Morning Must Reads: March 20

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

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sacredh
sacredh

OT, but how embarrassing for the Cavs. The scoreboard is leaking and the teams have been sent back to the locker rooms.

sacredh
sacredh

I just got back a few minutes ago and got a call from work. It looks like our waiver for furloughs was approved because of it's effect on industry.

retiredvet
retiredvet

So, umm, not to jinx it, but no troll?

sacredh
sacredh

OT, but I had to go out and run errands earlier. My wife wanted me to pick up three things. I won some money and brought home three bags of stuff. I forgot all three things she asked me to get. Gotta run. Again.

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

I'm late to the party today...I don't know if this is a Must Read, or watch as the case is, for everyone, but it is for me.

Today is Fred Rogers birthday.  He would have been 84.  The world is a better place because of him, and that is no lip service.  The sheer number of lives he touched, and the ripple effect of those lives to others, is immeasurable.  The respect and love for children, and humanity, he had is something we could all use a little more of in ourselves.

To keep it mildly political, have a link of him testifying before Congress to preserve PBS funding in 1969.  It should be required viewing for every single Congresscritter.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXEuEUQIP3Q

What an unbelievably gentle man.  I love how the senator just slowly backed down.  Mr. Rogers will have none of your bluff and bluster good sir!

Here's his acceptance speech for a lifetime achievement Emmy.  I defy anyone to watch this and not tear up.

God love you Mr. Rogers.  Forgive us for being just a little bit angry you called him home.

roknsteve
roknsteve

@sacredh I left the same time as you did last week after the troll attack on mantis but I guess no one missed me.  Plus I flagged Paulie everyday since then only to find out it's useless.  But I got plans for the next troll attack. 

retiredvet
retiredvet

I bet you don't get 'em all this trip either.

sacredh
sacredh

Charlie would have Lurch for lunch.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

A neighborly day in this beautywood....

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@AlistairCookie 

God I miss Fred Rogers.  Easily one of the most compassionate human beings ever to walk the Earth.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@retiredvet 

Just call their freaking bluff.  Make them actually filibuster instead of just threatening it.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Favorite comment:

"Then he made a stern face (a REALLY stern face!), stomped his right foot (twice!), turned away from the podium and whispered to an aid (for the 4th time today) if they'd been able to locate his balls."

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

@grape_crush

The Federal Trade Commission dented Lifelock with a whopping $12 million fine in 2010 for failing to deliver the identity security they promised and balking on refunds to clients.

The brash company was also roundly mocked after CEO Todd Davis brashly announced his Social Security number in a commercial as a sign of confidence, and then had his identity stolen repeatedly.

I remember the latter part but I didn't know he had his identity stolen.  That's hilarious.

sacredh
sacredh

I wasn't here but I'm sure you were missed. The Heat are losing to the Cavs by 26 in the third.

sacredh
sacredh

I have mixed feelings. I'd be able to handle it myself financially, but I was kind of looking forward to getting alot of time off. I'm happy for the other guys that were worried about it though. I'll call work in the morning to get all of the details and if they're sure, I'm going to go out and buy a 3D tv for my bedroom tomorrow afternoon.



sacredh
sacredh

I'm almost ashamed to admit this, but I wrote "Batteries, dog food and coffee creamer" on my hand.

AlistairCookie
AlistairCookie

@DonQuixotic

Always compassionate.  When a group of fellow Presbyterian ministers called upon him to speak at an anti-gay rights rally, his response was that God loves you, just the way you are. 

I link I will not provide, but that you could easily find, is a clip of those Fox and Friends chuckle-effs finding fault with him.  He would be compassionate even to them though, I know it.   

retiredvet
retiredvet

@AlistairCookie We raised three children. Having Fred Rogers help us for a half hour a day when they were small was a blessing.

sacredh
sacredh

My wife likes crime movies and I don't. She hates chick flicks and would rather watch something gory.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Does she have a chainsaw?

He says he reads the murder mysteries because he's planning one. Not sure if it's a joke.

sacredh
sacredh

We both like movies and share some tastes, but she's into slasher movies and ultra violence. My little princess likes chainsaws. We have a collection of about 8000 movies.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Same problem here. I like movies but my partner doesn't. He'd rather read murder mysteries. So the TVs are plain. LED but plain.

sacredh
sacredh

retiredvet, my wife doesn't like sci-fi or super hero movies. I have a bunch of 3D blu-rays that she won't watch. She wanted me to buy another 3D tv before all of this furlough stuff.

retiredvet
retiredvet

Wow. And we're barely better than radio here.

sacredh
sacredh

I don't play the numbers. I did win just under $130 today.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Powerball's $300M.  Remember me when thou goest into thy kingdom.

sacredh
sacredh

Back. I'd better go before I forget I wrote something.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

'Not too hard to call you brotha  ; )

bobell
bobell

I suppose your typical Christian would suggest that we all live our lives to emulate Jesus, but I'm Jewish, so that's a bit much for me -- and anyway, the part about miracles looks pretty tough to match. I would suggest Fred Rogers instead.  We could hardly do better in life than to be constantly asking ourselves WWFRD?

If "greatness:" has any meaning, he was a great human being.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

Senate Majority Leader No Mas    : (

sacredh
sacredh

Spring is in the air and that other smell would be me.

It's snowing here and thanks Ivy_B.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@sacredh Hey sacred!! I just got back home after being out all day - assume as I read further on others will have welcomed you back, but we really missed you! Now it's a happy spring.

sacredh
sacredh

Maybe lifelock and life-alert could join together so our trolls can make a commercial saying "I just got my @ss kicked and I can't get up".