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10/05/07 03:42 - 86ºF - ID#41509

DNCC Logo?

My turn. *wide grin, not wide stance*


Doesn't this bear a suspicious resemblance to:


I would like to think that it is actually based on the American flag, instead of the China flag, but we all know that the Libs hate American flags that are fireproof.

Hahaha. Oh, man. Seriously though, did the same company work on the Libs' logo that worked on the RNC logo? Even with my meager Photoshop skills I'm sure I could come up with better material.
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10/01/07 02:49 - 77ºF - ID#41435

Never Trust A Politician

Democrats Propose Cig Tax Hike To Fund Child Health Care:

From FNC, via the Associated Press:

It's obvious whoever wrote this for the AP takes a very cynical view of things, and brings up a good point about who exactly is getting taxed. That is something, as a smoker myself, I hadn't immediately thought of, but it is a very good reason to oppose this method of funding health care.

Let's think about the goals of the tax:

1) Balloon SCHIP by $35B.
2) Discourage people from smoking.

What happens if LESS people smoke, under this plan? The politicians say outright that is one outcome they would like to see, but it would also result in less money to be available for SCHIP. Now what would happen if every smoker in the USA quit tomorrow? That $35B that the government so desperately needs "for the children" will disintegrate. Do the politicians expect us to believe that costs are going to go down, or that children will cease to need health care? Why are we imposing taxes on people who can least afford to pay them?

I would think the more likely scenario is for the government to continue increasing these taxes to compensate for lost "customers", and continue to take the attitude that someone else is going to have to make the very difficult choices.

It is sickening that our government needs smokers for revenue, just like the tobacco companies. They depend on the addictive nature of the product to support themselves. They issue double speak. They are snakes.

What's really happening here is that the politicians are preying on a group of politically unpopular people, instead of doing a politically unpopular thing (raising everyone's taxes), and introducing these Mickey Mouse proposals because few of them are willing to risk standing up and saying "Yes, we should fund kid's health care better, we are going to do the right thing here, and all of us have to pay for it."

It's just shocking, but maybe I can feel better about myself because my shameful, disgusting habit is going to result in some kid being able to get their shots and medicines. If I decide to quit, am I an uncompassionate fuck?
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10/01/07 09:52 - 65ºF - ID#41427

If You Make A Cameo In My Blog

Chances are, for better or for worse, you deserve it. I love writing about people, and about my experiences, and I err on the side of kindness most of the time anyway. There's nothing to be gained by picking on easy prey. What can I say, I'm just that nice of a guy.

There are also people who matter, and there are people who, along with their opinions, don't matter. Generally both groups of people know who they are, or at least they should know who they are. Then again, some folks just aren't all that clever.

I tried being nice, I tried being a rotten bastard, and the results were the same, so at some point I pretty much had to stop giving a shit. So I don't. I freely admit my shortcomings, and unlike most I have no delusions of perfection.

I've made my regrettable decisions, starting nearly a year ago, and they're in the past. I don't understand why it can't stay there, unless something I've done is so awful that it affects someone long-term, in which case I am not terribly difficult to get a hold of.

The pithy version? What's done is done, and what's in the past is in the past, and I am perfectly okay with it. I'm not mad, upset, sick, or anything else, but at this moment I'm a little (or a lot) weirded out.
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Category: life

09/27/07 12:47 - 59ºF - ID#41357

Minor Freak Out

When you find yourself in a minor freak out:

1) Take a step back from the situation.

2) Clear your head of all the clutter. Most of it is irrational junk.

3) Don't meander into the trap of self doubt.

4) Remember nothing is permanent.

5) Remember most problems have a solution.

6) Remember, unless you're six feet under or starving you're ok.

7) Someone somewhere gives a damn. You're not alone.

8) Like on a tread climber, going uphill means more work.

9) Think of the big picture. Things really aren't that bad.

10) Find your resolve, find your bollocks, and move on with it.
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Category: music

09/25/07 02:35 - 83ºF - ID#41322

The Shins - Wincing The Night Away

I have revisited this album recently, and I like it much more today than when I first procured it. I don't know why, but when I first heard it I was really underwhelmed.

Anyhow, I don't know whether I was mistaken the first time, or am just now experiencing a weakening resolve, a la the chick at the bar pounding shots some douche bought her. But I digress....

This is sort of a pattern for me, especially with the Radiohead albums post-OK Computer. I give it a listen, pick it apart from various angles, and decide it's not quite up to my insane expectations.

Maybe it is simply a matter of, when I am on the fence, being realistic and learning to appreciate something for what it is, instead of what I want it to be. Maybe it's a metaphor for how you feel about your job, your present situation, your family, or your girlfriend.

Maybe my mind is wandering. They're a very clever band. Not all Wuss-Rock is this tolerable. Fucking emo, it is making me want to start confiscating iPods.
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09/22/07 10:51 - 76ºF - ID#41245

I'd Like To Say I'm Surprised

But I'm not. Spitzer is making an ass out of the people (including me) who voted for him.

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Category: music

09/13/07 03:02 - 69ºF - ID#41078

Charlie Hunter at the Square

Peeps -

If you are thinking of going to the Square tonight, you definitely want to check out Charlie Hunter. He is just a fantastic musician, and you will not be disappointed. He is a favorite of Larsons of all ages, and we know our music.

It's beautiful out. Let's enjoy it before we descend into grayness.

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09/10/07 07:41 - 72ºF - ID#41038

Mmmm. Beer.

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09/04/07 04:46 - 74ºF - ID#40931

The Key To Falling In Love

A more tongue in cheek offering from me today.

What is the key to falling in love? What are we looking for? Well, it appears we've known the answers for thousands of years already.

At this stage, on 9/4/2007 I could probably command a good 1-2 out of 10. Ouch! At least the hand doesn't say no. That would be the ultimate rejection.

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09/03/07 09:15 - 65ºF - ID#40902

Happy Labor Day, Peeps!

I'm sure most of you are hung over. I know I am. Two bottles of wine down, with Josh's help of course. I'm a lightweight anymore, what a shame. I would really like some cafe right now.

Saturday was okay. We were in Jamestown visiting Gramma who just got out of the hospital. She's fine, she's fine, but it does remind one that nothing is permanent.

It looked like the party was a lot of fun. Terry, Mike, you are good guys and I hope you two had a blast. Mike looked absolutely steamed, per usual, that guy is a one-man party.

Well, I picked up the Artvoice, and wouldn't you know it, Michael Moore is going to be a part of the Distinguished Speaker Series! Then again, UB *did* have Ann Coulter there to "debate" Janet Reno. There seems to always be at least one unhinged loon on the menu per year. I wouldn't even think of spending a dime on any of his products anymore, let alone to hear him "lecture" but I know there may be some interested parties here, so I thought I would pass the information along. It is on September 29th.

I'm so happy to have the day off of work today. I haven't had any vacation time available to me yet. My job requires that I work for a year before I "earn" the right to vacation time. What a fucking crock. I'm no commie burn-out, okay, but that is so damn unethical. Study after study, paper after paper, that tout the benefit, nay the necessity, of having time off to recharge, and the result is always a happier and more productive employee, and still some employers don't fucking get it. They don't! They're living in the stone age! What do you want me to tell you? Work for the government, they give good benefits and they are the largest employer in the area.

I hope you peeps enjoy the hell out of your Labor Day. I want that coffee. This hangover is killin me.

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