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75 years for publicly recording the police? (Link to YouTube of seven-minute TV news story.)
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102 things not to do if you hate taxes.

Having things like this pointed out made one of my libertarian friends unfriend me forever.
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healthcare graphic
3) Finally, they examined data from the 18,000 Canadians who participated in the National Population Health Survey. In the previous year, only 90 of those 18,000 Canadians had received care in the United States; only 20 of them had done so electively.
Read the Rest!
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parasites!

Feb. 28th, 2011 10:31 pm
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So, whose money is it that those greedy unions were trying to prize out of the hands of the taxpayers of the state of Wisconsin?

It's their own money. They gave it to the state to hold for them, and the state frittered it away, and now the state wants them to give it up so they can give tax breaks to millionaires.

That's pretty bleeding cold.

Add to that the fact that the unions have already agreed to give up some of the money — their money — but the Governor will be satisfied with nothing less than stripping them of rights that earlier generations fought and died for, because to him, this fiscal fecklessness is nothing but an opportunity to do what he wanted to do anyway.

And that stinks on ice.
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Jan. 22nd, 2011 10:57 am
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I was looking at a comment on the political spectrum, and realized.

The political spectrum of the USA goes from infra-red to orange. What looks like ultraviolet to the right is red shading toward yellow. There isn't even any real blue to speak of.

Orange says "hateful" things sometimes. Infra-red puts them into action.
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Do you miss W? A blog I read mentioned this site, "We Miss W," which contended that 260 people missed G.W. Bush, and 45 didn't (at the time he screen capped it). I went to see, and the tally was now 280 missing him, and over 2,000 who didn't. I went through it, state by state, country by country, and found no place where a majority missed his strutting and misspeaking.

Well, to be fair, there wasn't a category for "U.S. Supreme Court."

So, if you happen to miss him, or simply miss voting against him, you know what to do.
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Nov. 4th, 2008 12:28 pm
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I Voted

Quite the day. The plumber came and went. The drip has stopped. It cost money, of course.

Then I went out and voted. As I walked to my car, a truck went by with someone shouting hoarsely out the window. "He said, 'Vote McCain! Vote McCain!" said an elderly woman to her husband. "Nice try," I commented. I came back and made the graphic above.

I've been Mister Popular at my Yahoo! account, where John McCain and Sarah Palin and Rick Davis and a whole bunch of other folks want my vote for Mr. McCain as well. It doesn't come to my GMail or Road Runner account, so I can only figure there's something about having "Yahoo" in the address that says "real America" to whoever sends the things out.

I'm probably going to be a bit scarce for a while. I have two large jobs to do, one of which has already come in. I'll be doing it in InDesign, as I have decided it's time to shake off the old shackles of Quark and beat my head against a new wall for a while. I may show up to vent, but my reading time has hereby dropped off precipitously.

Don't forget to vote. Oh, and by the way, my marriage is not threatened in the least by the recent nuptials of George Takei, or any other same-sex couple. I, uh, know everybody was wondering about that.
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Apr. 29th, 2007 11:48 am
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The dubya movie has a sequel (at the same URL). Twice the fun! They say it's also up on YouTube, but I can't seem to find it there.
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Nov. 29th, 2004 12:02 pm
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Has anybody looked into what constitutes "charity" in the recent report that says red states give more? It's from the IRS, so "charity" here means "tax-deductible" which could just mean they're giving to the GOP and its pals.

But hey, why give money to a bunch of disgusting poor people when you can give to rich people, get a tax deduction, and earn spiffy Moralitee Points™ at the same time? This way, your party gets money, you get money, and poor people have the option of spending the night in a warm cell. A win-win-win situation!
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In my blog reading, somebody quoted someone else quoting Shakespeare and thinking it was from the Bible. I followed the link and discovered the interesting citation below in a brief discussion of the "seven deadly sins," which don't appear in scripture (not even apocryphal).

"Also of interest is a Scriptural list that bears at least some similarity to the historical list of seven. Proverbs 6:16-19 reveals:
These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren."

Oh, that reminds me of a wonderful, wonderful cheap shot somebody on line took at George W. Bush. One of those moments where I say, "Oh, of course!" Just thought of that.
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My sister lives in a suburb of Seattle. Apparently, she has a Kerry sign or something on her place. This morning, she found a piece of paper taped to her door. In large, dark, sans-serif type, it proclaims:

AMERICA WON!
WHO LOST?
THE TREASONOUS FRAUD, HIS GUTTER CAMPAIGN, the HATE-AMERICA LEFT, BIG MEDIA, HOLLYWOOD, ACADEMIA, the NEA, the P-I
[that would be the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, if I remember the name correctly], SEATTLE TIMES, PBS, NPR, and KIRO'S TRASHY EVENING SLEAZEBAGS...
(and many naive citizens who were hoodwinked by the scoundrel!)


Pretty charming, eh? I'm impressed that all the words are spelled right, and a hyphen has been used correctly. Clearly, this was made by some of those tool-using gopsters. And how brave they are! They managed to nerve themselves all the way to the front door of one of the hated foe -- a single mother with a daughter -- and boldly tape their message of love and understanding to her door before leaving.

We can all sleep better tonight, knowing these gallant stewards of the public discourse are watching our windows in the dark. Hoodwinked by the scoundrel? Godfrey Daniel! WC Fields lives, as a Republican!

Big Media? Like Clear Channel, Sinclair, Fox, and like that? Oh, sorry, no, they mean the Big Commie Media, obviously. The ones who have been on George Bush's back for the last four years, maliciously reporting about one tenth of the crap he's been pulling, and who have been insufficiently loud in the singing of his praises. They all hate us anyhow, so let's drop the Big One now!

Bunch of wimps. They've had all three branches of the government for the last four years, and all they do is wet themselves over the prospect that somebody somewhere might (gasp!) disagree with their enlightened wisdom. When last I heard from her, my sister was trying to compose a reply that incorporated forgiveness in its message. Man, she's asking for it! Forgive is what Jesus and his lefty ilk would do.
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Sarah and I were at the grocery store, where she demanded a cookie (they have free cookies for kids; she wanted two) and had other tasty free samples. On the way out, I passed the Salvation Army bell-ringer -- the vanguard of a vast armada of invaders from Salvatia, apparently. I pulled over and got out to give a donation, and Sarah asked me what he was doing. "He's helping the poor, honey. People who don't have money and need food." She thought a moment and said, "I no like help the poor."

Our daughter's already got compassion fatigue -- she's going to be a Republican! Oh boy, she'll be on the winning team, and she will be able to look at what's happening in our country and express her delight in comfort. Lucky, lucky child.

Hooray.
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Oct. 13th, 2004 07:43 am
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This must be serious. Usually, Mallard only spends a week whaling away at a topic. It's as if a gag-a-day strip spent all week on the ramifications of "because of the sand-which-is there" or some such. Monday: We learn that Kerry wanted to go to the beach to eat, because of the sand which is there! HA HA! Tuesday: The cross-eyed press wants to deny the whole thing and stick their heads in the sand which is there! HA HA HA! Wednesday: Mallard* asks his boss if they shouldn't be covering this constitutional scandal, and the boss asks him if he is discriminating against Sandy-Americans! HA HA HA HA! Thursday: Cross-eyed liberals protest that this discriminates against the witches, too!! HA HA HA HA HA!! Friday: A grotesque giant head with lots of lines in it, thoughtfully identifying itself by name as some famous liberal, stares expressionlessly while thinking something about how this latest scandal has him buried up to his neck in the sand-(etc) while the rising tide of public opinion is starting to come in. HA! (etc)

*footnote: Mallard, of course, finishes the strip by giving us that patented look that plainly says, "As you and I both know, all liberals are full of sh*t!"

So anyway, it looks like this must be the biggest of dead horses, because Tinsley (by whom I mean Tinsley, his writer, and his -- ha ha -- researcher) has chosen to spend a second week flogging it with unabated gusto. What could possibly be so vital and important to our nation's well-being and good-natured chuckles? Rathergate! Whiterather! Ratherpot Dome! You know, the one where some pieces of inessential corroborative detail have been found to be recreations of undisputed originals? Kind of the same way that Mallard's talking points are copied over from the GOP memos in Tinsley's near-legible lettering for his unexpressive ciphers to chant.

Lucky Mallard! He gets to live on a comics page, and as long as there are Gops in high places, he'll have a berth where the concerns of reality need never intrude. How do I get a slot like that?
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activist me

Oct. 5th, 2004 07:46 am
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I might have made a difference. Then again, who knows. Anyway, a co-worker asked me where I got my Kerry-Edwards bumper sticker, and as a result, I'm bringing a spare sticker in today. It gave me a thrill, it did. I was a little reluctant to put it on my car -- I haven't put a bumper sticker on a vehicle since 1976 -- but it seemed important enough, and I can probably keep the stickum from taking up permanent residence if I pay attention. Sooner or later, we'll want to sell the car, and I suspect that old bumper stickers are a minus. That's for later, though.
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Oct. 1st, 2004 06:55 pm
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When Senator Kerry was asked the time, he said this:

Kerry: Two thirty.

Yet, when asked the very same question on a different day, his answer was very different:

Kerry: Three thirty-six. No, seven.

Well, which one is it, Senator Kerry? If you can't be believed on the time, what can we believe? President George Bush has another answer:

Bush: The time is now. It's always now. Just like that.

The choice is simple. Get a different answer every day, or get the same answer every time. Haven't we had enough nuance? Haven't we had enough sensitivity? We need simple answers, and George Bush has simple answers.

Bush: I'm George Bush. Yes. That's who I am, George Bush. Let me finish!

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Sep. 25th, 2004 11:13 am
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Senator John Kerry thinks this is how you get to the K-Mart:

Kerry: You turn left at the light, go straight about six blocks, then left on Main, left again at Fourth, and it's on the corner.

Left! Right! Straight! Which is it, Senator Kerry? Isn't it time we had a direct answer, instead of flip flopping? President George Bush has a better answer:

Bush: You just tell the guy to take you to K-Mart. Let me finish here! What's the big deal with this?

John Kerry: Left, right, left! George Bush: Right on Main, Right on Fourth, Right on Everything!

Bush: I'm George Bush. Let me finish! Let me fi-i-inish!!

Paid for by other people's blood.
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Dear self: In re our monolog in the shower this morning. I do believe I have hit upon the proper epithet for Mr. G.W. Bush, thanks to the pioneering work of Dan "Ugly John" Carver. As I will recall, U.J. succinctly defined it in talking about cowboys, years ago in AZAPA. Basically, real cowboys wear boots for their work, which tends to get excrement on them. Your drugstore cowboy, on the other hand, has to look around in the street to find some excrement to get on his boots before going to his destination.

It's perfect. It seems a bit underutilized, too, with 1830 hits on Google for Bush "drugstore cowboy," and a lot of those have to do with the movie Drugstore Cowboy. What better term for a fake poseur like Bush? It's nice and Rovian too, in that it strikes at a supposed 'strength' and highlights the difference between him and the people he uses -- people who mistakenly believe he's "one of us." Sorry, folks, you've been lied to.

Drugstore Cowboy. All hat and no cattle. Someone offer him a ride on a horse and watch what he does.

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