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Because I can...



Updated: 2017-11-16T17:35:29.381-05:00

 



Socialist “Bailout” Could Spark Collapse

2008-09-30T11:02:37.443-04:00

Came across an accurate assessment here, concerning the bailout scheme.

A few highlights of the article-

While many of the talking heads and pundits on TV have been providing calming words of reassurance about proposed federal intervention in the financial system, analyst Peter Schiff of Euro Pacific Capital has been accurately warning for years about a financial meltdown and says that the worst, if Congress eventually passes the “bailout” bill, is yet to come.

Asked for comment on current media coverage of the financial meltdown, he told Accuracy in Media, “Absent when they have me on, it’s pretty bad.”

Many commentators, Schiff said, are telling people that if the bailout doesn’t go forward, there will be an economic crisis. However, “if we do it, there will be a bigger crisis,” he predicts.


Schiff had shocking advice for ordinary Americans.

“The first thing you do if you have a mortgage is you stop making the payments,” he said. “That’s the number one thing for people who have mortgages based on this plan. And use that money to buy gold or stock up on food. You’re going to need it. Meanwhile, no one is going to kick you out of your house. You’re going to be able to live in your house for probably a year or two before the government calls you up to give you a lower mortgage because nobody is going to foreclose on you right now. Why would you foreclose? You sell the loan to the government. This plan is a huge moral hazard and it’s going to lead to a surge in mortgage delinquencies.”


Schiff, who labels the proposed government takeover of the financial sector as socialism and refers to the Federal Reserve Board chairman as “Comrade Bernanke,” told AIM, “The government doesn’t have the authority to do any of this stuff. This whole bailout bill is illegal. They don’t have the authority to buy up mortgages. Nothing in the Constitution says they can do this.”

“Who needs Bolsheviks when you have the Fed?” he has written.

The author of “Crash Proof: How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse,” Schiff said that “The government doesn’t solve problems. It makes them bigger. So if we’re broke, which is the reality―that’s why these mortgages are not worth much because Americans can’t afford to pay the money back that they borrowed―the bottom line is we’ve borrowed and spent ourselves into bankruptcy following the government’s advice. They’re the ones that encouraged all this reckless borrowing and spending.”


Fast track to fascism?



Sunday Chillin'

2008-09-28T17:47:28.691-04:00

Sunday, that one day a week that I just chill out... I stop worrying about work, appointments, eating healthy, exercise, bills, the disgusting and only slightly less disgusting. All of the bs will still be here tomorrow, no?So, come away with me, if so inclined.A nature walk always clears my mind, camera in tow, of course. In fact, I'll be starting a photography blog really soon, where I will be sure to invite you all to come and chill with me when the mood arises, but until then, I'll share some here. The following is a small collection of nature photographs, all taken in North Carolina (this past summer for the most part), for several projects that working on, really rocked. I'm off to eat my weight in tacos then grab the camera and head out to see what's buzzing (if I can still move).Enjoy the day![...]



North Carolina is So HOT...

2008-09-27T16:43:37.677-04:00

Well, "How hot is it?!", you ask? It's pretty danged hot, complete with Saturday linky-love action. Yeah, baby. ;)In celebration of making the cut in the Babes of the 50 States over at SYLG, representing my state of North Carolina (and conservative babes in general, no doubt) where there are just so many hot babes across the land to choose from, I present more photographic and babelicious evidence.Oh wait, that's not it. That's pre-hotness preparation...the part babes like to hide and pretend never happened. Heh.Here we go...Relax.... You're getting very sleepy... Look deeply into my eyes.... Now stop voting for moonbats!And if that doesn't convince, try the evil conservative gypsy on for size.But what does it really mean to be a North Carolina babe?NASCAR, bikinis, flannel and flora... Obviously.I know, you're scrolling for the bikini shot right now, since I mentioned it. Sorry, no such luck. That's the evil conservative in me right there. ;)We now return to our regularly scheduled intelligent conversations on topics that matter, like feminism and sin. OR, you could just go visit the wise InsolubBlog and check out The Leaking Baloon,Wyatt Earp's to read More Wisdom From Philadelphia Politicians, The CUG's place to see just how screwed we really are, get answers to all your questions via Vox (or be entertained at the very least), be more smarter by visiting Woody's Place, stop thinking about it and go to The Right Place, snicker with the amazing Spacemonkey, Tell Tommy exactly who is in charge here, check out some All-American Hunks over at RT's Public Ponderings, get some Radioactive Liberty (yeah, you know you want it!), Peakah's place for your hilarity, Nobody Move! for a bit of sad news, The McPeak Mama for yummy eats and tasty treats (dimples on side bar sure to melt the coldest evil conservative's heart even should the treats fail), and speaking of eats, Frank J. offers the cheese(resisting "cutting cheese" puns!), watch Stew kick ass and take names later, Lin takes David Letterman to task (was he EVER funny??) and where is Dr. Phat Tony? Promises, promises.. As always, if I missed anyone.. Just whine in comments!Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend and thanks for visiting PJ Max![...]



Will the Real Voter Fraud Please Stand Up?

2008-09-26T22:36:51.084-04:00

*Updated Information Follows Original Post*


Blogs For Victory bring us-

Voter Fraud Groups Gear Up For Election Day Shennanigans

Oddly enough, the headline here is, “Watchdogs Gird for Election Day Troubles” - which means that the author is either amazingly ignorant of voter fraud in the United States, or a mere shill for the left:


These people will be around to gather bogus stories of disenfranchisement and, as necessary, file suits to keep polls open long enough for Democrats to find out how many more votes they need to tip a State’s electoral votes to Obama.


As has been truly said, they can’t cheat if we don’t allow it to be close - in 2004, we managed to wrack up several million more votes than the Democrats and that made it impossible for them to manufacture enough votes to take the election. If the 2008 result boils down to a few thousand votes in one or more States, then this effort will go gangbusters to muddy the waters and manufacture votes for Obama.




I recall a humorous yet still very telling clip from The Tony Snow Show in 04, in which he reported that while almost all of the noise about voter fraud was coming from left-leaning groups (just all kinds of accusations across the nation, but especially in key states), after further investigation there was almost no valid instance of voter fraud from the right at all, and a whole lot of proven instances of voter fraud from the left. The link to that report, which I linked to long ago, is now dead, but I'm still looking and will repost if it can be found. At the time, I'd also stumbled upon a second source to back up this claim, as PBS did a very thorough study themselves. Looking for that as well. Meanwhile, check out the Voter Fraud archives of Bill Hobbs.

File this one under, "Know Your Enemy!"

Oh, and speaking of fraud...

Since John D., of Nobody Move! and InsoluBlog have been so kind as to share links to more information, I'm updating and plan to gather all I find on this topic in a single post as it develops (upcoming election, it's bound to develop).

Feel free to grab a link for a post topic or drop one in the comments for me to add to our collection here.

Voter Registration Fraud Allegations Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg, Says Employment Policies Institute

The Acorn Indictments

McCain Fears Voter Fraud

Elections Officials Look Into Voter Fraud

ACORN and Voter Fraud

$100 Million More in Funding for the Left-Wing Housing Entitlement Thugs and Heavily Tax-Subsidized Fraudsters at ACORN



Vacation 08 - Take Deux - And Trois

2008-09-17T10:34:16.047-04:00

*&^% Blogger! Vacation 08 - Take Deux - And TroisAfter I spent pretty much the entire afternoon milking the last vacation for another post, Blogger went haywire and all was lost. Well, not all. Blogger turned me on to a little recovery trick.. which recovered 1/4 of the post. Woohoo. (They should be stabbed for this.)So, instead of a super long post, complete with photos and witty commentary, you just get photos with much lighter commentary (unless it's one of me in a compromising position and I feel like I should explain a whole bunch, anyhow.) because I have a hot date with Mister Bubble and Malibu rum. Heh.If that last line doesn't drum up the hits, nothing will.Trying one more time..Since I have lots of work to do today, the sun is out and it's Saturday, I decided there was no better time-To sit indoors and blog! (I should be stabbed for that.)I did promise to share more vacation photos, and haven't shared any at all from the New Orleans trip, so here we are. (Maybe.)I'd never been to New Orleans and while it might not have been my first vacation choice, we did have lots of fun (plus the liberal in my life offered to cover travel expenses and accommodations if we'd go, and not only can you not beat that, it's an anomaly).Yeah, baby! (Okay, I'm feeling much happier again, that did rock.)I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but it was something along the lines of "All Mardi Gras, All the Time" involving lots of drunken and even some naked people. I was wrong. (That didn't begin until 7pm each evening and ran all night long.)It was a very interesting vacation, to say the least, but New Orleans does offer some of the best food one could hope for and I'm officially a fan of Blue Moon and even dabbled in a Hand grenade (or two). (I'd be feeling even better if a had one, or two, of those right now.)(I don't know why I'm providing commentary to my commentary, but I'm telling me it's cured by drink). OoPhotos- A shot of the street from the balcony of a restaurant, and our pretty room at the Ambassador, before we cluttered it all up. One of the hotel halls, which were all designed like a mad rat maze. I guess the uber-teen photographed it so I wouldn't forget the story because I'm just that old. ;) Anyhow, I bumped into a young man in that hall who was searching for a room number (his room) which didn't appear to exist. As I was searching for the uber-teen (who was hanging out by the snack machines, talking on her cell with friends), we agreed to help one another and kept getting lost and bumping into one another again and again during the search. The uber-teen finally appeared, all freaked out "because some strange and creepy dude was wondering the halls, saying her name and looking for a room that didn't exist". haha Speaking of creepy, the second was taken from outside a shop window. We ran into this couple on the street. I'll bet you can't guess where they were headed. :p Of course I popped inside too, for scientifical purposes.. I found this display in the window of the "Trashy Diva" to be pretty ironic considering all of the promises to "land and keep that man via trashy corsets and lingerie". Maybe this is plan B.The following was a charity event which involved the donning of little red dresses (and free beer). The other was an art event which involved, um,..art, I think (and free Vodka shots). This probably should have creeped me out as much as it did the uber-teen, but I really just found it kind of amusing for some strange reason. Now, the "I heart Satan" bumper stickers, newt eyes and bat's feet inside the shop? Totally freaky stuff there. We played one stooge short of The Three Stooges getting back out that door. Lots of art to be found about New Orleans, lots of fun to just walk around taking it all in. The first photo was our last night on the town (poor quality, sorry, not my camera) and yes, that is a grenade in my hand, don't hurt the eyes squinting ;) The second was my last day there, out and abo[...]



Creepiest Spam Ever

2008-09-12T12:20:13.277-04:00

-terrorist and monetary crimes divisionFBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.Federal bureau of investigationJ. Edgar Hoover building935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001Ref: FBI/DC/06/08Attention fund beneficiary,This is an official advice from the FBI foreign remittance/telegraphic dept., it has come to our notice that the C.B.N bank Nigeria district has released 10,500,000.00 U.S dollars into bank of America in your name as the beneficiary, by Inheritance means.The C.B.N bank Nigeria knowing fully well that they do not have enough facilities to effect this payment from the united kingdom to your account, used what we know as a secret diplomatic transit payment S.T.D.P to pay this fund through wire transfer, they used this means to complete the payment.They are still, waiting for confirmation from you on the already transferred funds, which was made in direct transfer so that they can do final crediting to your account. Secret diplomatic payments are not made unless the funds are related to terrorist activities why must your payment be made in secret transfer, if your transaction is legitimate, if you are not a terrorist, then why did you not receive the money directly into your account, this is a pure coded, means of payment?Records, which we have had with, this method of payment in the past has always been related to terrorist acts, we do not want you to get into trouble as soon as these funds reflect in your account in the U.S.A, so it is our duty as a word wide commission to correct this little problem before this fund will be credited into your personal account.Due to the increased difficulty and unnecessary scrutiny by the American authorities when funds come from outside of Europe, and the Middle East, the F.B.I bank commission for Europe has stopped the transfer on its way to deliver payment of $10,500,000.00 to debit your reserve account and pay you through a secured diplomatic transit account (S.D.T.A). We govern and oversee funds Transfer for the World Bank and the rest of the world. We advice you contact us immediately, as the funds have been stopped and are being held in our custody, until you can be able to provide us with a diplomatic immunity seal of transfer (dist) within 3 days from the world local bank that authorize the transfer from where the funds was transferred from to certify that the funds that you are about to receive from Nigeria are antiterrorist/drug free or we shall have cause to cross and impound the payment, we shall release the funds immediately we receive this legal documents .--------------------------------------------------------------------------------We have decided to contact you directly to acquire the proper verifications and proof from you to show that you are the rightful person to receive this fund, because of the amount involve,we want to make sure is a clean and legal money you are about to receive. Be informed that the fund are now in United State in your name , but right now we have ask the bank not to release the fund to anybody that comes to them , unless we ask them to do so, because we have to carry out our investigations first before releasing the fund to you. Note that the fund is in the BANK OF AMERICA right now, but we have ask them not to credit the fund to you yet, because we need a solid proof and verifications from you before releasing the funds.So to this regards you are to re-assure and proof to us that what you are about to receive is a clean money by sending to us FBI Identification Record and also Diplomatic Immunity Seal Of Transfer(DIST) to satisfy to usthat the money your about to receive is legitimate and real money. You are to forward the documents to us immediately if you have it in your possession, if you don?t have it let us know so that we will direct and inform you where to obtain the document and send to us so that we will ask the bank holding the fundsthe Bank Of America to go ahead [...]



Okay, Minions

2008-09-07T11:52:04.877-04:00

Someone needs to go over and inform Mister Spacemonkey that I'm unable to comment on his blog. Both Safari and Firefox fail to produce that lovely little comment box we've all come to enjoy.

Maybe it's not just me and comments have been disabled? Nah, it couldn't be...

Woe is me.

Oh yeah, how could I forget. Woody is back. Mucho happiness!

You go say hi now.



Teh Funny

2008-09-03T20:10:27.708-04:00

*Potty Mouth Alert* for those with delicate sensibilities, but for the rest of us, Stew's got the funny right here.



...6 Months Later...

2008-09-03T12:19:10.749-04:00

Snow Bunnydom sucks.Update- I am no longer the seriously disturbed owner of a leaking home in the depressing mountains of West by God Virginia. I hate the cold and while it's a nice place to visit, being a mountain mamma kicked my @ss. There, I said it. I'm not invincible. While there were all sorts of problems associated with residing in this particular area (which I lived as a young teen and couldn't wait to leave interestingly enough) the final straw was health. I've an immune disorder that is not life threatening at all but seasonal in nature and aggravated by stress, and that's all I seemed to find in them there mountains. Friends in the area will just have to visit me.......wait for it...on the coast of North Carolina! Destination Emerald Isle, baby. I'm a beach bunny! Trust you me, you prefer photos of that to the whole mountain fiasco.I plan to move there, open my own business, and live my vacation.(Jes, I've been very busy these past six months.)Other, yet no less exciting updaty stuff-The uber-teen did run away to college. She moved into her very own appartment last May, a whole month before the 18th birthday. :( However, she's only a few hours away and the whole beach bunny thing will put me no further from her than I am now. That rocks. It was one long summer without her, but we just returned from a lengthy vacation together (New Orleans and then Pensacola, Florida) and drove the whole way (and of course back), so were able to spend a ton of time together before taking our separate life paths. This trip was also very special because she'd never seen the ocean as we always vacationed in northern or mid-western US, and I'd promised to make that happen before she left for college.It was a horribly stormy day, the day we left NO for the Fl beach, and any sane person would have headed home instead, but a promise is a promise..even in the rain. I'm very happy we did decide to go despite the storm, because the sky began to clear within an hour or two of arrival and it turned out to be a most beautiful day. I think it would have been worth standing in the rain in any case, and the photos of her first look at the ocean and finding a shell prove that.The last photo actually made me cry, and as we all know, it takes a whole lot to make an evil conservative cry. She may as well have been three years old and blowing out the birthday candles there. A few other favorite vacation photos (I plan to upload all to the photobucket account later and share the link because there are just so many, and maybe I can milk another post out of this vacation)-Sooo pretty. > insert girly sighs here [...]



OMG

2008-02-23T13:00:08.341-05:00

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Quicky update -

The last few weeks have been hell but I do believe I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I've been battling a leaking basement, a heating issue and slow services. You know you're in trouble when it takes weeks to even find out if high speed internet is available!

Anywho, it's been interesting and I have lots of photos to share, but unable to photo share at present as I just got internet service and haven't the required software to upload photos here. You'll just have to wait until I'm not here but there.

Be teased!

Hope y'all have a fabulous weekend!



Here (And There)

2008-02-07T01:56:17.086-05:00

Heads up! I'm going to be here and there the rest of this week, and won't have internet access, because I found a home in the exact location of those WV mountains as was desired. Right on top of those ski slopes, baby! Well, not literally on top of a ski slope, but just a few minute's drive away.

My brother is leaning toward moving close to the same area soon as well (yes, our mom is calling on a daily basis now with suitable applications of mother's guilt). He's been in South Carolina for awhile now due to work, so it'll be schweet to be able to spend lots more time with him. We've always kept in touch really well, but we've not been able to get much family time in since he ran off to live with the Army and I ran off to live with the beach (nearly eighteen years ago). Our ideas of what we'll do while there is a little different, though.

He's thinking grab a six pack and fishing poles, climbing those mountains (and God knows what else) while I'm thinking more along the lines of hiking (way different than climbing), getting terrific photos and working in tons of writing while snowed in as well as pursuing the design degree (not getting any younger here ya know). Considering the home is in an area that is difficult to navigate in winter, I'm sure I'll be happy to see him when he shows up (even if he's trying to get me to go bear hunting instead of skiing).

In short, while he envisions a mountanous getaway from the stresses of life, I envision him out there helping me shovel my driveway. Ha! Hey, he'd be a whole lot smarter if he read my blog, now wouldn't he? Mmhm.

Anyhow, this brings me to my point (yes, I do have one). Since I landed the house before it's actually time to move (I'm not moving until the uber-teen is good and ready and that's not until spring), I'm going to have to go there some to keep check on the place. So, I'm leaving in the morning to take a few things, stock up on a few things and do all those things we who enjoy electric, heat (and internet) have to do and will be away the rest of the week.

I'm totally running off to become a snow bunny, hooray!

I'll be sure to have some photos to share when I get back. Until then, I give you Fox, helping me study for a test last week.

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Yeah, studying has the same effect on me.

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Have a terrific rest of the week! :)



From Around The Web

2008-02-06T21:28:42.413-05:00

CNN-"Listening to the irrational and hysterical response of conservatives to the presidential candidacy of Sen. John McCain would be laughable if it wasn't so serious. During a debate Tuesday on CNN's "The Situation Room," conservative radio talk show host Glenn Beck said that the Republican Party has lost its soul, and McCain is indicative of that problem. He even said that if Sen. Hillary Clinton is the nominee, he will ignore McCain and cast a ballot for her.Now, how silly is that?""This, folks, is bordering on the irrational.""...vowed to destroy McCain because he doesn't carry their water on every issue. Most issues? Yes. But they require their politicians to assume a fetal position, not to have a backbone and stand up to them when needed.""McCain is a guy who is fiercely pro-life.""The guy is a fiscal conservative...""He is strong on the military and being a former Vietnam prisoner of war...""Folks, McCain is a pragmatic leader trying to solve a difficult situation."Guardian Unlimited-"Romney has consistently moved right on issues that matter to conservative activists and McCain, who prides himself on being a "maverick", has moved the other way. In 2005, his ACU score was 80%. In 2006, the last year for which ratings are available, it fell to 65%. Moreover, his McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill makes it difficult for interested non-profits to advertise such inconvenient facts during the primary or general elections.A look at a politician's supporters can also be instructive. In California, the high-spending, socially liberal, environmentally-friendly governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has endorsed McCain. In Virginia, state delegate David Albo, author of the hated "abuser fees" that tacked thousands of dollars onto routine speeding tickets, serves on the McCain steering committee. In Florida, he was endorsed by governor Charlie Crist, whose heavy-handed approach to regulating the insurance industry has led some observers to label him a "socialist"."...opposition to McCain makes good philosophical sense.""McCain's conservatism is much closer to an imperialistic Toryism than Reaganism. He opposes congressman-earmarked spending because he thinks it's unseemly and undermines trust in government. More populist and libertarian-minded conservatives tend to believe trust in government is the problem."Forbes"Social conservatives, traditionally those voters who are pro-life and opposed to same-sex marriage, should be able to rest easy with McCain. The Arizona senator is a strict constructionist, and has promised he would appoint like-minded judges to the Supreme Court and other benches.We’ll find out in the next few hours whether Romney’s Last Stand will work. Although many conservatives may subscribe to his rhetoric by day’s end, they may not be able to do anything about it. A McCain win could mean trouble for rallying the base, which may struggle with the choice of supporting him or of staying at home in November. I suspect, however, that by November, McCain’s team will have a number of prominent Republicans talking up his conservative record, and that--rather than open the door to the Democratic challenger--the conservatives will back McCain."Coulter"On the litmus test issues of our time, only partially excluding Iraq, McCain is a liberal. -- He excoriated Samuel Alito as too "conservative." -- He promoted amnesty for 20 million illegal immigrants. -- He abridged citizens' free speech (in favor of the media) with McCain-Feingold. -- He hysterically opposes waterboarding terrorists and wants to shut down Guantanamo. Can I take a breath now? -- He denounced the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. -- He opposes ANWR and supports the global warming cult, even posturing with fellow mountebank Arnold Schwarzenegger in front of so[...]



I Have Questions

2008-02-04T15:06:23.561-05:00

I keep reading the statement, "If you don't vote.." or "If you throw your vote away.." (code for don't vote for whoever the collective we think you should vote for), "...you do not get to complain or opine for however many years the collective we decide!"

I need more information.

While I understand perfectly the notion that one renders themself inconsequential when they do not exercise their right to vote at all, (and there are reasons other than national presidential election to vote anyhow), I don't really get why a vote cast with principled personal conviction is considered trash.

Moreover, I don't really get how it is that those who choose to "throw their vote away" will lose the ability to complain and/or opine.

Who will come around to find out for sure who we all voted for? If we freely admit we didn't "make our vote count", who will shut us up? How will they shut us up?

If the collective "they" all cast votes that result in catastrophe, do "they" then magically lose the ability to *&^%&, whine and complain?

I think that's a pretty ignorant statement to make, as there is absolutely no intention or method I've seen for anyone to actually back it up, yet I keep reading these words from seemingly intelligent individuals (again and again). If the collective "they" really have these special shut up powers, I want to know why the hell they weren't used on Michael Moore a long time ago. Rosie O'Donnel? Senator Biden? C'mon!

If you have this power and haven't already used it for the betterment of mankind - you shut up.

I guess this is where "they" say, "Oh yeah? Make me!" and I either don't have the will or the way to back it up. Don't I feel stupid.

Update - Perhaps this would be a great topic for a Sunday Retarded Argument?

Update II - Speaking of stupid...



The Ugly Truth

2008-02-02T21:31:15.916-05:00

I have absolutely no idea what I could possibly say about the current political landscape (except **&^ %^$& ^%$#^ >.< !!!), so thought I'd play around with some photos in photoshop to entertain. Most of you likely remember the B. Walters/H. Clinton kissy/smoochy photoshop job of the past... Like that, only McCain instead of Walters. It's fun and funny, "cos it's true".

This is where I search photos and using Adobe photoshop's clone tool, mesh them together in ridiculously friendly situations - like casting ridiculously dreamy looks toward one another in a hugely exaggerated show of the ugly truth; The man who will most likely be "our guy" next November, is one of "them".

That's not all that funny really, but sometimes... ya just gotta try to find the humor. When there is none, make some up.

Well, what I came across when searching for Clinton and McCain photos isn't a bit funny. I'm not too sure what it is. I didn't even get a chance to photoshop the darn thing!

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Just when you thought the truth couldn't possibly get any uglier.

Update : Yeah, that's still not funny. You go here for funny!

(And here for sobering enlightenment.)



F34R /\/\3H

2008-02-02T22:28:09.122-05:00

(H/T - SYLG)

Yeah, baby!

What military aircraft are you?

F/A-22 Raptor

You are an F/A-22. You are technologically inclined, and though you've never been tested in combat, your very name is feared. You like noise, but prefer not to pollute any more than you have to. And you can move with the best.

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The Manifesto That Ruined My Life

2008-01-26T19:29:11.053-05:00

Well okay, really just my week, but even still.

What manifesto, you ask?

The First Things First Manifesto, that's what. Why is it that a manifesto always seems to involve horribly pinko-commie-like ideals? Rage against capitalism and corporations (all of them) coupled with mad dashes of feel-good social activism (I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that my own social causes would not be appreciated one little bit by one single signer of the manifesto). On the other hand, they've given me some fantastic ideas. bwahahaha!

So, as part of a design assignment I was to read, critique and comment on two fellow designer's critiques of the manifesto. At first it sounded like an OK manifesto (as far as manifestos go), but the deeper I dug ... the uglier it all became. What should have been a light week quickly became a headache! To exact my revenge, I turned the discussion forum critiques into a big (and equally ugly) debate (and then went to bed real quick). heh

Hey, if they're going to make us read that junk, formulate opinions and comment, may as well have a little fun.

One fellow student called for a boycott of all corporations everywhere, one attempted to convince that the manifesto only referred to the most dangerous products that harm (who did butt toner ever kill?) and still another lamented branding in general (because poor little children and teens can't always afford certain evil (aka successful) brands, graphic designers should all refuse to work on such projects). You have to wonder where the parents are in all of this "materialism taken to the extreme", huh? So of course I asked.(Our instructor took that particular discussion forum down from the online Blackboard and changed the subject fast enough after that).

Anywho, nothing but a bad dream now (and I have more important things to post).

Cat Blogging!!!

Below, you see the uber-teen's new kitty, Dante (the very first thing acquired for her very own apartment next spring). The thing is, she's just learned that she will only be permitted one pet and already has a cat! I'm not sure which cat I will keep for her, the one eyed Sugars (strangest animal on the planet, has nothing to do with the eye but that certainly doesn't help her case) or the insane Dante (who attacks me in my sleep for no other reason than I dared to move, or breath).

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I'm fairly certain Dante is the first bipolar cat I've ever personally met. There is no in between with this furry fury, nor is there any rhyme or reason to his extreme moods.

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However, he sure is super-cute in his little poet's beret and scarf!



My Blog Is My Boyfriend

2008-01-20T02:20:45.404-05:00

In celebration of having achieved the 4.0 in my first semester of hell (and failing miserably in attaining a personal life)...

I'm back!

After taking a vacation in my head, checking out the specs in the spring semester (and failing miserably in attaining a personal life, can't forget that), it looks as if I'll be having some spare time to blog in upcoming months (and years).

Quick, pretend to be excited!

It seems as if only a moment has passed since I last posted, but so much time has passed that I hardly know where to begin.

Blog roll surfing followed by suitable applications of mucho linky-love (not to be confused with kinky-love, as spell check might have us believe) perhaps?

Yeah, baby! You know you want it...



Crazy Like a Person Who Doesn't Want a Plague

2007-08-28T13:16:47.725-04:00

This fine Tuesday morning, August 28th, I woke to the uber-teen asking, "Well, it won't kill him will it?" in reference to making the uber-boyfriend the promised Philly cheese steak for lunch from leftovers that she forgot to refrigerate before going to bed. The sad thing is, he'll likely think about it just a second, shrug and eat it anyway.

This, just after waking the previous horrible (evil Monday) morning to pizza crust and Doritos strewn about the kitchen, the table full of unfolded laundry (and don't ya just know, shedding kitties lounging in the middle of it). I became very animated and said, "Oh my God, I can't live this way!" and would have run to choke down a "happy pill", were I one to partake in such. The uber-teen, leaning nonchalantly against the contaminated counter munching day old pizza crust, offered me the unwashed coffee cup I'd used the day before and cheerfully replied, "Oh, c'mon. Don't be so dramatic, it's not that bad. Have a cup of coffee! :)"

Last night, I dreamed I stabbed bacteria as big as your head with the new X-acto knife I'd purchased for a design project earlier in the evening. I was screaming, "4.0!" with every thrust of the blade.

However, all is not lost. This is just the beginning of my second week of this "back to school, working and parenting" thing. I will merely stay up 24-48 hours getting all my assignments completed early, don the space suit and spend the rest of the week religiously following correct contamination procedures and bulldozing my kitchen.

The uber-teen and uber-boyfriend however, ages 17 and 19, are happy as can be to continue on the dangerous path (leading to food poisoning) that they're on. They'll probably some day look back fondly upon these college years, writing happy songs/poetry about it even.

How do college students survive it all?



Cool Stuff

2007-08-28T00:03:43.296-04:00

See the Moon turn red On August 28, the Moon will plunge through Earth's shadow, and the United States' West Coast sees the best show. August 23, 2007The spectacular eclipse occurs the morning of August 28. Circumstances favor observers west of the Mississippi, who missed out on the March lunar eclipse. Better still, this event marks the first central lunar eclipse since 2000. A central eclipse is one where part of the Moon passes through the center of Earth's shadow. This results in a longer-lasting eclipse, and it likely will result in a more darkly colored Moon at totality. The Moon's northern edge passes through the shadow's center, which means its northern half will look noticeably darker than its southern half.The penumbral part of the eclipse begins at 3:54 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The first hint of shadow won't be visible to East Coast observers until at least 4:30 a.m. Watch the Moon low in the southwest as the limb near Oceanus Procellarum gradually darkens. Read more. Check out an Unusually cool video.More cool stuff-Huge hole in universe surprises astronomersIt's the biggest known void in the cosmosTwo views of the hole in the universe: The left view shows a “cold spot” within the circle on a color-coded image of the full-sky cosmic microwave background, as seen by NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe. The right view shows the same region on the Very Large Array Sky Survey, with blue indicating low radio emissions.The universe has a huge hole in it that dwarfs anything else of its kind. The discovery caught astronomers by surprise.The hole is nearly a billion light-years across. It is not a black hole, which is a small sphere of densely packed matter. Rather, this one is mostly devoid of stars, gas and other normal matter, and it's also strangely empty of the mysterious "dark matter" that permeates the cosmos. Other space voids have been found before, but nothing on this scale.Astronomers don't know why the hole is there."Not only has no one ever found a void this big, but we never even expected to find one this size," said researcher Lawrence Rudnick of the University of Minnesota.Rudnick's colleague Liliya R. Williams also had not anticipated this finding. "What we've found is not normal, based on either observational studies or on computer simulations of the large-scale evolution of the universe," said Williams, also of the University of Minnesota.The finding will be detailed in the Astrophysical Journal.Read more.Scientists found life on Mars back in the 70sMars could be home to “extremophiles”The soil on Mars may indeed be teeming with microbes, according to a new interpretation of data first collected more than 30 years ago.The search for life on Mars appeared to hit a dead end in 1976 when Viking landers touched down on the red planet and failed to detect biological activity.There was another flurry of excitement a decade later, when Nasa thought it had found evidence of life in a Mars meteorite but doubts have since been cast on that finding.Today, Joop Houtkooper from Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany, will claim the Viking spacecraft may in fact have encountered signs of a weird life form based on hydrogen peroxide on the subfreezing, arid Martian surface.Read more.Death-Defying Mars Rovers: Riders in the StormThe martian rovers Spirit and Opportunity continue to successfully weather a series of severe dust storms that threaten to cut power to their solar panels, but it's still a day-to-day battle for survival, scientists say.The pervasive dust in the martian atmosphere, as well as dust[...]



Because I Can...

2007-08-26T19:55:31.691-04:00

Sure I said I didn't have time to blog much today, but I changed my mind.

Instead of getting a head start on some work and next week's assignments, I decided to just grab that bottle of wine, pop some smooth tunes into the drive, and blog until hungry/sleepy (whichever happens first.)

Sounds fun, huh?

Then I found myself over at Public Pondering listening to sad songs thanks be to a Big White Hat challenge.

So now I'm halfway through a bottle of wine, watching my e-mail alert go off like a crazy Mexican Shi Tzu contemplating joining eHarmony with a tagline that reads: "If you solemnly pledge to be Mister Perfect for aprox. 2 months then cease to even pretend to be engaged in our relationship, never calling, rarely expressing any emotion whatsoever until I finally snap...please email, because I just can't get enough of THAT! Thanks." Probably get a ton of responses.

Last time I did something like that (for laughs, of course) it was more like, "Gold digger seeking wealthy elderly gentleman with no family to speak of. Will make the last moments of your life memorable." and you wouldn't believe how many responses that one earned. Oo

Anywho...

Give me happy songs, people! Sweet songs, paranoid, angry or maybe plain old fed up. Heck, maybe even sad in a pi**ed off in leather tight pants kinda way. Girl power?

But please, no more sad songs...



Back in Business, Baby!

2007-08-26T13:52:56.194-04:00

Photo Update: OK, so I ended up being too busy to even post photos! You know how it is. (4.0...blogging...4.0...blogging. 4.0!!!) Since time is an issue, I will just post a few of my personal favorites from the vacation photo files and y'all can just go to my Photobucket album if you'd like to see them all (and I'm still in the process of adding more, but even still, many more there to see). :)First, I pit stopped in WV and while I was unable to catch up with (read: stalk) a close friend while there as I had hoped, I did manage to get a beautiful shot from the main overlook in Grandview, WV before dark, so the pit stop was not a complete wash -Then, off to NYC! I look about as happy as one who packed one pair of platform sandals, one pair of 6 inch heels, one pair of leather boots, and one pair of open heeled Prada loafers can be after hiking all over NYC just to find themself holding that bull up at 4 am while attempting to teach a liberal how to shoot a photo that isn't blurry. (Goes something like, "Tap that button then shoot the photo, dammit!") Complicated stuff there, huh? Needless to say, this is the only photo of me (and it took 4 or 5 tries to get that). *g* -Here, I'm pretty sure I stumbled upon Michael Jackson sitting a a bench in winter garb while it was no less than 95 degrees. Not the best focus ever but I was very far away so had to blow this one up in photoshop (which always results in a blurry photo). Even still, funny stuff! Below we see a pretty funny character. I gave him a dollar and proceeded to share meaningful (and long) bits of wisdom about the virtues of education and hard work. I think he would have liked to give me everything in his collection bucket to just shut up and go away. He was super funny and a great sport about letting me take his photo though! Once again, click here for more.So, there you have it, my favorite photos. Hope you guys had a fabulous weekend!No, really. As you may have noticed, I temporarily lost control of PJ Max for a couple of weeks, but all's well that ends well. Since I last posted- The uber-teen has begun college (still residing with me until spring though, yay!), I've gone back to school as well (though I'll still be doing what I do, I may as well have the degree to tape to my wall, huh?), I actually took a real vacation (not just in my head and thanks again, RT) and got some work done too. So, while I have very little free time this week, I do have lots of photos to share. Be sure to stop by tomorrow for those![...]



Vain Memester...

2007-07-25T13:46:17.241-04:00

...why dost strive my quirks to type?Because memes are fun, that's why!Here are the rules.1. Let others know who tagged you.InsoluBlog: Always separates when shakenOtherwise known as... The Great Wise Insolukuta. Ah, memories. OK now, that was just cruel. Moving on...2. Players start with 8 random facts about themselves.Relax, we'll get to that.3. Those who are tagged should post these rules and their 8 random facts.Mission accomplished!4. Players should tag 8 other people and notify them they have been tagged.That's right, because tagging without informing is just not cool. Here we go, 8 random facts.1. I scream inside at every single spammish e-mail alert all day long. I'm slowly bringing myself closer and closer to a stroke because I get all excited at the sound of the e-mail alert, just to see promises of singles in my area, colon cleanser, penile enlargement, and stupid credit card offers at the sound of that chime. Yet, I rather miss "hot and sexy single Sally who wants to meet me" (no, really, she does) when she's not there, waiting for someone special. Waiting for someone just like me.2. I have watched late night 1-900 commercials just for new material to amuse, scare, or disgust (whatever the case may be) telemarketers. A telemarketer from Australia once called back "just to talk", and continued to do so until I changed my telephone number. It was still worth the laugh. 3. At 16, I was caught smoking at church camp, ratted out but not sent home (because I cried pretty). My mom was mortified and my dad was amused (especially that I paid 90 of my very own hard-earned dollars for that), and this is why I am who I am. (Yes, it's all their doing.)4. Nobody likes to play truth or dare with me because I always pick truth and it's always more shocking than any dare could be. Yes, I was ranting, "You can't handle the truth!" long before Jack Nicholson, yet he makes all the big bucks.5. I've found that the above can also be used to curb other's urges to be overly interested in one's personal business. TMI can be a valuable tool, just don't misuse it or you might find yourself a permanent spot on the Jerry Springer Show. 6. I think, no I know, that the F bomb is an extremely valuable life saving tool as well. Most especially if you are a person who exudes quiet southun charm (one who isn't known for dropping the F bomb at all), people shut up and listen when you finally do drop that bomb. I once went four or more years without dropping the bomb and shut down a very large neighborhood argument (that didn't even involve me). When I dropped it, I dropped it with glee, creating a truly violent and destructive shock that is likely remembered by all to this very day. There's just nothing like seeing grown men and women alike shut those gaping mouths and walk away. On a military base. I've not dropped it in 10 years, but I'm really just storing all that energy up for the next battle.7. I am a huge Malkin fan, but I personally thought it was incredibly silly of her to assure everyone that she hadn't worn a two piece bathing suit since having children when someone tried to pass the "two piece clad hottie photoshop job" off as her. Of course, I support her right to dress in any manner she pleases and was about as irritated as her other fans that she was being attacked in that manner, but I saw no need for her to have to defend her honor in such an extreme way and would have preferred to see her highlight the difference between scantily clad little girls on a public beac[...]



One More Try

2007-07-20T18:38:21.861-04:00

So maybe I never was able to combine live blogging my blogging and linky-love (for more than a couple of hours anyhow). It was a lofty dream, no? Since linky-lovin' is way more fun, I present....Me Linky-Love You Looong Time! (Or until I run out of time, whichever comes first.)Beginning where I left off yesterday, I give you ...The thoughts of SGT Wilks at A Female Soldier 2. You'll find some terrific photographs there as well. You'll love them, just go check them out already!The Patriot, of A Soldier's Perspective presents- Soldiers Defend Body ArmorTeaser- Here is something that you will not hear on the floor of Congress about how good our gear is:Rachel, of Channelling Cloe shows us how to play the game, and I quote... You tease, you lead, you beg and grovel...Yeah, baby. ;) Go Pay heed to the geek!Now, Rachel E. is doing a fabulous job over at Conservathink, so go say hi and tell her so because it's true, Guns Don't Kill People, Gun Control Advocates Kill People!This just in- I know I'm not live-blogging my linky-love blogging today, but if I were, it would look like this.5:16 PM - Right in the middle of commenting on another great post from the Crazy Politico, of Crazy Politico's Rantings, the uber-teen walked by and I totally remembered to show her these super cool eyeglass frames (because I'm going to finally just go completely blind if I keep ignoring this particular need) and forgot what I was going to say on the topic of Merit Pay. Guess I earn very little merit there. Unless linky-love makes it all better... Moving on.The ever eloquent Dr. Phat Tony, of the one and only Dr. Phat Tony's posts, Huh?Seriously, go read A Fallen Soldier, and check back for possible updates as well. (Bring tissues.)Also, be sure to visit the Captain, over at First In Engine, and check out HILLARY & BILL, A LOVE FOR THE AGES...WRETCH! (Yeah, bring barf bags.) No offense Captain. :)Next up, is Sssteve, of First With Flair (whose last post was HA HA HA HA HA HA on July 11, 2007). Go tell him he's slacking, we need more photos!Where, oh where, is The Great Spewing One, of Fmragtops Spews??? Because, if there was some sort of an announcement, I missed it. :(Stew, of Get Stewed, is setting the scene and creating the mood in Yoink!(Liberal tree hugging moon bat wacky persons beware...)Now, the moment we've all been waiting for......Insolublog is back!Another Presidential Malaise Moment (Attempting to comment on this article, chock full of treasures, will be like saying "Um, thanks. Here, I have these pebbles to offer in return..." after being handed pearls, but go ahead and try anyhow. I did.)Then, there's the issue of an Insolublog meme. You do not want to miss that. ;)Finally, we are presented with, Pun With Fropaganda. Frightening? Perhaps. Worth the read? Absolutely. So, you go there now!Our very own KateyKakes of Kate's Kafe, has become a Scrubs addict, and is suffering from insomnia. So sorry Kate. Quick, somebody rush over there and post some Al Gore videos!Now, where is that Peakah? C'mon, just throw us a photo of the "pretty sweet rugged leather outback hat" and we'll all be happy! Or feature s'more family dimples, that works too. :)Fitch, of Radioactive Liberty lays down the law, giving us the New Recliner Rules and then disappears. That's likely very common, not only after purchasing a recliner but likely involving a battery operated remote control. (Doesn't it always?)Big news coming up.The Anti-Hippy is engaged! (Why are you evil conserv[...]



Live Blogging- Blogging (Plus, Lots of True Linky-Love)

2007-07-19T11:51:23.849-04:00

Isn't that a novel idea?! Tell me, who has ever live blogged their blogging whilst bestowing linky-love upon all? Well, now you can say you've seen it all!

Yeah baby!

9:25 AM- Instead of feeding the always hungry OCD (aka the need to visit blogs in alphabetical order), I'm off to visit Linda, of Frankly, My Dear... because her health is way more important than my "issues".

Update- OK, so things are not anywhere near perfect, but she is ranting, and that's always a hopeful sign (plus, it's funny to see Lin type "WTH"??? repeatedly).

Frankly, my dear... We'll still love you if you spell it out (or even trade the "H" for an "F"). *g*

9:40 AM- Next up is RT, of Public Pondering, because I somehow missed visiting her blog yesterday and the "need to know" is stronger than "the need to be alphabetically crazy".

Update- Now here is a lady unafraid to type a big capital "F" on her public blog. Glad you're back, RT! :)

(This linky-action is like work, I need coffee.) (image)

Okie-dokie then.

10:15 AM- I am distracted from linky-loving by "Sex Ed for Kindergarteners 'Right Thing to Do,' Says Obama".

If this liberal can't rally conservatives, nobody can.

10:25 AM- I am distracted by a heart-to-heart with a certain uber-teen (see how that happens all natural like between mother and daughter, just whenever the time is right, without the intervention of jokers in Washington?) Coincidence? I think not.

10:45 AM- At long last! The need for organized alphabetical blogging shall be fed.

Hello 45-Caliber Justice, because who doesn't want some of that??

Update- Tyler D. posts, WEBCAM! Only I can't see because it's not loading correctly. Oh, the dreaded red x.

Ah well, linky-love you anyhow Tyler! (Pffft, indeed.)

11:02 AM- Must check out Cove Rebel's 5th Street Truths.

Update- So happy I stopped by. Because Cove Rebel just never disappoints nor fails to make one think. - So here I am...

Just so y'all know, do overs sometimes really do present themselves. :) How it turns out remains to be seen. However, when the time comes, I'll be sure to let you know. Until then... Be teased!

11:49 AM- Lunch break! Good thing I'm not hungry because I think had better take a blog break and get some work done. Never fear though!

I'll be back.



Abort, Retry, Ignore?

2007-07-18T21:35:18.018-04:00

Let's just file this one under Wednesday madness.

Abort, Retry, Ignore?



Once upon a midnight dreary, fingers cramped and vision bleary,
System manuals piled high and wasted paper on the floor,
Longing for the warmth of bed sheets, still I sat there doing spreadsheets.
Having reached the bottom line I took a floppy from the drawer,
I then invoked the SAVE command and waited for the disk to store,
Only this and nothing more.

Deep into the monitor peering, long I sat there wond'ring, fearing,
Doubting, while the disk kept churning, turning yet to churn some more.
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token.
"Save!" I said, "You cursed mother! Save my data from before!"
One thing did the phosphors answer, only this and nothing more,
Just, "Abort, Retry, Ignore?"

Was this some occult illusion, some maniacal intrusion?
These were choices undesired, ones I'd never faced before.
Carefully I weighed the choices as the disk made impish noises.
The cursor flashed, insistent, waiting, baiting me to type some more.
Clearly I must press a key, choosing one and nothing more,
From "Abort, Retry, Ignore?"

With fingers pale and trembling, slowly toward the keyboard bending,
Longing for a happy ending, hoping all would be restored,
Praying for some guarantee, timidly, I pressed a key.
But on the screen there still persisted words appearing as before.
Ghastly grim they blinked and taunted, haunted, as my patience wore,
Saying "Abort, Retry, Ignore?"

I tried to catch the chips off guard, and pressed again, but twice as hard.
I pleaded with the cursed machine: I begged and cried and then I swore.
Now in mighty desperation, trying random combinations,
Still there came the incantation, just as senseless as before.
Cursor blinking, angrily winking, blinking nonsense as before.
Reading, "Abort, Retry, Ignore?"

There I sat, distraught, exhausted, by my own machine accosted.
Getting up I turned away and paced across the office floor.
And then I saw a dreadful sight: a lightning bolt cut through the night.
A gasp of horror overtook me, shook me to my very core.
The lightning zapped my previous data, lost and gone forevermore.
Not even, "Abort, Retry, Ignore?"

To this day I do not know the place to which lost data go.
What demonic nether world us wrought where lost data will be stored,
Beyond the reach of mortal souls, beyond the ether, into black holes?
But sure as there's C, Pascal, Lotus, Ashton-Tate and more,
You will be one day be left to wander, lost on some Plutonian shore,
Pleading, "Abort, Retry, Ignore?"