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anyone know what's up with my userpics not working? [26 Nov 2008|12:51pm]
my two newest userpics (beaker - a static image, and myron cope - an animated gif) are not displaying when i try to use them.

i know they've worked before. i know they are the newest ones i've uploaded, but they're at least a month old.

anyone know what's up?
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skiddlee whoooaaaa... [29 Oct 2008|11:16am]



yeah, i pretty much know this guy.
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[28 Oct 2008|05:12pm]
i learned a new word today. i like it. i will be using it.


yes, i know it's an old article. but it's new to me.


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rambling and rabble-rousing... [27 Oct 2008|05:34pm]
at this point, regardless of the outcome, i will be thrilled to have the election finally happen.

i can't say we're going to get it, but i think we all are hoping for a change.

i'm not a scholar. i'm not particularly well-educated. but i know what i've seen and what i've learned, and i can spot patterns in behavior.

you might say i'm being unnecessarily pessimistic and worried about the direction our country (and our culture) is headed, but i can counter that you've got your head in the sand, or you're ignorant of history.

i can't validate this with any scientific fact, but given george w, bush's history in running businesses, it wasn't hard for me to envision him steering the economic ship into the rocks. (DO NOT challenge me on this. record surplus to record defecit on HIS WATCH is exactly that...end of story.)

thankfully, i don't get that same feeling with either current candidate. but based on what i know of the 2 candidates' past history, and transposing that to what i think the future likely holds for these men, my decision is easy for me. neither is perfect, but that is part of a politician's job - compromise. far too many people have forgotten that, INCLUDING candidates.

to be continued....

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i think the question is...why do we care? [17 Oct 2008|04:35pm]
colin powell might endorse obama.

in the last 2 weeks before the election, does it really matter? i don't have any beef with powell (other than that whole lying before congress thing, but i think someone else was pulling his strings on that...), but he's retired. why do we give a rat's doo doo maker?
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yep. that says it all. [11 Oct 2008|07:26pm]
The National Debt Clock in Union Square has run out of digits to mark growing national debt.
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two new user pics: episode 2 [08 Oct 2008|10:30pm]
just 'cuz.
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two new user pics: episode 1 [08 Oct 2008|10:10pm]
#1 in honor of our current economic climate.
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[07 Oct 2008|11:52am]
help me enumerate the things that are wrong with this song/video:



hint: the only wrong answer is "there's nothing wrong with this song/video."
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[29 Sep 2008|06:42pm]
HUH?

IF you don't feel like reading the article, McCain blames Obama's camp for the failure for the bailout bill to pass.

However, and I quote:

A majority of House Democrats supported the proposal and the majority of House Republicans opposed it. A total of 133 House Republicans voted against it, with 95 Democrats opposing the plan.

Just like 2000, and again in 2004...you are being told that black is white, up is down, and that the sky is falling and Democrats are to blame.

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can't help but think this is only one step away... (add your own spelling errors for greater effect) [29 Sep 2008|04:10pm]
SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR URGENT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP

DEAR AMERICAN:

I NEED TO ASK YOU TO SUPPORT AN URGENT SECRET BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH A TRANSFER OF FUNDS OF GREAT MAGNITUDE.

I AM MINISTRY OF THE TREASURY OF THE REPUBLIC OF AMERICA. MY COUNTRY HAS HAD CRISIS THAT HAS CAUSED THE NEED FOR LARGE TRANSFER OF FUNDS OF 800 BILLION DOLLARS US. IF YOU WOULD ASSIST ME IN THIS TRANSFER, IT WOULD BE MOST PROFITABLE TO YOU.

I AM WORKING WITH MR. PHIL GRAM, LOBBYIST FOR UBS, WHO WILL BE MY REPLACEMENT AS MINISTRY OF THE TREASURY IN JANUARY. AS A SENATOR, YOU MAY KNOW HIM AS THE LEADER OF THE AMERICAN BANKING DEREGULATION MOVEMENT IN THE 1990S. THIS TRANSACTIN IS 100% SAFE.

THIS IS A MATTER OF GREAT URGENCY. WE NEED A BLANK CHECK. WE NEED THE FUNDS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. WE CANNOT DIRECTLY TRANSFER THESE FUNDS IN THE NAMES OF OUR CLOSE FRIENDS BECAUSE WE ARE CONSTANTLY UNDER SURVEILLANCE. MY FAMILY LAWYER ADVISED ME THAT I SHOULD LOOK FOR A RELIABLE AND TRUSTWORTHY PERSON WHO WILL ACT AS A NEXT OF KIN SO THE FUNDS CAN BE TRANSFERRED.

PLEASE REPLY WITH ALL OF YOUR BANK ACCOUNT, IRA AND COLLEGE FUND ACCOUNT NUMBERS AND THOSE OF YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN TO WALLSTREETBAILOUT@TREASURY.GOV SO THAT WE MAY TRANSFER YOUR COMMISSION FOR THIS TRANSACTION. AFTER I RECEIVE THAT INFORMATION, I WILL RESPOND WITH DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT SAFEGUARDS THAT WILL BE USED TO PROTECT THE FUNDS.

YOURS FAITHFULLY MINISTER OF TREASURY PAULSON
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...said in that pouty voice like the gal in Office Space... [24 Sep 2008|04:51pm]
"sounds like someone has a case of the mondays..."

Steve Schmidt, a McCain campaign senior adviser, declared on a conference call with reporters Monday that The New York Times is "not ... a journalistic organization.”

This is an organization that is completely, totally, 150 percent in tank for the Democratic candidate, which is their prerogative to be. But let’s not be dishonest and call it something other than what it is.”


Hi, Steve...Yeah, uh, have you met Rupert Murdoch? He owns Fox News. I'm sure you guys are going to be BFF's!!!

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dear PETA... [24 Sep 2008|12:50pm]
have you ever wondered why NO ONE takes you even the tiniest bit seriously?

perhaps this will help to clear things up for you.

seriously, you all are going to force me to coin the phrase "self-loathing-liberal" in order to answer questions about my socio-political leanings...

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i am sorely behind the times... [23 Sep 2008|12:54pm]
i just found out via infinitestatemachine.com that one of my favorite writer/producers ever passed away a full week ago, and i didn't know it.

norman whitfield, the man responsible for "i heard it through the grapevine", "war", "papa was a rolling stone" and almost the entire output of my favorite funk/soul group (Rose Royce), passed away last week.


this calls for a special tribute episode of radiohypno....


(edit: he wrote "just my imagination"?!?!?!?! damn!!!)

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simple, yet completely effective: [22 Sep 2008|02:35pm]

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a summation of a Katt Williams performance being shown on Comedy Central... [21 Sep 2008|10:18pm]
beeeeeeeeep a beeeeeeeeep the beeeeeeeeep nig-beeeeeeeeep motha beeeeeeeeep a beeeeeeeeep an beeeeeeeeep...

[pause for laughter]

beeeeeeeeep got high as a beeeeeeeeep white people beeeeeeeeep beeeeeeeeep beeeeeeeeep beeeeeeeeep.

beeeeeeeeep beeeeeeeeep beeeeeeeeep beeeeeeeeep told that bitch beeeeeeeeep beeeeeeeeep beeeeeeeeep.

beeeeeeeeep beeeeeeeeep beeeeeeeeep shammananaya shouldaboughtahonda.
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[15 Sep 2008|01:29am]
[ mood | melancholy ]

watching "102 minutes that changed the world" - actual footage shot by various people in various part of new york on 9/11/01. watching the smoke completely envelop the cameras and their holders. hearing the screams over walkie-talkies. people completely gray, covered form head to toe in the dust that minutes earlier was the tallest building in nyc. unreal.

if this is what the end of the world looks like, i want no part of it.

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are blogs really news? [08 Sep 2008|11:00am]
aside from the "what i did on my summer vacation" aspects, i do not think of my little slice of LJ here as a "news" site. when i read a blog, i'm not looking for award winning reporting. hell, i'm not even necessarily looking for truth. i want to see what's up with people / places / websites / other things that i'm interested in. that, i believe, is the function of a blog.

which makes it frustrating for me when i see headlines pop up in Google News, and when i visit the link, EXPECTING (as one would on GOOGLE NEWS)....well, expecting something other than the Blog section of Christian Science Monitor, WSJ, or any one of a number of other traditionally news-y sites.

attention google reader: i want the NEWS section, not the EDITORIAL section. i want cold, hard facts, not politicized opinion masquerading as cold, hard facts. if i want that, i'd watch cable news.

am i wrong here? should articles like THIS appear in my news headlines?*



* - for the record, i would be just as miffed if this were a piece on obama's campaign. i just want NEWS....


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the very definition of "cognitive dissonance"... [29 Aug 2008|11:45pm]
watching obama's DNC acceptance speech. getting all jazzed up. turn on tv to see snips from obama 5 miles from my hometown today.

THEN...

my father-in-law calls. not near a computer, but wants to know how to get tickets to mccain's rally in washington, pa tomorrow afternoon, which results in me calling mccain campaign hq in Tempe.


huh?
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almost swallowed my tongue... [29 Aug 2008|04:27pm]



wow. WOW.

olberman's comment at the end is so appropos.
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