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  1. Zahdii

    S15.E10: Week 10

    I know what you mean. I cringe when I think back on the many times I was young and made some proclamation where I informed everyone that they had it all wrong. My whole attitude was "It's not like you think, but I'm a benevelont sort, so I'll clue you in." Then I'd sit back and wait for people to realize I was so very, very right, admire me for my insight, and feel grateful to me for sharing it with them. For some reason I was ignored, or saw eyerolls and shared glances among my audience. Sometimes even outright accusations that I didn't know what the hell I was talking about. How rude! Here I was, sharing my pearls of wisdom and this was the thanks I got. Over time, I was proven wrong often enough that I became more circumspect. There were too many times where I'd say "That never happens," until it did. "I would never," until I did. "My kid doesn't do that," and then... It's quite embarrassing. Now, I try to reign in my declarative impulses. I say "I hope that doesn't happen, although I know/heard it's happened before." "I used to think I'd never do that, until --." "My kids didn't do that very much, but there was a time or two when they did." It's kind of cool now. My kids are all over the age of 20, and they sometimes come to me for advice. Often they get it without asking for it. They don't always take my advice, and I understand why, but sometimes they'll tell me that I was right, and they don't always say it like they're amazed. It helps that I'm better at admitting that their situation isn't the exact same situation that I'm drawing from. But I can often steer them in the right direction to get advice from someone who knows what they're talking about. I think it gives extra weight when I come out strongly on a subject. Mark Twain wrote: When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. Mark grew up in an era where childhood ended more quickly than it does today in many parts of the world. Think about Luke as a fourteen year old boy who's had an epiphany and is full of the knowledge that he is right on all things, and has the backing of God. He thinks he's an adult now, and he's going to go around telling it like it is and expecting everyone else to fall in line. Life tends to knock you around, and you can learn from it or buckle down and be an asshole. Luke showed his ass plenty of times on the show. He thinks he's all grown up and is all that, and he got encouragement from Heather all over the place. They both love the drama, and are easily influenced by others. I think that production was playing them both and I hope that they'll eventually realize how much they've been used.
  2. Zahdii

    S03.E04: Chapter Four: The Sauna Test

    Yes, they're step siblings. Max told the boys when she first started to get to know them that after her mom married Billy's dad, it wasn't long before her step father decided to move the family to Hawkins. Somehow, I had the impression that her mother had married Billy's dad within the past year, and she felt that he insisted on the move at least in part to keep Max (and possibly her mother) away from her father as much as possible. There has been no indication that Billy and Max have ever been close. Max thought Billy was an asshole, and Billy resented that his father marrying Max's mom was the catalyst for being moved away from California. Billy had to play nice with Max's mom, but when he and Max were alone he let her know his true feelings about the situation.
  3. Zahdii

    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    There was an episode where Derelict said he was going off to do whatever he did and then practically skipped off in the rain, leaving Jill with her "Spanish Teacher". The woman valiantly tried to get a lesson going while Isreal tried to get Jills attention and the teacher eventually gave up and spent the rest of the time holding him and chatting with Jill in English. This might have been the same woman who Jill and Asshole solicited funds for to supposedly get her kids English lessons so they could go to a better school and get a better education. No idea why a woman who spoke fluent English would need to pay someone to teach them English. The Dillards got kind of surly about it when asked to clarify the situation.
  4. Zahdii

    "The View": Week of 6/24/2019

    Not torture? Those kids were living in pretty damned awful conditions before, otherwise they'd never have showed up at the border to begin with. Then, once they got here, they were taken from their parents and forced to live in groups with other children and given the least amount of care possible. Watched by guards who may or may not speak their own language? Check. Guards who may or may not treat them like children worthy of some kind of respect and kindness? Check. Needed medications prescribed by a doctor in their own country of origin withheld from them until an American doctor can see them, diagnose them, and prescribe new medicines? Check. Denied proper medical care for health issues that present themselves after being taken into custody? Check. Forced to live in cages, cells, or tents with only other migrant children to depend on? Check. Running the risk of physical, sexual, or mental abuse at the hands of their jailors or other children trapped in the same situation? Check. Not having a bed and only a mylar blanket for warmth? Check. No soap for washing or toothbrushes for dental care? Check. Denied reunification with parents, or relatives in a timely fashion? Check. Placed in the untenable position of being returned to their country of origin alone, put into long term foster care with no guarentee they'll be allowed to stay when they turn 18, placed for adoption despite their parents wishes, or simply lost in the system? Check. Being used as a platform for America First politicians, racist assholes, and a certain "political pundit" as examples of why being a white American is the only way to be? Check. Yeah, Meghan. No torture there. Those kids are living in some idyllic summer camp situation where they're all having a great time and don't miss their families at all.
  5. Zahdii

    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    OK. Jill posted a picture of cute toddler toes and their attached feet. It might work out well for people on her SM to chime in with "Awww" and "I remember how cute my kids feet were when they were small", but it doesn't have a lot of traction here as a topic of discussion. Jessa's latest was born with both feet, right? Because I could see some pretty rude comments otherwise.
  6. Zahdii

    "The View": Week of 6/24/2019

    I've wondered if the producers are letting Meghan get away with all her crap because they know people hate her. We tune in to see what she says next, talk about her bad attitude, her daddy issues, her perception that she's the best thing to happen to the show since ever, and we're all waiting to see someone smack her down. That will never happen, unless someone is truly ready to leave the show and Meghan will get the split screen screaming match she's always dreamed of. As much as I'd like it to be Joy who takes her down, I think it would really mess with her spoiled little rich girl mind if Whoopie does in instead.
  7. Zahdii

    S15.E07: Week 7: Latvia

    While the bachelor or bachelorette usually pretend they've planned the dates out, there have been times when it was obvious that they had nothing to do with it. I'm thinking of Jake and Vienna bungee jumping off a bridge and how she had to talk him down as they were hanging in mid air and he was losing his mind in fear. Or the bachelorette who had to make her way through a dark room filled with obstacles and birds, and she had a bird phobia. And who in their right mind would choose a date where their suiters were expected to roast them on stage? One bachelorette had to suffer through that one. Most of the guys were understandably reluctant to do that, both because they really didn't know much about her or her sense of humor. One clod took it to heart and really got mean with her. His excuse was that he was an aspiring comedian and that's just what they do. While the bachelorette ended up being consoled by another man, he wandered the streets complaining that no one understood him and either quit the show or was ousted at the next rose ceremony. I'm sure there are many other examples of the lead being ambushed by production.
  8. Zahdii

    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    Yeah, I'm betting on the Duggars to get in on the move the California. They'll put their spin on the new digs, maybe get an episode of them wandering around the area to get an idea of the den of sin precious Jinger is going to be living in. Then act all sad about leaving, and it probably won't be just an act. But don't worry, they'll soldier on. As for if the move makes Jinger miss her family more, I'm not so sure. She did quite well after moving to Texas doing the Skype thing and flying back whenever it pleased her, so we'll have to see if the increased distance makes a difference. But if she makes a real friend for once, that's a whole other thing. She may have friends we know nothing about because they don't want to be part of the Duggar experience. Or she might not want any friends that don't meet with Jeremy's approval. As much as we might find it interesting if she makes friends with a tattooed, pierced barista who's trying to break into show biz and has 'alternate' types of friends, I think that Jinger will stay at home with the baby and only socialize with Jeremy approved wives of his new buddies. He might not even have to discourage her from branching out, she might just feel more comfortable following his lead on who to socialize with. Jeremy and his ilk might be all the excitement she can handle.
  9. C'mon. Who here believes that the story given was the truth? No way did Jessa ever intend to give birth in a hospital suite but changed her plan when her midwife went out of town. I can't prove it, but I think that Jessa always intended to give birth at home again, probably with the dangerous Federosky woman in attendance, and then expected to announce the birth after the fact from the comfort of her home with a smug expression (just like last time). Jessa really seems invested in giving birth at home, for whatever reason. Instead, she delivered the baby and then her body didn't stop bleeding. Just like with the first time, the midwife was running out the back door as the paramedics came rushing in the front door. At least this time they didn't play around and the hospital was able to stop the bleeding without having to resort to tranfusions, so I guess someone at home (probably Ben and Jill) learned something. At this rate, Jessa will only have to have one or two more home births go south before she gives up and either jumps off the baby train or goes to the hospital to give birth, but I don't know if she'll ever figure out that her best chance of a good outcome is to work with a real professional and follow their advice from the very beginning of her pregnancy.
  10. What are chiggers? Do they go by another name in other areas? The only person I remember mentioning chiggers was a friend of mine in high school. She had lived in Texas when she was younger and she told me of the time she had to get a shot in the butt and the nurse put the needle right through a chigger bite! She was sure the nurse was a sadist.
  11. He posted a picture on Instagram of the casket at the memorial with the caption: "Just buried my lil sis! She was only 19 weeks old...Not an easy one! God is good!”
  12. Zahdii

    The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    Why do I get the feeling that that poor kid's life is one long photo shoot?
  13. To what? McWhiny, McScreechy, McPundit? McMyFatherWasAWarHeroSoYouShouldAllBowDownBeforeMe?
  14. Zahdii

    The People's Court

    I don't remember the husband blaming the plaintiff for being a trouble maker, but I agree that he got the apartment for his wife so he and their son wouldn't have to live with her. I wonder why he didn't pay to have an attendant live with her to keep her on her meds, or if that would even help, or if he couldn't afford such an additional expense. I admit to wondering what her diagnosis was. How could he be sure she wouldn't harm herself or someone else during one of her episodes?
  15. Oh Jill, you're such a putz. And you married a putz. A couple of putzs for Jesus. Between you the only thing you do well is have children. And grift. You're spectacular at grifting. Parenting the kids, well, not so much. John 11:35. Jesus wept. I think of it when I think of you, your hypocrisy, your narcissism, your utter stupidity, and your unflagging belief that Jesus loves you the best because you keep popping out children like a glorified Pez dispenser. If the Biblical Jesus showed up today, you wouldn't recognize him. He'd be wearing a robe, not manly pants. He'd have long hair. His skin tone wouldn't be pasty white. He'd go among the smelly and unlovely and side-eye you and your judgmental attitude. He'd ask you to approach your relationship with God to be like that of a child to a parent, not as a spokesperson speaking for God.