"Getting to first base" means reading The Old Testament. "Getting to second base" means reading The New Testament. There are no other bases.
He considered his answer carefully. Finally, he said that there was nothing he would like more in the world than to see his mother and father again, but that he had no reason—and no evidence—to support the idea of an afterlife, so he couldn’t give in to the temptation.
Then he told me, very tenderly, that it can be dangerous to believe things just because you want them to be true. You can get tricked if you don’t question yourself and others, especially people in a position of authority. He told me that anything that’s truly real can stand up to scrutiny."
Sasha Sagan, describing a time she asked her father, Carl Sagan, about life after deathjoshbyard)
“We are moving toward a situation where people such as the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson have so much money it would hardly matter to them to write a check for more than both Obama and Romney spent in the last presidential election,” Sanders said. “They could write out a check for $2 billion, and it would be insignificant – a fraction of their increase in wealth over a one-year period.”
The Koch brothers, who fund a variety of conservative political operations, saw their wealth increase from $68 billion to $80 billion in just one year, Sanders said.
He said the loosening of restrictions on campaign spending favored by conservatives had imperiled representative government.
“I do not believe democracy is about a handful of billionaires, such as the Koch brothers or Sheldon Adelson, being in a position in which they can spend as much money as they want on any political race in this country,” Sanders said. “It is very hard for me to imagine how anybody could defend that as being democracy. It is not. It is oligarchy.”"
i was a liberal until i saw a banksy painting and now I’m an anarchist with an interest in the arts
See, there’s a perfectly good non-pretensious name for the Oxford comma too; Serial Comma. Which actually tells you at least something about what the function of it is.
Calling it an Oxford Comma makes you sound like you think you’re better than other people for adding an extra sentence break.
so the vastly more obscure name for an already minor rule of comma usage is the non-pretentious one?
it’s listed as “serial comma” on wikipedia.
And the pretension factor comes from using the prestige of a famous university to lend credennce to it.
I wonder how oxfordcommaforever feels about this post.
I really don’t give a damn. I chose it cause it was a song by a band I was listening too at the time. I was also reading the fountainhead at that time, and I can tell you, you’d be shocked SHOCKED! to find out which one is actually more pretentious.