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OMG I HAD NO IDEA THEY TRIED TO REVIVE THE BABY HUEY FRANCHISE!!!! ABOMINATION!!!!

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My Easter ritual is to buy a year's worth (at least) of half-price Cadbury Mini-Eggs the day after Easter. I still have four full bags and one barely started (dark chocolate!) left. One terrible year there were none to be had in the stores I looked in, and I had to ration the leftovers from the previous Easter to last the whole year. Oh, and I share them with my kid, who was obviously raised well.

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Rather odd choice for a Cadbury Bunny this year, since it’s an animal most people—or the health department—would not touch any food that had been anywhere near:

https://youtu.be/vxcaR-GhKFs?si=taGaNi05oJOalALk

Maybe next year they could give it to a rat, or a seagull, or a cockroach.

“Cadbury Chocolates – Better Than Garbage!”

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You describe David Leisure as "the sleazy next-door-neighbor on Empty Nest"??

For me he will always be the iconic "Joe Isuzu". Those ads were epic!

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Isuzu Trooper!

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Your mention of Alamo Drafthouse reminded me of this, which I saw yesterday:

Link: https://deadline.com/2024/03/alamo-drafthouse-cinema-up-for-sale-1235871003/

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐥𝐚𝐦𝐨 𝐃𝐫𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐂𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐚 𝐂𝐢𝐫𝐜𝐮𝐢𝐭 𝐈𝐬 𝐔𝐩 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐞

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Exactly why is this alleged holiday coming before Passover, which it's actually based on?

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Passover is 22-30 March. Easter is Sunday 31st March if you follow the Gregorian calendar. If you're orthodox, then its based on the Julian calendar and Easter is 5th May.

"Easter Sunday always occurs on the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon. What is the Paschal Full Moon? This is specifically the first Sunday following the full Moon that occurs on or after the March or spring equinox. "

https://www.almanac.com/content/when-is-easter

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Passover is April 23 this year. Having this fake holiday before Passover is flat out idiotic!

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You're correct it is April. Ugh, I could have sworn I read March.

It is stupid but since when has any of it really made sense? I guess Jesus is a bit pre-risen this year.

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So, like sourdough then?

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Someone that never existed can't rise up in the first place!

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As another atheist and a woman who literally hates all things chocolate Easter has only one thing going for it and that would be the food (NO FUCKING CHOCOLATE!) A baked ham, butternut squash casserole, hard boiled eggs sliced in half with big ol' dollops of mashed beets and horseradish and all the fresh spring berries you can eat. I have containers full of fresh strawberries and blueberries that will be incorporated into every single meal this weekend. Tonight will be a fresh baby spinach, strawberry, grilled chicken salad with blue cheese and pecan crumbles all doused with a creamy raspberry poppy seed dressing. Breakfast tomorrow morning will be blueberry waffles with handfuls eaten while making the batter. Dinner tomorrow will be the obligatory ham (there will be pea soup in the near future.) I'll wilt more baby spinach in hot bacon grease with a good shot of balsamic vinegar and toss the bacon in right before serving. Paul's mom made the most wonderful butternut squash casseroles for every holiday at her table. I will be attempting to duplicate her recipe - wish me luck. For dessert I bought a beautiful naked shortcake that will be slathered with whipped cream and the rest of the berries. Paul and I will be well fed this weekend and something I always look forward to is a ham sandwich that calls to me at around midnight. I may not celebrate Easter, but I sure as hell celebrate the food - except with the notable exception of biting the ear off a chocolate bunny. Happy Food Weekend My Wonks!

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My Easter adventure is the harrowing of a domestic hell. It does seem the day for it.

Three years ago Mrs. Callis and I moved into the apartment where we now reside. During the move, my previously impeccably arranged home library was plunged into chaos. I finally couldn't stand that any longer, so I decided today would be the day I would slay the beast.

I'm about 15% done. Time for me to slay this cup of coffee in front of me and get back to work.

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Almost exactly 10 years ago, we moved house to eliminate stairs from our lives. It was a move of only six blocks, but it was also 35 years of married life and at least 50 years of books. The late Mr. Garnet was already ill. I packed books as he supervised, then loaded the boxes into the Jeep and unboxed and shelved them in the new house in exactly the order they had been in at the old house. During the open house to celebrate our new place, Mr. Garnet’s toast to me was for the quality of the book move. That memory still makes me smile…and cry a little.

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Two actors get done up in monster makeup, and one's terrifying reptilian visage reminds him of James Carville. (The Carville part is at 28:30)

https://youtu.be/O_wAatC8ulE?si=1FV1Obvaxw36RxBa

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Mar 30·edited Mar 30

Be forewarned, I am going to rant. It seems there is a swell building from "centrists" that the Ronna McDaniel firing was wrong because "balance", and "everyone needs to have their views challenged".

I have come to see this position as a manifestation of a long-term project of the right wing. One episode in this project to which I paid particular attention was "creation science", and from that episode I have been able to understand an essential weapon that the right wing uses: it deliberately and systematically undermines an epistemology by selectively accepting understandings from that epistemology and then applying an incompatible epistemology to analyze and interpret those understandings. In the case of creation science, for example, the creation "scientists" drew evidence broadly from sophisticated understandings produced *by the scientific epistemology* - e.g., the fossil record, biochemistry, microbiology, astrophysics, geophysics, and so on - yet, extremely selectively, *as it served their argument,* stopped drawing from scientific understandings - from the scientific epistemology - and applied a faith-based epistemology - understandings that cannot be subject to scientific methods - to analyze and interpret the evidence.

That conflicting epistemology ruse is what "centrists" are generally doing re the current political nightmare, and are putting on display in their positions on the McDaniel affair. The political epistemology that values balance and having one's views challenged is democracy. The political epistemology of MAGA, and much of the rest of the political right is that "we are categorically unwilling to accept as legitimate political processes in which our preferred candidates do not win, free speech for me but not for thee, Wilhoit's Law." That is not democracy. The only result possible from putting a diehard representative of that epistemology - McDaniel - in a position to analyze and interpret evidence according to the intrinsically democratic values "balance" and "everyone needs to have their views challenged" is the weaponization of an epistemology incompatible with democracy. The only result possible is further undermining democracy. McDaniel as a commentator would wear the cloak of a participant in democracy's project - like a creation "scientist" wears the cloak of science - while using an anti-democratic epistemology - like a creation "scientist's" faith - to undermine it. The "centrists" and much of the media are happily and ignorantly playing along, digging their own and our graves.

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I don't consider lying as 'fair and balanced.'

I'd also guess they could find a different liar for way less $.

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Gonna say that I haven't heard that take from anyone who wasn't already regarded as a RWNJ.

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well thought out and well said. why didn't the German Jews compromise with the Nazis? seems to be the "centrist" perspective on things. why doesn't President Zelensky compromise with Putin and share Ukraine? Aren't we all taught "sharing is caring"?

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"Aren't we all taught "sharing is caring"?"

If we're going by manifested behaviors, White people are not taught that.

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many seem singularly resistant to this view, because they feel it conflicts with their primary programming, "get over on them before they get over on you".

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You know exactly what look I'm giving you right now, lolsigh

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"And introducing our new commentator, bringing balance to our coverage of mass murderers, Kyle Rittenhouse ."

(I started this as snark, then realized it was too close to a real Fox press release.)

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IINM that actually happened

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You cannot engage in rational discourse with fascists; they are bad faith actors and will always drag the discourse ever and further down.

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This part ^^^

Not sure why it took so many words upthread when these few will do just fine and probably even better

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I always enjoy a good rant on the morning. Thanks!

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Now I find myself recalling visiting a Goodwill with my mother when I was perhaps 5 or 6 years old where my mother was looking for Easter bonnets for my younger sister and I. This was back in the days when women and girls still had to cover their head inside of a Catholic church.

I hated those itchy, lacey bonnets, and the elastic cord under my chin holding the stupid things on drove me nuts. My mother and grandmother were forever scolding me for removing either my hat or veil when we were in church, and to this day I vividly recall my father putting my veil back over my

hair VERY firmly, quietly telling me to LEAVE it there before he wrapped it around my neck.

And it's a wonder that those second-hand Easter bonnets didn't give my sister and I head lice.

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They were unwittingly nurturing the flower of a budding atheist. I hope it worked on your sister as well!

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I don't know if bonnets were still a thing for anybody else in the 90s but in the early 90s when our girls were small, my mother-in-law loved getting bonnets for them and then taking them out to show off.

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Tom Carvel says celebrate Easter with Cookie Chick!

https://youtu.be/tMP15vBIa6Q

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House of Guitars, Sugar. Ah yes, I remember it well.

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As for me and my people, we shall be celebrating St. Torvalds' Day, with the traditional manually reconfiguring gcc options, building our own kernel, and screaming at idiots who keep trying to add new features after we've pushed to production.

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Blessed be St. Torvalds. His gift keeps on giving.

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I just wish it hadn't recently given us a severe SSH vulnerability, and some sort of easy kernel vulnerability to gain root privileges as any fucking user on recent kernels. Fortunately, any fucking user on this machine is only me, unless I download some malware and decide to install it.

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... the "giving" is continued employment as an IT consultant. ;-)

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FreeBSD is the way, my son.

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compiler self-flagellation is an interesting approach.

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We are a militantly self-punishing sect. The Flagellants of the Source.

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one extra whipping for every kernel patch you forgot to apply before building, I suppose?

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Easter is the Sunday after the first full moon in Spring.

one of the few things that stuck from Lutheran Bible class.

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Orthodox Easter (it was still thus in my childhood) is the first Sunday after the first Tuesday after the first full moon in Spring. Now Easter sneaks up on me.

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the whole thing seems terribly Rube Goldberg to me

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Now I'm curious. Does Orthodox Spring start on March 21 in the Julian or the Gregorian calendar?

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ah! fig Tuesday. I didn't know that Orthodox Easter is calculated by that. the more you know! :D

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That is the Easter my mother observes. It took me a few years of being scolded when I called her on the "other" Easter to wish her a happy for the correct Sunday to be imprinted on my memory.

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People think *I'm" the asshole when I don't want unprompted proselytizing with my food, purchases at a store, etc.

I'm so tired of it. Everyone in this country has heard about Jesus. I don't need to hear it from you, thanks.

ETA: And when my daughter was visiting her dad in NC when she was in like 5th or 6th grade, some of the neighborhood shitters told her she was going to Hell b/c she didn't go to church. I was fucking *livid*. :(

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"I'm going to Hell?"

a) Oh great! I won't even get away from you in the afterlife!

2) See you there!

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I live my life according to the Gospel of Cheeses.

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Let us brie!

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Halleloumi!

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Obey or face Edamnation!

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Have you accepted cheeses in your hvarti?

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Vaya con Quesos!

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It's a great whey to live life

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That's a Gouda policy.

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it's very tiresome.

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It really is. So many businesses around here (in supposedly "liberal" NoCal) do that bullshit.

I hired a junk clean out guy to take some junk from our garage, and noticed belatedly that he had "Christian" as the #1 identifier on his Nextdoor profile, which gave me pause.

But he showed up and nothing about religion was ever uttered. He was also tatted up so I assume he is one of the liberal Christians and not an evangelical fundie.

But there's also a taco stand I wanted to try, and every post the owner makes on Nextdoor is ended with "God Bless." :(

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Hopefully nobody sneezed first...

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meanwhile, we had the eternally miserable Jehovah's Witnesses trying to pay us a visit and I told them that they can go to hell.

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I always tell those loons to go salute the flag or get a blood transfusion.

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LOL!!!!! I don't answer my door to them.

But they've been sending me hand written letters for *years* which I find kind of creepy.

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I get those every so often. I know them before opening b/c of the return address.

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at least they are not spelled out in individual letters cut from a variety of newspapers and magazines.

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Performative evangelism

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that is creepy. good lord!

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Well if you are *I* am too!

come sit next to me.

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*sits next to you*

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