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|4 weeks 5 days ago||So you just admitted to tax||
So you just admitted to tax fraud in an online public forum?! (Only kidding of course)
I'm an Illinois resident, and prior to this past year, Amazon didn't collect state tax on my purchases. But when filling out my taxes via turbo tax, the program specifically asks me if I've made any online purchases in the past year. I feel too guilty saying no, so I say yes. Anyway, I had several hundred dollars in Amazon purchases and I tested out the impact on my return by putting in $0 first before the real value, so I could see exactly how much my return would go down; it only went down about $30, so while it may seem like a big deal, it's impact is relatively small.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Sorry to disturb you, Andre.||
Sorry to disturb you, Andre. Thank you for your hot take - let's disagree with a stranger on the Internet and make over-arching conclusions about them!
In Season 1, Dany marries Khal Drogo at the behest of her brother, who essentially was holding her captive. As far as I remember, she never once consented to marry Khal, she was a prisoner, and she was given no other choice. That wedding night sex was definitely rape, in my view.
You bring up some interesting points about Littlefinger. I think Littlefinger is creepily in love with Sansa and sees himself marrying her down the road, and I believe he truly has her best interests at heart (I don't think he was aware of how evil Ramsay was when he came up with this plan). I think she trusts him and did not view herself as his prisoner - he did rescue her from Cersei after all. Maybe its Stockholme Syndrom, but I think she has positive feelings about him and did not feel trapped.
Maybe I'm wrong about the LF-Sansa dynamic and you have the right of it, and if so, it would be equivalent to the S1 Dany-Khal marriage, and I would change my opinion that it would be rape.
Ultimately, we are arguing semantics (which I realize is my fault, since I brought it up!) - we all have the same emotional response; we feel bad for Sansa that she had to endure that terrible wedding night, and we want bad things to happen to Ramsay. The difference is, I think Sansa willingly made a stunningly brave sacrifice to subject herself to some truly awful things, in order to kill the Boltons down the road and regain the north.
Is this the part where I over-simplify a nuanced conversation and say my take is 100% right and if you can't see that then you must be dumb? ;) Have a nice day, I hope I don't disturb you any further.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Fair points - maybe I am||
Fair points - maybe I am delving too far into it. I still think that she is playing the long game and knew (or at least suspected) that Ramsay was evil and it wouldn't be an easy journey. I am hopeful she will come out of this victorious and her sacrifice will have been worth it.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I agree with all you say||
I agree with all you say there. My only objection was to the term "rape" which I believe belittles Sansa's deliberate course of action. I think we are largely on the same page.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Do you think Sansa willingly||
Do you think Sansa willingly married Ramsay?
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Why are you so quick to||
Why are you so quick to dismiss the possibility of Sansa rescuing theon? That would empower Sansa quite a bit.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Martin has discussed the||
Martin has discussed the series' ultimate end game with the show runners. They are aware of it and working towards it, and it should be the same for both.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Bender, thank you for your||
Bender, thank you for your truly thoughtful response. No sarcasm there.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Thank you for your reasoned||
Thank you for your reasoned and thoughtful response. I know this is a fictional show, but I will lay out the facts as they exist in this fictional universe:
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I completely disagree that||
I completely disagree that this was rape. Sansa knew what she was getting in to. Several episodes ago when Littlefinger laid it out for her when they were overlooking Moat Cailin. When she agreed to this plan, she knew what would be required of her. What she didn't know was how sadistic Ramsay is, but she did know she would have to marry (and sleep with) him. In my view, she is making a courageous choice in order to regain her homeland and also to seek vengeance for her family.
|20 weeks 5 hours ago||You missed the best||
You missed the best one!
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|20 weeks 5 hours ago||Liam Neesons||
Liam Neesons is...my....SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
|24 weeks 3 hours ago||I think this gif might be||
I think this gif might be more appropriate...
|27 weeks 9 hours ago||Ummm, isn't this actually the||
Ummm, isn't this actually the first day without search bits? And no, I am not handling it well. :(
Edit: I'm handling it so bad I forgot how to read good, and now I'm just hoping I didn't forget how to do other stuff good, too.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Well if you are worried about||
Well if you are worried about the Vikings, then I've got some bad news for you. Raiders are pirates. They marauded, murdered, raped, enslaved. Same with Buccaneers.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Regardless of the mascot||
Regardless of the mascot controversy, I just want to point out that your analogy is all wrong. The name "Vikings" is an official historical name given to a people group, and it would be analogous to "Native Americans", which is the official historical name given to the indigenous peoples of North America.
The term "Redskin" is a slang term used to refer to Native Americans, and would be analogous to a slang term used to refer to Vikings. I am not aware of any slang terms for Vikings, though, so I can't give an example.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||This would be perfect. To||
This would be perfect. To fill out the staff, they could retain Hoke as DL coach, Mattison as LB coach, Woodson would retire from the NFL to be DBs coach, Tyrone Wheatley and Mike Hart would be co-RB coaches, and Borges and Heiko could even be brought on to be co-equipment managers.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, I re-read yours after I||
Yeah, I re-read yours after I posted and was worried for a minute that I lost the ability to read. I completely agree with your comment with the new wording.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||"But you've lost the ability||
"But you've lost the ability to denounce any player for anything they do off the field."
My reading of this is that Brian is denouncing Clark's actions as despicable, but is pausing to consider the circumstances / context and basically saying, "Walk a mile in Clark's shoes before you judge." You can look at the situation as a whole - denounce a player's terrible actions and still hope they learn from it and improve their life.
I'm not sure what exactly your point is here? What is wrong with that? Maybe we should never denounce a college football player for their actions off the field without context?
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Great writeup, Brian.||
Great writeup, Brian.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||I think you accidentally a||
I think you accidentally a word.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||http://i61.tinypic.com/wmjww7||
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Welcome back, WD! Maybe||
Welcome back, WD! Maybe Bando will apologize to you now.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||This is hilarious. Remember||
This is hilarious. Remember when Haegerup biffed the snap in the OSU game a couple years ago? He went to the sidelines and Hoke calmly encouraged him and gave him a pat on the back. At the time, everyone thought it was great coaching and pointed out how people like RR or Kelly would have screamed at him in rage, and how this was much better to encourage the player.
And here we are, two years later - Hoke still has the same style, but now everyone is jumping on the guy for that encouraging style. The same encouraging style that he has had his entire tenure here, the same encouraging style that we (collectively) used to laud.
Don't get me wrong, I think Hoke needs to go and this is not a defense of him. But this is ridiculous.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||OT: "through a ringer"||
I know what that phrase means, but I've often wondered where it came from. Reading this prompted me to look it up. I'm not trying to be "that guy" but I just discovered that it is actually "through a/the wringer". A wringer is a machine used to press out liquid or moisture from clothes. I'm not sure if you already knew this or not, but I thought it was interesting.
I'm sure most people could not care less about this, so I will now see myself out.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||(No subject)||
|39 weeks 6 days ago||You forgot that he also||
You forgot that he also downvotes nearly every single thread, especially if it involves Detroit sports.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||"likely to get a response"||
"I don’t see a problem with that as publically calling out your employer is likely going to generate a response."
Yes, it sure did generate a response.
Simmons basically dared them to do something. Calling out your employer publicly and daring them to discipline you does not seem like it is a smart thing to do if you like having your job.
Also, ESPN is typically very conservative about these kinds of things, and this suspension fits in with their previous actions. This is at least the third time Simmons has been suspended. He likes to toe the line.
|40 weeks 5 hours ago||Beat Minnesota Discontent||
Discontent will still bubble
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, that is a very valid||
Yeah, that is a very valid part of your post, which is why I did not critique that line in my response.
I mainly responded to highlight your negative slant towards Michigan. I typically enjoy your posts and find them very knowledgable, however they often lean towards being anti-Michigan, and it almost seems like you enjoy being negative about Michigan.