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What is the smudge on Joe Biden's forehead?

  1. Feb 25, 2009 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    I saw him on camera today and wondered why someone didn't tell him that it looked like he had a third eye. Then I remembered...
     
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  3. Feb 25, 2009 #2

    lisab

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    :rofl:

    I remember seeing the same marks on the foreheads of a (large) family in the grocery store a few years back...and wondering, what the...?
     
  4. Feb 25, 2009 #3

    Chi Meson

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    I'm not following you...





    ...no, I don't get it.
     
  5. Feb 25, 2009 #4

    lisab

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    Remember, O man, that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.

    Whatcha giving up for Lent, Chi?
     
  6. Feb 25, 2009 #5

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    It sure is the Lent season at the Treasury.

    Except I worry that a good part of it won't be repaid.
     
  7. Feb 25, 2009 #6

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    Biden is Catholic and the faithful get "annointed" with ashes on Ash Wednesday - Tuesday was Mardi Gras - last day to party.
     
  8. Feb 25, 2009 #7

    Chi Meson

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    Oh, that's right.

    I'm giving up seeing the obvious, evidently.
     
  9. Feb 25, 2009 #8

    Ivan Seeking

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    Haha, checkout the hit rate on this thread.
     
  10. Feb 25, 2009 #9

    Ivan Seeking

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    I remember knowing that other people were looking at us and thinking, "what the...?". :biggrin: IIRC, we were supposed to wear the ashes as a sort of badge of honor. I'm not sure if it is a public declaration of one's Catholicism, or just a tradition.
     
  11. Feb 25, 2009 #10

    S_Happens

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    Wow, I remember doing that as a kid....

    I can't recall why you wore it all day either. :uhh:
     
  12. Feb 25, 2009 #11

    Ivan Seeking

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    Did you attend a Catholic school?
     
  13. Feb 26, 2009 #12

    S_Happens

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    Yes, from 1st-5th grade.




    No, I wasn't molested... :tongue2:
     
  14. Feb 26, 2009 #13

    Ivan Seeking

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    I attended 1-8; Altar Boy, Scout, Pancake Breakfast worker, etc, etc, etc.

    I was never aware of any problems with Priests either. Though upon entering a public school in 9th grade, I had a PE coach that liked to stare at the boys in the shower. I was thrust into a world of gangs, drugs, weapons, oversized schools... The worst thing that ever happened in eight years at the Catholic school was that one girl was caught smoking a cigarette in the restroom.
     
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  15. Feb 26, 2009 #14
    I thought in lieu of finding an Ash Wednesday pic of Joe Biden, I'd throw in this link: :biggrin:
    http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/joe_biden_clean_coal.jpg
     
  16. Feb 26, 2009 #15

    Ivan Seeking

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    Indeed, clean coal produces a similar smudge. :biggrin:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKC5YV2yrFk
     
  17. Feb 26, 2009 #16

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    I think you can still sue for loss of self esteem. They were just saying you were a really unattractive child :tongue:

    ps. Did you have the Nuns from Blues Brothers as well ? I think I still have the ruler scars on my knuckles
     
  18. Feb 26, 2009 #17

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    Ours used long wooden pointers with the black rubber tips. For minor offenses, you'd be ordered to hold out your hand (whack! across the palm) and for more serious ones, palm-down to gently caress the knuckles (crack!). One day, Mother Superior left her pointer after giving me a little lesson in diligence (not learning all the Catechism assignment) and left the room for a minute or two. I hid her pointer. Another kid (sniveling little suck-up in pigtails) ratted me out, earning me a palm-down lesson.
     
  19. Feb 26, 2009 #18

    Chi Meson

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    If you Google "smudge Joe Biden," This thread is the first result!
     
  20. Feb 26, 2009 #19

    Ivan Seeking

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    :rofl: Perhaps!

    Yes. And in the fifth grade we had Sister Claire, who could land a piece of chalk in an open mouth from thirty feet! She was also deadly accurate with erasers. They were all strict, and a crack to the knuckes was common and parent approved, but I only remember having one nun who seemed mean. She was old, sick, and not a happy person. I think 30+ third-graders was just too much for her.

    My greatest nemesis in those days was the evil Sister Emma - the Principal. Later we became great friends.

    Turbo, I didn't realize that you are a former salt-and-pepper.
     
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  21. Feb 26, 2009 #20

    Ivan Seeking

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    Btw, what is the greatest thing about being a Catholic kid in Los Angeles?

    Catholic School Day at Disneyland! It was closed to the general public. Relatively speaking, we had the run of the place.
     
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