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is it because of hatred for the traditional, or for America as an idea, a country?
House Republicans passed more than 200 bills in 2013, many of which Reid has refused to hold votes on in the Senate. House-passed legislation is readily dismissed as “dead on arrival” in the upper chamber,
Well, I'm glad you're here and not out chasing those Blondes Charles was with earlier. Could be bad for your Ticker
Whoops, er... pretty sure it was Charles. Yeah that's the ticket.
Hee hee... ducks and runs for hills.
Good move. I'll try to placate her.
originally posted by: charles1952
a reply to: Bassago
By the way, don't give the Republicans a pass, they don't deserve it. The Democrats have a couple of simple goals and principles which they stick with and fight for using any means, legal or illegal, clean or dirty. I have no idea at all what the Republican principles are any more.
I'm sorry for the people here under 40. We might pull through, but I'd be pretty nervous if I were one of them.
Hernando's Hideaway is doing quite well, thanks for asking, but it's a little hard to tell you, exactly, what Hernando's is. I suppose, if you want to be technical, you could call it a thread. But that's not really the right description for it.
You've seen threads on ATS and other places. In some of the forums, ATS stands for Attack, Tear, and Scream. Some people are attracted to the rough free-for-all spirit of attack and victory over the enemy, some don't care for it and look elsewhere.
Hernando's is "elsewhere." Yes, if you're a stickler, it's a thread in the not too real world of the internet. But in the truest sense of the word, Hernando's is a real place. You've walked by it a few times and probably didn't even look in. The members, called Hernandos, finally decided to let ATS know about themselves.
Until now, many people have found out about it through invitation U2Us, sent by someone who thought the individual might be a prospective member. They've been flying under the radar, as threads have been known to do. But even under the radar, in the last two weeks Hernando's has climbed to the top ten Members forums threads in the last 11 years and is growing quickly. The Hernandos decided, by vote. that more people should be offered the chance to enjoy it.
Yes, it's a thread, but more truly, it is a place. You come inside and see the beautiful bar and dance floor. There are stools at the bar, tables for meals, a fireplace, and great leather armchairs. In the back room you can find cots for an overnight if you should have the need for something more than a catnap in one of the chairs.
You'll see the couple in the corner having their own conversation, and smell the astonishingly great food served by G our bartender, chef, and bad ass Asian mama who has a pretty twisted dance style, just ask her, or her husband.
You'll also find an astonishing juke box. Spike Jones and his classic "Cocktails for Two," Original Mongolian music played on authentic Mongolian istruments, Cellos waging a Star Wars based duel, Peter Frampton, Chinese music played by "12 Girls Band" who deserve more publicity than they've had, Lionel Hampton playing solos on the Vibes, drums, and piano, IN THE SAME SONG. And more. And it's growing.
But the outstanding feature is the conversations. Acupuncture, adoption, fishing with cormorants or good old American worms, the existence of God, censorship, martial arts, Communications between men and women, world peace.
But besides the conversations you'll find comments like these:
"This world weary person is dropping in to Hernando's for a break. And because of a very kind invite. I had to read the whole thread first just to see where the conversations were going and found the flow quite interesting."
"Why was i not informed about an ATS smoke lounge???
scotch and a triple maduro is my thing"
Any of our members could say similar things. Who are the members? Right now?
And every one of them turns out to be one of the more fascinating people ATS has. But every member is asked to read the OP and as much of the thread as they need to in order to get a feel for the place.
It includes the source of the name:
"The Labour Member of Parliament, Stephen Pound, told the House during a smoking debate on February 14, 2006: "I refer the House to the dystopic hell – 'Hernando's Hideaway' – that is the Smoking Room on the Library Corridor. It is like the Raft of the Medusa most nights, with great groups of people crammed into it."
And of it's principles, it begins with:
"Our Hernando's Hideaway doesn't rely on imposing rules, rather it hopes to attract the type of people who already have the rules imprinted on their hearts.
1.) The care for a fellow Hernando is far more important than winning a debate, or even a war. People who are willing to treat people as less than human in order to gain some advantage, are less than human themselves and not fit to join with us. "
Our bartender has asked me to provide the following information:
You know, Charles you could talk about the Fine Wines and only the most expensive Liquors and Beer we have and our Coffee and Tea area is to Die For
our own special host's for Tea are our friend's, ketsuko and EyesOpenMouthShut and let's not forget, Expat888.
Our Special Hosts for our Wine drinkers are, Thurisaz and of-course Expat888.
Our special Host for our Coffee drinkers are, Bassago, charles1952, guohua ( with shot of Rum ), DISRAELI, and Expat888.
Our Very Special Experts on our Very Expensive Liquors Cabinet,Thurisaz, ketsuko, EyesOpenMouthShut, Bassago, charles1952, guohua, HarbingerOfShadows,
and our House Expert of all things Drinkable,,,,,Expat888!!!!
To close, here's a comment one of the Hernandos made, which really means a lot to me.
"Whats on my mind? This and that. I guess it really depends on how far you want to get into the pool.
Do you just want to wet your toes, or cannonball right into the deep end?"
The people at Hernandos are different from a lot of the posters on ATS, many won't fit in here. But for the few of you who value conversation imagination, caring and other people, stop on by.