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All Led Zep songs are about The Hobbit. Or Lord of the Rings. Or sometimes sex.
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2009 on getting the led out at WWdN: In Exile
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Most real fisherpeople don't wait five hours before cleaning their catch.
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Most real fisherpeople don't wait five hours before cleaning their catch.
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None of this discussion makes me sad. I think it's great; it signifies that we're all passionate about our country, and want what we believe is best for it. *Of course* we're going to disagree. *Of course* we're going to get mad. *Of course* we're going to be frustrated. How would we NOT, and still care deeply? I'm just thankful to live in a country where we all have the right and the ability to debate these issues. A country that--despite its problems--people are still literally DYING to try to get to. A country that can, as 9/11 showed, put its differences aside and pull together in a crisis. So I say, argue on. I'd prefer it were done respectfully, but the arguments in and of themselves don't bother me.
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None of this discussion makes me sad. I think it's great; it signifies that we're all passionate about our country, and want what we believe is best for it. *Of course* we're going to disagree. *Of course* we're going to get mad. *Of course* we're going to be frustrated. How would we NOT, and still care deeply? I'm just thankful to live in a country where we all have the right and the ability to debate these issues. A country that--despite its problems--people are still literally DYING to try to get to. A country that can, as 9/11 showed, put its differences aside and pull together in a crisis. So I say, argue on. I'd prefer it were done respectfully, but the arguments in and of themselves don't bother me.
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We mustn't lose perspective. * President Bush has an miniscule approval rating (as does the Democrat-controlled Congress), and McCain was painted as offering four more years of the Bush agenda. * McCain never excited even his own party's base. * The economy is in the crapper, and it happened on a Republican's watch. * The war in Iraq has been much longer and costlier than many had anticipated, and is quite unpopular. * Obama is younger and FAR more charismatic than McCain. * The Obama campaign was much more skillfully executed than the McCain campaign. * Hollywood has lobbied non-stop for Obama. * Obama outspent and outadvertised McCain by an order of magnitude. * Record numbers of black and young voters were motivated for the first time to engage in the political process, and overwhelmingly supported McCain. Despite ALL of this, Obama squeaked by with only a slender majority of 53%. And on top of that, conservative measures like Proposition 8 in California and Amendment 2 in Florida passed. Anyone who thinks this election was a mandate or somehow signals a signifant leftward movement of the nation is sorely mistaken.
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We mustn't lose perspective. * President Bush has an miniscule approval rating (as does the Democrat-controlled Congress), and McCain was painted as offering four more years of the Bush agenda. * McCain never excited even his own party's base. * The economy is in the crapper, and it happened on a Republican's watch. * The war in Iraq has been much longer and costlier than many had anticipated, and is quite unpopular. * Obama is younger and FAR more charismatic than McCain. * The Obama campaign was much more skillfully executed than the McCain campaign. * Hollywood has lobbied non-stop for Obama. * Obama outspent and outadvertised McCain by an order of magnitude. * Record numbers of black and young voters were motivated for the first time to engage in the political process, and overwhelmingly supported McCain. Despite ALL of this, Obama squeaked by with only a slender majority of 53%. And on top of that, conservative measures like Proposition 8 in California and Amendment 2 in Florida passed. Anyone who thinks this election was a mandate or somehow signals a signifant leftward movement of the nation is sorely mistaken.
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Spartica - Glad to know I'm not the only non-paranoid (or is "naive" a better word?) around. Like you, I don't understand why people think the government is interested in monitoring their mundane conversations. I can honestly say that I've not changed a single word I've written online or spoken on the phone out of concern that Big Brother is watching. I'm pretty sure the men in black don't care what I need to pick up at the grocery store or whether my wife remembered to feed the dog.
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Spartica - Glad to know I'm not the only non-paranoid (or is "naive" a better word?) around. Like you, I don't understand why people think the government is interested in monitoring their mundane conversations. I can honestly say that I've not changed a single word I've written online or spoken on the phone out of concern that Big Brother is watching. I'm pretty sure the men in black don't care what I need to pick up at the grocery store or whether my wife remembered to feed the dog.
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We should, of course, do everything we reasonably can to protect the environment. We should also be prepared for the fact that it will have no effect on the type of climate change that has been taking place since long before humans had the ability to influence it in any way--and the possibility that if the earth currently is warming, the warming may be that type of change.
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We should, of course, do everything we reasonably can to protect the environment. We should also be prepared for the fact that it will have no effect on the type of climate change that has been taking place since long before humans had the ability to influence it in any way--and the possibility that if the earth currently is warming, the warming may be that type of change.
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Wouldn't it have made more sense to don a fedora than to doff one?
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2008 on wil's big news of the day at WWdN: In Exile
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Wouldn't it have made more sense to don a fedora than to doff one?
Toggle Commented Jun 28, 2008 on wil's big news of the day at WWdN: In Exile
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We eat guava jelly down here in Florida. Usually with hushpuppies.
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2008 on moon over a ruined castle at WWdN: In Exile
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We eat guava jelly down here in Florida. Usually with hushpuppies.
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2008 on moon over a ruined castle at WWdN: In Exile
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Perfect timing! Just yesterday, I was looking at a picture of a young me riding a rocking horse that had big, exposed springs that would pinch the crap out of you if they caught you. You can bet they don't make 'em like that anymore.
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2007 on best playground equipment, ever at WWdN: In Exile
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Perfect timing! Just yesterday, I was looking at a picture of a young me riding a rocking horse that had big, exposed springs that would pinch the crap out of you if they caught you. You can bet they don't make 'em like that anymore.
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2007 on best playground equipment, ever at WWdN: In Exile
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Well, crap. I was going to stay out of this until I saw "No Child Left Behind" mentioned. I work for a school district, and can say without reservation that NCLB has been a good thing for us. It has caused us to change the way we run our schools, plain and simple. We're busting our butts to educate kids who we would've easily slipped through the cracks prior to NCLB making us accountable for them.
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2007 on Thank you, Chris Dodd at WWdN: In Exile
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Well, crap. I was going to stay out of this until I saw "No Child Left Behind" mentioned. I work for a school district, and can say without reservation that NCLB has been a good thing for us. It has caused us to change the way we run our schools, plain and simple. We're busting our butts to educate kids who we would've easily slipped through the cracks prior to NCLB making us accountable for them.
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2007 on Thank you, Chris Dodd at WWdN: In Exile
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