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The Business of Fitness - PurpleandGold Motown
So, I quit smoking. Yay me, and I want to get back into running. I was a state level mid-distance (800, 1600, 3200) in high school. Turned down athletic scholarships to party and drink through college. Anyway, so I want to run again and stave off weight gain -- maybe compete in a few half and f...


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Does Roddy White Plan on Playing this Year? - PurpleandGold Motown
The man has been hurt the whole year. What did he play? Two games as a decoy before heading to the sidelines? It seems like he's just given up on the season and plans on riding it out until it's over. Damn. At least Julio had surgery before calling it quits. Roddy never even got started....


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Cable Tech/Company Rant - PurpleandGold Motown
Is there a greater collection of drug addict, mentally challenged frickups than the cable company -- any cable company? My cable has been fricked for going on six months. Not totally fricked. Annoying fricked. Channels pixelate and skip at random times. Internet just decides to quit for fifteen minut...


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Original GhostBusters on Comedy Central Now - PurpleandGold Motown
11 pm Also doing the live tweeting thing. I ain't afraid of no ghost. ETA: I was interested to find out that the cards they use in the initial test are also numbered. Circle is one line. Plus is two lines. Wavy lines are three. Squares are four. Stars are five....


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Is Vick Starting? - PurpleandGold Motown
Every source said he was out for the game. I benched him. I just checked my matchup screen and it's showing him with .48 pts in the first quarter. :dunno: The game isn't on in my area. ETA: Gonna be pissed if I started Kaep over him....


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Political Talk
The Gentleman's Agreement has to Go! - PurpleandGold Motown
There is a gentleman's agreement within the two-party system. Basically, it's an unspoken -- or perhaps spoken -- agreement to never bring up things where both parties are at fault. The ending of this agreement is one of the primary benefits of adding a viable third or even fourth party into the mix...


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How Would Americans Respond to a One-Term President? - PurpleandGold Motown
I said in another thread America needs Cincinattus not Caesar as our next President. In case you are unfamiliar with Cincinattus, he was a roman senator. After the execution of his, he left public life to tend his farm. During a time of crisis, the senate appointed him dictator with absolute p...


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Expansion of Presidential Power Good or Bad? - PurpleandGold Motown
As defined by the Constitution, originally, the office of the presidency (executive branch) was probably the least powerful of the three branches of government with Congress being the most powerful. Theoretically they are supposed to be equal, but as a practical matter, Congress had the most power. ...


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Both Sides Need to Tone the Rhetoric Down a Bit - PurpleandGold Motown
Both side are guilty of hyperbole regarding the shutdown. Both sides use words like suffering, pain, harm. They say how irresponsible and evil both sides have been to cause this horrible situation. Whatever shall the people will do? Just.Shut. Up. All of you -- looking at your media people -- ...


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Are Depressions Necessary and Good? - PurpleandGold Motown
I've been reading about the innovations that came after the Depression -- the great success stories, the bootstrap tales. After the Great Depression the Untied States entered a period of unprecedented prosperity, wealth creation and innovation. Some would say that the pain of the Depression was ...


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Liberal Leaning FB Friends Are Remarkably Quiet - PurpleandGold Motown
Most of the time they are chirping up a storm, and they were certianly vocal right after the shutdown. But that's changed in the last two days or so. They are really quiet right now. Normally me posting anything about healthcare, smaller government, how the president is being disingenuous w...


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Personal Opinion or Conviction Versus Policy - PurpleandGold Motown
Why do our politicians and the electorate insist on leaders turning their personal opinions and convictions into policy? Why does no one say, "Even though I feel this way, I cannot make it policy. I don't have the authority?" And why can't the American public accept that? :dunno:...


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Next Weekend, Do They March in Protest? - PurpleandGold Motown
If this closing of public land, monuments and waters continues into next weekend. I anticipate several marches outside these sites. I anticipate pretty big numbers too. They've already demonstrated their willingness to remove barricades. This is a huge what if scenario, but there's a pretty go...


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I'm a Libertarian Because I'm Not Sure - PurpleandGold Motown
Whenever I talk to democrats or republicans I am amazed at how sure they are -- how sure they are about what is right and what is wrong. They know what is best for a large portion of the population. They know about what to do for the poor and uneducated. They know how to fix health care. T...


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The Young and Disabled Face a Tough Road - PurpleandGold Motown
So this story appeared in Al-Jazeera yesterday. I was shocked to see one of my oldest friends featured in a national news site. He never mentioned he was interviewed, The article examines a problem that most people don't know exists: the plight of the young and disabled. Often they are stuck in n...


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Looks shopped. - PurpleandGold Motown
No way Tom Cruise is that tall. [img]http://i.imgur.com/LyEU88e.jpg[/img]...


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Anyone Still Write and Mail Letters? - PurpleandGold Motown
I do. On stationery or notebook paper. With a pen. Currently, I have about six people I correspond with on a regular basis -- old friends that have moved away, not gotten locked up. I guess I started when I was in my early twenties (early 2000s) because I noticed that every writer I admired h...


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NYC Cyclist Does His Best to Obey the Law - PurpleandGold Motown
Since we have all seen the blatant disregard for the law exhibited by NYC bikers on their motorcycles. I thought I'd share this old video of a responsible cyclist doing his best to obey NYC laws and regulations. [link=(http://youtu.be/bzE-IMaegzQ)]Funny stuff starts about a minute in.[/link]...


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Walter White's Best Moment (Spoilers) - PurpleandGold Motown
Not talking about his best scene. I'm talking about when Walt felt at his most powerful, most proud, most in control. There are plenty of moments. Hell, it might even be the last scene when he realizes that he's gotten everything he wanted and he will be remembered as a legend. Was it that fi...


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Decided to Quit Smoking, Bought a Vaporizer - PurpleandGold Motown
I'm liking it so far. I haven't lit a cigarette all day today. I've just been puffing on this thing every now and again. Anyone else made the switch? I spent about forty bucks on an Ego with a dual coil cartomizer and another thirty five on juices. I've got to say, these are some amazing ti...


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Family with Bad Kids Gets Tossed Out of Applebees - PurpleandGold Motown
It's a long article, but here's a few highlights. [quote]After a Texas Applebee’s asked a family to leave because of its allegedly rowdy children this week, the incident prompted a fast moving chain of events: calls to the police, outcry from the family, explanation from the eatery chain, and an ...


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SEC Rant
What's Your Team's Go-To Excuse After a Loss? - PurpleandGold Motown
Alabama's has got to be, [b]"We beat ourselves."[/b] LSU's? [b]GODDAMN Refs![/b] Auburn's? [b]Well, we are really young this year.[/b] Ole Miss? [b]We are Ole Miss.[/b] Mississippi State? A&M? [b]We just ran out of time.[/b] Arkansas? [b]Blah blah blah Houston Nutt...SWC.[/b] Ge...


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If You Leave Something at Someone's House for Six Years, Is it Still Yours? - PurpleandGold Motown
Okay. Friend calls me up. She needs a twin or full-size mattress and box springs. She knows my folks have a basement full of furniture, and she really wants to buy a bed for her nephew. Her brother just bought a new house and they are tight on money and don't have much furniture. I say, "I'll...


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Bones Jones wants....Klitschko? - PurpleandGold Motown
[link=(http://www.mmamania.com/2013/9/16/4738290/jon-jones-encouraged-about-future-klitschko-bout-after-improvements#comments)]Mash Here[/link] [quote]We've heard plenty about current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones potentially moving up to heavyweight in the future, but what if he did i...


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SEC Rant
What Stone Cold Had to Say About Ha Ha's Almost Ejection - PurpleandGold Motown
Hell, I just thought it was funny. [quote]Steve Austin ?@steveaustinBSR What a bull$#@! call on the Bama player. I might as well start watching Tiddlywinks.[/quote] CAUSE STONE COLD SAID SO! [img]http://lifeinla.com/absolutenm/articlefiles/4020-finger.jpg[/img]...


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Finebaum Show is Pretty Damn Awesome Today - PurpleandGold Motown
It's not a caller driven show. It's a guest-driven show. So far they have had one of the Aggie broadcasters, the Aggie president, and now, John David Crow. Interviews have been very good. I'm sure Gene Stallings will be on shortly....


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Small Canadian Town is Perfectly Preserved Time Capsule - PurpleandGold Motown
I searched and found nothing even though Sept 4th is ancient by OT standards. So a mining company built a town in BC, Canada. The market collapsed and the town was essentially shut down...some people were forcibly evicted from their homes. Now, this town sits idle and preserved, books still i...


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Political Talk
Why Not Help Rather than Hurt? - PurpleandGold Motown
There are over two million Syrian refugees currently living in tents in the windswept desert. Things are so bad in these tent cities that some Syrians are choosing to go [i]back into the war zone.[/i] Conservatively, we would spend one billion dollars to punish Bashar Al Assad. Why not take $500 ...


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Kerry Speak to HoR: In Game Thread - PurpleandGold Motown
Did Kerry just refer to another nation state as a misbehaving child that needs to be disciplined?...


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Overly-Sensitive Teacher Rants About Sexual Harassment - PurpleandGold Motown
[link=(http://tenureshewrote.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/teaching-naked-part-1/)]This came across my feed.[/link] [quote]I had my students fill out mid-semester evaluations last fall... For the most part, students were surprisingly honest when responding to questions 3 and 4, showing they understood...


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