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Since I have so many family members who are new parents... ;)
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I make the mistake in Slide 6 all of the time! Thank you for the clear explanation.
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If you believe in divine intervention like he did, maybe someone out there didn't like his recent open letter to "Ellen Degenerate"(sic) and George Takei? ;)
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... and they did not even show the imagination to change Takei's name around... I am sure that, if you were crude enough (and they are plenty crude) they could think of something. They were just not TRYING.
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Are you sure that the other things we could be focusing on aren't actually the reason they want to keep focusing on gay marriage?

Other people getting married doesn't really affect a billionaire.  Addressing income inequality does.
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The social policy smoke and mirror well is drying up.

My money is on a shift in focus toward the War on Drugs by Republicans once they no longer have access to anti-gay policy making.  I feel like the anti-abortion groups are making headway too much in conservative states to have that national focus shifted towards this issue... would work against them and their victories.  I guess another big social discussion is religion, which might come up more often with those incited by a sweeping same sex marriage ruling... I feel like it'll be a battle between money (War on Drugs) versus votes (War on Religion).

There's always anti-transgender policies available to them, as well, so we'll have to be careful about that getting thrown in the mix, too... if they aren't marginalizing people, they aren't Republican lawmakers after all.
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I'd just prefer continuity.  Unless the actor is terrible (in which case you should re-cast the part and re-shoot early on), or for some other reason it's just not possible to use the same person, it sucks to switch the actor playing a character who has been in previous movies.

That is especially true if the other movies were recent and/or the new actor looks, sounds or acts a lot different from the old one.  Maybe they got the best person for the part, but it would have been much better if they'd had him for the previous movies too.  (I'm assuming here that his character was in the previous movies since I haven't seen them, but if I remember correctly he was.)

Anyway, most of the characters they have are past their shelf date in my opinion...I think they'd be better off making some new characters anyway, and they could add some more diversity while they were at it.  Hopefully with less ridiculous stereotypes this time.
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Wow...last time I heard a poll like this it was "only" 18% who didn't think the Earth revolved around the sun...I don't know if it's getting even worse or if the numbers might be somewhere between 18% and 26% in a larger survey, but clearly there are a lot of people who don't have even a decent grade school level education in science.

That's pretty disturbing when those same people are allowed to vote similarly ignorant politicians into office, to make decisions not to vaccinate their children based on bad information, etc.  Basically to do a plethora of things that they would almost certainly not do if they knew more of the facts and weren't being lied to and misled on many issues by other ignorant people who manage to get a soap box to spew their misinformation from.
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If you're interested in RPG games and/or Japanese language, you might want to check this out today.  The game won't be done for a while, but it looks like it'll be good when it's finished.  It'll be even better if more people put up some more money for development though!  They'll be able to add new features and more content.

Just 47 hours left to get some nice bonuses for supporting the development of the game, so if you're interested check it out, or at least share it with your friends in case they want to get in on it! :)
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He doesn't have the Ken Langonads to either stand behind his stupid remarks under pressure, or to give an honest apology if he thinks he was wrong.

Way to go, tough guy!
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Ray, "they need to respect Christians the same way they respect Muslims"?  After you say that Muslims get this "respect" by threat of violence, are you sure that's what you mean?
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If you slide a thick piece of paper (maybe one of the plastic covered junk mail things I get all the time) under the container then you can avoid any chance of escape.  Lids are usually thick enough that there's at least some chance of escape, especially with small spiders/scorpions/etc, so using the paper first helps me out.

After that you can put the lid in place, slide the paper out and push the lid down.  Just be careful not to get legs or anything caught and smashed!!
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I'm sure they just prayed even harder the second kid and given what they believe I'm not surprised they kept on with it, but it's hard to understand them still believing they did the right thing at this point.

I suppose now their only solace is the thought that they'll get to see the kids in Heaven, so that would make it even harder to accept that it's not true and that they let the kids die for nothing.
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