Friday, September 24, 2004

Yep, damned with the non-believers

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell - The City of Dis!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
LevelScore
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Moderate
Level 2 (Lustful)Very High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very High
Level 7 (Violent)Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Moderate

Take the Dante's Inferno Test

Thanks, PJ.

Yahoo! News - Florida court voids `Terri's Law'

Yahoo! News - Florida court voids `Terri's Law'
Why are the Bush brothers so obsessed with keeping fetuses and vegetative women alive while they electrocute the mentally disabled and send countless men and women to die at war?

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Bliss . . .

Okay today has been really low-key, mostly the same old routine of my job and life, but I did interview a new candidate for the assistant position and . . .

I'M GETTING THE CAR!!!!

The check up went ok, and all of what needs to be done is basic maintenance, belts, hoses, spark plugs etc. And apparently a lot of it can be DIY without risk of future damage. So good. I'm going to have my own wheels before long!

What can I say without giving too much away . . .
It's a 96 with 63k, Burgundy, beige leather inside, heated seats, an analog clock (love that), 5-speed 2.3 liter straight 4 (I know, a 4, but it goes like gangbusters). Adorable.

C'mon, Lizzie- get down here so you can see it!

I'm open to names . . . suggestions? I know, it's stupid to name a car (but only if you name it something retarded, like Winnie or Snoopy or Herbie). But this car is going to need a name.

Now I'm just waiting for the loan business to go through and hopefully that will happen tomorrow.

I'm too happy right now to rip on the president or vice president or the general affairs of the world. I have heard to many predictions that he'll either lose or get castrated by a newly-elected liberal congress. So life is good . . . I'll be okay.

Until next time . . .

Yeah, I kinda figured. All except the "drama" part

You are Carrie.
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After all, I was the one who introduced the word "manopause" to my female friends at a very SATC session in the Coe cafeteria.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Hanging out . . . Bored at work

What "That 70s Show Character are You?"
Cassie, you're like Donna

The girl next door? Not exactly. Like Donna, you've got a feisty and independent spirit. You're no shrinking violet. If somebody's giving you a hard time or stepping out of line, you're not afraid to stand up for yourself and tell it like it is. A competitive character, you can keep up with the boys, no problem.

Don't get us wrong. With your no-nonsense approach also comes a sharp sense of humor and a sexy edge. Your brains and brawn only make you that much more alluring to your fans. So keep matching wits and wills with the rest of the gang. You're sure to bring on the laughs and the good times. Groovy!

Will Donna’s feisty ways spell trouble for her and Eric? Tune into a new season of That ‘70s Show Wednesday September 8 at 8pm on Fox.Click here to get your fix!

Missssster Anderson . . .

From a man whose email address begins "reaganconservative," a letter to the editor that I doubt will make it into the paper (it was sent to the Opinion e-mail). So I'm throwing it in here.

The Bush-Cheney campaign has reached an all-time low with House Speaker Hastert’s below the belt, un-American statement that Osama bin Laden wants Kerry elected President. They obviously have no respect for traditional American values of fair play. It would have been unthinkable for President Roosevelt to suggest that Hitler supported one of his opponents!



Fortunately, bin Laden felt compelled to set the record straight in a letter to Hastert.



“Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert

235 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515



Dear Denny,



Your claim that I want Bush defeated is dead wrong. I hope and pray that the American voters will be dumb enough to give Bush four more years, because:

1. The outgoing Clinton Administration warned Bush about me and al Qaeda, the Hart-Rudman Commission warned him about terrorist attacks, and on August 6, 2001, the CIA even gave Bush specific warnings about our intention to attack the US. Your former terrorist expert, Richard Clarke, was pushing a plan to kill me. One of your FBI agents in Arizona even wrote a memo about some of our men taking flying lessons in Arizona. Given these clear warnings, we assumed that Bush might try to do something to prevent us from attacking. But, unbelievably, Bush did nothing but take a long vacation and go fishing. Had he issued an order to harden airplane cockpits, as he did after 9/11, they would have been impenetrable by 9/11 and our attacks would have failed. Ironically, the day before 9/11, Bush’s Attorney General Ashcroft actually turned down an FBI request for $58 million to hire more agents, translators and intelligence analysts.

2. After 9/11, Bush went after the Taliban and me. But just when I thought my goose might be cooked, Bush diverted the vast majority of resources to attacking Iraq, leaving me free to escape into the mountains where I have been plotting new attacks for the past three years.

3. In toppling Sadam, Bush overthrew my enemy. Sadam was a secular dictator who brutally opposed Islamic fundamentalists. So Bush has actually opened up Iraq for our activities.

4. Lacking any understanding of the Islamic world, Bush proclaimed a “crusade”, thereby playing into my hands and giving substance to my contention that there is a war between Islam and the West.

5. By attacking two Islamic countries and giving unconditional support to Sharon, Bush has made my recruitment of Islamic extremists easier than I ever dreamed of. And thank you, George, for the great recruiting pictures out of Abu Ghraib. Your bungled leadership on the treatment of prisoners has really helped me.

6. By Bush’s vacillation, i.e., what Bush loves to call flip flopping, on military attacks on Fallujah and Najaf, Bush has emboldened our fighters and given them confidence that they can force the US military to retreat.

7. Bush is busy racking up another $2.3 trillion dollars of deficits, which will make it difficult for the US to properly maintain its military, purchase needed new weapons systems, protect is borders, etc., leaving the US less able to stop me.

8. By going into Iraq with inadequate numbers of troops, thereby leaving them more vulnerable, not getting the necessary equipment and supplies to them, forcibly extending soldiers’ tours of duty, etc., Bush has seriously damaged the morale of the US military and stretched it dangerously thin.

9. Bush swaggers, but actually his W is for weak or wimp. A girlieman cheerleader who ducked combat in Vietnam, he will never have the courage to tell the Americans what it will take to win in Iraq. He brings your war dead home in the dark of night and prohibits pictures of their caskets, he never goes to a military funeral, he tells Americans everything is going well in Iraq. He is no Churchill leveling with the British that it will be blood, sweat and tears. Bush attempts to sugarcoat everything. Unless a leader has the courage to face the cost of war and level with his people about the cost, he will never generate the support necessary for the sacrifices needed to win.

So why would I want anyone other than Bush to be President? He struts about boasting of how he protects America, but in fact through incompetence and misjudgment Bush has repeatedly played into my hands. Surely, Denny, you can see why I would love to have Bush serve four more years. What I can’t understand is why any patriotic American would.

Very truly yours, Osama”


So now I have a little something to throw at the "Ten out of ten terrorists agree, anybody but Bush" T-shirt wearing folks. Anyone who sees Bush as a bastion of safety against the chaos of Islamic terrorism needs my foot in their ass.
Until next time . . .

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

When did Moby get a pug?

I haven't been as obsessive as I once was, and so I haven't been up on my Moby news. But how cute is this?
pug don't like waffles
Pug, Moby, Waffles.
Yummy.
I'm going out tonight to test drive my Russian friend's car (yes, I'm being secretive, I'm going to see how long I can hold out on saying the make and model until Lizzie sees it in person. I want to surprise her). I'm excited and tense- because I am going to be very sad if it falls through.
My new position at work went public today, as did the fact that I'm going to be working a weekend shift on Sunday afternoons on weekend obituaries. This means that at least one night a week, I'll get to go home early and watch the Simpsons.
Yay.
It's cold and rainy today, for a change, but this is OK. It is rapidly getting to be fall. Leaves are turning, it's cold, I wore my hemp and flax coat to work today. I have found that my newfound shopping conscience is going to cause a significant decrease in my clothing shopping impulses. I simply can't buy the old cheap stuff anymore. I just don't feel good about it. Luckily there are alternatives- like www.americanapparelstore.com and www.nosweatapparel.com. But the shoe thing is going to become rapidly problematic, as I have a penchant for cheap shoes. I guess I'm just going to have to take a more investment potential approach to shoes. Italian and US made shoes are sold at a pretty high premium, and as far as I know, you can't buy non-sweatshop athletic shoes. But as I've said before, I'd be willing to spend more on quality, non-sweathsop items and pay the premium and have them fit right and last longer. I'm becoming the kind of person that views just about every purchase as an investment, and I'm beginning to become very non-trendy as a result. I have been toying lately with the notion of having my own business, and I think I'd like to have a boutique that sells only domestically or EU-produced items, as well as union-made clothing from Indonesia and Bangladesh. It would go over big in Boulder. Although I am poor and would have to start out with an E-bay business, probably.

Well, enough flights of fancy- back to work. I imagine that my official position will be one that includes much less writing, but who knows. I imagine I can badger Joyce into giving me a review or two in the future.

Until next time.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Car shopping

Bleh. Car shopping should be fun. It should be exciting. After several weeks, it is not as fun or exciting. It is hot and tiring and I get so sick of the salespeople. I know what I want but they are all like, hey, I heard what you just said you wanted, and I don't have that, but here, let me bring you something you don't want, okay?

To reiterate, bleh.

So bored at work today. And too tired to ask for more work. And my boss isn't even here to ask. We keep getting applicants for the EA position from people with absolutely no applicable experience. Why is it that this is the month of people trying to offer me what I do not want?

Anyway. The car I do want belongs to a Russian man in Boulder who will not return my calls. If that deal falls through, there is a black Celica convertible in Loveland that is a very appealing option. I dunno. I'm just ready to have this, among other things, behind me. Not that that means I'm willing to settle for less. I'd just like to settle soon, for what I want. I have discussed with the family that in reality, I just about always get what I want if I work for it and research it and do what I can. I can't really remember the last time I actually held my nose and settled for less. I do pretty much whatever I want and get pretty much whatever I want. Life is good. Now if I can just get out of this town.

From a recent article in the hallowed TC:
According to the U.S. Census, Longmont’s Hispanic population jumped 160 percent from 1990 to 2000, even as the overall population rose only 30 percent. The Census uses “Hispanic,” although the Longmont community prefers “ Latino .”
Among other items, the city survey asked residents the open-ended question: “What are the three biggest problems Longmont will have to face in the next five years?”
Of the 999 people who responded to the survey, 4 percent said the Latino community posed a problem . The city mailed out 3,000 surveys to randomly selected residents.
“Mexicans — three or more families to a house, kids everywhere, noise, loud music and our neighborhood is going down the tubes,” said one respondent.
Said another: “Too many Latinos and immigrants, too much money spent on Latinos.”
Or: “Mexicans will have a great place to live.”
And: “We seem to be so concerned about my race, and if Longmont has catered to the Hispanic community. ... Will you keep on until my grandchildren are taking classes to speak another language to accommodate a people who are here illegally?”
No other ethnic groups were singled out by survey respondents, who were allowed to submit anonymous written responses. The survey has an official accuracy of 3 percentage points, meaning the actual number of people who feel the same way about Latinos could be as low as 1 percent or as high 7 percent.


So wrong. I realize that there are backwards freaks everywhere, but Longmont . . . is different. I was telling my Mom that since I saw "Monster" with Charlize Theron, I'm seeing that just about every other white woman in Longmont looks like Eileen Wournos. The rest are seemingly innocuous soccer-mom types, but the redneck population in this town is getting to be at critical mass. This is a very mullet-heavy little burg, despite our Artwalks. People that think it is an inherently threatening, bad, dangerous thing to learn to speak another language- this is a problem. A perplexing one.

Weird little potato-and-turkey town. How is it that such a bizarre little town sprouts between a huge urban center and a lefty college commune?

Maybe I need a vacation . . . maybe a permanent one. Right now I'm considering my post-election options pretty seriously. Michelle and I have considered the possibility of heading to Prague if things go the GOP way. Holing up in an Eastern-Europe medieval city sounds like the best plan for now.

Friday, September 10, 2004

The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: How Many Deaths Will It Take?

The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: How Many Deaths Will It Take?: "bobherb@nytimes.com"
It was the eve of the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, and not a single Op-Ed in the NY Times is anything close to pro-Bush.

And thank God for that. That the very place that was so brutalized by acts of terrorism understands that the reaction of the administration over the course of the past 3 years has been anything but in the best interests of the American People. That they have been victimized twice- first by the random acts of a terrorist fringe group, and now by a false war ostensibly against such groups, but truly against the free agency of Americans everywhere.

It is as if a woman was raped and beaten by a Hispanic man, and in declaring "a war against rape" the police force in her home town sought out and killed every Hispanic man they could find. It would take tremendous courage and circumspection for that woman, that victim, to speak out against the wrong acts of her local law enforcement agencies. What is interesting is that the anger of the 9/11 victims in regards to the government's actions has been present since very soon after the attacks. These were the people most directly brutalized by the terrorists- and yet even in what must have been considerable anger, sadness and a need for justice they could see that the president was not acting to seek justice for them, but seeking something secret, personal and damaging to the rest of us.

George W. Bush has always gotten what he wants. His father gave him C-level positions in his companies, which he then proceeded to drive into the ground. He got a pass on Viet Nam. He repented and was forgiven for his youthful boozing, womanizing and drug use. He got the presidency through his connections - and got a pass for his most eggregious lack of attention to terrorism intelligence. And now, as Bill Maher says, he's running on a mistake. It's all he has. And not only is he running on this mistake, this horrible mistake, but he's claiming that it was his finest hour (which may be true, despite Fox News Network's lionization of his every move, GWB's finest hours are pretty much limited to standing on a mass grave with a bullhorn and an elderly fireman and falling off a Segway).

As Maher says, you can't claim that your finest hour was when you fucked up while you were on vacation. And you certainly can't enlist the victims of your gigantic fuck-up to speak for your glowing record. Nothing that George W. Bush has done in the name of 9/11 has been for the greater safety or good of 9/11 victims or those of us between the coasts. He hasn't signed a single item into law that will benefit anyone outside of his elite "base" or the lobbies that support him. This 9/11, which is, fortunately, a Saturday, I suggest that we all spend a day relaxing and reassessing what the responsibilities of a President are to the people that elect him. Read the Constitution if you have to. There are powers and there are responsibilities. And the number one responsibility of the president is to the American people.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

The Onion / CHAK | Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over'

The Onion / CHAK | Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over'
This rules. This was printed back in '00 and oh, how prophetic it came to be. Click the links. Thanks again to Dougie over at GWBWYPGN.

The New York Times > Washington > Effort to Renew Weapons Ban Falters on Hill

The New York Times > Washington > Effort to Renew Weapons Ban Falters on Hill
Further proof that nobody is actually fighting a war against terror here.
How would anyone even begin to make sense of a war on terroism that bans emery boards on flights but allows assault weapons on the streets? Well, when you consider this, it looks like politics makes strange bedfellows. Nearly 3/4 of a million dollars. $750 thousand dollars that says it's okay to put assault weapons in the hands of anyone in America.

So, it seems that only people who speak out against the war, who check books out of libraries on subjects having to do with terrorism, and who basically vocally dissent to the government's plans are the ones who have to answer to the Patriot Act. But if you are just some whackjob who wants an AK-47 (when you absolutely, positively have to kill every motherf&%$er in the room, accept no substitutes. -Tarantino) then hey, have at it. Apparently, they are the real patriots here.

Presumably that includes terrorists- since so many of them come here to get an education and to fight the system from the inside.
Just another chapter in the sheer sliminess of this administration. To sum up:

-Bush is elected by the slimmest margin imaginable in a state in which his brother is governor.
-Bush starts a war in Iraq to go on a wild goose chase against a leader who tried to kill his father.
-Said war contributes to untold millions (billions) in revenue for VP Dick Cheney's former company.
-So-named "War Against Terrorism" doesn't extend to keeping assault weapons off the streets of America, which puts a big happy smile on the face of the NRA, which contributes hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Republican Party.

I have Republican friends who say they think that George W. Bush always does what he thinks is best. I can't argue with that. But the real question is- Best for who?

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Cheney Warns of Terror Risk if Kerry Wins

The New York Times > Washington > Campaign 2004 > Cheney Warns of Terror Risk if Kerry Wins

Its times like these I'm almost regretful that I wrote my thesis on 1984. It would be nice to not have that frame of reference when looking at the newspeak blather that comes out of Bush and Co's mouths.

Yep, if we elect a democrat they'll attack us all with anthrax and you know what? It will be our own damn fault for not loving Big Brother and welcoming him back into the Oval Office. And last night, Rumsfeld tells us that we can't pull out of Iraq (despite the grim 1000 mark of US military dead in the Iraq war) because it would derail the entire operation. "The terrorists," he says "know they are very close to losing."

Bush is so frighteningly pleased to be the Big Brother, too- "I'm a War President, no wait, a PEACE president. Because WAR IS PEACE."

And lest we forget, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

How did Orwell see this one coming?

And the way Cheney talks in the above-linked article, one just wonders how much control he has over whether or not we are attacked. Call me paranoid, but he stands to lose too much if we are never attacked again. It seems almost like less of a scare tactic or a threat and more of a promise.

Safety and threat are not real things, no matter how much this administration would like us to think so. Safety is only percieved when something does NOT happen, threat only when something does. I believe that attack attempts will be made. Not only because we have alienated our allies and have further aggravated the Arab world- but because as 9/11 proved, we can't ever be 100 per cent safe. These people dedicate their lives to hurting the United States and all it stands for. They spend years planning and strategizing and making sure they know our every vulnerability. It is impossible to say that this threat is stronger now or that it will strengthen if we don't re-elect Bush. Threat can't be quantified unless some event comes of it. You can't just say that we are at a yellow threat level or an orange threat level- it means nothing. Threat is a question that is only answered when something happens.

Which is why a war on Terror is somewhat like a war on hate itself. It is unwinnable. The best we can do is work toward a diminishment of terror activity. But it has become clear to me that the administration is not truly interested in curbing terror acts.

If the administration was actually serious about winning a war on Terror rather than simply keeping an entire population afraid and compliant, they would have stepped up to the plate in Russia this week, rather than weakly advising that they meet on some political agreement through peace talks. I like the Russian reply:

"Why don't you meet Osama bin Laden, invite him to Brussels or to the White House and engage in talks, ask him what he wants and give it to him so he leaves you in peace?" the Guardian quoted Putin as saying sarcastically.

"You find it possible to set some limitations in your dealings with these bastards, so why should we talk to people who are child-killers?"


If this administration were serious about winning a war on terror, we would be strengthening our ties to the leaders of extremist nations, strengthening their own reactions to internal terror cells and creating task forces for each of these nations to help in a global war on terror, rather than taking a unilateral, militaristic approach. But I think it has become abundantly clear that this is not, in fact, a war on terror. It is a war on dissent. On freedom (being that in writing this I am nervous about who will read it). And now, even on the democratic process.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Let the countdown commence:

Let the countdown commence:


Soon I will be car shopping . . . for something small, efficient, and hopefully topless. Sweet. I just can't take it anymore- driving a polluting, guzzling, flashy loud car is, for me, driving everything that is wrong with American conservativism. I can't wait to get into a little pinko commie car that can safely take me where I want to go.

Pentacles, pentagrams, pentagons in Washington D.C.

Check this out
This was just kind of interesting. A lot of Christian conspiracy theorists think this is evidence of Satan's work in secular politics, but obviously it's just a nod to our forefathers and their Masonic past. Check it out. Not only are there several pentacles in the streets of Wasthington, there are also several intersecting compasses, the Pentagon building itself and the auspicious alignment of the entire city along astrological lines mapped by a certain masonic surveyor.

Fascinating . . .