Tag Archives: politics


Aaron Sorkin on Sarah Palin’s “reality show”.

Choice quote:
I don’t watch snuff films and you make them. You weren’t killing that animal for food or shelter or even fashion, you were killing it for fun. You enjoy killing animals. I can make the distinction between the two of us but I’ve tried and tried and for the life of me, I can’t make a distinction between what you get paid to do and what Michael Vick went to prison for doing.

9989 – Monday.

Well, it’s a little over a year since Obama has taken office.

I haven’t looked for a while, but I looked at the Obameter just to see where he stands. Off the 500 promises being tracked…. see below.

Promise Kept 54
Compromise 14
Promise Broken 7
Stalled 17
In the Works 149
Not yet rated 274

Two of my touchpoints, the use of torture and closing guantanamo are both listed as "in the works", more detail at the links.

far too many pictures from yesterday’s walkabout – lots of fun with Larry, Chris, and BHK on a lovely autumn hike. Did a bit of geocaching, too – dropped off the meagan and paris bugs.

We also met Aaron Greene at the Cypress Swamp… he’s a very talented photographer!

1 year ago– decorative cabbage pic, moring walkies

2 years ago – la tolteca stinky, silly web page, q&A meme

3 years ago – more walkabout pics – vizcaya

4 years ago – frito bandito, monkey pic, dang hialeah, bk’s bday, RI out of office, MM quits, shot patience, newt thought bubbles, doodle selfport

5 years ago – rain on glass, Afrocaribbean religions, postcard, heroclix, fosters home, edbook, wal-mart, ray romano, crackheads and thugs

6 years ago – Frankie the mooch timeline [MUCHO DRAMA FURIOSO!], 3-minute 4am phone post, Justice league, Spectre

7 years ago – Chevy Tahoe Commercial poem, Green Banana Moon, cool words, twilight

8 years ago – caption picture poll, turtle-butt breathing, big brain’s 2nd incarnation

9 years ago – memories feature added, strip mall of sin, mall of the dead, hunter thompson returns to reportingGeotarget Geotarget

9591 – Thursday

BHK brought the element in for an alignment at the dealer today. Mechanical issue, it turns out. Insurance should cover it, but it has to be looked over first.

The moon was orbiting pretty close tonight, I nearly banged my head on it. My gut is still out of whack – I may have to go to the doctor tomorrow if this keeps up. Cereal and Milk for dinner – that should soothe a bit.

Pye, birdwatching this morning, as we left the house.

Self-portrait taken at midday today, with a tiny self-portrait inside the phone.
I think I look odd here – overhead lights, I guess. I’ve lost a little weight, but still working on it.
Note the dueling scar just between cheekbone and beard.

I have an irrational fear of post-getting a tattoo – I figure that as soon as I get one, I’ll accidentally scar my body in a way as to make the design appear torn or crooked.

That said, I don’t know what sort of tattoo I’d ever get.

President Obama retook the oath of office last night because of mistakes the first time around.

Also – PolitiFact has compiled about 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the campaign and is tracking their progress on our Obameter. We rate their status as No Action, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken.

1 year ago – busy month, knees and backs, Bill O’Reilly doesn’t know about homeless vets, hello kitty counterstrike, Q&A meme

2 years ago – newtcam live, snow pics, reh 101, spidey hits (what killed my youtube acct),

3 years ago – superhero drawing memes, CNY, Bro’s situation improved briefly, lost, spidey video views, Sting

4 years ago – Worked late, EN’s cable out, sad- sicky mel, busy phone, amber alert, great day to be alive theme

5 years ago – Year of the monkey!, new icons, act like a monkey, a fellow ljers house burns down

6 years ago – honey rant, healing hands, newt pic, cuss control, cold snap

7 years ago – spy ware killer, stab-dream, home school poll, animal noises around the world, sound

8 years ago – IMT stuff, be good, Model of the modern super-criminal, birthday wishGeotarget Geotarget

9589 – Wednesday

Back to Work -workworkwork – played catch-up for missing Monday. I was tired to begin with, and now, end of day, I’m dead tired.

Randy Rogers off to work with M.A.D.D. – good for him! I hope the rest of the crew get as good a break as he did.

I dreamt the other day that we adopted all the stray kitties in town, and BHK named the orange one with white feet "Bagel". The other cats didn’t have names, but Bagel was extra naughty – knocking over anything that was knock-over-a-ble.

We loved him (her?) anyway. BHK hollered "BAYYYYYY-GULLLLLLL" every so often when he was acting up.

After work, we did the once a week night ritual of soda and scratch-offs –  no money was won, but we did locate ome tasty chips to go with dinner from subway.

BHK took the Element in to have the tires replaced, but there was trouble with aligning it – She’s bringing it to the dealer tomorrow, to see what the situation is.

Watched a little Gordon Ramsay and Doctor Who, and now we’re off to bed.

President Obama’s first official act was to suspend all prosecution of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

White House stops all pending Bush regulations for review

President Barack Obama’s new administration ordered all federal agencies and departments on Tuesday to stop any pending regulations until they can be reviewed by incoming staff, halting last-minute Bush orders in their tracks.

1 year ago – MLK/R.E.Lee day, Back info about Disc, LOC flickr, TMBG, KFC

2 years ago – snowstorm ends, snowballs, eggplant and french toast.
Pictures – snow & love notes

3 years ago – compusa bah, acim gang out and about, float on, sacrifice & wrath, chastity belts for 21st century
pictures – ACIM gang

4 years ago – Strep, Jill is like 30, Greek Grotto, Weather, The woods, urinals, Mrs G team pic, Romanian Girl returns from the grave, poli-sci

5 years ago – Palm doodles, band names, sinister ducks, Cheddar Cheesus, water bus trip home, Orange Cat, walkies pics

6 years ago – zcardz (precursor to the pirates game), LL fooled with my bro, vanishing finn, meds

7 years ago – Dream, Walkies with fog, Worked MLK, ear pressure relief then a return, ordered my digicam, got a keeno book off my wish list, siege engines, lego cube solver.

8 years ago -Bro pic, garam masala, patty hearst pardoned, DNA police Geotarget

9587 – Tuesday

Congrats, President Obama! We listened to coverage on CNN radio while I went to the MVA – ( I have to contact the state of Florida for more record info, before I can get my D/L here.  Strike two!)

Soledad O’Brien couldn’t stop talking about "White House was built with slave labor" thing… once worked, thrice is two times too much. Message received, etc.

BHK made this nifty cake for Jay and Sean’s Inauguration party –

Pretty Keen – did a tick for each president prior, in red or blue for republican or democrat – tick marks are black for other (like Whigs or D-R’s)

Says "Time for a Change" with clock hands, and the Obama Logo in the center.

Small gathering, but it was neat to celebrate the changing of the guard. There are going to be a lot of sleepy people in DC tomorrow after all the parties and etc.

1 year ago – BHK’s super skateboard, looted BHK’s old room, George of the Jungle, Wii games, Pizza, cookies, and Movies

2 years ago – newt lounging pics

3 years ago – big brain wait, college students illiterate, LN, little prince,

4 years ago – Sicky Mel, PSA, No new drama month, paypal button for charity, weather, Korean postal robots guards, MA lobster strike, Monkey king, fibs and truths answers, weather

5 years ago – crapulent, British WWII photo archive, Chick Tract, homeowners groups lacking

6 years ago – bawled out my bro, bashed up my hands.

7 years ago – walkies, coloring book fairy, waterlog ear, some dead links and some live ones, full moon birth, good dreams.

8 years ago – Iron Man, brain eating, thinking about my dad, smitten, First experience with a good LJ client, Fred the enema cat. Geotarget

9557 – Monday

9557 – Monday

North Beach’s High and Low today – 26° F | 14° F

Nearby Easton is 9°F, with a windchill of -7° F.. the Snakehead fish there are going to be under a layer of ice, I think.

That’s about as chilly as it has gotten this season… well, that’s not saying much – winter started.. what, Yesterday?
40% chance of precipitation… maybe even a white Christmas! I’ll take those odds.

BHK and I have been amused by a recent episode of Mr. Meaty – it’s on the Tivo until it gets lame. Jesse Lumberpond! Sissy Death!… and See also

Making fiends is cute, and I hope Amy Winfrey is swimmingly successful with it. I really liked the web cartoons – I wonder how many changes she had to accept to get it on nickelodeon?

Additionally – A PURPLE SQUIRREL ! – via BHK

Starting today, you can purchase a commemorative Barack Obama inauguration SmarTrip card. The special cards, which cost $10 and come with no value preloaded onto them (or pay $20 upfront and get $10 in value on the card) can be purchased online or at Metro sales offices. The commemorative cards featuring Obama’s face are not to be confused with the special $10 one-day Inauguration paper farecards, which also feature Obama’s face. Those paper cards offer unlimited rides on Metro all day on Jan. 20, and are also available online or at Metro sales offices. The commemorative SmarTrip cards work just like regular SmarTrips, and do not offer any special fare discount or unlimited rides. (via DCist)

PSA- Dealnews has a list of 90 stores that you can still order from and have it arrive it time to make it under the tree before the 25th.

Current Music:

1 year ago – brief entry – mom and wilton arrive, tacarro, mama lucia’s

2 years ago – eryx card!

3 years ago – newton is stealth-master, kev visit planned, mighty boosh, tundra, AHOl finds sticker, astrology misc, fork evolution

1 year ago – Mel’s prezzies, Jill good / ADP sucks (both are long gone), tell me meme, No Godzilla, Bush / Scalia / Thomas

2 years ago – RotK w/Dan, 51 successes, gabbed with sedef, Atom feeds

3 years ago – cravings, adoration, sinanju

4 years ago – stray fugitive lotr thoughts, my fondness for orange/yellow foods, rejection letter, where there’s a whip, there’s a way

5 years ago – cards, filters added

entry 9499 – New Things

Let’s see – what’s new?

Well, Shaun W came over for supper with BHK and me – veggie/stuffed cabbage, mac & cheese, and a ton of snacks.

Played –

Monty Python Fluxx – Cute game, I like it! Shaun Won.

Early American Chrononauts – A classic – BHK won.

The a-MAZE-ing labyrinth – BHK won, yet again.

Me, I got a good dinner and some fun chitty-chat time with folks. I’m good 🙂

Oh yeah, and Obama swept the presidential election! Good on you, Big O! He’s got a lot of work ahead of him – I hope he’s up to the task!

We may make game night a semi-regular occurrence, but I can’t do the past 11pm thing on a “school night”. Staying up late for the election was a special circumstance, and I’m glad I did.

Additional – looks like it’s time for a new power supply for D1000y ( http://help-site.com/Hardware/Computers/Desktops/HP/Pavilion_d1000/Pavilion_d1000y/ ) . While I was dressing for work this morning, BHK called me over to have a whiff – the poor guy smells like burning christmas tree lights. I rather hope it’s just the PSU – and nothing else major. Until a fix or replace, surfing from pyecam lappie, I guess!

Seventh Day Adventists against Proposition 8

Adventists Against Prop 8″ is an initiative started by a group of Adventist pastors, teachers and students in California who decided, out of their commitment to the historic Adventist principle of the separation of church and state, to voice their concerns about (1) the Seventh-day Adventist Church State Councils public support of California Proposition 8, the proposition that would amend the state constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry, and (2) the imposition of a fundamentally religious definition of marriage that this Proposition represents. Hundreds of Adventists from a broad range of backgrounds have joined this cause and signed a public petition asking the Church State Council to rescind its support of the proposition.

Please share this video with friends and family members. Visit http://AdventistsAgainstProp8.org to learn more.

Hm. good for them.

Thursday 10.02.08

Where McCain and Obama have misled voters. A partial tally.

"A new study estimates that the AIDS virus, HIV, started to circulate in the human population between 1884 and 1924, with a more focused estimate at 1908. This is much earlier than the previously-held estimate of 1930. ‘The new result is "not a monumental shift, but it means the virus was circulating under our radar even longer than we knew," says Michael Worobey of the University of Arizona, an author of the new work.’ The article also speculates that HIV first began to spread in Kinshasa, Congo."


Passed away. Farewell to Lord Bowler / Dr. Butterfield. – How did I not hear about this?

9418 – Tuesday

So… a nice little reprieve from Gustav for New Orleans. I hope everyone (Louisiana, Florida, and everywhere else) continues to dodge Hanna, Ike and Josephine. Note 3 years ago today, below.

The DNC homepage makes no mention of John McCain. The RNC page has a ton of attacks on Obama and Biden. That’s something. Not sure what, but it’s something.

BHK put me on to Disaster Dioramas – I’m partial to the Hindenburg, but I suspect that she’s more into the Titanic.

Tonight we went to Ledos, and got the greasiest white pizza ever. Tummy trouble is likely to follow. we didn’t bother keeping half of it. I hate wasting money and food – I suspect it’ll take a lot for us to return there. Got maggie moo’s as a after yuck treat – I got mint chocolate chip with chocolate sprinkles and brownie bits – BHK got carrot cake ice cream with peanut butter sauce. It was pretty good, if odd. I’ve got a love-creeped out relationship with cake-batter flavored ice cream.

Added bonus was at the photography center next door – we saw an orange kitten (about 3 mos) named Charlie playing with his humans… it was very adorable, and we got to talk to the family a bit. BHK thinks it might be time to get a portrait with the lads… though I’m not sure how well-behaved Newton would be for sit-down pictures. Pye is mellow enough, but it is a strange and new environment.

I forgot to mention that on Saturday we went to Leonardtown – skipped witch rock this time, and instead visited a few nifty bookstores – including one made from an old bar. I can’t remember the name but it was a nifty old-school mass of books just reaching back into the far back – also went back to White rabbit and got BHK a Raven Puppet to go with her Edgar Allan Poe, a yarn store (Crazy for Ewe ) with a hostess who was very nice and kept staring at BHK’s lime-vanilla ice, a model train shop and the do-dah deli… later, we went to Aardvark to pick up Pentago – BHK beat me 5-2… a sound victory indeed.

1 year ago – gamerz, gamers, enchanted forest w / pictures, hot fuzz, night at the museum

2 years ago – iguana mob pics, saw Accepted, impersonating liberace, nice weather for ducks

3 years ago – holiday countdown, teensy manatees, npr podcasts, disney quiz, underdog, trammel , new orleans psa, "I Don’t Wanna See Anybody Give Any More Goddamn Press Conferences"

4 years ago – hurricane frances, CoH, sweet revenge, strange brew, superhero costumes, sequels, Syncretism, retreat to Danny’s, newtcam pic, second thoughts, twinkie sushi, evil genius, zim and gaimajin, DCL’s bday.(HAPPY B’day!)

5 years ago – nostalgia central, general upkeep, nice chatty

6 years ago – John Walker Lindh, Old Maid, debian, red flags, my tarot card, underdog

7 years ago – Reading location poll, start page, bat-music, Amazon dreams, JH Noir

8 years ago – Empathy Rating, me, and the bionic woman Geotarget