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Date:2013-06-30 15:59
Subject:Meh
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Since most of my entries for the last three years have been private, it seems people think this LJ is abandoned.

Having removed the junk posts & changed my password, I post to update anyone who still might read this.

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Date:2010-02-26 18:21
Subject:Twitter
Security:Public
Mood: annoyed

My Twitter is AlphabeterUS because some German band that still no one has heard of claimed I was trying to take their alleged "copyritted" {sic} name and Twitter caved into giving them my original account.

Because my using that name/identity online and having almost every URL and account name with that name since 1990 registered to me is not proof enough, but a blurry fax in German sent via a postdrop in NYC is.

Tweet tweet tweet is a lyric from the Music Man. I demand Twitter stop using that word!
Well, that makes the same sense.

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Date:2009-12-09 02:23
Subject:listening to "James Taylor - "Fire & Rain"" on Blip
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I don't have many favorites of anything, but this is my all-time favorite song---especially given the back story, which makes me love it more.

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Date:2009-12-09 02:21
Subject:Listen to my station on Blip.fm! on Blip
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Listen to my station on Blip.fm!

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Date:2009-05-10 06:08
Subject:No Bias? But No Bull--for sure
Security:Public
Mood: amused

Last night was the Annual White House Correspondents Dinner. All the Press who cover the White House get to have a bit of fun, invite celebs (the POTUS too) and preen themselves.

The following is CNN's edited video of the Journalists on Parade. The background audio is the best part. Clearly CNN is so not interested in interviewing Barbara Walters that they include the snip twice!



Too bad Kieran Chetry is still looking like warmed over bubble gum spread over an Oompa Loompa. Either get her off the coke or back on John Roberts because she has little else going for her--and I've watched three hours of her at a time for five days straight!!

I don't get why she is there though as Suzanne Malveaux (a delightful person who also needs to lay off the orange in studio lights) and Ed Henry cover the White House for CNN. But if Christian Slater was invited, journalism is the loosest of ties. Which is counting "Pump Up the Volume" as experience.

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Date:2008-11-26 06:31
Subject:Religion Explained
Security:Public
Mood: tired

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Date:2008-11-17 15:25
Subject:402-464-7509 likes to be a nuisance. Call and play with them.
Security:Public
Mood: aggravated

I have received seven calls in the last forty minutes from this number: 402-464-7509.

After the first no-breather, I didn't pick up the others. It rang long enough to get the machine and then hung up. I googled it and got pages of complaints. Whoever it is has protection from not getting the number disabled yet still has plenty of time to randomly dial people--even those on the Do Not Call list.

402-464-7509 Be sure to spread the number around, they clearly need the attention. 402-464-7509

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Date:2008-11-15 17:38
Subject:Nano Update
Security:Public
Mood: cranky

Its day 15 of National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write at least 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days.

I am aiming for 80k in 6 weeks as its a more practical length for a novel. However, I've been rather lax in my daily goal of 1,667 words. I should have over 25,000 at this point but currently my word count stands at 23,848.

Getting rid of the blackmail that had me hosting Turkey day helped. I should get a few thousand words done tonight and tomorrow at the write-in. If only life had such a guarantee!

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Date:2008-11-09 17:02
Subject:President Barack Obama II
Security:Public
Mood: calm

I have made the post immediately previous to this one private. The words were as I believed at the time. I know them no longer to be true. Barack Obama is a natural-born citizen of the USA through a biological parent confering citizenship.

I didn't delete it because that would mean I had something to hide. Ironically, it was because I was so vocal and public that I was given access to a file which proved my concerns [that Obama was not a citizen] incorrect.

Barack Obama will be my President. I hope he didn't just say whatever he had to in order to not be Bush or McCain and still get elected. I want to believe, but I stopped being naive about politics during the Carter administration.

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Date:2008-11-03 06:34
Subject:Calling out inaccurate polls
Security:Public
Mood: tired

I can't guarantee this will be my last political post of this election cycle but it will be the last I speak of the Presidential election until at least Thursday the 6th.


I am amused that the CNN Poll of Polls has Iowa listed as dark blue aka sure to go for Obama.

The "poll of polls" is an aggregate with no original polling. The finally showed all nine of those polls this morning on AM. The actual polls vary from a 2 point to a 13 point lead for Obama. As someone who has seen the hard facts of the Iowa polling numbers, they are dead wrong on Iowa. They should have kept the state listed as yellow aka too close to call/neutral/toss-up.

Iowa has 99 counties. About 19 of them in two clusters: one centered around the capitol/biggest city Des Moines in central Polk county n' up through to Cedar Falls and Waterloo and the other around the third biggest city Davenport in Scott County on the eastern border of Iowa/the Mississippi River (which is shared with Wisconsin and Illinois and their tv markets) and up through Clinton county [hehe] are polling Democrat.
The capitol is easily explained as the the governor and the State Congress are currently 'controlled' by Democrats. Obama also started his caucus push in the Des Moines area in 2007. The other area has been heavily saturated in media and appearances by Obama. Naturally results in both areas are going to be 'blue'.

However, that is the ONLY polling being done in Iowa. And those subtraction skills I learned back in first grade reveal that 99-19=80. Using roll-up 'new' math, roughly 80% of the state is 'red' (and this is backed by voting trends and available early voting results).

Iowa's electoral votes went for Bush in 2004 and there was only a 5000 vote differential in 2000. As there are 99 counties with 99 different ways of voting and counting returns, the then-Secretary of State (who is the current governor) decided not to do a recount. It would have made Florida look competent in their efforts.

Iowa is a hard state. If the governor and state house is Democratic, it Electoral College votes go Republican and vice-versa. As the polls (by both sides) are concentrating in heavy 'blue' areas and the governor and state congress are 'blue', I predict Iowa will go 'red'. It will be no surprise to those who see Iowa as more than four areas.

And as someone who grew up in the fourth-largest city, Sioux City, which is still 'red' but not currently nationally polled despite repeat visits by McCain, Obama and Palin--though not Biden, I can predict there is somewhat of a "Bradley effect". People who have said they were voting for Obama because they didn't want to be hassled about their choice of McCain. Notably minorities who were publicly asked their preference have discussed the pressure put upon them after declaring any non-Democrat or non-liberal choice.

Here is a major newsflash: PEOPLE LIE TO POLLSTERS. I personally know of 15 people who were abusively contacted by pollsters who flat-out lied to them. And that is not just in Iowa. Many polls are dependent on deliberately misleading information from people who have no intention of revealing their vote and/or leanings.



Its not Obama's race, its not McCain's age or any of the other factors the pundits who take their talking points off the results that will determine the winner of the Presidential election this year. There are only two 'answers' which factor[ed] in nearly every voting choice: 1) Can I trust this guy; and 2) Will this guy do what is best for us, especially me and mine?

Even before the Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers and family issues, most people (in my small unofficial survey) who actually met Obama liked him. But they didn't and don't trust him. He comes off too slick, he's unproven (aside from allowing a divorce to be opened in order to destroy his US Senate seat opponent), and the money behind him is "suspicious". They don't believe he will help them but will aim to get more money for his cronies so they can "spread the wealth around". A significant number also believe him to not be a legal US citizen*,.

Of those who met McCain, they believed him to honest, frustrated, a try-er (as opposed to 'talker' Obama) and likely to fight for the little guy against a hostile Congress. They cite that "He's proven he can work both sides of the aisle", "has actually written his own bills" (some of which were passed), and "genuinely seems changed by his POW experience" from a silver-spooner to a worker. They believe he would fight to lower taxes in order to stimulate US-based business so more people can work and earn their own instead of demanding the broke government help them. And this was before the socialist 'charges' on Obama.


I believe Iowa's popular vote will be close but its electoral votes will go for McCain. I believe the national trend will be a more divided popular vote resulting in a close Electoral College vote on December 15th and at least one objection on January 8th (though I'm curious why the Electoral vote is tallied so much later). I do think McCain will be the next President of the United States.

But he will have a much harder battle both domestically and internationally than Obama would. However, I think he will 'heal' things with a second stimulus package, a revitalized new National Work Program and improved relations with some hostile nuclear-capable foreign countries. I can only hope for such a result as I fear that a President Obama would be assassinated and Joe Biden would be a much more disastrous promotion than Sarah Palin.

What I deeply desire is that the next POTUS actually live up to their promises of affordable health care, better economic opportunities and US-based renewable energy grounded in sound ecological policy. The USA is going to need all three in order to pull itself back up.

I want to believe. I hope for the best. Change will happen.


And if you chose not to vote, I chose to not listen/read/view your opinion.

You don't chose, you do lose!

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Date:2008-10-28 05:19
Subject:Why I will be watching ABC and not a network airing the Propaganda Special
Security:Public
Mood: aggravated

It makes no difference who I am voting to be the next President of the United States of America. I advise all viewers of this post to actually read it.

Fox, CBS and NBC have decided that money makes it okay to flex FCC rules about equal time and air a half-hour "special" of whatever Barack Obama decides is suitable propaganda to influence viewers and/or voters on Wednesday, October 29th. The "Barack Obama Message" will air at 8:00 p.m. EST.

I will be watching ABC's "Pushing Daisies" instead because:
1) I regularly view the show and while this season has started a little rocky, the preview for this week's show looks better;
2) I watch several different news programs and I am sure they will all have clips; and
3) I already saw the good version on SNL last Saturday (too bad it was non-black mixed minority person in blackface playing Obama but then Lorne Michaels has a one-black-main cast-member-per-season rule and Keenan is too heavy).

The part that pisses me off the most is "to accommodate a half-hour Obama time buy on Fox, Major League Baseball has agreed to move the start time of World Series Game 6 by about 15 minutes. That would move the start of the game from 8:20 p.m. EST or so to 8:35 p.m."

"Fox will accommodate Senator Obama's desire to communicate with voters in this longform format," Fox Sports said in a statement. "We are pleased that Major League Baseball has agreed to delay the first pitch of World Series Game 6 for a few minutes in order for Fox to carry his program on Oct. 29. If requested, the network would be willing to make similar time available to Senator McCain's campaign."

Given that Obama lied about limiting his campaign to matching Federal Election funds and instead is funneling millions of dollars from Soros and his cronies through his DNC campaign by listing contributions from hundreds of names gleened (falsely) through ACORN's voter registration drive, I think McCain deserves his own half-hour.

Remember those pesky FCC equal time rules? I know that a McCain-based program would not have received the bump and blessing because Rupert Murdoch (the owner of the corporation that owns the Fox and Fox News networks) doesn't want to be seen as "in the bag" for the RNC.

Just what makes Obama so special that the great Major League of Baseball would move its first pitch time? M-O-N-E-Y. The blessing from MLB clears the way for Fox to air the promo and collect upward of $1 million in ad revenue for the half hour, more than what either CBS or NBC was charging.

If McCain's advisor team has a brain cell left, they will buy an ad in every break on every network airing this "special aka program aka promo aka longform format propaganda". Include all the rules the 'special' is being allowed to break while reminding people Obama has already had three known assassination attempts (the latest revealed yesterday) since his nomination was secured in June.

Should Obama be killed, there will be Joe Biden left to 'run' the country. A man whom most of Washington hates...to work with on anything. I might not be fond of "caribou barbie" but I suspect she'll be dialing Gore for advice on relieving boredom while McCain actually gets his agenda through a peeved Congress.

It really saddens me that people are so desperate for "change" that they will take the same old shit because it comes in a shiny wide-eared package. Yet the shiny new VP package is shredded in ways that must make Hilary Clinton squeal with delight because she won't fit in the
1) 'expected' (huh? Ferraro is the mold? What meeting did I miss?);
2) RNC preferred (they don't forget anything in spinsville); and
3) controllable (aha)
image that seems to be preferred by anyone who doesn't like her anti-abortion stance. I don't like it either (no one with a dick should have any say about anyone with a vagina is my stance) but I admire her taking on the RNC PR boot camper pressers to try and get her actual self through to voters.

No matter who I do vote for in seven days, I can only hope that the person chosen by the 'legal' voters is able to make it through the next four years alive, having creating a better USA.

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Date:2008-10-16 02:20
Subject:Necessary consumerism in reparation for missed hugs
Security:Public
Mood: blah

Oscar Wilde, a dandy’s dandy, once said that “we live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities.” What unnecessary possession can you not live without?

Well, first, I object to "a dandy's dandy" phrase. Isn't there a nice way to attribute "was gay" to someone without it being all poofy?

Second, while a lot of things regarding Oscar Wilde are better understood if the reader (in this case) knows ol' Oskie was gay, this particular quote is fine on its own. Consumerism is not just a "gay" thing.

Third, well, I don't necessarily agree with the quote {sic}. There are loads of unnecessary things that I can occupy my time with but I NEED food, shelter and other people. While a computer can lead me to all three (and in my work, pays for them as well), I would give it up in a heartbeat for my own little intimate circle.

Perhaps thats what the Wilde man was getting at. All the tech and toys are fun, but wouldn't most of us settle for a hug, some ice cream and a good shit-swapping sitdown with loved ones? And he already had that!

Hrumpf.

My point might be less hypocritical if I wasn't making it on a computer screen.

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Date:2008-10-04 00:57
Subject:OJ IS GUILTY ___ ON ALL 12 COUNTS
Security:Public

The jury has reached a verdict in O.J. Simpson's armed robbery and kidnapping trial in Las Vegas, Nevada, a defense lawyer and a court official said Friday.
The jury reached the verdict 13 years to the day O.J. Simpson was acquitted of two murders.

Doink Doink

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He didn't look surprised. I wonder if he will when he has to chose between special solitary or having Lil' Bubba as his cellmate.

I wasn't surprised. He incited the situation. Yes, it got out of control with more people and weapons than he probably knew about or approved. But he was ripe for people to take advantage of him. There are millions of people who feel he owes a blood debt. And now he will be bleeding.
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At least he won't be able to vote. He's officially a convicted felon.

Paris Hilton can vote. Heidi Montag can vote. But OJ Simpson can't even chose his next ten thousand meals.

Ain't American Justice awesome? Better late than never!

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Date:2008-07-09 08:53
Subject:Inside Matches Out
Security:Public
Mood: blah



Your Hair Should Be Red



Passionate, fiery, and sassy.

You're a total smart aleck who's got the biggest personality around.

What's Your Funky Inner Hair Color?

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Date:2008-07-04 03:34
Subject:Freedom is Not Free
Security:Public
Mood:enlightened

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

I watched the flag pass by one day.

It fluttered in the breeze.

A young Marine saluted it,

And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform

So young, so tall, so proud,

With hair cut square and eyes alert,

He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him

Had fallen through the years.

How many died on foreign soil?

How many mothers' tears?

How many pilots' planes shot down?

How many died at sea?

How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?

No, freedom is not free.

I heard the sound of "Taps" one night,

When everything was still.

I listened to the bugler play

And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times

That "Taps" had meant "Amen,"

When a flag had draped a coffin

Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,

Of the mothers and the wives,

Of fathers, sons and husbands

With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard

At the bottom of the sea,

Of unmarked graves in Arlington.

No, freedom is not free.

--Cadet Major Kelly Strong,

Air Force Junior ROTC,

Homestead Senior High School,

Homestead, Fla., 1988

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Date:2008-06-05 23:09
Subject:Sick of pussy?
Security:Public
Mood: sad

I'm sure people are tired of the pussy snorkel post and since I've been weeding through my blog feeds, I figured I outta update my own--just to put the pussy down.

Alright, I'm done with the kitty jokes--even if they were only wrly chucklicious in my own head.

Here is something prettier to view:



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Date:2007-01-23 04:12
Subject:No more excuses!
Security:Public
Mood: amused

Everyone can now go downtown without fear of losing oxygen.

The Pussy Snorkel is officially a reality.

Visit the web page. Nobody who even so much as glances at this page will ever be classy ever, ever again for the rest of eternity. In fact, I don’t think classiness and this page can even coexist in the same universe.


The Pussy Snorkel: You Are Retarded


The cone shaped nostril inserts were designed to allow one size to fit all. The slider provides a snug fit. The clitoral stimulator, with natural head movement, excites the receiver, in addition to the oral arousal. In short, it doubles the pleasure, and doubles the fun! With The Pussy Snorkel you won't miss a lick!

WARNING: USPSA* Surgeon General has determined that continuous use of The Pussy Snorkel will cause multiple orgasms, which could result in temporary loss of energy.



Yeah, it's a Pussy Snorkel. It's pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Knock yourself out.

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Date:2007-01-14 20:37
Subject:Sociopaths, Animals and Eyes, oh my!
Security:Public
Mood: silly

You Are 52% Sociopath

You're not a sociopath, but you're very prone to antisocial behavior.
Other people's opinions matter little to you. You live your own fringe life - for better or worse.

Are You A Sociopath?



So, uh, theres like, hope I will just write about my murderous thoughts and not actually like, act on 'em?!
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You Are: 70% Dog, 30% Cat

You and dogs definitely have a lot in common.
You're both goofy, happy, and content with the small things in life.
However, you're definitely not as needy as the average dog. You need your down time occasionally.
Are You More Cat or Dog?



I have cats. I grew up with cats. I did have a dog for nine months until an ex swiped him 'back'. Go figure.
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Your Eyes Should Be Brown

Your eyes reflect: Depth and wisdom

What's hidden behind your eyes: A tender heart
What Color Should Your Eyes Be?


I have hazel eyes. Mostly green with gold flecks and a brown inner ring. I've been told they look sparkly when I'm happy and dark when I'm mad.

I don't really notice people's eye colour, but more how they express themselves through their eyes.

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Date:2007-01-13 19:19
Subject:Are our peoples unlearned?
Security:Public
Mood: embarrassed

Here are five reasons to think so:

Arby's doesn't care.

Your brother will hire them.

My Space will freely embrace them.

They will demand you read their 'minds'.

Their internet lawyers will sue for not letting them steal from you.

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Date:2007-01-06 12:37
Subject:Instant Noodle Creator Dies; College Students Puzzled
Security:Public
Mood: cranky

He died of a heart attack. Anyone who has ever eaten the 10/$1 'delights' knows they are salt-licks. Now there is reason for their 'heart attack in a pack' moniker. Did y'all know they had been consumed in space? There is your new fact for the day!

From the BBC: Last Updated: Saturday, 6 January 2007, 12:58 GMT


Momofuku Ando often ate his company's instant noodles


The inventor of instant noodles, Momofuku Ando, has died in Japan, aged 96, of a heart attack.

Mr Ando was born in Taiwan in 1910 and moved to Japan in 1933, founding Nissin Food Products Co after World War II to provide cheap food for the masses.

His most famous product, Cup Noodle, was released in 1971.

Its taste and ease of preparation - adding hot water to dried noodles in a waterproof polystyrene container - have made it popular around the world.

Mr Ando said the inspiration for his product came when he saw people lining up to buy bowls of hot ramen noodle soup at a black market stall during the food shortages after World War II.

Noodles in space

He developed his first instant noodles, Chicken Ramen, in 1958.

The product came out as Japan recovered from the ravages of World War II and began a long period of economic expansion.

It was the masterstroke of providing a waterproof polystyrene container for the noodles that made his Cup Noodle an instant success in 1971.

Nissin has led the global instant noodle industry since then, selling 85.7 billion servings every year, according to Agence France Presse.

His firm also developed a version of Cup Noodle for Japanese astronauts to eat on the space shuttle Discovery in 2005.

In 1999, Mr Ando opened a museum in Osaka devoted to instant noodles.

He retired as Nissin's chairman in 2005.

Japanese newspapers and business people have been paying tribute to Mr Ando.

"He was a self-made man who developed an epoch-making instant noodle product and spread it to all corners of the world," Akio Nomura, chairman of the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told Kyodo news agency.

Mr Ando remained active until just days before his death, giving a New Year's speech to Nissin employees and having a lunch of Chicken Ramen with company executives.

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