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grant228 2018-02-22 19:14:03
And now your “president” has said arming teachers is the way stop school shootings! If it wasn’t such a tragic story, one could be forgiven for thinking this is some arcane comedy script.
phonerec 2018-02-22 02:22:04
It's called money. You wouldn't believe how much money the NRA doles out to politicians. Makes me ashamed.
grant228 2018-02-20 05:28:02
Deb, the few Americans I’ve met and know come across as intelligent and committed souls. That image doesn’t fit with what is presented by your NRA, the politicians who support it and the inane excuses for no gun control given by their supporters on various internet sites. This irrational fear of losing their precious guns, or control of same, just doesn’t align with a country which prides itself on leading the world in so many things.
phonerec 2018-02-17 01:16:01
When you put the 2nd amendment (which is SO out of date) ahead of peoples lives, you are beyond evil. People argue that the bad guys will find a way to get guns and it makes me sick. At least TRY to make it harder!!
grant228 2018-02-16 23:24:24
Deb, your post has a tragically repetitive ring to it. I know of only one nation that won’t do everything it can to protect its children and we all know which one that is. Your politicians have the power to change your ludicrous gun laws but won’t which puts them below contempt.
phonerec 2018-02-16 01:26:29
Another mass shooting. This time 17 children were killed at school, a place that should be safe. If I hear one more person say "thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, I'm going to scream. Thoughts and prayers aren't doing squat!! We need common sense gun control policies!!!
grant228 2018-02-09 03:33:27
Dave, our constitution states the executive power of the Commonwealth is vested in the Queen and exercisable by her representative the Governor General. The name of any new Governor General is recommended by the Prime Minister of the day to the Queen for her approval. Any new laws must be signed by the G G, as the Queen’s representative, to enable them to become enacted. You might think the position is largely ceremonial but in 1975 we had an elected government dismissed by the Governor General. Other members of the Commonwealth e.g. India, have managed to become republics and the heavens haven’t fallen as some royalists claim would happen if we ever cut the apron strings with Britain. Your country has a lot of appeal, especially the fact your forebears threw off their colonial masters and you are in charge of your nation, not someone who lives on the other side of the world. I bet I know who Liz supports whenever England plays Australia in any sport! Deb, you’re right about old G.W. He’s been made to look rational and, dare I say it, intelligent! Quite an achievement by your head Cheetoh!
phonerec 2018-02-09 01:09:19
On the bright side Grant, you don't have The Orange One in charge! I'd take Queen Elizabeth any day of the week!! I never thought I'd say this, but I'd take Bush back!!
dave 2018-02-08 15:31:40
Grant, I would have thought that Australia is 100 percent autonomous. IS that not the case?
grant228 2018-02-04 01:44:50
Deb, if you go by the women’s magazines and what passes as TV news, then my country has an enduring fascination with Liz and her large extended family. The fawning over any visiting “royal” is stomach-churning. As long as we have the UK flag taking up space on ours, we will never be a republic. We had a referendum in 1999 to cut our legislative ties with the Mother Country but it sadly did not get up. “Always keep tight hold of nurse for fear of finding something worse”!
phonerec 2018-02-03 21:52:24
Speaking of Netflix, I'm currently watching a show called The Crown. Grant, how do Australians feel about the Monarchy? Do they care one way or the other?
phonerec 2018-02-02 00:29:21
So true Dave! I didn't watch the State of the Union address, it was my birthday, and I had better things to do, like watch Netflix, lol.
dave 2018-02-01 17:21:04
I guess politicians aren't mathematicians. Its about averages, and understanding that the model and expectations also call for extreme swings (Hi's and Low's). And I'm not even a big reader so I have to wonder what these guys in Washington are reading.
grant228 2018-01-30 19:18:29
Deb, it is hoped as we age, wisdom emerges but obviously your senator’s thick skull has denied access to insight and understanding. Sadly he’s not alone.
phonerec 2018-01-27 22:52:03
Great analogy!! We have a senator here who is in his 80's and should have retired 20 years ago, hold up a snowball to try to disprove global warming. It's like holding up a ham sandwich and saying there isn't any starving people in the world.
grant228 2018-01-24 04:51:05
Deb, some people think your record freeze is a sign there is no global warming. What your country and mine are experiencing is exactly what climate scientists predicted - extremes due to the increased CO2 in the atmosphere. I read a clever analogy used to describe climate change deniers - they are on the end of the Titanic going up in the air as the ship sinks, saying “the ship’s rising, not sinking”.
phonerec 2018-01-23 03:45:38
One of the coldest winters on record here in Oklahoma. But there is no such thing as climate change. Right. On the bright side, we're going to see the Moody Blues tomorrow night. VERY excited!!
grant228 2018-01-19 05:35:07
Hi, Bill. Here at the Aust Open in Melbourne on our second day of 42 C plus temperatures. Would gladly trade for some Michigan frigidity. The question of player health and safety has been raised such are the furnace -like conditions.
bill 2018-01-19 01:49:33
Hope everyone is well! CCCCCCOLD here in Michigan!
dave 2018-01-17 13:58:47
Grant, sounds like one heck of a cricket match. Deb, Congratulations on being named Employee of the Month. :)
grant228 2018-01-15 20:00:31
Deb, your role as the public face of your organization cannot be overstated. You set the tone for everything that happens after. A good receptionist is worth her or his weight in gold.
phonerec 2018-01-13 02:07:25
Oh, and thanks Grant!!
phonerec 2018-01-13 02:06:55
They realize that as City Hall receptionist, I really am the first contact people have with our city. This is my home, and I want to do it proud. It's just nice to know they recognize it. Nobody ever thought "just the receptionist" would get it. Myself included, lol
grant228 2018-01-11 08:24:59
Deb, congratulations! As a manager, I always said no-one ever complained of being patted on the back, no matter how hard or how often. I’m glad your organization recognises and encourages talent. That’s a nice comparison - 1 out of 250!
phonerec 2018-01-09 01:28:36
Do you mind if I brag, just this once? Out of 250 employees, I was named Employee of the year for the City of Owasso. I was so stunned, but so excited, and proud. What I do matters. It's nice to have that validation.
phonerec 2018-01-09 01:26:52
It's been a tad chilly here Dave with temps in the teens and below. I wouldn't mind a few inches of snow, but you can keep the ice. I love summer, but NOT as hot as it has been in Australia!!
grant228 2018-01-09 01:10:36
Dave, Noel Coward said mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun and we had a re-creation of that on Sunday with the last of the Ashes cricket tests being played in Sydney. The on-field temperature was recorded as 53 C or 127 F with the English captain finishing in hospital having been on the ground in these conditions for seven hours!
dave 2018-01-08 15:19:17
I heard it was roasting in Sydney
grant228 2018-01-05 08:01:53
Dave, I’ve just watched a news item on your winter woes. What a difference axial tilt makes! When it snows in northern Florida, it must be cold! While you’re shvering we’ve been warned this weekend will be one of the hottest on record. I hope we all survive.
dave 2018-01-03 17:16:57
That's what you would call a "Sandman". Hope everyone had a nice Holiday. Grant. Th gripping Cold continues here. Deb, from what I hearing it sounds like it might be a bit cooler than usual in Oklahoma also??®    Introduction    Privacy Policy    Conditions of Use    

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