Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Socialist “Bailout” Could Spark Collapse

Came across an accurate assessment here, concerning the bailout scheme.

A few highlights of the article-

While many of the talking heads and pundits on TV have been providing calming words of reassurance about proposed federal intervention in the financial system, analyst Peter Schiff of Euro Pacific Capital has been accurately warning for years about a financial meltdown and says that the worst, if Congress eventually passes the “bailout” bill, is yet to come.

Asked for comment on current media coverage of the financial meltdown, he told Accuracy in Media, “Absent when they have me on, it’s pretty bad.”

Many commentators, Schiff said, are telling people that if the bailout doesn’t go forward, there will be an economic crisis. However, “if we do it, there will be a bigger crisis,” he predicts.

Schiff had shocking advice for ordinary Americans.

“The first thing you do if you have a mortgage is you stop making the payments,” he said. “That’s the number one thing for people who have mortgages based on this plan. And use that money to buy gold or stock up on food. You’re going to need it. Meanwhile, no one is going to kick you out of your house. You’re going to be able to live in your house for probably a year or two before the government calls you up to give you a lower mortgage because nobody is going to foreclose on you right now. Why would you foreclose? You sell the loan to the government. This plan is a huge moral hazard and it’s going to lead to a surge in mortgage delinquencies.”

Schiff, who labels the proposed government takeover of the financial sector as socialism and refers to the Federal Reserve Board chairman as “Comrade Bernanke,” told AIM, “The government doesn’t have the authority to do any of this stuff. This whole bailout bill is illegal. They don’t have the authority to buy up mortgages. Nothing in the Constitution says they can do this.”

“Who needs Bolsheviks when you have the Fed?” he has written.

The author of “Crash Proof: How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse,” Schiff said that “The government doesn’t solve problems. It makes them bigger. So if we’re broke, which is the reality―that’s why these mortgages are not worth much because Americans can’t afford to pay the money back that they borrowed―the bottom line is we’ve borrowed and spent ourselves into bankruptcy following the government’s advice. They’re the ones that encouraged all this reckless borrowing and spending.”

Fast track to fascism?

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sunday Chillin'

Sunday, that one day a week that I just chill out...

I stop worrying about work, appointments, eating healthy, exercise, bills, the disgusting and only slightly less disgusting. All of the bs will still be here tomorrow, no?

So, come away with me, if so inclined.

A nature walk always clears my mind, camera in tow, of course. In fact, I'll be starting a photography blog really soon, where I will be sure to invite you all to come and chill with me when the mood arises, but until then, I'll share some here.

The following is a small collection of nature photographs, all taken in North Carolina (this past summer for the most part), for several projects that working on, really rocked.

I'm off to eat my weight in tacos then grab the camera and head out to see what's buzzing (if I can still move).

Enjoy the day!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

North Carolina is So HOT...

Well, "How hot is it?!", you ask?

It's pretty danged hot, complete with Saturday linky-love action. Yeah, baby. ;)

In celebration of making the cut in the Babes of the 50 States over at SYLG, representing my state of North Carolina (and conservative babes in general, no doubt) where there are just so many hot babes across the land to choose from, I present more photographic and babelicious evidence.

Oh wait, that's not it. That's pre-hotness preparation...the part babes like to hide and pretend never happened. Heh.

Here we go...

Relax.... You're getting very sleepy... Look deeply into my eyes....

Now stop voting for moonbats!

And if that doesn't convince, try the evil conservative gypsy on for size.

But what does it really mean to be a North Carolina babe?

NASCAR, bikinis, flannel and flora... Obviously.

I know, you're scrolling for the bikini shot right now, since I mentioned it. Sorry, no such luck.

That's the evil conservative in me right there. ;)

We now return to our regularly scheduled intelligent conversations on topics that matter, like feminism and sin.

OR, you could just go visit the wise InsolubBlog and check out The Leaking Baloon,Wyatt Earp's to read More Wisdom From Philadelphia Politicians, The CUG's place to see just how screwed we really are, get answers to all your questions via Vox (or be entertained at the very least), be more smarter by visiting Woody's Place, stop thinking about it and go to The Right Place, snicker with the amazing Spacemonkey, Tell Tommy exactly who is in charge here, check out some All-American Hunks over at RT's Public Ponderings, get some Radioactive Liberty (yeah, you know you want it!), Peakah's place for your hilarity, Nobody Move! for a bit of sad news, The McPeak Mama for yummy eats and tasty treats (dimples on side bar sure to melt the coldest evil conservative's heart even should the treats fail), and speaking of eats, Frank J. offers the cheese(resisting "cutting cheese" puns!), watch Stew kick ass and take names later, Lin takes David Letterman to task (was he EVER funny??) and where is Dr. Phat Tony? Promises, promises..

As always, if I missed anyone.. Just whine in comments!

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend and thanks for visiting PJ Max!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Will the Real Voter Fraud Please Stand Up?

*Updated Information Follows Original Post*

Blogs For Victory bring us-

Voter Fraud Groups Gear Up For Election Day Shennanigans

Oddly enough, the headline here is, “Watchdogs Gird for Election Day Troubles” - which means that the author is either amazingly ignorant of voter fraud in the United States, or a mere shill for the left:

These people will be around to gather bogus stories of disenfranchisement and, as necessary, file suits to keep polls open long enough for Democrats to find out how many more votes they need to tip a State’s electoral votes to Obama.

As has been truly said, they can’t cheat if we don’t allow it to be close - in 2004, we managed to wrack up several million more votes than the Democrats and that made it impossible for them to manufacture enough votes to take the election. If the 2008 result boils down to a few thousand votes in one or more States, then this effort will go gangbusters to muddy the waters and manufacture votes for Obama.

I recall a humorous yet still very telling clip from The Tony Snow Show in 04, in which he reported that while almost all of the noise about voter fraud was coming from left-leaning groups (just all kinds of accusations across the nation, but especially in key states), after further investigation there was almost no valid instance of voter fraud from the right at all, and a whole lot of proven instances of voter fraud from the left. The link to that report, which I linked to long ago, is now dead, but I'm still looking and will repost if it can be found. At the time, I'd also stumbled upon a second source to back up this claim, as PBS did a very thorough study themselves. Looking for that as well. Meanwhile, check out the Voter Fraud archives of Bill Hobbs.

File this one under, "Know Your Enemy!"

Oh, and speaking of fraud...

Since John D., of Nobody Move! and InsoluBlog have been so kind as to share links to more information, I'm updating and plan to gather all I find on this topic in a single post as it develops (upcoming election, it's bound to develop).

Feel free to grab a link for a post topic or drop one in the comments for me to add to our collection here.

Voter Registration Fraud Allegations Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg, Says Employment Policies Institute

The Acorn Indictments

McCain Fears Voter Fraud

Elections Officials Look Into Voter Fraud

ACORN and Voter Fraud

$100 Million More in Funding for the Left-Wing Housing Entitlement Thugs and Heavily Tax-Subsidized Fraudsters at ACORN

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Vacation 08 - Take Deux - And Trois

*&^% Blogger!

Vacation 08 - Take Deux - And Trois

After I spent pretty much the entire afternoon milking the last vacation for another post, Blogger went haywire and all was lost. Well, not all. Blogger turned me on to a little recovery trick.. which recovered 1/4 of the post. Woohoo. (They should be stabbed for this.)

So, instead of a super long post, complete with photos and witty commentary, you just get photos with much lighter commentary (unless it's one of me in a compromising position and I feel like I should explain a whole bunch, anyhow.) because I have a hot date with Mister Bubble and Malibu rum. Heh.

If that last line doesn't drum up the hits, nothing will.

Trying one more time..

Since I have lots of work to do today, the sun is out and it's Saturday, I decided there was no better time-

To sit indoors and blog! (I should be stabbed for that.)

I did promise to share more vacation photos, and haven't shared any at all from the New Orleans trip, so here we are. (Maybe.)

I'd never been to New Orleans and while it might not have been my first vacation choice, we did have lots of fun (plus the liberal in my life offered to cover travel expenses and accommodations if we'd go, and not only can you not beat that, it's an anomaly).

Yeah, baby! (Okay, I'm feeling much happier again, that did rock.)

I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but it was something along the lines of "All Mardi Gras, All the Time" involving lots of drunken and even some naked people. I was wrong. (That didn't begin until 7pm each evening and ran all night long.)

It was a very interesting vacation, to say the least, but New Orleans does offer some of the best food one could hope for and I'm officially a fan of Blue Moon and even dabbled in a Hand grenade (or two). (I'd be feeling even better if a had one, or two, of those right now.)

(I don't know why I'm providing commentary to my commentary, but I'm telling me it's cured by drink). Oo

Photos- A shot of the street from the balcony of a restaurant, and our pretty room at the Ambassador, before we cluttered it all up.

One of the hotel halls, which were all designed like a mad rat maze. I guess the uber-teen photographed it so I wouldn't forget the story because I'm just that old. ;) Anyhow, I bumped into a young man in that hall who was searching for a room number (his room) which didn't appear to exist. As I was searching for the uber-teen (who was hanging out by the snack machines, talking on her cell with friends), we agreed to help one another and kept getting lost and bumping into one another again and again during the search. The uber-teen finally appeared, all freaked out "because some strange and creepy dude was wondering the halls, saying her name and looking for a room that didn't exist". haha Speaking of creepy, the second was taken from outside a shop window.

We ran into this couple on the street. I'll bet you can't guess where they were headed. :p 

Of course I popped inside too, for scientifical purposes..

I found this display in the window of the "Trashy Diva" to be pretty ironic considering all of the promises to "land and keep that man via trashy corsets and lingerie". Maybe this is plan B.

The following was a charity event which involved the donning of little red dresses (and free beer). The other was an art event which involved, um,..art, I think (and free Vodka shots).

This probably should have creeped me out as much as it did the uber-teen, but I really just found it kind of amusing for some strange reason. Now, the "I heart Satan" bumper stickers, newt eyes and bat's feet inside the shop? Totally freaky stuff there. We played one stooge short of The Three Stooges getting back out that door.

Lots of art to be found about New Orleans, lots of fun to just walk around taking it all in.

The first photo was our last night on the town (poor quality, sorry, not my camera) and yes, that is a grenade in my hand, don't hurt the eyes squinting ;) The second was my last day there, out and about trying to get as many photos as I could and looking every bit like I'd been hit by a grenade (or two) the night before. 

While we did enjoy ourselves quite a lot in N.O., I still say nothing quite compares to the beauty of the coast. Not even tons of booze and the prospect of a liver transplant . :)

Hope you guys enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them and have a fantastic weekend!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Creepiest Spam Ever

-terrorist and monetary crimes division
FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Federal bureau of investigation
J. Edgar Hoover building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
Ref: FBI/DC/06/08

Attention fund beneficiary,

This is an official advice from the FBI foreign remittance/telegraphic dept., it has come to our notice that the C.B.N bank Nigeria district has released 10,500,000.00 U.S dollars into bank of America in your name as the beneficiary, by Inheritance means.

The C.B.N bank Nigeria knowing fully well that they do not have enough facilities to effect this payment from the united kingdom to your account, used what we know as a secret diplomatic transit payment S.T.D.P to pay this fund through wire transfer, they used this means to complete the payment.

They are still, waiting for confirmation from you on the already transferred funds, which was made in direct transfer so that they can do final crediting to your account. Secret diplomatic payments are not made unless the funds are related to terrorist activities why must your payment be made in secret transfer, if your transaction is legitimate, if you are not a terrorist, then why did you not receive the money directly into your account, this is a pure coded, means of payment?

Records, which we have had with, this method of payment in the past has always been related to terrorist acts, we do not want you to get into trouble as soon as these funds reflect in your account in the U.S.A, so it is our duty as a word wide commission to correct this little problem before this fund will be credited into your personal account.

Due to the increased difficulty and unnecessary scrutiny by the American authorities when funds come from outside of Europe, and the Middle East, the F.B.I bank commission for Europe has stopped the transfer on its way to deliver payment of $10,500,000.00 to debit your reserve account and pay you through a secured diplomatic transit account (S.D.T.A). We govern and oversee funds

Transfer for the World Bank and the rest of the world. We advice you contact us immediately, as the funds have been stopped and are being held in our custody, until you can be able to provide us with a diplomatic immunity seal of transfer (dist) within 3 days from the world local bank that authorize the transfer from where the funds was transferred from to certify that the funds that you are about to receive from Nigeria are antiterrorist/drug free or we shall have cause to cross and impound the payment, we shall release the funds immediately we receive this legal documents .
We have decided to contact you directly to acquire the proper verifications and proof from you to show that you are the rightful person to receive this fund, because of the amount involve,we want to make sure is a clean and legal money you are about to receive. Be informed that the fund are now in United State in your name , but right now we have ask the bank not to release the fund to anybody that comes to them , unless we ask them to do so, because we have to carry out our investigations first before releasing the fund to you. Note that the fund is in the BANK OF AMERICA right now, but we have ask them not to credit the fund to you yet, because we need a solid proof and verifications from you before releasing the funds.

So to this regards you are to re-assure and proof to us that what you are about to receive is a clean money by sending to us FBI Identification Record and also Diplomatic Immunity Seal Of Transfer(DIST) to satisfy to us
that the money your about to receive is legitimate and real money. You are to forward the documents to us immediately if you have it in your possession, if you don?t have it let us know so that we will direct and inform you where to obtain the document and send to us so that we will ask the bank holding the funds
the Bank Of America to go ahead Crediting your account immediately.

This Documents are to be issued to you from the World Local Bank that Authorized the transfer, so get back to us immediately if you don? have the document so that we will inform you the particular place to obtain the

document in United Kingdom U.K, because we have come to realize that the fund was Authorized by H.S.B.C Bank in London.

An FBI Identification Record and Diplomatic Immunity Seal Of Transfer(DIST) often referred to as a Criminal History Record or Rap Sheet, is a listing of certain information taken from fingerprint submissions retained by the FBI in connection with arrests and, in some instances, federal employment,
naturalization, or military service.

These conditions is
Valid until 24th of July 2008 after we shall take actions on canceling the payment and then charge you for illegally moving funds out of Nigeria. Guarantee: funds will be released on confirmation of the document.
Final instruction:
60f Credit payment instruction: irrevocable credit guarantee
61e Beneficiary has full power when validation is cleared
62 Beneficiaries bank in U.S.A. can only release funds-
62 Upon confirmation from the world bank/united nations.
64 Bearers must clear bank protocol and validation request
NOTE: We have asked for the above documents to make available the most complete and up-to date records possible for the enhancement of public safety,welfare and security of Society while recognizing the importance of individual privacy rights.. If you fail to provide the Documents to us, we will charge you with the FBI and take our proper action against you for not proofing to us the legitimate of the fund you are about to receive.

The United States Department of Justice Order 556-73 establishes rules and regulations for the subject of an FBI Identification Record to obtain a copy of his or her own Record for review. The FBI Criminal Justice Information.

Services (CJIS) Division processes these requests to check illegal activities in U.S.A.

An individual may request a copy of his or her own FBI Identification Record for personal review or to challenge information on the Record. Other reasons an individual may request a copy of his or her own Identification Record may include international adoption or to satisfy a requirement to live or work in a foreign country or receive funds from another country (i.e.,Diplomatic Immunity Seal Of Transfer, letter of good conduct, criminal history background,etc.)

FBI Director
Robert S. Mueller, III

Yeah, riiight.

I wonder how many silly people are falling for these things and compromising their personal information, though.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Okay, Minions

Someone needs to go over and inform Mister Spacemonkey that I'm unable to comment on his blog. Both Safari and Firefox fail to produce that lovely little comment box we've all come to enjoy.

Maybe it's not just me and comments have been disabled? Nah, it couldn't be...

Woe is me.

Oh yeah, how could I forget. Woody is back. Mucho happiness!

You go say hi now.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Teh Funny

*Potty Mouth Alert* for those with delicate sensibilities, but for the rest of us, Stew's got the funny right here.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

...6 Months Later...

Snow Bunnydom sucks.

Update- I am no longer the seriously disturbed owner of a leaking home in the depressing mountains of West by God Virginia. I hate the cold and while it's a nice place to visit, being a mountain mamma kicked my @ss.

There, I said it. I'm not invincible.

While there were all sorts of problems associated with residing in this particular area (which I lived as a young teen and couldn't wait to leave interestingly enough) the final straw was health. I've an immune disorder that is not life threatening at all but seasonal in nature and aggravated by stress, and that's all I seemed to find in them there mountains. Friends in the area will just have to visit me...

....wait for it...

on the coast of North Carolina! Destination Emerald Isle, baby. I'm a beach bunny! Trust you me, you prefer photos of that to the whole mountain fiasco.

I plan to move there, open my own business, and live my vacation.

(Jes, I've been very busy these past six months.)

Other, yet no less exciting updaty stuff-

The uber-teen did run away to college. She moved into her very own appartment last May, a whole month before the 18th birthday. :( However, she's only a few hours away and the whole beach bunny thing will put me no further from her than I am now. That rocks.

It was one long summer without her, but we just returned from a lengthy vacation together (New Orleans and then Pensacola, Florida) and drove the whole way (and of course back), so were able to spend a ton of time together before taking our separate life paths. This trip was also very special because she'd never seen the ocean as we always vacationed in northern or mid-western US, and I'd promised to make that happen before she left for college.

It was a horribly stormy day, the day we left NO for the Fl beach, and any sane person would have headed home instead, but a promise is a promise..even in the rain. I'm very happy we did decide to go despite the storm, because the sky began to clear within an hour or two of arrival and it turned out to be a most beautiful day. I think it would have been worth standing in the rain in any case, and the photos of her first look at the ocean and finding a shell prove that.

The last photo actually made me cry, and as we all know, it takes a whole lot to make an evil conservative cry. She may as well have been three years old and blowing out the birthday candles there.

A few other favorite vacation photos (I plan to upload all to the photobucket account later and share the link because there are just so many, and maybe I can milk another post out of this vacation)-

Sooo pretty. > insert girly sighs here <

Hope you're all doing great and are as evil as you were when I last posted!

Saturday, February 23, 2008


Quicky update -

The last few weeks have been hell but I do believe I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I've been battling a leaking basement, a heating issue and slow services. You know you're in trouble when it takes weeks to even find out if high speed internet is available!

Anywho, it's been interesting and I have lots of photos to share, but unable to photo share at present as I just got internet service and haven't the required software to upload photos here. You'll just have to wait until I'm not here but there.

Be teased!

Hope y'all have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Here (And There)

Heads up! I'm going to be here and there the rest of this week, and won't have internet access, because I found a home in the exact location of those WV mountains as was desired. Right on top of those ski slopes, baby! Well, not literally on top of a ski slope, but just a few minute's drive away.

My brother is leaning toward moving close to the same area soon as well (yes, our mom is calling on a daily basis now with suitable applications of mother's guilt). He's been in South Carolina for awhile now due to work, so it'll be schweet to be able to spend lots more time with him. We've always kept in touch really well, but we've not been able to get much family time in since he ran off to live with the Army and I ran off to live with the beach (nearly eighteen years ago). Our ideas of what we'll do while there is a little different, though.

He's thinking grab a six pack and fishing poles, climbing those mountains (and God knows what else) while I'm thinking more along the lines of hiking (way different than climbing), getting terrific photos and working in tons of writing while snowed in as well as pursuing the design degree (not getting any younger here ya know). Considering the home is in an area that is difficult to navigate in winter, I'm sure I'll be happy to see him when he shows up (even if he's trying to get me to go bear hunting instead of skiing).

In short, while he envisions a mountanous getaway from the stresses of life, I envision him out there helping me shovel my driveway. Ha! Hey, he'd be a whole lot smarter if he read my blog, now wouldn't he? Mmhm.

Anyhow, this brings me to my point (yes, I do have one). Since I landed the house before it's actually time to move (I'm not moving until the uber-teen is good and ready and that's not until spring), I'm going to have to go there some to keep check on the place. So, I'm leaving in the morning to take a few things, stock up on a few things and do all those things we who enjoy electric, heat (and internet) have to do and will be away the rest of the week.

I'm totally running off to become a snow bunny, hooray!

I'll be sure to have some photos to share when I get back. Until then, I give you Fox, helping me study for a test last week.

Yeah, studying has the same effect on me.

Have a terrific rest of the week! :)

From Around The Web


"Listening to the irrational and hysterical response of conservatives to the presidential candidacy of Sen. John McCain would be laughable if it wasn't so serious.

During a debate Tuesday on CNN's "The Situation Room," conservative radio talk show host Glenn Beck said that the Republican Party has lost its soul, and McCain is indicative of that problem. He even said that if Sen. Hillary Clinton is the nominee, he will ignore McCain and cast a ballot for her.

Now, how silly is that?"

"This, folks, is bordering on the irrational."

"...vowed to destroy McCain because he doesn't carry their water on every issue. Most issues? Yes. But they require their politicians to assume a fetal position, not to have a backbone and stand up to them when needed."

"McCain is a guy who is fiercely pro-life."

"The guy is a fiscal conservative..."

"He is strong on the military and being a former Vietnam prisoner of war..."

"Folks, McCain is a pragmatic leader trying to solve a difficult situation."

Guardian Unlimited-

"Romney has consistently moved right on issues that matter to conservative activists and McCain, who prides himself on being a "maverick", has moved the other way. In 2005, his ACU score was 80%. In 2006, the last year for which ratings are available, it fell to 65%. Moreover, his McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill makes it difficult for interested non-profits to advertise such inconvenient facts during the primary or general elections.

A look at a politician's supporters can also be instructive. In California, the high-spending, socially liberal, environmentally-friendly governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has endorsed McCain. In Virginia, state delegate David Albo, author of the hated "abuser fees" that tacked thousands of dollars onto routine speeding tickets, serves on the McCain steering committee. In Florida, he was endorsed by governor Charlie Crist, whose heavy-handed approach to regulating the insurance industry has led some observers to label him a "socialist".

"...opposition to McCain makes good philosophical sense."

"McCain's conservatism is much closer to an imperialistic Toryism than Reaganism. He opposes congressman-earmarked spending because he thinks it's unseemly and undermines trust in government. More populist and libertarian-minded conservatives tend to believe trust in government is the problem."


"Social conservatives, traditionally those voters who are pro-life and opposed to same-sex marriage, should be able to rest easy with McCain. The Arizona senator is a strict constructionist, and has promised he would appoint like-minded judges to the Supreme Court and other benches.

We’ll find out in the next few hours whether Romney’s Last Stand will work. Although many conservatives may subscribe to his rhetoric by day’s end, they may not be able to do anything about it. A McCain win could mean trouble for rallying the base, which may struggle with the choice of supporting him or of staying at home in November. I suspect, however, that by November, McCain’s team will have a number of prominent Republicans talking up his conservative record, and that--rather than open the door to the Democratic challenger--the conservatives will back McCain."


"On the litmus test issues of our time, only partially excluding Iraq, McCain is a liberal.

-- He excoriated Samuel Alito as too "conservative."

-- He promoted amnesty for 20 million illegal immigrants.

-- He abridged citizens' free speech (in favor of the media) with McCain-Feingold.

-- He hysterically opposes waterboarding terrorists and wants to shut down Guantanamo.

Can I take a breath now?

-- He denounced the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

-- He opposes ANWR and supports the global warming cult, even posturing with fellow mountebank Arnold Schwarzenegger in front of solar panels."

McCain uses the boilerplate language of all Republicans in saying he will appoint "strict constructionists." This is supposed to end all discussion of the courts. But if he's picking strict constructionists, he will have to appoint judges who will commit to overturning McCain-Feingold.

That could be our litmus test: Will you hold President McCain's signature legislation restricting speech unconstitutional?"

"I'm not a lawyer -- oh wait, yes, I am -- but Republicans were proposing to amend the Constitution, a process the Constitution specifically describes.

It's like saying it's antithetical to the core philosophy of Republicans to require presidents to be at least 35 years old. It's in the Constitution! And Republicans -- other than the ones who voted for McCain-Feingold -- support the Constitution. You might say it's part of our core philosophy."

CNSNews.com -

European interest in the U.S. presidential election campaign may be at unprecedented levels as Super Tuesday arrives, and Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama is the evident favorite among media and political commentators.

Across the continent, major foreign-language newspapers are carrying special sections and Web sites dedicated to the campaign.

"There has never been a presidential race quite like this in the history of the United States," declared Michael Tomasky in Britain's liberal Guardian. "It has genuinely impressive candidates. It has a grand theme. It's really, meaningfully, about something."
[emphasis mine]

Monday, February 04, 2008

I Have Questions

I keep reading the statement, "If you don't vote.." or "If you throw your vote away.." (code for don't vote for whoever the collective we think you should vote for), "...you do not get to complain or opine for however many years the collective we decide!"

I need more information.

While I understand perfectly the notion that one renders themself inconsequential when they do not exercise their right to vote at all, (and there are reasons other than national presidential election to vote anyhow), I don't really get why a vote cast with principled personal conviction is considered trash.

Moreover, I don't really get how it is that those who choose to "throw their vote away" will lose the ability to complain and/or opine.

Who will come around to find out for sure who we all voted for? If we freely admit we didn't "make our vote count", who will shut us up? How will they shut us up?

If the collective "they" all cast votes that result in catastrophe, do "they" then magically lose the ability to *&^%&, whine and complain?

I think that's a pretty ignorant statement to make, as there is absolutely no intention or method I've seen for anyone to actually back it up, yet I keep reading these words from seemingly intelligent individuals (again and again). If the collective "they" really have these special shut up powers, I want to know why the hell they weren't used on Michael Moore a long time ago. Rosie O'Donnel? Senator Biden? C'mon!

If you have this power and haven't already used it for the betterment of mankind - you shut up.

I guess this is where "they" say, "Oh yeah? Make me!" and I either don't have the will or the way to back it up. Don't I feel stupid.

Update - Perhaps this would be a great topic for a Sunday Retarded Argument?

Update II - Speaking of stupid...

Saturday, February 02, 2008

The Ugly Truth

I have absolutely no idea what I could possibly say about the current political landscape (except **&^ %^$& ^%$#^ >.< !!!), so thought I'd play around with some photos in photoshop to entertain. Most of you likely remember the B. Walters/H. Clinton kissy/smoochy photoshop job of the past... Like that, only McCain instead of Walters. It's fun and funny, "cos it's true".

This is where I search photos and using Adobe photoshop's clone tool, mesh them together in ridiculously friendly situations - like casting ridiculously dreamy looks toward one another in a hugely exaggerated show of the ugly truth; The man who will most likely be "our guy" next November, is one of "them".

That's not all that funny really, but sometimes... ya just gotta try to find the humor. When there is none, make some up.

Well, what I came across when searching for Clinton and McCain photos isn't a bit funny. I'm not too sure what it is. I didn't even get a chance to photoshop the darn thing!

Just when you thought the truth couldn't possibly get any uglier.

Update : Yeah, that's still not funny. You go here for funny!

(And here for sobering enlightenment.)

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

The Manifesto That Ruined My Life

Well okay, really just my week, but even still.

What manifesto, you ask?

The First Things First Manifesto, that's what. Why is it that a manifesto always seems to involve horribly pinko-commie-like ideals? Rage against capitalism and corporations (all of them) coupled with mad dashes of feel-good social activism (I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that my own social causes would not be appreciated one little bit by one single signer of the manifesto). On the other hand, they've given me some fantastic ideas. bwahahaha!

So, as part of a design assignment I was to read, critique and comment on two fellow designer's critiques of the manifesto. At first it sounded like an OK manifesto (as far as manifestos go), but the deeper I dug ... the uglier it all became. What should have been a light week quickly became a headache! To exact my revenge, I turned the discussion forum critiques into a big (and equally ugly) debate (and then went to bed real quick). heh

Hey, if they're going to make us read that junk, formulate opinions and comment, may as well have a little fun.

One fellow student called for a boycott of all corporations everywhere, one attempted to convince that the manifesto only referred to the most dangerous products that harm (who did butt toner ever kill?) and still another lamented branding in general (because poor little children and teens can't always afford certain evil (aka successful) brands, graphic designers should all refuse to work on such projects). You have to wonder where the parents are in all of this "materialism taken to the extreme", huh? So of course I asked.(Our instructor took that particular discussion forum down from the online Blackboard and changed the subject fast enough after that).

Anywho, nothing but a bad dream now (and I have more important things to post).

Cat Blogging!!!

Below, you see the uber-teen's new kitty, Dante (the very first thing acquired for her very own apartment next spring). The thing is, she's just learned that she will only be permitted one pet and already has a cat! I'm not sure which cat I will keep for her, the one eyed Sugars (strangest animal on the planet, has nothing to do with the eye but that certainly doesn't help her case) or the insane Dante (who attacks me in my sleep for no other reason than I dared to move, or breath).

I'm fairly certain Dante is the first bipolar cat I've ever personally met. There is no in between with this furry fury, nor is there any rhyme or reason to his extreme moods.

However, he sure is super-cute in his little poet's beret and scarf!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

My Blog Is My Boyfriend

In celebration of having achieved the 4.0 in my first semester of hell (and failing miserably in attaining a personal life)...

I'm back!

After taking a vacation in my head, checking out the specs in the spring semester (and failing miserably in attaining a personal life, can't forget that), it looks as if I'll be having some spare time to blog in upcoming months (and years).

Quick, pretend to be excited!

It seems as if only a moment has passed since I last posted, but so much time has passed that I hardly know where to begin.

Blog roll surfing followed by suitable applications of mucho linky-love (not to be confused with kinky-love, as spell check might have us believe) perhaps?

Yeah, baby! You know you want it...