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08/31/04 10:30 - ID#23328

La la la.......

Let's see, what does being a Republican mean to me? I suppose nobody has asked me that question before. I said I probably wouldn't be writing any more politically motivated posts, so I'm going to have to decline to answer. As I said before - I already have had bad experiences with people being actively intolerant of me. Now that I've shown my face it is even more important to know when to shut up and when to speak out around the hood. There are a million and one Niman disciples out there who want to snuff out all voices except the ones which most resemble themselves. Being a Republican is only a small portion of who I am - and not nearly the most important part. I'm not here to convince anybody of anything. I wish to (hopefully) communicate with neighborhood people, and vent every now and then about my own unimportant life. One thing is certain - being a Republican means it's tougher to get dates around the hood. Hehe - unless you can be a wolf in sheep's clothing like my brother.

However, I will say this much - I haven't yet decided who will get my vote. I am a moderate, and have voted for Democrats before (both Clintons, the second one I regret). I'm stuck with two particularly odious choices here. That's part of the reason why I wrote "No matter who wins, we've already lost."

JessBob - Good to see another Satan is around! That makes, what, about a half a dozen of us in the neighborhood? Thanks for the welcome.

Soyeon - Hang in there. Lately I want to get on a train and run away too. Gramma told me that how I deal with the difficult times in life will determine what kind of man I will become. If you believe in yourself and your ability, and do your best, then you cannot possibly fail. I do not know you, yet I admire your risk taking. Best of luck!
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08/30/04 09:51 - ID#23327

No matter who wins, we have already lost

First of all, to the e-peeps who stopped by yesterday, thanks. It was nice to meet you, although I was super drunk at the time (I'm paying for that this morning). Hopefully it wasn't THAT bad of a first impression. :) By the way, whoever it is that develops this site (Paul?), from one developer to another - nice job. It's obvious you have put a lot of hard work into it, and it shows.

I am sitting here this morning watching an unnamed morning news program, and learning more about the ongoing protests in New York. It has me thinking about the national political debate in general, as well as the local debate, so I'll post my thoughts. I'll try to make it not too boring. This probably will be my one and only politically motivated post, so please bear with me here for a moment.

"The partisan, when he is engaged in a dispute, cares nothing about the rights of the question, but is anxious only to convince his hearers of his own assertions." -Plato

I am about to say something which will likely alienate myself from you all. I wish it weren't that way, I really do, but in my experience it sure as shit IS that way. I am a Republican. There, I said it, okay?! A Republican spawned from a long line of blue collar Democrats. This unfortunately means that I am one of the most hated people in our beautiful community. I can flip through the pages of our local alternative shitrags on any given week and learn a lot about myself. Apparently, having an (R) next to my name means that I am a racist, a bigot, a gay hater, a religious zealot, brainless, spineless, heartless, so on and so forth. I don't tell a lot of people here about my politics because I know that I will be met with hostility. I've been on the block having a friendly conversation with a neighbor, when some anonymous person literally leaps at me, fangs and claws showing, ready to shout me down and insult me. Being a Republican on Elmwood means you will be very lonely, and made to feel particularly unwelcome. Being a neighbor, I could very well become good friends with more or less anyone here, but as soon as you get into politics all chances for that get flushed down the crapper. Can anyone please tell me why it has to be this way? Better yet, can anyone explain why this is accepted?

This brings me to my real point here - That the political debate on all levels has become twisted and perverted, changing from an honest exchange of ideas to a contest to see who can be the biggest degenerate, ignorant son of a bitch to the guy next to you. If you read any of the print or online media lately, chances are you are going to be reading the most ridiculous, unimportant shit possible. In fact, right now in almost all of the media you will be subjected to all kinds of bullshit that doesn't even begin to touch the issues that people like you and me care about the most. Does anyone really give a shit about any of the candidates' military records? Does anyone really care whether or not Dubya shoveled toot up his nose in college, or whether Barack Obama is down with the sticky icky? I don't care about any of this meaningless crap - I care about how we are going to get our boys and girls home as safely and as quickly as possible. I care about finding cures to our most deadly diseases. I care about ensuring that all children in America get the best education possible. Don't you all think these things are a hell of a lot more important than trying to dig up dirt, or finding new and fun ways of insulting someone else? The fact that the tabloid-esque part of the political debate is more important than the issues themselves makes my stomach turn. It is disgusting.

Go to any media outlet, and try to tell me that the bitchfest is getting us any closer to solving our problems. I don't see too many people on either side actually offering up any solutions at all. They don't have the br
ains, the ambition, or the talent to come up with a solution,
hat's why you don't get any solutions out of them. Their abilities only extend as far as how badly they can bash the side they are against. It's fucking lame. They want shock value. They want extreme opinions. They want you to buy their shit. Most importantly, they want you to know just how fucking brilliant they are. There is such a thing as a narcissistic personality disorder, is there not? Anyway, it's saddening how fucked up the political process has become. No wonder young people don't want any part of it. No wonder so many Americans don't even care to get to the voting booth. I'm not going to be like any of those assholes who want to waste all of our valuable time talking about nothing. I want America to be a better place and hopefully one day we will get past this nonsense and actually begin to make it so.
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08/29/04 03:18 - ID#23326

Arts Festival

So far today has been a good day. Looking out to the corner of Elmwood and Cleveland today I see lots of beautiful young women. I am getting drunk and eating lots of food. This is one of my favorite times of year....I hope everyone else is having fun!!
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08/27/04 05:35 - ID#23325

Waving Hello

Before the man finds out I'm surfing this site and tries to get too familiar I thought I would say hello. So Hello already! :) I've lived in the neighborhood for a while, and I'm glad that there's a site where people can communicate with each other. Yikes, you know you're in Elmwood when they default Democracy Now into your links!
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joe said to flyingdinosaur
Welcome to (e:strip)!...

paul said to joe
oh Jan Magnussen ;)...

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I miss you too!...

tinypliny said to paul
Oh I see the sheep are there too. Is this the entirety of your flock? :D...