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Free Associations

Join my new group, Free Associations. Feel free to say anything that comes to mind, without censorship, no matter how trivial, irrelevant, boring or outrageous. Just speak your mind in one continuous thread. No restrictions on topics or language used. Adult content.


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Added by Gary Freedman on July 25, 2009 at 10:14am — No Comments

Why I'm Smarter Than A Harvard Professor

Five simple rules for dealing with the police.

1. Be respectful.

2. Do what the officer tells you to do even if you think it's stupid, meaningless, or offensive. (Police forced their way into my house on one occasion and accused me of having threatened to commit a serious crime. I was innocent. But they didn't believe me at first. They even told me what chair I should sit in -- IN MY OWN HOUSE. But I did as they told, and they eventually left. Even if the police enter YOUR… Continue

Added by Gary Freedman on July 25, 2009 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Reflections on Turning 60

ON turning 60

The first television in our house was a massive 19” box…that had two stations….both beamed from Yakima, 90 miles away. This meant that ANY kind of weather interfered with the reception.

I remember staying home from school…feigning sickness…so I could be there when it was delivered. The first thing I remember seeing on TV was a NBA basketball game…the Celtics were playing…I remember their floor.

Queen for a Day…where the MAJOR prize was usually a… Continue

Added by Madhatterat60 on July 25, 2009 at 9:21am — No Comments

So, what exactly should we call ourselves now?

Ning-A-Ding-Lings? Ningompoops? Ningbats? OpeNING Statements? Ningleberries?

Added by Snagg on July 24, 2009 at 3:53pm — 7 Comments

Theme and Variations: On Pushing the Envelope


I get accused of "pushing the envelope" -- here, on TBD, and elsewhere in life. There's merit to the observation. I am constantly testing the limits, constantly challenging the rules. I took a battery of psychological tests a few years ago and the test results said: "Subject has a tendency to challenge or denounce social sanctions to the point where he may lose sight of his own best interests."

Several days ago a TBD member posted the following comment on a blog I… Continue

Added by Gary Freedman on July 24, 2009 at 10:00am — 13 Comments

Why Good Websites Shouldn't Be Free

A Newsweek article that seems quite topical to us right now...

Added by Mrs. Alendar on July 23, 2009 at 10:34pm — 5 Comments

Yeah, I saw this coming.

Late last week, Johan Bruyneel announced that he would be leaving the Astana team at the close of the 2009 season. Right now, Alberto Contador stands a pretty good chance of riding into Paris on Sunday wearing the Yellow Shirt. This will make 9 Tour de France victories for Johan, 7 with Lance and now 2 with Alberto.

So why is he leaving?

The "official" explanation is that Astana, which is actually owned by the Kazakhstan Federation is hell-bound-for-leather going to… Continue

Added by Johnny Wheels Esq. on July 23, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Lifes Adventure

We all get stuck in a rut from time to time,the same thing day in and day out,why?

Try something new, maybe something that you have always wanted to try, but never got around to do it. Heck one of the first things I plan on doing when I no longer have to drive is learn how to fly. Thats not all I want to take cooking classes dancing, singing ( I can not carry a tune but what the heck) I want to do some more traveling to places I've seen but have not got a chance to… Continue

Added by cynthia Hunter on July 23, 2009 at 4:02pm — 3 Comments

Greetings from the Zombie Trenchies

After six days and nights of giving my daughter meds every four hours around the clock, I have a new theory about why people our age decide to have new babies:

1) They don't remember what it's like. Or..
2) Their lease prohibits dogs.

Added by Quilty on July 23, 2009 at 12:43pm — 4 Comments

Robert F Kennedy, Jr Explains Vaccines and the Autism Cover Up

There has been much discussion about childhood vaccines and their relationship to autism. Bobby Kenndy, Jr and Joe Scarborough discuss Thimerosal, a preservative used in (childhood) vaccines which is said to cause Autism and many learning disabilities, such as ADD, ADHD, speech delay, hyperactivity and other childhood disorders. Thimerosal breaks down to release neurotoxic ethyl mercury. Mercury causes neurotoxicity in humans, especially in fetuses and small infants whose brains are still… Continue

Added by OCNaturalDoc on July 23, 2009 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments



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Added by ZenDog on July 22, 2009 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

After two days, I'm still a little depressed about this.......

I was in a drug store Monday evening (the 20th - hint, hint), and while filling out the check the perfectly nice young female clerk helpfully offered the day's date.

I told her, "Thanks, but I knew that one. Big Trivia Fan here."

First Bad Sign: Her reply - "Huh?"

I drew a breath and asked her if she knew what world-famous event had occurred on that day, forty years earlier, that was the cause of newspaper reports and tv segments and talk radio debates and… Continue

Added by Snagg on July 22, 2009 at 6:00pm — 17 Comments

Once Upon a Time, I Was Invited to the White House.....

Note: This is not my personal story, but it sure made me think about how tolerant we've become. Just switch out the location, characters, and particulars and insert your own - we all share a similar story.

We have acquiesced many times in the face of confrontation --- even at our greatest expense. And where are we now? Faced with challenges that seem too much to handle, so we expect someone else to come in a clean up the mess. Well, clean up costs big money. And in the case of our… Continue

Added by OCNaturalDoc on July 22, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments


My divorce is done and I have the papers to prove it. July 14, 2009

Added by Russell Teeter on July 22, 2009 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Cool article.....

Nice article in yesterdays paper about my National Track meet competition and the upcoming premier of my film "Ballbusters" .. can read it at http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/couriernews/news/dundee/1675575,Talk-about-town_el072109.article

Added by Andrew R. Boyce on July 22, 2009 at 1:37pm — 3 Comments

Let 'em Whine!

I post a blog now and then to keep track on the wackiness of the frenzied cRyght, just to see what their latest piss and whine is. I see the truly ignorant are still after a "legitimate birth certificate", regardless of the fact that the Clinton Machine dug, the State Department investigated and was satisfied, as did a number of other legitimate sources....the drivers of the cRyght keep the true idiots circling the chum in the… Continue

Added by Madhatterat60 on July 22, 2009 at 8:03am — No Comments

It's All Done

The surgery went textbook perfectly. Plates and screws and bolts are all in place, and she's resting as comfortably as can be expected.

Many thanks to all of you who had us in your thoughts and prayers.


Added by Quilty on July 21, 2009 at 2:03pm — 1 Comment


I am always looking for ways to do on-line activism. There are causes that I am passionate about and want to support in any way that I can.

One of the best on-line activism sites is Social Vibe. There are a variety of causes that are sponsored on the site. All you have to do is select one and place a badge on your website page. Every time someone visits your page, your selected cause receives a credit from a corporate sponsor.

I support education, food programs and cancer… Continue

Added by msladydeborah on July 21, 2009 at 12:06am — 1 Comment

Alberto Fujimori 2009.07.20

L'ancien président péruvien Fujimori condamné à sept ans et demi de prison

LEMONDE.FR avec AFP et Reuters | 20.07.09 | 21h45 • Mis à jour le 20.07.09 | 21h59

L'ancien président du Pérou Alberto Fujimori a été condamné à sept ans et demi de prison, lundi 20 juillet à Lima, pour une affaire de corruption pendant son mandat entre 1990 et 2000. Reconnu coupable de détournement de fonds publics, M. Fujimori était poursuivi pour le versement illégal de 15 millions de dollars à… Continue

Added by Loren Singh on July 20, 2009 at 5:31pm — No Comments

Still without water

My waterline broke almost two weeks ago, and it still hasn't been fixed I've had to use paper plates and cups, because I have no water for washing sishes. No water for the washer, so I can't wash my clothes. No water for showers, so I have to do sponge baths, with water drained from the hot water tank. This is totally ridiculous!

Added by Lowell Brandon on July 20, 2009 at 5:09pm — 2 Comments

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