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Essentially Flyertalk / Southwest Airlines 39th anniversary
« on: June 22, 2010, 07:12:24 PM »
They have some ridiculously low flights right now, $39 $79 and $119 one way flights. Have to book by thursday and travel must be between Sep 8th and Nov 17th.

Bout to book a flight to New York for $250 roundtrip  :pbj: :pbj:

Hey :aa: GTFOMF

Kansas State Football / Name our new conference
« on: June 08, 2010, 10:36:52 PM »
Obviously KSU KU ISU and BU will be the big dogs when we merge with the Moutain West Conference. As the big dogs it makes no sense to keep the Mountain in our conference name.

I suggest "FATLO"

Friday After Thansgiving Left Overs

Kansas State Football / Who would we use?
« on: May 19, 2010, 01:45:08 PM »

Condi Rice hits the recruiting trail for Stanford.

Who could we throw at recruits? Kristie Allie? Gen Meyers? OBz?

Essentially Flyertalk / System Crashes
« on: April 30, 2010, 08:35:02 AM »
Suck Ass

So the system our entire office runs on has crashed and probably wont be back up and running today. I'm almost done answering angry voicemails from clients and I've already exhausted my supply of emails to answer. I will probably run out of things to do on the internet in the next hour or so. :ohno:

Any ideas on how to pass the time?


Essentially Flyertalk / Boondock Saints II All Saints Day
« on: March 29, 2010, 03:06:17 PM »
Just watched it and thought it was pretty good. Alot more backstory about their dad and how everything got started. Ending was pretty good as well.

Kansas State Basketball / SI Cover
« on: March 17, 2010, 10:43:29 AM »

First of all eff SI for making our guy so small, took me 5 minutes to find him.

Second of all eff SI for picking the worst player on our team to put on the cover.

Essentially Flyertalk / BOOOM SHACKALAKA
« on: March 16, 2010, 01:21:01 PM »

New updated NBA Jams coming out for the wii. I cant wait to relive my college glory days of getting stoned out of my mind and having 2 hour long Jam sessions.

Kansas State Basketball / ku wins if...
« on: March 12, 2010, 08:07:06 PM »
Collins shoots better from 3 than his infant mortality rate.

Kansas State Basketball / Cats seem to be enjoying Cerner
« on: March 10, 2010, 01:58:24 PM »

No word yet on how they smell, I would guess its a mix between old spice and caribbean jerk seasoning.

The New Joe Montgomery Birther Pit / Inside view of the Government
« on: March 10, 2010, 10:10:45 AM »
So my lady friend (recent emaw graduate) works as a city planner for a local government.

In between chatting with friends and watching hulu for hours at a time she estimates she actually works about 2 hours a day. She doesnt want to ask her boss for more work because she's afraid he will realize how little time she actaully spends working.

When I asked her why they hired her if they didnt have any work for her to do she said "Well they if they didnt staff the position they would lose that money in their budget".

Granted she has a masters and is good at her job so she probably gets the work done quicker than the last person they had. At the same time I cant imagine a company in the private sector keeping someone around at full salary and benefits if they only really work about 2 hours a day.

Gotta love the government. I can only image what goes on at a federal level....
 :chainsaw: :chainsaw: :chainsaw:

Essentially Flyertalk / EMAWer's in Los Angeles
« on: March 08, 2010, 09:52:41 AM »
So a fellow EMAWer I work with just moved out to Cali-Four-Nia and has had no luck finding a KSU bar to watch our ball club at. Any one know of any KSU friendly bars or alumni groups in the Los Angeles area.


Essentially Flyertalk / GBSOAT
« on: February 22, 2010, 03:03:56 PM »
By far the Greatest Book Series Of All Time

Kansas State Basketball / KSU Telathon
« on: February 21, 2010, 06:31:16 PM »
KSU Telathon just called me asking for a donation.I donated $7.60 in honor of the pathetic 760K frank is making this year. Made her put in the "Comments" section that I would have donated more if Frank had a new contract.

The New Joe Montgomery Birther Pit / Roadmap for America's future
« on: February 16, 2010, 04:48:16 PM »

United States.
The Republicans' economic plans

Ryan to the rescue?
A Congressman with a brave vision
Feb 11th 2010 | WASHINGTON, DC | From The Economist print edition

IF REPUBLICANS are displeased with their image as the party of “No”, few of them have done much about it. One notable exception is Paul Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin whose “Roadmap for America’s Future” offers an ambitious alternative to the Democratic agenda.

Mr Ryan’s roadmap takes as its starting point the CBO’s long-term budget forecast. By 2080 federal deficits are projected, if current policies continue, to grow to nearly 50% of GDP, while debt held by the public would rise to over 700% of the country’s annual output (in reality, of course, America would face bankruptcy long before the debt hit such levels). The red ink is driven by growth in entitlement spending, most of it on Medicare, the government’s health scheme for the elderly. Mr Ryan’s plan seeks to tackle the deficits produced by the growing health and pension costs of an ageing population, while limiting government spending as a share of the economy. He accomplishes the task by dint of a broad simplification of America’s tax code and health-care system.

The plan replaces the current tax exemptions for employer-provided health insurance with a refundable tax credit, while Medicare benefits would ultimately be set aside in favour of a system of vouchers for private insurance. The aim is to invigorate the health-insurance market by drawing more people into it and by removing hidden subsidies. Social Security (pensions) benefits would be cut back for today’s younger workers, who would then be allowed to divert a share of their payroll-tax contributions (which go to finance Social Security) into private retirement accounts. In general, the CBO concludes, total benefit levels should be higher under the plan, but also somewhat less certain.

The income-tax code is cut down to two brackets, and corporate income taxes are replaced with a corporate consumption tax of 8.5%. Capital-gains taxes are eliminated entirely. And Mr Ryan places a ten-year nominal freeze on non-defence discretionary spending (meaning that the real value of spending declines over time, assuming there is inflation). He caps federal government outlays at 19% of GDP; this year, they are running at around 25%.

As promised, the plan ultimately moves the government budget into surplus and reduces the federal debt (see chart). And during the first ten years, according to the CBO’s analysis, the number of people enjoying health-care coverage should increase, thanks to the refundable health-care tax credit. Mr Ryan’s scheme, which is committed to reducing the growth of government and increasing the role of markets in the social safety net, is the apotheosis of a conservative approach to fiscal sustainability.

It also has significant problems. It achieves its huge health-care savings by indexing the tax credits and vouchers to a measure of inflation smaller than the estimated growth in health costs over recent decades. Over time, this will mean that an increasing share of medical expenses is paid out of individuals’ pockets. The CBO thinks this will probably lead to reduced consumption of health-care services and reduced access to advanced technology. The balancing of the budget removes the crippling macroeconomic burden of debt, but in the meantime federal investments in transport, education and energy would have to be squeezed. Not even a perfunctory attempt is made to cut America’s defence spending. Mr Ryan is a Republican, after all.

He deserves credit for an honest and daring proposal. Tellingly, his plan has faced criticism from both parties. Republican leaders have been careful to distance themselves from the slashing of programmes dear to one of their core constituencies. If nothing else, Mr Ryan has reminded everyone of the hard choices that will soon have to be made.

Sounds pretty good to me. Thoughts?

Essentially Flyertalk / Packing for a trip
« on: February 10, 2010, 02:48:26 PM »
What kind of packer are you? Do you plan out exactly what your going to wear everyday 2 weeks in advance and only pack what you are planning on wearing? Or do you simply throw a crap ton of clothes in a bag and hour before you leave and hope you have everything ?

I'm part of the latter, if going on business I'll make sure I have enough dress shirts and pants but other than that I just throw some random collection of clothes in my bag and start praying.

I ALWAYS bring a swimsuit, have since I was a kid. You never know what could happen or if the hotel has a sweet pool or what  :love:

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