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How quiting the senate makes you a better person. [Jun. 3rd, 2010|10:50 pm]
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These segments of the Daily show are usually meant to be gently mocking and usually the interviewee is faced with a difficult situation, increased visibility and sympathy at the cost of some professional embarrassment. How different it is when professional embarrassment isn't that big a factor anymore.



It's strange, while I defended Larry Craig during his troubles I never thought that highly of him. And lets just not mention my thoughts on Evan Bayh while he wasn't retiring from the senate. But after this, I think it's hard not to feel some sympathy for them. I certainly liked them a lot more, even after knowing them as long as I did.

Politics is a strange beast that asks a lot from those that participate, and if you rise to the level of federal, especially senatorial office, it asks so much more. One thing it asks is that almost all humanity is stripped from your public appearances. I believe both of them when they say that they're not sorry to have left the senate. Because for how much you gain as a senator, and you gain so much, you pay as much as well. Both Bayh and Craig did fine in this interview, not because they weren't on their guard(old habits die hard), but because they had the freedom be more human then they've been in years. Good for them. What a relief it must be.
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Remembering Jim Henson; Frank Oz and Big bird [May. 18th, 2010|02:10 pm]
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A long stay. [May. 1st, 2010|07:41 am]
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So I just got home after a week in Madrid, and are currently enjoying those few days off that exist between your official vacation and when you need to get back to work. Those days you originally reserved for fixing things around the house and cleaning up the attic like the responsible person you should be but always end up using to get the real rest you actually need. Damn vacations are tiring if you do them right.

And as the noted philosopher Vincent Vega said; It's the little differences. While both countries are in the EU there are so many things that remind you that you truly are in a wholly different country. See back here in the land of giants that is the Netherlands my 1.81 makes me decidedly average. Luckily like so many people that claim to be more mature then their age I've long decided that I'm taller then my height, and it's this unwavering belief in my own stature that makes me reach the top shelf every time. Mind over matter.

But how different it was in Spain! There it wasn't just my over inflated ego that held my head up high, it was actually up high all by it self! As a veritable giant I could look over the sea of moving heads at the busy shopping streets! With mighty steps I would cross streets, squares, step over whole buildings! And people feared and trembled at the earthquakes that signaled my impending arrival... Running away afraid I would crush their cars, homes and livelihoods with some careless placement of my feet.

But now I'm home and contemplate that little bald spot on the upper left window frame that I promised myself I'd paint but can only reach with my brush if I stand tip-toe and strain myself I tell myself that I'm still far to tired from my trip to do so. It's not that I'm not big enough, you see, I am very tall for my height after all...
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Merry Christmas everybody! [Dec. 24th, 2009|10:43 pm]
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Just your yearly reminder of what is the best christmas song of all time


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(no subject) [Feb. 7th, 2009|03:02 am]
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This is so wrong... Speaking as somebody living in the first country that allowed gay marriage I can say that it's just so stupid to oppose. The second gay marriage is enacted it starts disappearing as an issue. It becomes almost universally excepted by everybody in that community. It's all bigotry and fear of the unknown.

Marriage here since the adoption of gay marriage has never been stronger. After years of a declining marriage rate, the year that it was adopted showed an increase of marriage several times more then that of the gays couples actually tying the knot.

And the vast majority of people that hold the position that a marriage is a god sanctified union see it in action after a few years realize that the civil sanctified marriage doesn't threaten their marriage or their church sanctified doctrine of marriage. All it does is make a lot of normal regular folks very, very happy. Who then start living the quiet settled lives of married people that we allow everybody else.

This has been a repeated pattern in every country that adopted gay marriage, again and again. After one, two years of gay marriage everybody who isn't involved in planning one forgets that it is even there.

Prop 8 was reprehensible, divorcing these couples by force would be an abomination. Look at them, they had to work a whole lot harder then everybody else to get so far, they've earned it many times over.
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For who ever is still interested: [Nov. 17th, 2008|11:37 pm]
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The real story behind the infamous Minnesota’s “car ballot” voting fraud scandal.

A whole lot of nothing blown up to gigantic proportions by talk radio hosts and political partisans.
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It's a meme! [Nov. 13th, 2008|07:01 pm]
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If you saw me in a police car, what would you think I got arrested for?

Answer me, then post to your own journal.
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The liberal media... [Oct. 28th, 2008|09:51 pm]
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This clip touches some very important points people should know:




But the points aren't related to the election. It´s all about the media.

This an affiliate of "liberal" ABC, not even Fox. And this is similar if ABC asked Palin to prove that McCain isn't a nazi facist for proposing a moderate increase to the defense budget...

Yes, that is exactly the level of moronic ignorance at display here.

Conservatives, please take note. I´m sure at other times your candidates or points of view are treated just the same as the liberal standpoints and candidates just were here.

When that happens, don´t blame it on the media being "leftwing", because those on the left have just as low an opinion of the media as you do. The media isn´t liberal, its just so grossly incompetent it as an institution needs to be taken behind the shed and given the old yeller treatment.
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Looking back, [Sep. 6th, 2008|04:55 am]
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Am I totally wrong here, or was the support from the people at the Republican convention directly related to how much a particular thing will piss off Democrats or not?
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Chuck Todd, Mike Murphy and Peggy Noonan on Palin [Sep. 3rd, 2008|11:25 pm]
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Transcript
 
Chuck Todd: Mike Murphy, lots of free advice, we'll see if Steve Schmidt and the boys were watching. We'll find out on your blackberry. Tonight voters will get their chance to hear from Sarah Palin and she will get the chance to show voters she's the right woman for the job Up next, one man who's already convinced and he'll us why Gov. Jon Huntsman.

(cut away)

Peggy Noonan: Yeah.

Mike Murphy: You know, because I come out of the blue swing state governor world: Engler, Whitman, Tommy Thompson, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush. I mean, these guys -- this is how you win a Texas race, just run it up. And it's not gonna work. And --

PN: It's over.

MM: Still McCain can give a version of the Lieberman speech to do himself some good.

CT: I also think the Palin pick is insulting to Kay Bailey Hutchinson, too.

PN: Saw Kay this morning.

CT: Yeah, she's never looked comfortable about this --

MM: They're all bummed out.

CT: Yeah, I mean is she really the most qualified woman they could have turned to?

PN: The most qualified? No! I think they went for this -- excuse me-- political bullshit about narratives --

CT: Yeah they went to a narrative.

MM: I totally agree.

PN: Every time the Republicans do that, because that's not where they live and it's not what they're good at, they blow it.

MM: You know what' sreally the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism, and this is cynical.

CT: This is cynical, and as you called it, gimmicky.

MM: Yeah.



Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy are diehard republicans. And they show why the media is reacting as they are to Palin. Not because they are chauvinistic or want the Democrats to win, but because they feel betrayed by their friend McCain and she just lost him the race.

They want McCain to win. They like McCain, they go to barbeques at his houses. And now he has betrayed them and fucked away his chances by chosing a nobody who turns out to carry all this dirt with her as well. And he did it only because he though it would make a good narrative.

Well they can't undo it, but they can sure show her. All this talk about how it is a democratic class war based in their leftie chauvinism is beyond stupid. She crashed the party and it wasn't her party to crash. And now they're not pulling their punches as much as they normally would. After all, the liberal media is anything but liberal.

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