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  1. "We need more anti-Mormon books [sic]. They keep us on our toes." —Hugh W. Nibley
  2. Okay. How does One More Law automagically make someone who, already, is so "non-law-abiding" that, not only is the person determined to acquire at least one firearm (by whatever means, legal or illegal), also, the person has determined that the best way to deal with whatever demons that person is facing, whatever problems he or she has, whatever grudges he or she holds, and so on, ad infinitum, law abiding? What is the law, or what are the laws, that can make a non-law-abiding person say, "Hey, wait a minute. I was going to get one or more guns, get ammunition, get body armor, et cetera, and go shoot up the local [fill in the blank: nightclub, gay nightclub, church, Walmart, ad infinitum]. But, Alas!, now, that the One More Law has been passed, it has foiled all of my diabolical plans"? Let me be clear: Although several members of my family are (or have been) law enforcement officers, I am not rabidly, reflexively "pro-gun." I, myself, do not happen to own any guns, and while my father has promised to bequeath me one of his former duty weapons when he passes, it's quite possible that he will live forever simply to spite me. I am, however, pro-logic. Is it really logical to conclude that, if only One More Law is passed, automagically, someone who is so "non-law-abiding" as the person I describe will abandon his (or, less likely, but possible, still, her) not-just-illegal-but-evil designs?
  3. All the same, though, of its own volition (and, of course, guns are inanimate objects: they have no volition of their own) no gun ever decided to kill someone, to target innocents, and to fire itself. Someone had to exercise his or her volition, to target innocents, and to fire it in order for it to do that.
  4. The gun, of course. "We need to pass another law to prevent 'people like this' from getting guns." The problem with that reasoning is that,by definition, people who commit murder are not law abiding.
  5. I'll be danged: You're right. Apologies for continuing confusion. ("But, Ken, 'continuing' suggests that it is episodic or occasional: In your case, when does it ever stop?") Touche!
  6. Actually, I see I didn't pay close enough attention to the label of the sweetener I bought when I made this: Rather than being the generic for Splenda, instead, it is made from sucralose. (I just bought the same thing to make cranberries for my family's Thanksgiving dinner.) I don't know what impact that has on making this vis-a-vis hewing to anyone's dietary needs, but I apologize for the confusion.
  7. After the whole fiasco involving Mr. Bankman-Fried, is Bitcoin worth anything, still?
  8. Okay. Well, will you at least sic your pet cobra on whomever is responsible for this monstrous tragedy?
  9. Dried pineapple is an interesting idea. I'll have to keep that in mind, thanks.
  10. Cal, You may, of course, tweak the recipe however you wish, especially since you're doing so in an effort to meet the challenging dietary needs of a family member, but would dried cranberries raise blood sugar as much as raisins apparently do?
  11. You mean, some of us who don't have kids yet might have kids then? ... Uyyy ... that's a scary thought! (Actually, it's not: It's kind of cool, actually ...)
  12. My personality is odious and vile ... and I suppose you could say that I have a body to match, so ... I guess it's all good!
  13. As in "Holy ... !" ... Well, you know! ??? Blessed Bessie, Beatified Bovine! Hindus do worship cows, don'tcha know?!
  14. Are you in my neck of the woods (North Utah County)?
  15. Believe what you wish, Ma'am. I've never seen that site before you linked to it. Thanks.
  16. You know, even though your avatar creeps me out, you're a pretty smart guy. P.S.: Then again, my avatar probably creeps you out more than yours creeps me out!
  17. Anybody remember Flowers for Algernon, in which an operation is performed on a mentally challenged man that turns the man into a genius, only for him to discover that even his vastly increased mental capacity (which should be seen as only a good thing when compared with his previous state of mental stupor ... right? Riiiight? ) carries with it its very own pitfalls? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flowers_for_Algernon https://www.amazon.com/Flowers-Algernon-Daniel-Keyes/dp/015603008X What did we "bargain for" when it came to deciding on the plan that gave us the opportunity to come to earth to be tested, to learn and to grow, to make choices, and so on? I wonder, did I get much more than I bargained for? That is to say, as someone with both a congenital disability and a longstanding behavioral health challenge (if someone had let me choose between the two, I would choose the former every time ) did I bite off more than I can chew? Can I be forgiven for, perhaps, wondering what all of the shouting was about when I learn that we "shouted for joy" at the prospect? On the other hand, as much as someone might need to tie me to an ant hill and smother my ears with jam in order to get me to admit it ( ), I believe I am a more articulate, a more empathetic (hopefully), and a more intelligent human being with my disability than I would have been without it, and that's not merely a coincidence: I am those things because of my disability. It forced me to develop myself in ways that I would not have been forced to do without it. For what it's worth. (Sorry, Kevin Christensen. )
  18. I didn't copy it! I resent the implication!
  19. I made this a month or two ago. I can't believe I haven't put it up before now. I mean, maybe someone else would be interested, no matter how remote the prospect. If you don't like coleslaw because cabbage is bitter, and you think that the only way to counteract that bitterness is to go way overboard on the slaw dressing, perhaps this will be more to your liking. And maybe you don't like coarsely-chopped foods, but personally, I think the fact that the fruit and vegetable here are cut rather than grated is a big selling point. The crunchiness of the (cut, not grated!) apples and carrots (along with whole cashews), contrasted with the chewiness of the raisins, and the slight sweetness of the cashews contrasted with the tang of the hand-made slaw dressing ... Oh, yeah, Babe! Carrot and Apple Slaw with Cashews and Raisins 4-6 small apples, cored and diced (I don't peel 'em; I like the color) About 1 pkg. (16 oz.) baby carrots, julienned* Cashews, reserved for the last step Raisins, reserved for the last step Dressing 1/4 to 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, to taste About 1 cup Splenda (you can use sugar, too, but I doubt there would be much [if any] difference except for calories) 1 tub (16 oz.) sour cream (I used fat free, but whatever is to your liking) Pour the dressing over the julienned carrots and diced apples Refrigerate, preferably overnight but at least a couple of hours (I was a little worried about how well this would keep since I made a big batch, and the "dinner party" "guest list"? C'est moi! I was worried my apples might brown, but I think the acidity in the dressing prevented that from happening, and the longer this stuff was in the refrigerator [and this batch lasted me several days], the better the flavors melded.) Before serving Top each serving with raisins and cashews *I cut each carrot in half lengthwise, and then each half in half lengthwise again (at least). If the carrot is thick, you might want to cut it into even thinner strips. Maybe I'm simply too used to eating the stuff I make myself (since, as I say, usually, my "guest list" is one name long), but, Man, this stuff was sooooo good! Happy eating! If you make it, I'd be interested in knowing how it turned out and what you thought.
  20. "What the government giveth, also, the government may take away. But what God giveth*, no government can take away." *Or, if one is not religious, what is innate
  21. As in, between God, you, your partner, and no one else : Certainly, it's not between God, you, your partner, and anyone else on this board. And, while I appreciate and admire the fact that you wish to consider your family's feelings on the matter, it's not even a matter between God, you, your partner, and your family.* No matter how much you might respect and value anyone else's opinion, and might respect and might even love the person or persons whose opinion or opinions you seek, opinion polls are a really bad way to conduct one's personal life, and the greater the potential impact of the decision, the more that prospect applies: "50.1% in favor, 49.9% against! Well, that settles it! I/we know what to do now!" You should do what you believe, and what you believe that God believes, is best. Period. No one else's opinion on the matter should count. *See Matthew 19:5-6. While I believe this scripture applies with particular force to traditional marriage because of the potential for the participants in such unions to create mortal tabernacles for the spirit children of God (whether in this life or in the Millennium), I can understand why a couple in what, historically, has been viewed as a nontraditional union would find value in this scripture. Candidly, as someone who has attracted the collective indifference of the female of the species and who considers the prospect that such a state of affairs to change for him in this life to be quite remote, a large part of me says, hey, if a couple can find happiness in what, historically, has been considered a nontraditional union, more power to such a couple.
  22. On the one hand, at least in many cases, there is more good even in the worst of us and more bad in even the best of us than many of us might suspect. On the other hand, in at least some cases, evil is as evil does.
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