08 Oct 2006 @ 8:28 AM 

The folks over at JoeUser are a bit more right-wing than most large groups online, it seems. They’re not even, in general, libertarian but definitely a preponderance of Bush-lovers. There’s nothing wrong with that, per se; it does make for some interesting discussions at times. This post stimulated a lot of responses, most of them (to my mind) unthinking. The original poster is a retired Colonel and was sharing his personal economic status change over the previous year, as contrasted with the “great news” about the economy that is trumpeted on Fox News. He was, of course, attacked as an idiot on multiple occasions. The fact that few people on that board seem capable of spelling much correctly does distract me, but here’s one correctly spelled response that jumped out at me:

People don’t know if they are better off or not.

Oh, well, then. We’ll just tell people they’re better off, and even if their checkbooks tell them differently, they’ll believe us.

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Last Edit: 11 Oct 2006 @ 05:35 PM

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 06 Oct 2006 @ 1:52 PM 

Which of these have you done? Add up the dollar amounts and repost in your own journal…

Smoked pot — $10
Did acid — $5
Ever had sex at church — $25
Woke up in the morning and did not know the person who was next to you — $40
Had sex with someone on MySpace — $25
Had sex for money — $100
Ever had sex with the a Puerto Rican — $20
Vandalized something — $20
Had sex on your parents’ bed — $10
Beat up someone — $20
Been jumped — $10
Crossed dressed — $10
Given money to stripper — $25
Been in love with a stripper — $20
Kissed some one who’s name you didn’t know — $0.10
Hit on some one of the same sex while at work — $15
Ever drive drunk — $20
Ever got drunk at work, or went to work while still drunk — $50
Used toys while having sex — $30
Got drunk, passed and don’t remember the night before — $20
Went skinny dipping — $5
Had sex in a pool — $20
Kissed someone of the same sex — $10
Had sex with someone of the same sex — $20
Cheated on your significant other — $10
Masturbated — $10
Cheated on your significant other with their relative or close friend — $20
Done oral — $5
Got oral — $5
Done / got oral in a car while it was moving — $25
Stole something — $10
Had sex with someone in jail — $25
Made a nasty home video — $15
Had a threesome — $50
Had sex in the wild — $20
Been in the same room while someone was having sex — $25
Stole something worth over more than a hundred dollars — $20
Had sex with someone 10 years older — $20
Had sex with someone under 21 and you are over 27 — $25
Been in love with two people or more at the same time — $50
Said you love someone but didn’t mean it — $25
Went streaking — $5
Went streaking in broad daylight — $15
Been arrested — $5
Spent time in jail — $15
Peed in the pool — $0.50
Played spin the bottle — $5
Done something you regret — $20
Had sex with your best friend — $20
Had sex with someone you work with at work — $25
Had anal sex — $80
Lied to your mate — $5
Lied to your mate about the sex being good — $25DONT FORGET TO REPOST WITH YOUR DOLLAR AMOUNT

$290.50

Posted By: Gary
Last Edit: 06 Oct 2006 @ 01:52 PM

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Foley

 
 03 Oct 2006 @ 7:18 PM 

I love the persecution complex the GOP has. Even after gaining control of the House, Senate, White House, and (more or less) the Supreme Court, they still act like they’re some minority under attack. Hey, when you’re in charge you don’t get to be the underdog! Don’t claim the Democrats are doing something underhanded because ABC breaks a story making your party look sleazy; maybe you should use that Ethics Committee before someone gets indicted.

So, Mark Foley is a pedophile scumbag, who thinks going into alcohol rehab will somehow help his image. Oh, wait! Today he’s claiming that he was molested by a clergyman as a child. Oh, well, that certainly excuses this behavior.

Watch out for the Democrats, they’re out to get you!* Booga booga booga! And, right on cue, the GOP pundits pop up on all the news shows, attacking Democrats and claiming that the kids being targeted by Foley aren’t innocents but were working it. Huh?

*This would require the Dems to find their spines and ideas, so don’t hold your breath.

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Last Edit: 03 Oct 2006 @ 07:33 PM

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 03 Oct 2006 @ 4:37 PM 

Everyone who said that they didn’t need to worry about TiVo’s closed architecture, because it did everything they needed, including that nifty TiVoToGo that let you make DVDs on your computer from your TiVo box? Yeah, you got punked.

The new and improved TiVo Series3 boxes, the ones that finally allow you to record HD (something you could do with MythTV for years), have deleted the already-very-limited ability to do what you want with the recording you make on your machine that you pay for. Cheers.

There is no legal reason to do this, by the way. The fair use doctrine and case law (Betamax decision) are on the side of people who want to make personal copies of free over-the-air broadcasts. Aren’t you glad that TiVo is more interested in not offending Hollywood than they are in providing features their customers want?

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Last Edit: 03 Oct 2006 @ 04:37 PM

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 02 Oct 2006 @ 3:08 PM 

Contract drivers being killed by insurgents in Iraq. The military escort drove off while the convoy was under fire, leaving at least three cargo trucks to fend for themselves with no weapons or defenses of any kind. The Army says they conducted an investigation, but can’t find the results of that investigation so they have no comment.

Halliburton fired the one surviving driver, because he was injured on the job. That’s company policy.

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Last Edit: 02 Oct 2006 @ 03:10 PM

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 01 Oct 2006 @ 5:42 PM 

The new season of Saturday Night Live started this week. Not only do I still not find Dane Cook’s “fratguy observations” humorous, the rest of the show is not doing much for me either. There were about two bright spots during the news (which really needs Tina Fey to return), and otherwise the funniest bit was a two-minute stretch of water bottles falling from a closet. Yes, two minutes of just water bottles pouring out of a closet; so many bottles that it’s obvious the closet is actually a Tardis.

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Last Edit: 01 Oct 2006 @ 05:42 PM

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Tapas

 
 01 Oct 2006 @ 12:01 PM 

My friend Dora hosted a party at her house last night, and I catered it. We had tapas and sangria (white and traditional), and Jenn brought cheesecake, while Tammy brought pie and homemade bread.

One of the things Alex and I enjoy is trying out new recipes. Everything last night (except the traditional sangria) was a new experiment. Based on the speed with which food disappeared, I’m gonna say that oven-roasted potatoes are always popular, and the chorizo in red wine was a big hit too (although I found it too strong personally). Sadly, the one thing The Boy helped with was not one of the hits. We put little bits of roasted pepper and green olives on cocktail toothpicks, along with feta cheese or cocktail onions. The onions were almost universally unloved, and the feta eventually got eaten, but not something worth bothering with again.

The game Hoopla is a load of fun, if you ever throw a party for a decent-sized group of people. Apparently everyone is on the same team. Huh? Anyway, hope for the demolition derby card.  😉

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Last Edit: 01 Oct 2006 @ 12:01 PM

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