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Bi-Subject Facebook Discussion

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The following is a copy and paste of a Facebook discussion I had with an old friend, with names removed. I would have said to protect the innocent, but you all know that is a lie:
Me

Hi Roger!

10:19am Name Redacted.

Hey how ya doin

10:19am Me

Oh, I'm doin, I'm doin

Getting ready to go to Unity. I have to do consults on the medical floors.

10:20am Name Redacted.

Packers Ya your coment typical viking fan

Work later today myself

10:20am Me

Actually, I gave up on the Vikings after their 4th Super Bowl loss. Never looked back.

I'm just a smart ass

10:21am Name Redacted.

Ya me too

10:21am Me

What? You gave up on the Vikings?

10:21am Name Redacted.

Coming to the meetiong this week ?

No just a smart ass Paker fan all the way

10:22am Me

It's tough, I have to be at work in Red Wing at 1:00 PM, and it is such a long drive

lOL

You know using the word smart and Packer Fan in the same sentence qualifies as an oxymoron

Right up there with Military Intelligence

10:23am Name Redacted.

Ya Ya

10:23am Me

HEhehehehehe

10:24am Name Redacted.

Was born a packer fan didn't have a choice

10:24am Me

Well, I've got to get going, or there will be a doctor or two upset that I am holding up their treatment of patients.

Packer fans are born?

10:24am Name Redacted.

Take Care

10:24am Me

You tool

10:24am Name Redacted.

Hatched ?

10:24am Me

I thought more along the lines of spawned from the cranberry marches of Northwester WI.

10:25am Name Redacted.

That could be Have a great day

10:25am Me

You too.

25 Years Sober

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As of today, a quarter of a century without drugs or alcohol. I am assigned my own firetruck because I am so dry I am a fire hazard.

Not Going In The Right Direction

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This has Big Brother written all over it:

(fresnobee.com) SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Witnesses could be charged with a misdemeanor for failing to report violent attacks in California under legislation approved by the state Assembly.

[snip]

Current law requires witnesses to report violent crimes when the victim is younger than 14. Nava's bill expands the requirement to include victims of all ages. Violators would face up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,500.
This takes California one step closer to a police state. And policing morality certainly has never been successful.

State Of The Union Speech

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Here he is:

Congratulations Ford

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Well done on weathering the storm.

(NYT) DETROIT -- The Ford Motor Company earned $2.7 billion in 2009 and said Thursday that it now expected to be profitable in 2010 as well.


The profit for 2009, equal to 86 cents a share, was a swing of $17.5 billion from 2008, when the company lost $14.8 billion. It is Ford's first full-year profit since 2005.

The company ended 2009 with $25.5 billion in cash reserves, nearly twice the $13.4 billion it had at the start of the year.

It also expects positive cash flow and an operating profit in 2010, which is a year sooner than executives had previously said the company would become consistently profitable.

"It really is pivotal and historic," Ford's chief executive, Alan R. Mulally, said on a conference call with analysts and reporters, "that during the worst economic recession in 30 or 40 years, because of the strength of the plan we put in place a few years ago, we were not only able to survive but also to create a foundation that is delivering now profitable growth during that year."


Hi. My Name Is Rudy

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And I am the dumbest politician in the whole wide world.



If he is going to talk like Forest Gump, he could at least make an effort to improve his impersonation. Because, really, he makes Forest look like an intellectual.

And yes, I am aware Forest Gump is a fictional character. I happen to believe it is appropriate to compare the two, because for all intensive purposes, Rudy Giuliani is a fictional leader.

Poor Twitty

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Let me just go on record that for Chris Matthews to say he forgot the President is black actually speaks well for him. I mean, for crying out loud, Matthews is as close to albino as a man can get without actually being albino. As an icon of white, male privilege, you can not get any closer than Matthews. So, to hear him say he forgot President Obama was black somehow speaks volumes about the overall social shift occurring in our country. And, as inarticulate as he was at that moment, he appeared to not mean it in a negative, or derogatory manner.



Just re-listened to this; he forgot for a whole hour! Wow, that is just phenomenal. Honestly, you just can not get any whiter than Chris Matthews.
Bark Bark Woof Woof

I can make a couple of predictions, though: before the speech the pundits will agree that this is The Most Important Speech President Obama Will Ever Deliver and that his presidency, his legacy, and his whole reason for being Hangs In the Balance. After it's over, the Republicans will shake their head sadly and wonder why the president isn't being bipartisan enough, which, according to House Minority Leader John Boehner, means that he's not caving in to the demands of the Republicans. And I am sure that someone will point out that only Time Will Tell how well the speech went... at least until Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Glenn Beck, Charles Krauthammer and the rest of the Villagers can get back to tweeting.
Posted without comment. Well, other then the fact that I stole the entire second graph from MB's post. Because, you see, I am a lazy blogger. Always have been. Damn proud to say so, too.

So there.

Sew buttons on your underwear.

Sigh.

Alright. Alright. I'll stop now.

'Made in USA': Simple But costly

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StarTribune.com

How much is a noble idea worth? A new state law prohibits cities, counties, the state and other "public employers" from buying uniforms or safety equipment made outside the United States. The idea, said the man behind the measure, Rep. Tom Rukavina, is to send a message about protecting American jobs and revenue. An admirable goal, say city officials and the League of Minnesota Cities, but the problem is that cash-strapped local governments have never been in a worse position to devote scarce resources to a philosophical ideal, even if they agree with it.
A law that should have been passed back when NAFTA was first implemented.

Man, Do I Know How He Feels

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Because it made me laugh.



Great ending, too.

Hat Tip P6

You Know, I Have To Agree

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I have never been a fan of public financing of stadiums. The money should be spent on schools and other worthy social programs. So, I have to say I like what Joe Repya said:

As your next governor, I would agree to public financing of a new Viking stadium only if Ziggy Wilf and the NFL agree to sell a 51% equity of the Vikings to the State of Minnesota with a never to relocate iron clad clause.
Now, do not mistake this post as an endorsement of Joe Repya for Governor. I just like his idea about the Vikes and a new stadium.

Empty Grandstanding

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Hot Dish Politics

Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann stopped by the state Capitol on Monday to pitch some proposed ground rules for the national debate over health care reform.
 
At a news conference, Bachmann unveiled the "Declaration of Health Care Independence," which will be formally released Wednesday.
 
"We are rejecting politics as usual in Washington D.C. in dealing with this health care issue," said Bachmann, a Republican.
Proposing ground rules at this point in health care reform is like the refs showing up for the game after the clock has run out.

Sometimes there's crazy, which makes sense in a headline grabbing sort of way. Then there is the above move by Bachmann, which is just plain stupid. Dumb ass stupid.

What I Said, But Funny

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Along the lines of what I said, but cruder and with more humor:
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Hat tip Dusty

A Word, Mr. President.

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Okay, you managed along most of your bills through congress. However, what you did not do is lead. The President Of The United States needs to lead, not manage. You have safely guided your various agenda bills through the house and senate. At no time did you show courage by taking a risk.

Now, as your closest advisers tell you to move towards the center; as they tell you to become even more dedicated to bi-partisanship; as they whisper to you to be cautious: tell them all to go to helI.

It is time for you to do a 180. They did not like health care reform as negotiated? Then throw the whole damn thing out and demand pure universal health care. Not universal health insurance, or single payer, but national health care.

Stop playing their God damned game, sir. Go out, take charge, set the tone. You have been led. Hell, you allowed yourself to be led. Now, cowboy up. Throw caution to the wind. Push for what you deem to be impossible, take the ridicule and derision and lead this country, Damn It.

Might Explain The Delays

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I suspect this story might just explain why there has been pressure from congressional critters to delay closing Guantánamo. Some prominent politicians probably have a connection or two with the leadership at the time of his whole fiasco

When President Barack Obama took office last year, he promised to "restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great." Toward that end, the president issued an executive order declaring that the extra-constitutional prison camp at Guantánamo "shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order." Obama has failed to fulfill his promise. Some prisoners are being charged with crimes, others released, but the date for closing the camp seems to recede steadily into the future. Furthermore, new evidence now emerging may entangle Obama's young administration with crimes that occurred during the Bush presidency, evidence that suggests the current administration failed to investigate seriously--and may even have continued--a cover-up of the possible homicides of three prisoners at Guantánamo in 2006.
I suspect this is going to bring down several military and political careers when all is said and done.

Hat Tip Hullabaloo.

Damn, There Goes The Circus

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(KSTP TV) Former Senator Norm Coleman told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Chief Political Reporter Tom Hauser late Sunday he will not be running for governor in 2010.

He will make the official announcement on his Facebook page. He released the following statement to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS ahead of the announcement.

"I love Minnesota and I love public service, but this is not the right time for me and my family to conduct a campaign for Governor.
Well, I guess we will not have Norm to kick around anymore. Of course, there is still a federal pen with an open cell waiting for him.

Be Afraid

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Be very afraid.

God, I am so glad this man is no longer in charge. For eight years all George W. Bush did was cry "Be Afraid." Give him a national microphone, and he resorts right back to crying "Be Afraid."

Good Idea

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I agree with the Heritage Foundation: President Obama should call Miserable Failure and ask his advice. Then do exactly the opposite of what MF suggests. No doubt there will be complete and utter success.

Only The Onion

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After the last post, I could not help but laugh at this:

The openly gay teen, who came out to his parents at age 14 and has had a steady boyfriend for the past seven months, said he first began to suspect he might be different last year, when he started feeling an odd stirring within himself every time he passed a church. The more conservative the church, Faber claimed, the stronger his desire was to enter it.

"It's like I don't even know who I am anymore," the frightened teenager said. "Keeping this secret obsession with radical right-wing dogma hidden away from my parents, teachers, and schoolmates is tearing me apart."

I know, I know. I should not laugh at the pain and suffering of others, but no one has slipped on a banana peel in front of me in an age. So, forgive me if I find humor in this poor kid's suffering.

More here.

Jack Ass Of The Millennium

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What the hell do you say to something this onerous?

Of course, you know he says this stuff simply to remain in the news.

A Sudden Realization

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I believe I have found the reason for my lack of posting; political blogging is just like my job of counseling addicts. You see, I have to spend much of my job pointing out the lies, distortions and out right denial of my clients. So, to turn around and point out the lies, distortions, and out right denial of the political spectrum is old and tiring.

Blah

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Once again the world is aflame with much to do about nothing except gossip, gossip, gossip. Then there are the totally disgusting words used by a conservative. Oh wait. Which used disgusting words, and which is conservative?

Basically a whole lot of noise that signifies the total lack of focus currently occurring with the Village Idiots.

Friday Stolen Code Blogging

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Friday Blogaround

We're only a week into this year and it's already getting weird... thudding iguanas? Here's how the LC saw it.
- A Blog Around The Clock: Are you ready for ScienceOnline 2010?
- All Facts and Opinions is back with a personal note.
- archy... and it has palm trees!
- Bark Bark Woof Woof: tea and loathing.
- Bloggg: the secret ingredient.
- Dohiyi Mir: Gaza freedom update.
- Echidne Of The Snakes: the individual mandate.
- Florida Progressive Coalition Blog: how others see us -- Florida politics from the outside.
- ...I Am A Tree with memories of forgotten days.
- Left Is Right with bits and pieces for the week.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web with the Pink Glove Dance.
- Rook's Rant meditates on the new (?) year.
- rubber hose with observations from afar.
- Scrutiny Hooligans: zero growth.
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation: waiting for the adults.
- The Invisible Library and the heretics of Dune.
- The Yellow Something Something: Do you feel safer? D'oh!
- WTF Is It Now?? more bad news for Obama.
Stay warm... I know the feeling.
I know I call it stolen code blogging, but the truth be told, I have MB's permission to steal it, making it not stolen, really. Blah. Boring, ain't it? Oh well. I am sure you would rather be listening to Blitzer or Matthews blather on about some Great, Important, Earth Shattering Presidential Statement. Seriously; "drag this out and make the the Most Important News Story Ever, or at least until they can get to the commercial break to sell Sham-Wows or boner pills." cracked my shit up.

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(Salon.com) While I'm loath to write a top-10 list, if only for fear of falling short of Dave Letterman's legendary bit, I'm making an exception in this first week of 2010 -- a moment when we get to not only make New Year's resolutions, but resolutions for the new decade. As we make those prospective pledges, let's take a moment to look back at the top 10 quotations from the last 10 years -- the ones telling us some painful truths about our country, society and worldview; the ones that might inform us of what we need to do as we move forward.

10. "They frankly own the place." -- Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., in 2009 admitting the taboo about banks' influence in Congress.

9. "Haven't we already given money to rich people ... Shouldn't we be giving money to the middle?" -- President George W. Bush in November 2002, acknowledging to advisors that he knew his tax cuts were giveaways to the super-wealthy.

8. "Keep your government hands off my Medicare." -- Anti-healthcare protester at an August 2009 congressional town hall meeting in South Carolina -- the single most succinct sign that our country has become an idiocracy.

7. "We did this for the show." -- Falcon Heene on Oct. 15, 2009, telling CNN that the Balloon Boy chase was a hoax. The declaration demonstrated that the media's 24-7 knee-jerk sensationalism is irresponsible and proved that America's culture of celebrity aspiration is completely out of control.

6. "As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know they're some things we do not know. But there're also unknown unknowns; the ones we don't know we don't know." -- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Feb. 12, 2002, effectively telling us that the government had no idea what it was doing by invading Iraq.

5. "Bring 'em on." -- President George Bush on July 2, 2003, daring al-Qaida to attack U.S. troops -- yet more proof that the elite defines "toughness" as politicians flippantly sacrificing young American lives for Washington's hubristic ideologies.

4. "The investment community feels very put-upon. They feel there is no reason why they shouldn't earn $1 million to $200 million a year, and they don't want to be held responsible for the global financial meltdown." -- Daniel Fass, chairman of Obama's financial-industry fundraising party on Oct. 19, 2009, insisting that despite wrecking the economy and then being handed trillions of bailout dollars, Wall Street is a victim.

3. "$500,000 is not a lot of money, particularly if there is no bonus." -- Wall Street compensation consultant James Reda on Feb. 3, 2009, giving the New York Times a good example of just how totally out of touch the super-rich really are.

2. "I didn't campaign on the public option." -- President Obama on Dec. 22, 2009, expecting the public to forget that his presidential campaign platform explicitly promised to pass healthcare legislation giving all Americans "the opportunity to enroll in (a) new public plan."

1. "It doesn't matter." -- Vice President Dick Cheney on Nov. 5, 2006, referring to polls repeatedly showing the majority of Americans oppose the Iraq war -- a sign the ruling class truly does not care about the demands of the public.

These epigrams expose a nation that has internalized and accepted the forces of avarice, corruption, dishonesty, incompetence and insensitivity. Some of them are darkly funny, some of them are gut-wrenchingly sad -- but all of them are warnings. Whether we listen to them or not will be the difference between repeating the last decade's folly or learning from it.

Here's to resolutions for the new decade that finally choose the latter.

A New Year?

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For what it is worth, I am not all that up on the 'New Year' concept. Why? Well, for one thing, it is a man made concept that really does not have any organic origin. In fact, though not arbitrarily chosen, it was placed merely for the benefit of one religion establishing credibility over other existing customs. At least, that is how I see it.

Perchance I am wrong. Don't really care.

Today is no different than yesterday. The sun has risen, will travel across the sky, and set. Barring unforeseen occurrences, my lungs will continue to breath the air; my heart will continue to beat and pump blood through my veins. Most importantly, my five senses will continue to receive the energy of the moment, if my mind does not get in the way.

That, of course, is my major problem; my mind's thinking blocking the energy of the moment with forays into the hardly ever properly recalled past or the always wrong prophetic musings about the future.

Sigh.

I think I need to go meditate.

Friday Stolen Code Blogging

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Okay, let me start the New Year out right with some basic Friday larceny:

Friday Blogaround

Good-bye 2009, hello 2010. Here's how the LC saw the last week of the Oughts.

- A Blog Around The Clock: Science vs. Politics.
- archy has a few comments.
- Bark Bark Woof Woof looks back and forward.
- Bloggg finds a helpful Trader.
- Dohiyi Mir: Sam makes his first plane trip.
- Echidne Of The Snakes on Janet Napolitano facing facts.
- Florida Progressive Coalition Blog: "Corporatism" is discussed on the air.
- Musing's musings updates us on his sleeping places this year.
- Pen-Elayne on the Web offers an alternative end to The Wizard of Oz.
- Rook's Rant: if he only had a heart....
- rubber hose: and noz jr. makes three.
- Scrutiny Hooligans: If you're going to sin...
- Stupid Enough Unexplanation discovers that all liberals really want is to be naked.
- The Yellow Something Something finds out that life is better.
- WTF Is It Now?? Feeling Rush's and Karl's pain.
And the beat goes on.
Not that I am making any type of resolution to be more prolific in my posting, or to be more consistent in my stealing from Mustang Bobby every Friday. It is just a simple effort today to be the blogger I am. Or some such nonsense.

And it is all nonsense, you know. All of it. We are on a water logged rock hurtling through space around a burning mass of energy that itself is hurtling through space. A thousand years from now, most of our writings and even our identities will either be lost or forgotten as the human race continues its ever ongoing pursuit of imperfection. That is, if it hasn't achieved perfection and wiped itself out of existence.

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