November 2010 Archives

Chores Part 3

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Alright! The apartment is swept, mopped, and vacuumed. Now, I have just one load of laundry to finish. That happens after I shower.

Yes, I shower.

Smart ass.

Chores Part 2

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Oh, okay. I stopped reading the snarling vitriol of the progressive blogs and am in the middle of doing my chores. Are you happy now?

Sheesh! Some people. I tell you.


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I really should be doing my house cleaning. Really I should. But I am surfing the internet. You know, reading that screaming mass of vitriol and ill informed criticism that are the progressive blogs.

Gosh, I feel so much better after getting that off my chest.

Poor Timing

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Okay, if you want to hold a protest, first rule of thumb; never schedule it when it will impact individuals and families more than it will bureaucracies and corporations.

(McClatchy) WASHINGTON -- Unwilling to gamble with their on-time arrivals, the nation's airline passengers on Wednesday ignored calls to protest heightened airport security measures on the busiest travel day of the year.

Airports from Los Angeles to New York reported no major passenger-related slowdowns as of Wednesday evening, as the Thanksgiving travel crush reached its peak with an estimated 1.6 million people taking to the skies.

At the Sea-Tac Airport between Seattle and Tacoma, the longest lines Wednesday morning formed at Starbucks. Travelers were able to proceed from the check-in counter through security checkpoints and on to their respective gates without delay. Airport observers noted that crowds were thin compared even to a non-holiday weekday.

Now, had this been scheduled during a time of political/financial travel, than there might have been a higher level of participation from civic-, and liberty-, minded individuals. But during a holiday? When people simply want to get together with their families and enjoy each others company? Sorry, but it was a stupid idea to hold a obstinately political protest during a non-political holiday. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

Yes, I know many families argue politics during holiday get togethers. But that's more about family dynamics, not about politics itself.

Instead, use this as civil disobedience during, say, some major international gathering of world leaders in the United States, such as a G-20 summit. When it becomes obvious that the scanners and invasive pat-downs are used as a protest tool against other issues, then you will see some substantial changes.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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May the time with your family be of joy, love, and happiness. And may your waistline not exceed your button's ability to hold it back.

How Thick Can You Be?

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It's 'Time To Move On'

Norm Coleman - what a maroon.

Da Bug Squashed!

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(McClatchy) AUSTIN, Texas -- Tom DeLay, the former U.S. House majority leader whose name became synonymous with the Republicans' controversial rise to power, was found guilty today of laundering money in connection with the 2002 elections.
This is a blog, so you can not see me right now, but trust me when I tell you I am doing my Happy Feet Dance around my apartment.*

Okay, I have to stop now. The downstairs tenant is banging on their ceiling with a broomstick.**

Sigh. Some people just do not know how to have fun.

* Okay, so I am not dancing, but am actually sitting at my desk, typing.
** See * above.

Driving Mr. Rush

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Just remember: driving and Oxycontin don't mix.

Ouch! That had to leave a mark. If nothing else, Rush's nose has got to be bleeding, because that was one hell of a right cross.

Oh, remind me to never, ever cross Todd Lassa.

Yes, It Will

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Suffice it to say, I was blown away by these videos. Whether they are CGI or real, I leave for you, my discerning readers, to decide for yourself.

Silestone -- 'Above Everything Else' from Alex Roman on Vimeo.

The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo.

Discovered by way of Jeri Ryan on Twitter. Resistance is futile.

Still Taking Off Shoes?

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It just blows my mind that in the 21st Century, in the United States, it is necessary to remove one's shoes to enter an airplane. I mean, how pathetic is that?

Look, I am poor. I do not travel by plane. But if I did, I would make damn sure I wore the sweatiest, stinkiest, nastiest socks possible. In fact, along with National Don't Go Through The Scanners day, I suggest a National Wear Dirty, Nasty, Stinky Socks to the airport day. Oh, and make sure the shoes you take off are the ones you used to clean the barn with just hours earlier. Preferably the hog barn. They stink the worst. I know what I speak of. Personal experience from my younger days.

Now, if you don't clean a barn, there's always stepping in doggy doo. If you don't have a dog, I am sure your neighbors do. No doubt they'd let you walk through their yard before you depart to the airport. Just make sure you step on every doo you come across. And don't scrape it off.

If you have a cat, well, then you have a litter box. Like I need to explain that further?

Seriously, let's get some civil disobedience going. Walk your doggy doo to the airport! It will be fun.

Who The Hell Wrote This?

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Just One Big Money Pit

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Well, there goes more of our tax money.

(CNBC) When Congress comes back into session next week, it may consider measures intended to bolster the legal status of a controversial bank owned electronic mortgage registration system that contains three out of every five mortgages in the country.

The system is known as MERS, the acronym for a private company called Mortgage Electronic Registry Systems. Set up by banks in the 1997, MERS is a system for tracking ownership of home loans as they move from mortgage originator through the financial pipeline to the trusts set up when mortgage securities are sold.

The system has come under scrutiny by critics who charge MERS with facilitating slipshod practices. Recently, lawyers have filed lawsuits claiming that banks owe states billions of dollars for mortgage recording fees they avoided by using MERS.

Perhaps even more devastatingly, some critics say that sloppiness at MERS--which has just 40 full-time employees--may have botched chain of title for many mortgages. They say that MERS lacks standing to bring foreclosure actions, and the botched chain of title may cast doubts on whether anyone has clear enough ownership of some mortgages to foreclose on a defaulting borrower. The problems with MERS system led JPMorgan Chase [JPM  39.76    -0.26  (-0.65%)   ] CEO Jamie Dimon to stop using MERS for foreclosures in 2008.

Now it appears that Congress may attempt to prevent any MERS meltdown from occurring. MERS is owned by all the biggest banks, and they certainly do not want it to be sunk by huge fines. Investors in mortgage-backed securities also do not want to see the value of their bonds sink because of doubts about the ownership of the underlying mortgages.

What Bobby Said

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This is a first (and possibly last) in what should have already been a long established practice of "What Mustang Bobby Said."

Aside from the fact that the Republicans and the right wing had decided long before January 20, 2009, that the Obama presidency would be a failure and that they would do everything they could to make it so, the simple fact remains that human nature is such that it is easier to convince the people that a vapor trail off the coast of California is a precursor to an invasion by the Borg than it is to convince 95% of the taxpaying public that their taxes actually went down last year. The more outrageous the story, the easier it is to sell. Orson Welles knew that in 1938; so did P.T. Barnum, and so did the folks who came up with the whiz-bang story that the universe was created in six days. After all, which sounds better; the Garden of Eden and a talking snake or a long boring science lecture on microbes adapting to a planet with carbon and water?

What A Piece Of Work!

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Seriously, what is wrong with this man?

• Showed up at the home of a private citizen three times, including once at 1:30 a.m. That incident is especially telling because it clearly was about harassing Mr. Armstrong, not engaging in free speech.

• Further engaged in behavior that, while not perhaps sufficient to charge criminal stalking, was harassing, uninvited and showed a pattern that was in the everyday sense, stalking.

• Harassing Armstrong's friends as they were socializing in Ann Arbor;

• Numerous calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, Armstrong's employer, in an attempt to slander Armstrong -- and ultimately attempting to cause Pelosi to fire Armstrong;

• Attempting to "out" Armstrong's friends as homosexual -- several of whom were not gay.

Cox said Shirvell engaged in his campaign against Shirvell on company time and posted attacks on Armstrong on the Internet while at work.

If his attempt was to look homophobic - well - he did a damn fine job.

Not A Political Junkie

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In other words, NO I am not watching the returns. I am going to read Stephen R. Donaldson's "Fatal Revenant" in preparation for reading his latest release "Against All Things Ending." In case anyone is wondering, he is finishing up the Thomas Covenant Series.
Walked into my polling station with my latest cell phone bill, my driver's license with my old address, and my right to vote. I registered and placed my vote. I voted DFL where ever it was clearly marked. Otherwise, I went with incumbents. What do I know about the judges and how they do?

Unlike other peoples experience, I walked from my car to the door of the building without having to put up with signs, "poll watchers" etc. The parking lot had cars and the people who drove them, nothing else. It was a rural polling station, yet seemed to be filling up fast as I was leaving. I think turnout is going to be much better then predicted.

I know the conventional wisdom calls for a huge Democratic loss, but you know, I still hope the recount goes for Dewey.............. 

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