The Constitution and religious freedom
Posted: 2/25/2010 10:40:45 AM
In agreement with fz...but taking it a little further, after a certain age we also make our lives and finances what they are too.

Ace the problem with socialist thinking is it does not hold individuals responsible for their own lives and withholding freedoms further takes away the ability for one to prosper, invent, grow and spread one's wings. A nation will follow. It is a downward spiral we see in history ending in walls falling and Unions dividing [or simply tea parties. :-)].

Yet what I see you often saying Ace is that the government is the problem...which I'd agree. Adding government as a solution in this equation though is an illogical answer.

The change needed is not being institutionalized and that is 'freedoms.' Freedom is what great inventors in history held (today they are confined with environmental and other government regulations). Freedom led to 'great' leaders as discussed above (Martin L. King) fought for.

So what will happen to medicine when the gov. takes over health care? Consider the regulatory hoops already existing both legal and non-legal in the invention of cures for that which truly ails this country.

And what of religious freedoms such as a gov. worker with a Christian calendar at his/her desk. Isn't this his/her intellectual right?...or should a bias be held for atheism? Atheism holds no government confines as far as murder, theft and the very laws created that 'originally' stood on 'biblical' priniciples.

Ace it's truly this simple: you can take the cross off the tree, but you can't take the 'Christ' out of Christmas. Diminishing the freedoms of those holding refuge in this country (those who cherish freedoms) -- you loose the core values of which America once stood for.

If this is the 'change' our administration has in mind (gov. control of banks, medicine and religion), you find tyranny. What is next -- free speech (we already find this on many networks as bias censorship takes place)? I don't think this is what Dr. King fought for in freeing a nation of ignorance and his dream that was back-stepped by separatism, resentment for past wrongs and bias we see held in the minds of citizens today. While it is not beneficial (for the nation as a whole) to live in the past -- it is also ignorant to not learn from mistakes.

So how did prohibition work in the past? Prohibiting religious freedoms is not different than prohibiting alcohol consumption. Neither is the government's job or place. Prohibition is not what tax dollars should be spent on (while matters are tied up in hearings and courts). We pay our Senators (including the religious and non-religious).

With the economy today -- I think the gov. has more to worry about over that of removing the freedoms of children who desire to place Christ on Christmas ornament that decorate the nations' Christmas tree. Is it just me that sees the ignorance and hypocrisy when reading the Constitution and seeing how gov. operates today? :-p
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 36 (view)
 
CA Real Estate (#2)
Posted: 2/25/2010 10:10:02 AM
Westside...health care? (Wow...I take a break and look what happens). :-p You want the gov. to manage this? What trust you have my dear in our gov. (you and the banks)? :-p

There is an upside to lowering business cost in taxpayer paid health care that I will not deny. My thinking is though can we call it 'care' anymore if the gov. manages business that it does not specialize in...such as medicine. And...I beg to differ...socialists (many in gov) are not against the health care bill.

Finally are we taxed enough and what is the difference from paying via choice over forced taxation? Not a thread on politics and the last RE thread got shut down due to political quarrel...

So back to this shadow RE inventory. What can we expect via this hold out on the market?

Thanks Dudeness for the worthy read and all who contributed.

Kitty...would you agree if a bank holds an asset...it is not collecting its gain from the said asset if held from collection? While we might realize who is paying for the losses (taxpayers)...what about the health of the bank? We have seen what occurs to other markets when banks collapse. We also witnessed the RE market follow in this collapse. So you believe we are leveling out regardless of the shadow inventory being held?

Thanks. :-)
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 30 (view)
 
CA Real Estate (#2)
Posted: 1/4/2010 11:36:07 AM
Trueblooo...what is interesting is that Grenspan had a completely different take that Bernanke. He suggested raising rates long ago due to the potential outcome of devastating inflation that could throw the U.S. into a greater depression (while the feds have been declaring a recession solely).

In the late 30's/40's Germany's inflation comes to mind...this and their events are quite similar minus the predicted level of pending inflation (as you know, in Germany a person would work all day and at the end of the day the price of a commodity would increase beyond the worker's reach).

Fortunately we have measures in place to avoid of such financial collapse again...or do we? I see true ignorance in the current administration's spending habits. Hitler did the same when he took over. Albeit, he slaughtered and robbed innocent victims to counter his spending.

And moving forward to Real Estate...this shadow inventory is becoming more and more interesting as far as the banks holding back. It was predicted a large release by September and then the beginning of this year.

If holding inventory (and considering that banks are now owned partially by the fed)...it would keep prices more stable and create a 'faux' appearance of recovery, no?

 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 14 (view)
 
Too big to fail, or why do we love/hate the Fed
Posted: 1/4/2010 11:19:24 AM

It appears to me that the Right is just a little bit schizophrenic on this point.


Ace why do you always lean toward flammatory remarks versus wisdom in debate?

If we all are looking at the U.S. from a realistic view...we would find wisdom in the fact that the U.S. is a relatively new form of government. It is also true that there is a financial crisis and attempts to pull political wool over the eyes of citizens. If you don't think so ... check your bank and see what interest you are making currently and try to qualify for a home loan without a 50% down payment.

The value of the dollar is decreasing while there is no escape from pending inflation.

This equates to hardships for the mass population, while a small section of the population will continue to fair well. There is no conspiracy theory or schizophrenic ideologies that I see the right making. I see communist creep at its finest (a term for socialist attempts at domination of the right and/or those opposing socialism). Socialist declare decisions are in the best interest of the people specifically targeting the poor, but the decisions made only make the poor -- poorer while dragging the middleclass down further. The wealthy sponsors of bills get wealthier.

Socialism from a global viewpoint has failed time and time again.

If again looking globally...the rest of the world calls democrats or the left -- socialists.

You are in the lead right now being on the left side of the pyramid...none the less...you will be effected just the same.
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 78 (view)
 
The Constitution and religious freedom
Posted: 1/4/2010 11:02:34 AM
OKRob --

I wonder when the world will stop viewing Islam in such a way. I am not religious at all but it occurs to me that thinking all Muslims are extremists...


Rob...U.S. troops have given their lives for Muslims and the Iraqian people (to free them from dictatorship that was severely harsh in the process of fighting terrorism). Thousands of Muslims have sought refuge in the U.S. and were granted refugee status.

Apparently not all are considered extremists by our government or its citizens.

Happy New Year's to you too Ace! :-p
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 33 (view)
 
The Constitution and religious freedom
Posted: 12/27/2009 12:07:23 AM
Rob --
Religious freedom? Christians? Let's not forget that Christianity is only a world wide concern because it was forced on most people under pain of death some hundreds of years ago.


As far as forced belief, in England historically and that was only if one held heretic beliefs and acted upon them...but not in the U.S. The U.S. is just over 200 years old as a nation. Despite most of the framers of the Constitution being scholars, Christians and wealthy -- as discussed pagans have always been free to exercise no religion in the U.S. and were part of the discovery and building of the U.S.

(Well there was that issue in Salem now...but overlooking that and moving forward, eh?) ;-p

Not sure where you got the idea about 'forced' belief if viewing things globally and not upon isolated instances (I know about the crusades...etc.). Still most Christians are not forced into belief nor were we bred into belief or forced worship/practice as Islamic nations.

You see quite a diverse group of individuals as far as Christians worldwide and while instances of wrong has existed -- that doesn't justify accounting Christians in a totalarian manner.

 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 29 (view)
 
CA Real Estate (#2)
Posted: 12/26/2009 10:35:08 AM
So as we watch RE prices inch up in many states ... who believes now we are in a recovery? What about the Stock market?

Mermaid stares in her crystal ball and sees a foggy crystal ball?

Will the banks unload inventory (or are they beginning to) and what do you think about about the current economic markets (given earlier predictions). :->

Who is still buying gold and why? ;-p
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 32 (view)
 
The Constitution and religious freedom
Posted: 12/26/2009 10:25:00 AM
Mike -- thanks and yips, very true. ;-p
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 14 (view)
 
Women, How Often Do You Wear Tennis Shoes?
Posted: 12/26/2009 10:18:26 AM
Awww...Goge and Lori -- you two are so cute whether in stilletos or tennies.

(had to stay on topic you know). ;-p

On the OT -- What about men's shoes?...I think we need to create a larger variety for men (platforms went out with Gene Simmons's departure).

Why so much pressure on woman's appearances? It wasn't so when we all were boys and girls (in our youth). ;-p
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 24 (view)
 
The case of the public pre-nup
Posted: 12/26/2009 8:40:42 AM
Dave -- Maybe I should hypothesize why you are more interested in Mrs. versus Mr. Wood as far as 'his' infidelity? Actually I'm sure some already are.

Regardless of the author you print above, money in itself is nothing more than paper just as a pre-nup is (in itself).
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 19 (view)
 
Unrealistic Expectations and Lies
Posted: 12/21/2009 8:43:41 PM
OT -- it sounds like a lot of men's profiles I have read.

dennispaul -- why would 'no drama' mean they are broken or don't know what they want?

I would access it completely the opposite. It is about how people react to situations. Do they spend their time suspicious or stirring up problems. I would access that the author of this profile prefers someone who is grounded versus someone who has turned their life into a late night soap.

I can relate with her statement about drama.

Having no problems...hmmm...things can change in a flash on that account. I fear for some who have never experience much hardship in life when it finally hits them. Hope whomever is able to handle it when it occurs.

Even with problems though life is a blessing and some are able to stay positive in the mist of storms. :-). OT perhaps that is what the author of this profile is trying to say? You won't know without asking her.

I say contact her. She might be a truly awesome person.
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 23 (view)
 
The case of the public pre-nup
Posted: 12/21/2009 8:13:12 PM
In answer to your question Dave...I actually did answer your question (perhaps not how you would prefer). Did you even read what I wrote?

I don't think its fair to judge a woman's virtue on her husband's wealth or infidelity.

My answer is there is 'no' evidence to support your statements above. They are speculations based on 'some women marry for money over love.' Some men have sex with animals...shall I make conclusion if a man owns an animal he has it for sexual gradification? <--I'm too tired to come up with a better example at the moment...but...do you happen to own an animal?) ;-p

There is evidence that Mrs. Woods actually didn't care initially about Tiger's wealth (she signed a pre-nup), but actually loved the man. She's not very happy with him at the moment. (Yet he gave her money...and she's still not happy.) Two plus two...I believe the woman's heart is broken personally, but we all base our opinions partly how we ourselves would react or feel.

If you want to attack this woman's virtue without justification...do as you choose. It seems to be a common occurence (so you are not alone) as stated above.

Have a nice day!

(psst...I thought you were offended because you keep talking about my comments versus simply acknowledging the disagreement as stated. I disagreed with you from my perspective politely. I could have raised speculation as to why anyone would want to attack Mrs. Woods character when it's Tiger that has been hilighted in the media).

;-p
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 22 (view)
 
The case of the public pre-nup
Posted: 12/20/2009 12:02:34 PM
Match -- come on you are an attorney. But, but...I am properly rested my case! :-p

Alrighty then counselor...did the 'money' seduce anyone and is 'anyone' a victim of a non-thinking item? How did the money speak to Ms. Woods...was it with its alluring eyes or lips?

It stands to a person's character if anyone chooses money over moral matters in life such as marrying out of love or for money.

People make decisions in life. Money does not.

I see blame to a woman that is innocent by stating she was a victim of money. She was a victim of Tiger's emotional abuse of the marriage via infidelity.

I will repeat the question that remains unanswered (and seemingly gathered offense): why do men/women attack the wife if a wealthy husband cheats?

(**throwing down my gavel and saying Merry Christmas to you too Match)! *wink*
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 20 (view)
 
The case of the public pre-nup
Posted: 12/20/2009 10:20:48 AM
Dave - Yes, you are entitled to your opinions. Yet, some opinions hold merit while others do not though. I merely pointed out that your opinions are not based on factual evidence. I did not mean to offend you Dave.

If you want to allege 'anything' without evidentuary support...we still (at the moment anyway) have this freedom in the U.S. (and Canada). Mind you though, if taken to the media you could be sued for mischaracterization/slander. ;-p

Your opinions on the otherhand wouldn't even make it into a court of law because they lack any foundation. I stand by my observation of a bias existing in parts of society today based on the same opinion you hold (your choice to villianize a woman who suffered emotional abuse at the hands of a weathly husband).

I like Coast, see many qualities in Tiger beyond his wealth/fame that would attract many women. The fact that his wife signed a pre-nup (not caring about his money upon marriage) says more to her stated of mind than your 'feelings' that Tiger couldn't attract such a woman if he were a carpenter.

The fact that she is so terribly hurt, humiliated and upset (and has not ruled out divorce despite agreeing to counseling) also says more about her state of mind that your allegations of her seeking wealth/fame as well.

It's Tiger loosing sponsorship based on his own dealings. His wife is innocent.

And yes I believe what I stated about money not being able to seduce anyone. Money doesn't think, talk, react or have the capability to seduce anyone. Your allegation is against the mindset/heart of woman who is devasted by her husband's infidelity.

Merry Christmas Dave!
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 18 (view)
 
The case of the public pre-nup
Posted: 12/19/2009 3:21:08 PM
Dave, Dave, Dave...


And you know this how ?


If you are going to follow my lead...it has to be delivered with some form of logic. The media are grave robbers and would have dug something up on Mrs. Woods by now if they could have found anything. Public figures are simply that: public.


Just because someone was seduced by fame & fortune does not necessarily make them a whore or a gold digger............. merely a victim of seduction.....


Calling a kettle by any other name is still...

And again I'd ask you 'how do you know her heart/intent and motives?'

Money doesn't have the capability of seducing anyone (although it makes for wonderful for foreplay :-p). <--joking.
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 66 (view)
 
How important is political affiliation in dating to you?
Posted: 12/18/2009 5:17:28 PM
LOL @ Golf. Just because life presents opportunities to test and learn or delve into knowledge in politics and other areas in life...doesn't mean all have the mindset to do so.

Many are just apolitical. They vote off others or on a whim...still many don't vote. It is these that we might find complaining as well. It is for that reason an electrol college was pitched and sold.

Many voting for Obama could not cite a single policy he stood for. They just stated 'change' (his campaign slogan).

Sorry Golf I beg to disagree...the group discussed does not just include teenagers.

As far as rudimentary decency...well one would think by age 45-50 or so all would have that down anyway...the audacity of hope? ;-p
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 26 (view)
 
The Constitution and religious freedom
Posted: 12/18/2009 9:59:45 AM
Match -- there was tolerance amongst quakers and Unitarians and the non-Catholic Christians. You hit the nail on the nose when stating the problems that existed within other nations (imposed religions/taxes).

There were literal lynchings in England of what was deems heretics. Many came to the U.S. simply "for" religious freedom.

All that said...within the same history books read, this nation was built by Christian believers that very much did not want to remove one's right to religion but merely remove mandatory clauses of religion.

Christ on a Christmas tree is consent to a popular belief -- not an endorsement.

So with that free ***practice*** was protected 'originally' and this was the original intent of the framers and creators of this nation and why many travelled to the U.S.

Today we find the opposite as seen here with (imo) silly legal arguments built by people who have no peace to offer let alone tolerance for different beliefs held or celebrated.

Who was it that said, gentlemen you have a democratic republic if you can hold on to it?
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 22 (view)
 
The Constitution and religious freedom
Posted: 12/18/2009 9:06:23 AM
Ace -- you look a little bit like Kramer from Seinfield in your new photo (I like it)! ;-p

So now that the mutual masturbation is over (just repeating what I read...albeit not very politically correct. tsk, tsk)...what exactly is misunderstood about establishment clause and freedom of religion and/or Separation of State? Where exactly do we draw that line and 'who' chooses...

Is it 'we' the people?

While thinking beyond lines and the legally ever 're' difining Constitutional ammendments and pocket parts in law...we see issues that hold much more than political debate.

What is federal property? Aren't elected officials -- public servants or did that idea go out of style already? What happened to majority vote even with the enacted electrol college to cure the 'cited' lack of education held by he 'masses?'

We see parks filled with mangers this time of year and military institutions holding dear the baby Jesus. ...

More importantly 'Christ' is in the very 'official' government holiday given off to most workers. Who should hope to remove Christ now from Christmas and for what great cause?

The problem within law I've always seen is that there is this attempt to 're-write' history (that although amusing confines and changes the integrity and foundation of our nation) or the intent of the original drafters which was clearly stated in the original papers and creation of this democratic republic we live in. the

(Christ can not be stolen nor can the ideologies and beliefs of this nation's citizens however many grinches present legal argument against mass beliefs not merely held, but """celebrated"""").

Sometimes I think people just 'create' things to fight about versus embracing 'true' peace. Merry Christmas again all!
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 17 (view)
 
The case of the public pre-nup
Posted: 12/18/2009 8:15:43 AM
Never-again...

No what I am saying is that Tiger's wife is innocent of marital infidelity herself and Tiger holds 'other' qualities other than money that might have attracted his wife to him. I'd say since an initial pre-nup was agreed upon that this is more likely the case as well.

The accusation that she married for money or her intent was all about money to me is calling a woman who has had her life torn apart...a whore or otherwise a gold digger. I challenge that idea and ....

I would have to ask again why when men cheat...are women mischaracterized and blamed.

David...clearly a sell out is taking place to some degree (could it be for the sake of others though), but a duck is easily seen and in this case I do not see behind the scenes (nor do any of us). OJ's wife as Coast points out is a good example of what we don't see behind the scenes.

Now all that said maybe Tiger will make more appropriate use of his club in the future and the marriage could possibly survive beyond infidelity (it worked for the Clintons). ;-p

Liberals!! Go figure. ;-p
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 12 (view)
 
The case of the public pre-nup
Posted: 12/13/2009 7:09:52 PM
Dave --


If she was and the marriage was all about "love", she would not have signed anything agreeing for any of his money of any kind because she married him for "love". But that was not the case was it!


Huh? So if one is wealthy and considers divorce statistics over that of emotional attachment...then love is lacking. Couldn't the two could be isolated.


I am pretty darn confident and it would be pretty safe to say that if Tiger was a carpenter making 28 bucks an hour or an insurance salesman making 65K a year she would not have married him.....


And you know this 'how?'

Why is it when a wealthy man cheats -- the woman becomes a gold digger or whore?

While it is true I would divorce tiger's wealthy behind...and the antithesis of love is showing in the media today...I'm sure there is a lot of pressure on his wife beyond 'money' as far as her decisions made.

As well it is said that Tiger has a lot more going for him than just his golf swing by the women he slept with. ;-p
 Mermaidsari
Joined: 2/4/2007
Msg: 11 (view)
 
The case of the public pre-nup
Posted: 12/13/2009 6:57:43 PM

Isn't it more like a buy-out?


Or a sell out to those witnessing 'marital bliss or love' at the golf course.

The question remains: at what price will Tiger's sponsors sell out? ;-/
 
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