"I’ll miss the excitement of being ahead of the curve and already know what the pundits are going to spin on television."
Good Lord, someone punch me in the face.
I might be the only person who believes this, but the people who get excited over garbage from pundits and “spin” are a special type of miserable.
"I’ll miss seeing people working toward a common goal because they think they’re making the country a better place," says Barr. "We’ve been living in our own alternate universe where the election is the only thing that matters. There will some difficulty leaving that."
You know, you can still work towards making the country a better place, and you don’t need an election to do so.
And, even with this election coming to a close, he says he has a reason to remain optimistic: the midterm elections are only two years away.
If you do Buster, please do the post-seal-bite Buster. And please take pics. And you have to talk about how your mom’s “still got it” all night.
I didn’t realize how many ideas you could come up from Arrested Development… it’s really absurd. Calls for a theme party, in fact. I won’t hold it so close to Halloween, but it’s definitely something I’ll keep in mind.
Buster with Claw Illusionist Gob Never-nude Tobias Blue Man Group Tobias Uncle Sam Annyong J. Reinhold Carl Weathers
For whatever reason, I found myself thinking about the opposite of the adult female tradition of dressing up for Halloween, the male equivalent, if you will. What costumes achieve the optimal one-night stands?
Oh! I remember… I figured that if I dressed up as “crazy woman from McCain rally”, I had no chance. In fact, save yourselves from dressing in drag, guys, if you want some boomboom at the end of the night from Sexy Spiderwoman.
So, my costume ideas also included Tobias Funke in Blue Man Group paint and nevernude jorts, Beastie Boys-circa-Sabotage, etc. The crazy thing is that, even though many women won’t know who Tobias is, they might want to see if I painted my entire body blue. To that, my answer is yes, ladies: blue balls all the way.
I don’t know where else to go with this. If I dressed up as Justin Hawkins, I’m sure I would have gotten laid by a dozen girls in the same night. If I dressed up as Ryan Adams, I guess some tumblr girls would be up for lovin, but I get this impression that many of them spend all day in their dorms refreshing for the next Dr. Adams post so they can reblog their love for him.
I opened my email this morning and had ten emails from my aunt who lives in a small town in Missouri. Their content is crushing me… everything you’d think - religious prayers, abortion, even a rudolf the reindeer jingle on Obama stealing everyones money and crying out socialism into the night. I decided to reply all with a well-stated opinion with the hope that the one kid in the family who got a college education will be able to make an impact here. Although, my heart won’t stop racing and it is increasingly difficult to breathe…. I’m really fucking scared.
I wholeheartedly approve of the idea of e-mail forwarding. If there’s a time to put the full court press on relatives like this, it’s now. Throw everything + the kitchen sink at them… debunked rumors, policy positions, whatever. It’s better than throwing a poster on your lawn.
Two days before Election Day, perhaps we'll be back to hearing "but he's the #1 liberal in the Senate!" again.
I hinted to this before, but the most striking characteristic that I’ve noticed from some supporters of McCain is a dogged sense of loyalty and faithfulness. Yes, as nutty as the nuttiest Obama supporters. Nowadays, all I’m hearing about is socialism, but weeks ago? Ayers. Before that? The “liberal” label. Somewhere in there was something about how he never governed a state. And aside from a select minority, the supporters have breathlessly shifted from talking point to talking point, and this indicates a lack of free thought for many of those people. Again… as nutty as the nuttiest Obama supporters.
This looks bad. You know what else looks bad? Asking what Obama stands for… all the time. There are occasions in which this is appropriate, but most of the time I’ve heard it, it’s laziness. There are two major political parties, with mostly well-defined policy positions. In addition, each candidate has a platform which anyone can read. I’ve seen no indication that McCain’s platform is any easier to read than Obama’s, so why is everyone confused about Obama? Answer: because it’s the easy way out. Ironic, for a group so obsessed about taxing the savvy and successful, sometimes they have no interest in doing some policy reading: they want others to explain for them. Do you really need help to figure out what a Democrat is going to do in office? This is not to say that Senator Obama could answer some questions with more specifics, but that doesn’t excuse anyone from false statements about his tax plan, statements that I know are coming straight from Republican talking points.
How do Obama supporters look now? They opposed spending obscene amounts of money on a war that they felt was useless, partly because of the human cost, but also the financial cost. They opposed No Child Left Behind, a convoluted educational system that cost billions, but hasn’t really done much to improve things. They wanted a more democratic method of choosing who would take on reconstruction projects here and abroad, offering deals to the highest bidder… but no. Some sensible economic decisions could have been made.
I know some people are scared of a supposedly Socialist system that isn’t nearly as Socialist as Socialism can be, but look at the bright side: if you lose now, you can pick somebody new for 2012 and hope that the American people are impatient about this recession and already want to give up on Obama. It’s very possible. Just don’t pick Sarah Palin… someone who takes oil profits for her constituents doesn’t help your cause. Let those oil companies enjoy their profits, Governor!
Most people seem to have a clause in their dating contract that allows them to jump ship immediately. I’m not attached to the clause in the subject title, but if you keep telling me how awesome Fountainhead is, I might get a bit annoyed.
No, I’m ridiculous: I’m wary about dating Yankee fans. I did it once, and the joy of watching them lose in 2001 almost earned me a punch in the face. The crazy thing is that I think I could deal with Ranger fans, because I can be pretty sure they know what they’re talking about. No Jeter figure there, so I’m less likely to find a girl at a Ranger game who wonders openly why the goalie stands in blue ice for most of the game. I guess if she chants “you can’t beat us”, then I’d have to reconsider. I’m not a happy loser.
Whatchu got? No dates for guys who dress like they’re in a Wes Anderson movie? Only dates for those guys?
“BTW, will you be voting libertarian this year? That would appear to be the direction you’re heading in, and to be honest, I don’t understand why people who are crying “socialism” aren’t going in that direction as a large group.”—
I can’t speak for the Libertarians, but I imagine why a lot of them are voting for McCain is because of the two prominent choices, he is more likely to support the policies they believe in. And much like the many of the people that would prefer a Green candidate in the White House, they vote for Obama because he is closer to their ideals than McCain. It’s not rocket science.
With all this talk about socialism, my curiosity took me to the Wikipedia page on income taxes in the United States, just to get a perspective on this stuff. It’s interesting if you’re into it, I guess.
Anyway, for those who might not have been aware, income taxes were incredibly low until World War I, at which point, they were raised to socialist-douchebag levels of 73% at the top! The later part of the roaring 20s brought it down to Reagan-levels, and I guess we all know what followed the roaring 20s. The bottom line is that wasn’t until the later half of Reagan’s years that the federal income tax dropped below 40% again for the highest earners. So, in terms of socialism… Obama has a ways to go, to say the least.
Note: this ignores the complexity of other taxing from citizens, and if anyone wants to take that ball and run with it, by all means, you’re probably more knowledgable than I am.
Seriously. Since when did Americans want to be rescued? Since when do they hold their hands out, happily taking whatever is given to them?
What she said.
American pride has been replaced with American guilt and American jealousy, where success is shameful and personal wealth a disgrace.
You’re supposed to feel bad for everything you ever achieved as long as there are people that have less than you. Charity is not sufficent. You must submit to the progressive tax code and be coerced into helping out the little guy.
More importantly, you must loathe all the people that have more than you. It’s not enough to simply work hard to achieve what they have. Oh no. You have to belittle them. You have to question how they achieved it.
Then you have to punish them. They don’t deserve what they’ve achieved. The little people do. All the people they must have stepped on along the road to successs. Those are the real heroes. The American Dream is no longer that anyone can achieve anything. The American Dream is now “You have what I want so you must be a total prick. You’re going down!” We’ve become a society that thrives on seeing the great among us fall. The problem with that is before long, everyone’s on the bottom.
Capitalism breeds these sorts of emotions. But nonetheless, you’re distorting the issue: the guilt and jealousy is reserved mostly for those who cheat or bully their way up. There are tons of wealthy people who are given respect in this society. You’re just focusing on the negative.
BTW, will you be voting libertarian this year? That would appear to be the direction you’re heading in, and to be honest, I don’t understand why people who are crying “socialism” aren’t going in that direction as a large group.
Buying a bicycle: like cars, only more intimidating?
It’s come to my attention that I’d probably benefit from having a bike. I could get to work on it, the shelter, volleyball, and kickball, among other things. So I was hoping to get some prices by googling “buy bicycle”, and what did I see? 10 straight results of “how to buy…”, meaning this takes some work. I’ll have to take a potential bike out to dinner before formally asking for its hand in marriage, I guess.
Portlanders, I’m coming straight for you guys with questions, beware!
I can’t watch it, thank goodness. Someone left a wagon out on the football field, just a few feet from the endzone, and let’s just say there was an ugly collision. One of the commenters blamed the color guard, which is AWESOME. As a former band geek, I remember the good ol days of making fun of color guard, because it only made sense… they were even more useless than we were.
(sorry if I offended any ladies with that one, I’m sure you waved that flag loud and proud)
Milk is okay with me. I wouldn’t drink it without something to go with it, like cereal or cookies, so the amount of promotion towards milk is a bit odd to me. Does every celebrity really need to sport that fake milkstache?
So it was humorous to meet a guy who is vehemently anti-milk, for seemingly no reason at all. Something about false benefits, propoganda… I’ve known a couple of gems in my life. I think Bill Maher is anti-milk too. With that said, I think it’s time for an anti-milk TV campaign, similar to campaign ads. My morbid brain came up with a dead koala with a milkstache and the caption “HOW DO YA LIKE THAT MILK NOW, SUCKER?”
Somehow, in spite of less than a year on the job and no prior ownership of a pet, I’ve been asked a few times and responded to other people’s questions about their new buddy. Peeing the bed! Running around like a maniac! Nibbling on your fingers! Let’s talk about solutions.
Biting: For one thing, most cat nibbles are playful. You’ll know when it isn’t. When a cat rolls on its back and starts batting away? That’s okay. In situations where they start to get a little rough, you’ll want to send a message, and the two best ways of doing this are hissing in its ear and grabbing it by the scruff (the back of the neck). That’s what the mother does when she is sick of the babies trying to wrestle her or anything like that.
Scratching the good furniture: Either double-sided tape or a scent they don’t like can do the trick. From what I recall, cats don’t care for some citrus scents. Also, cats like scratching with their front claws the same way humans dig a good back scratch. Go on eBay and check out some of the cat trees they have there… it’s like a jungle gym!
Biting electrical wiring: Apply additional electrical tape, or spray the wire with some stuff they don’t like… pet stores sell something specific for this.
Peeing on your stuff: For small kittens, it might be a good idea to keep the kitten in a secluded area when you aren’t around, like the bathroom, so they can fully get used to the litter box (assuming its also there). They should pick up on it quickly… having the litter box is beneficial for them because they want to mask their scent. It’s a predatory thing. Still, it might be worth going to a vet to check up on this if it is a constant problem, could be a bladder issue. Separately: spraying should be minimized once the kitten goes to get spayed or neutered.
Bonkers cat: Kittens can be stir-crazy sometimes, not sure if there’s anything to stop it from happening. Having another animal buddy can help to keep them chill, but you might just have to roll with the punches for awhile. I think it’s just natural instincts.
If anyone has other questions, I’ll give it a shot.
I’m rereading 1984 until I figure out something better to do. I know the perils of this more than most… it results in people obnoxiously comparing facets of the government du jour to Big Brother, to the point that they want to let you know that as a result of reading this book, they are intellectually superior. It’s certainly a frequently referenced book. Then again, the more you think about it, you start to look at more things and compare them to 1984. Google Analytics? No privacy! Pizza? I’m hungrier than two slices! Subsidized Doritos? What if I want to horde Cool Ranch?
In the meantime, I’ll try to temper this enthusiasm for such things, except for the fact that Lodwick is gone from tumblr. Big Brother CLEARLY got him.
Okay, so there’s a guy here who is rather opinionated. He was once an active reader of WTC conspiracy theories, and that’s all you need to know, k?
So yesterday, for whatever reason, the elections came up, and I heard something to the effect of “McCain was the one who leaked that Palin spent $150k on her wardrobe”, and after many seemingly ridiculous statements, I felt it necessary to question this knowledge. Of course, I never get info on where this info comes from, but in this case, he elaborated.
"But why would McCain sabotage his own campaign? This is not something he’d do, he’s not even in control of his campaign." "Oh, he’s in more control than you think (WTF?). Palin is mad that McCain kept her away from the media and didn’t think she could handle herself, so now she’s bashing McCain (???), and McCain leaked the info about her wardrobe."
So, as I usually do, I stopped talking about it because it was useless. I don’t know where many of these statements come from, and as long as I have no idea where they’re coming from, I’m debating with one hand tied behind my back. But then…
This. Let’s keep in mind how the words “handlers” are being used here, and it still doesn’t indicate that McCain has any control into the matters. But still, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE?!??!??!?!??