Mix 2 parts family, one 21 lb bird & deep fat fryer, one part nice cool weather, seasonal parade on TV, gallons of coffee and miscellaneous pies and cakes. Consume, let set and relax.
Party..........and boy ain't he proud.
The Medicare Reform Bill passed in the Senate. One more pork-laden piece of legislation ram-rodded through Congress, that stands to provide more benefits to the HMO's, doctors and pharmaceutical companies than it does the people that need the reform the most. From the Washington Post, "At several points in recent weeks, when opposition was voiced to controversial legislation, congressional leaders simply increased the price." How can the party of "less government and fiscal responsibility" continue on at this rate and keep touting the success of the tax reductions they've initiated?
How will history judge the legacy of this administration after they've left office, be it in 2004 or 2008 (even if the history books are written in Texas)?
- The Economy?
- The Environment?
- The Wall Street cleanup?
- Job Creation?
- Civil Rights?
Or, are we all going to be sitting around in a couple of years scratchin' our heads, trying to figure out how the hell we were suckered into funding a pre-emptive war based primarily on lies? Will we be angry with ourselves, knowing full well, the primary contractors, all had relationships with White House staff, were provided no-compete clauses and carte-blanche licenses to price-gouge? Do we, as a nation really care enough about the blatent abuses of power to vote the incumbents out of office or will we roll-over and just "take it" like the Democrats have done in the House and Senate since 9-11?
Spam is a fact of life, easy to ignore and even easier to delete. Most of it seems to have a purpose, whether they want you to lose weight, buy something, have a longer life (or penis) or check out a stock. The one's that seem to have no purpose make absolutely no sense to me. The textual contents of one from this morning makes me wonder why they would bother with the effort of sending this email................maybe there's a hidden message.
Text of Email
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Rummaging through my books this evening, I came across a few I've not opened in awhile. I was flipping through this one, and a scrap of paper fell out. I've not loaned it out and I don't think anyone's looked at it or read it in a few years. The handwriting seems familiar but I can't assign it to anyone. Who wrote it, how long has it been there and is it just me or does it come across like a love letter?
what's tickling mine
"here weeeeeeeeeeeeekend.....here boy....c'mere."
Ask not what your party can do for you, ask what you can do for your party. Dallas Democrats, your party needs your help. The Headquarters is in great need of your time, resources and funds (if possible). The local chapters need people and the precincts need chairpersons. It's not enough for us to sit back daily and bitch at the TV, scream at the radio and bang our heads on our desks as we read the latest Ann Coulter screed. Get active and get involved. It is up to the grassroots to make a difference.
**Current economics made simple via the RetroGrouch, an incredible read.
- UN Control? Bring em on!
- Could we just send a "pope-mobile"?
- Where's George Will's pod?
- Damn if that economy ain't lookin' up.........................from the bottom of a 100' well.
- Watch C-SPAN's coverage of Parliment sometime.......you'll see why Bush chickened out.
- Interview with the Patriot Act.
- Xmas ideas 1 and 2.
For once I'm coming back to work feeling like I had a real weekend. The lawn got raked & mowed (at least the percentage that's viewable by the neighbors), got a night out on the town with my better half (Lost in Translation is the best written film I've seen this year), got 10% of our holiday shopping completed (I need to buy stock in Toys R Us), got the kitchen rearranged (the curse of moving into a house with a toddler......nothing gets done right away) and had dinner with Mr. and Mrs. RetroGrouch (good dialogue & wine was shared).
Important lessons were learned from watching the Paris Hilton sex tape excerpt. When making your own home videos, follow the rules below.
- Position your camera speaker away from the TV if you choose to keep it on.
- If the TV is on, choose a more subtle show to watch or keep viewing in context.
- Turn on the lights.
- If you prefer darkness augmented only by the glow of the TV, remember... night vision makes you look like a deer being spotlighted by a poacher. Avert your eyes from direct contact with the camera lens.
- Do not answer your cell phone during sex, voice mail was invented for just this reason.
- Most important lesson, do not label your super-personal tapes, no matter how proud of them you are.
More money making opportunities being offered, this time from Zimbabwe.
CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS PROPOSAL
You may be suprise to receive this letter from me since you dont know me personally. The purpose of my introduction is that I am SMERT NEWMAN, the first son of DENNIS NEWMAN , the most popular farmer in Zimbabwe who was recently murdered in the land dispute in mycountry.
I got your contact through network online hence decide to write you. Before the death of my father, he had taken me to Johannesburg to deposit the sum of US$10,000,000.00(Ten million united states of America dollars)in one security company as he forsaw the coming danger zimbabwe.
This money was deposited in a box as gemstones in to avoid much demurage from the security company.This amount was meart for the purchase of new machines and chemicals for the new farm and establishment in Swiztland.
This land problems came when Zimbawean president ROBERT MUGABE introduced a new land act reform who holly affected the rich white farmers and some few black farmers. And this resulted to the killing and mob action by Zimbabwe war returns and some lunatics in the society.
It is against this background that I and my family fled Zimbabwe for fear of our lives and currently staying in The Netherlands where we seek political asylum and mooreso have decided to transfer my father' money to more reliable foreign account sinces the law of The netherland prohibits a refugee to open any bank account or to be involveed in any financial transaction throughout the territorial zone of Netherland .
As the eldest son of my father , I am saddled to which the respobility of seeking a genuine foreign account where this money could be transfered without the the knowledge of my government who are bert on taking everything we have got.The South Africa government seems to be playing along with them. I am faced with the delima of moving this amount of money out of South Africa for fear of going through the same experience in future, both countries have similar political history. I am seeking for a partner who I have to entrust my future and family in his hand, I must let you know that this transaction is risk free.
If you accept to assist me and my family , all I want you to do for me , is to arrange with the security company to clear the consignment (funds) from their afiliate office here in the Netherlands as I have already given directives for the consignment to be brought to The Netherlands from South Africa. But before then all modalities will have to be put in place e.g change of ownership to the consignment and this money intend I intend to use for investment .
I have two options for you , firstly you can choose to have certain percentage of the money or you can go into partnership with me for the proper profitable investment of the money in your country . Which ever the option you want , feel free to notify me. I have aslo mapped out 5% of the money for all kinds of expense incured in the process of this transaction. If you do not prefer a partnership I am willing to give you 15% of the money while the remaining 80% will be for my investment in your country.
Contact me with the above email address while i imlore you to maintain the absolute secrecy required in this transaction. and your phone and fax number will be need for the transaction.
Thanks God bless you
Random News in Ten Words or Less
- Glad this didn't happen to Clinton.
- On my xmas wish list.
- Why does this stuff hit the UK news first?
- Because it told me so.
- Meet me @ flagpole hill.......I'll get the tarp.
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Various Artists: TV Tunes
Bubbles In The Wine
Naked City Theme
The Odd Couple
The Man From U.N.C.L.E./The Spies
Thanks For The Memory
The Munsters Theme
The Fugitive Theme
Dick Van Dyke Theme / The Alvin Show Theme
The Human Jungle
One Step Beyond (Fear)/The Twilight Zone
The Mod Squad Theme
My Three Sons
Burke's Law Suite
Night before last as the moon was rising there was a glowing backlit contrail underneath. I saw;
Yeah, it's called a life. I'm looking into it.
There's been a few comparisons done lately on the first couple of years of Vietnam vs Gulf of Terror II, showing number of casualties, government's handling of the planning etc. What's not been done is expand the comparisons of what the nation accomplished as a whole while simultaneously fighting a war. Granted, Vietnam lasted longer than our current 'war on terror' has.
- Roe v. Wade
- Equal Rights Amendment
- Man on the Moon ^2
- Civil Rights Act
- Voting Rights Act
These aren't comprehensive lists and yes, there was the Watergate scandal, the deaths of MLK and RFK and many other nasty little hiccups in Washington during the Vietnam war period. What I find facinating is the increased focus on enhancing civil rights rather than suspending/eliminating them because "the nation is at war". When did we lose our way?
Feel free to add your own plus and minus comparisons/thoughts below.
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin.
*that benefit the top ~10%
I love these Nigerian scam emails. Not one so far, though has been quite as amusing as this one. It's from a Mr. Doudou. If they would just include an account number and a signed power of attorney document, I'd be tickled to help them.
FROM:MR DOMINIQUE DOUDOU
I AM DOMINIQUE DOUDOU,THE SON OF THE INTERIOR MINISTER EMILE BOGA DOUDOU OF COTE D'IVOIRE (IVOREY COAST) WHO WAS KILLED IN THE SEPTEMBER 19,2002 MUNITY THAT EQUALLY LEAD TO THE DEATH OF FORMER MILLITARY JUNTER (GENERAL ROBERT GUEI.THIS YOU CAN FIND ON WEB PAGE.CNN.COM-IVORY-COAST RABEL UPRAISING SPREAD
FOR COMPLETE REPORT ON THIS INCIDENT).
I CONTACTED YOU BECAUSE OF MY NEED TO DEAL WITH PERSONS WHOM MY FAMILY AND I HAVE HAD NO PREVIOUS PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS. SINCE THE MURDER OF MY ENTIRE FAMILY, IHAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO ALL SORTS OF HARASSMENT AND INTIMIDATION WITH LOTS OF NEGATIVE REPORTS EMANATING FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRESS ABOUT MY FAMILY. THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO ENSURED THAT OUR BANK ACCOUNTS ARE FROZEN AND ALL ASSETS SEIZED.
IT IS IN VIEW OF THIS, THAT I SEEK YOUR CO-OPERATION AND ASSISTANCE IN THE TRANSFER OF THIS SUM OF TWENTY-SEVEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS (US$27,000,000.00) BEING THE VERY LAST OF MY FAMILY FUND IN MY POSSESSION AND CONTROL. AFTER THE MURDER OF MY FAMILY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SEIZED ALL OUR PROPERTIES AND FROZE ALL OUR ACCOUNTS BOTH LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL.
MY ONLY HOPE NOW, IS THIS CASH, MY FATHER CAREFULLY PACKAGED AND DEPOSITED AS ARTIFACTS WITH A SECURITY /FINANCE COMPANY OUTSIDE IVORY COAST. THIS SUM OF US$27M CAN EASILY BE WITHDRAWN OR PAID TO A RECOMMENDED BENEFICIARY. THE SECURITY COMPANY BASED ON MY INSTRUCTIONS WILL RELEASE THE FUND TO YOU. YOU ARE TO BE PRESENTED AS MY BUSINESS PARTNER WHO WILL BE FRONTING FOR ME IN SUBSEQUENT VENTURES. AND IN TRUTH YOU WILL BE FRONTING FOR ME, IN THE AREAS OF BUSINESS YOU DEEM PROFITABLE.
TO SHOW MY PREPAREDNESS AND APPRECIATION TO CONDUCT THIS BUSINESS WITH YOU, I SHALL GIVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY US$5.4M OF THE FUNDS AND 20% COMMISSION ON ALL PROCEEDS REALIZE FROM THE INVESTMENT OF THIS FUND. ALSO US$1.35M IS TO BE SET ASIDE FOR ANY EVENTUAL COST THAT MAY OCCUR IN THE PROCESS OF THIS TRANSACTION.
PLEASE, I NEED YOUR FULL SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION FOR THE SUCCESS OF THIS VENTURE. I PLEAD WITH YOU TO TREAT AS URGENT AND CONFIDENTIAL. THIS IS A DELICATE ISSUE, WHICH DEMANDS A GREAT DEGREE OF SECRECY. HAVE MY CURRENT POLITICAL STATUS IN MIND.
ALSO ENDEAVOR TO FORWARD ALL CORRESPONDENCE TO MY PRIVATE EMAIL ( email@example.com ) OR (firstname.lastname@example.org ) SO TAHT I CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH MORE CLERIFICATION ABOUT IT ALL.
I SINCERELY WILL APPRECIATE YOUR URGENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE RECEIPT OF THIS MAIL WITH YOUR COMPLETE CONTACT DETAILS.
I AWAIT YOUR URGENT RESPONSE.
On Saturday, we attended the Lake Highland/ White Rock Democrats Monthly Meeting. I could be a little too hyper-critical or could have caught them on a "down month" but if the attendence is indicative of Dallas Democrats as a whole, we're in a heck of a lot of trouble in the months ahead. The focus was on local candidates for civil/criminal courts, tax assessor etc.
There were approximately 40 people in the room and of those, 8 were candidates, 20% were women and if we hadn't brought the rugrat in with us, the median age would have been about 65. Dallas is a "young and vibrant" city, where are all the young voters? The guy sitting across from me was born in 1925.......we're being held afloat by FDR Democrats? What happens in 10 years when FDR becomes merely a footnote in a history book and not a relevant memory?
I paid my dues and will be rabidly attempting to expand the attendance. They're either going to love me or hate me as we move into 2004. Seemed like a warm but overly insular group that might need a serious jolt.
What seemed to disappoint me the most was, as the candidates spoke, there wasn't anyone addressing the tone downtown and what they'd be doing to affect change. We've got a toothless mayor taking the fall for the city manager's firing of the ineffective police chief. A recall effort that is 50% underway and could take root in the now, disaffected African-American community. A school board administration with little or no oversight and outrageous salaries, crappy roads and the highest crime rate in the nation. Where's the initiative for change? I don't care if your opponent is a putz, what are you going to do in three points or less (minus the public speaking class) to better your community, city and county?
Headphones on and listening to my vacation mix CD.
Everybody Wants You: Billy Squier
Welcome to the Jungle: Guns and Roses
Detroit Rock City: Kiss
Route 66: Rolling Stones
Love My Way: Psychedelic Furs
She Sells Sanctuary: The Cult
Gone Daddy Gone: Violent Femmes
My Generation: The Who
Ball of Confusion: Love & Rockets
Don't You Want Me: Human League
Take Me Home, Country Roads: John Denver
I'm a Believer: Monkees
Always on My Mind: Pet Shop Boys
Rise: Public Image Limited
Orange Crush: REM
Tom Sawyer: Rush
Tears of a Clown: The Specials
Gimme All Your Lovin': ZZ Top
Tube Snake Boogie: ZZ Top
Optional Title 1: Democratic Candidates Overly PC.
Optional Title 2: 11/4 Debate Indicates Collective Tunnel Vision.
Optional Title 3: Point Missed, Cranial Rectal Inversion Not Averted.
I still want to be the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks," the former Vermont governor said in a telephone interview quoted in Saturday's Des Moines Register. "We can't beat George Bush unless we appeal to a broad cross-section of Democrats."
My first impression when I read this at "face value" was an instinctive bristle. Further mulling lead me to another POV.
Yes the Confederate Flag is offensive and yes, for the most part, gun ownership is a big part of the lives of those who tend to fly or display the stars and bars. The Democratic Party needs to reach out to a wider base audience and focus on bringing together those with varied backgrounds that have all been similarly affected by the current administration.
Inappropriately stated, yes. Dead on from a practical perspective.....also, yes. The party needs to remember that the first two amendments to the Bill of Rights covers both of the concerns above and won't be affected by the next administration:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
What's missing from the Democratic Party right now is unity. As indicated by the results from both the Kentucky and Mississippi Governor's races. How is it that citizens in states with such a low per capita income can continue to support the party that overtly disregards their interests? Where is the initiative to get out the vote in the under privileged communities and neighborhoods? Where are the canvassers, working to ensure their message is getting through? As the 2004 election swiftly overtakes us, there needs to be a vast shift in the message. Drop the concern over whether NOW members and DOC members can co-exist in the same room or same party and give them a reason to *want* to be in the same party.
Too Pollyanna? I don't think so. There's a sense of lethargy in the Democratic Party and too much concern over who might be offended by what. Terry McAuliffe needs to come down off of his high-horse and rally the troops around the cause(s) instead of spending all of his time sending out those damn "send us money" emails.
As I listen to citizens complain, daily, about the economy, war, etc and their equal disappointment in the Democratic leadership, I'm at a loss as to how to respond in a manner that will convince them voting for a Democrat is the answer. Some of the behavior in last night's CNN "Rock the Vote" session doesn't help the cause.
Like a badly cast fly, what's catching my eye
A Smattering of Politics