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Sunday, June 16, 2019

"Somehow, no matter how dirty, how cold, how hard -- dad made things work. And not just mechanical things. He was a blue collar guy who lived in the world of shvartze and queer jokes who turned his entire world view around to walk my gay brother down the aisle at his wedding. He was so strong." -- Steve Leder pays tribute to his father on Father's Day



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Father's Day was not celebrated in the US, outside Catholic traditions, until the 20th century. As a civic celebration in the US, it was inaugurated in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day by celebrating fathers and male parenting. After Anna Jarvis' successful promotion of Mother's Day in Grafton, West Virginia, the first observance of a day honoring fathers was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia, in the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church. Grace Golden Clayton was mourning the loss of her father, when in December 1907, the Monongah Mining Disaster in nearby Monongah killed 361 men, 250 of them fathers, leaving around a thousand fatherless children. Clayton suggested that her pastor Robert Thomas Webb honor all those fathers. Clayton's event did not have repercussions outside Fairmont for several reasons; among them were the city was overwhelmed by other events, the celebration was never promoted outside the town itself, and no proclamation of it was made by the city council. Also, two events overshadowed this event: the celebration of Independence Day July 4, 1908, with 12,000 attendants and several shows, including a hot-air balloon event, which took over the headlines in the following days, and the death of a 16-year-old girl on July 4. The local church and council were overwhelmed and they did not even think of promoting the event, and it was not celebrated again for many years.


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We're forced to "celebrate" every single subset of society which is nothing more than compulsory conformity rooted in lame platitudes and bromides, as far away from the truth as possible ...

Apparently, it never occurs to people that their loved ones might be in hell.

Your parents could be in hell right now.

Your father for sure.

Hell is full of dads. Full of dads.

Even the ones that took you to the ballgame, just for beating the ---- out of you once too often and ------- the neighbor lady and ------- the neighbor's dog, and who knows, maybe even ------- the UPS man.

We'll never know what mischief dad was up to.

-- George Carlin

Hey, Happy Father's Day!

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-06-16 08:58 AM | Reply

So cherry Pinch

I can skip fathers day we have started celebrating Vatertag which was on May 30th this year.

#2 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2019-06-16 10:21 AM | Reply

Cheery not Cherry Pinch must still be recovering from Vatertag

#3 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2019-06-16 10:24 AM | Reply

Anyone can be a father, it takes someone special to be a daddy.

#5 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-06-16 10:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Happy Fathers Day shout outs to Eddie Murphy and Wilt Chamberlain!

...also to that fertility clinic doctor that 'helped' all those moms.

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-16 11:13 AM | Reply

Anyone can be a father, it takes someone special to be a daddy.

I've never been a father, but I've been called daddy before...

#9 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-06-16 12:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Every year I posted "Call Your Father" on this day, I was told by users here I was lucky to still have one to call.

That ended two years ago. Roger Cadenhead Sr. lived to be 70 and fought the genetic disease VHL for 35 of those years, bravely and well. His three kids each had a 50% chance to inherit it. None of us did.

For those of you still with a dad around, call him.

For those who are somebody's dad, happy Father's Day.

#10 | Posted by rcade at 2019-06-16 12:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

#10 I lost my Dad April 25, 2018, he was 85. You are correct, call your Dad, call your Mom, the day will when you can't.

#14 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2019-06-16 01:20 PM | Reply


Sorry for your loss Rogers.

May you have a wonderful father's day with your boys.

It's good to read you posting again.

Hope you and your family are well.

#15 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-06-16 02:37 PM | Reply

A "failed" or absent father can leave scars that psychiatry is only now starting to recognize the severity of.


Here's to the dads who were there for us.

#16 | Posted by Tor at 2019-06-16 03:02 PM | Reply



Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads here, I am fortunate enough to still have my father (he just turned 86) and just talked to him for about an hour.

Have a great day.

#17 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-06-16 03:47 PM | Reply

Call your father every weekend. Don't fall for Capitalism's efforts to get you off your butt and spend money just for your father on father's day.

#18 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-06-16 04:22 PM | Reply

Wish I could call him sometimes. I didn't talk to him for 20 years, before he died in 2006. I hope I always have a good relationship with my own kids.

#19 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2019-06-16 04:42 PM | Reply

Just talked to my Dad. His nickname is Skeeter. I always thought that was cool.

I was raised by my step Dad. He died from a crack overdose in 2002. I was in Belgium and unable to attend the funeral. He is one of the reasons I do not trust drug addicts, I dont care how long you have been clean. I've seen it up close. He was a good man. Just flawed when it came to friends and drugs.

#20 | Posted by boaz at 2019-06-16 04:49 PM | Reply

My dad divorced my mom when I was still a kid living at home and remarried a woman with sons from a previous marriage.

He did things with them he never did with me.

When he died about 30 years later they told me there was no point in coming to the funeral since they were now his sons and me the step son.

And the Bible says to honor your parents.

Shouldn't they have to be honorable?

My son came to visit me today and we made plans for next weekend me and my wife and his family will all get together.


#21 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2019-06-16 04:57 PM | Reply

For decades I've talked to my dad by sitting in the same place on the grass in the lotus position while listening to birds and wind through the leaves. His headstone has seen some weather and blends in with so many others now but his memory is still bright to see. Those memories still glow like ---- rolling downhill at sundown, still not yet the Century III because those mall memories belong to you not me.

#22 | Posted by LesWit at 2019-06-16 05:31 PM | Reply

Oh yeah? Prove it.

#23 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-16 05:51 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

wrong thread.

#24 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-06-16 05:52 PM | Reply

Honoring a father who failed is difficult.

Do what you can and make sure you do better than him.

Obama managed to turn his pain and suffering into a better life for pretty much every kid he met.

#25 | Posted by Tor at 2019-06-16 08:55 PM | Reply

When he died about 30 years later they told me there was no point in coming to the funeral since they were now his sons and me the step son.

There are some stories like that in my family. It's heartbreaking.

I'm sorry you went through that and glad to hear you're having good times with your sons.

#26 | Posted by rcade at 2019-06-16 09:13 PM | Reply

I got a big laugh out of #23. Most unfortunate "wrong thread" post ever.

#27 | Posted by rcade at 2019-06-16 09:14 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

When he died about 30 years later they told me there was no point in coming to the funeral since they were now his sons and me the step son.

I hope you gave them a hearty "Suck my ---" as a response and went anyways.

#28 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-06-17 10:46 AM | Reply


Because I didn't really want to go. I didn't love him anymore. And besides, they were his father now, not mine.

Parents can destroy the affection children have for them and can gain the love from people they aren't related.

Ephesians 6:1
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother"
"Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord."

These 2 sentences are one after the other. It wouldn't only be fathers but it could have said parents.

People who don't read the Bible miss the full point of things when they take verses out of context. Christian teaching is about husbands and wives both being respectful and loving to each other, as well as children obeying their parents and parents not provoking their children.

The big picture of Christianity is so much different, in my opinion, from how many churches and leaders try to use scripture to manipulate rather than instruct in love.

It has had the effect of dissuading many people who might have become believers and followers of Christ.

#29 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2019-06-17 07:11 PM | Reply

"they were his father now, not mine."

oops...you get the point.

#30 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2019-06-17 08:46 PM | Reply

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