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 I blame Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush, and Obama. But you know who else I blame? The House and the Senate and the Supreme Court. Governors, local and state governments, and China. Also, everyone who got mad the president, so voted for different people in the congress. No, Virginia, there is no Santa Claus. How does that even make sense? The democrats were weenies, the republicans were mean-spirited and filibuster-y, and the reverse has been true over the past 30 years. The on-message garbage from the republicans and the scattered message from democrats both hurt America, as does corporate sponsorship, and the Tea Party. They have legitimate gripes, but their solution is to whine about it and elect people who are yelling about it to office. This is not a solution. You can't cut taxes, increase funding to medicare, medicaid and social security, AND the military, significantly more than HALF of our budget, and then LOWER TAXES and expect to balance the budget, or pay off the deficit. This country is a damned mess, and don't tell me to move, because I effing live here, and I do what I can. I campaigned to save that damned library, and we talked to hundreds of people, and the district which we were able to help overwhelmingly voted for the library, and I attended and spoke at several city council meetings and I wore the pro-library shirt around town and you know what? The opposition lied to the public, lied to their supporters, and a corrupt councilman helped them to do it and the uneducated or wrongheaded and selfish voters of Troy won out over those who understand the importance of a library and what it means to children, and what it means to seniors, and how it helps a community, and helps people to find jobs in hard economic times. They wanted a library without higher taxes, in a city where the property values have fallen steeply, deep cuts have already been made, and where they have forced a tax cap which is keeping the city impoverished and preventing it from bettering itself, and so they wrap a free library into their wrong-headed world-view. Well, Troy. Well, Michigan. Well, America...GET OVER YOURSELVES and do something useful. Seriously. somethingsomething Hitler something something Godwin end thread.

True story

Oct. 25th, 2007 07:06 pm
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Was looking at my news, and came across a "least connected sequels ever" list.  It's incomplete, as it lacks movies such as Daddy Day Camp, but it's not bad.  However, this amuses me no end, for some reason, so here's an exerpt:

What's especially odd is that, around this time, Speed was in need of a sequel, which meant it needed a script about a fast-moving vehicle, explosions and terrorists. Dark Territory would have fit, but it was turned into a sequel to Under Siege instead. This left Speed 2 in need of a script, so they used what was originally supposed to be the script for the third Die Hard movie, about a boat being hijacked. This obviously left Die Hard 3 in need of a script, so they gave Bruce Willis a sassy black partner and used the script that was originally going to be the fourth Lethal Weapon movie. This obviously left Lethal Weapon 4 without a script, but apparently they went ahead and shot that movie without one.

http://www.cracked.com/article_15635_illegitimate-offspring-10-most-tenuously-connected-movie-sequels.html
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So last night, I'm finishing some homework at about quarter-to-two, when I hear sirens and screeching tires.  So, naturally, I turn off my overhead light and look out my window...as a car tears up my street, jumps the curb and slams to a stop more-or-less in a neighbor's driveway.  A cop car is close behind and parks on the curb (fast, of course).  While the cop is pulling up and parking, the guy (about 150 lbs, 5'8"-11", btw. 15-20, baggy bottom, couldn't tell the top) jumps out of the fucking car (still turning over), and runs across the yard and into the next house's backyard.  Needless to say, the officer pursues.  The officer then proceeds to not find the kid (probably hopped a fence and went up a block, call for backup, and for the next 2 hours, we have between 3 and 6 squad cars (most of our force, I believe) parked or driving up and down my street (plus the tow truck, for a bit), and officers wandering into back yards across the street.  At first, the owner of the house whos yard he ran into poked her head in a dressing gown out the front door, but the cop on the scene told her to go back inside, so she did.  Then the neighbor who's driveway now had a new car in it poked his head out, and the dialogue went something like this: "Go back in the house!" "What?" "Go back in the house!" "Who are you?" "The police, sir, go back in the house!" "What's going on?"  "Go back in the house now, sir!" (a door shuts).   Yeah, he's kind of an idiot...always has been.  So anyhow, at some point, mom wakes up to let the dogs out, and asks why I'm still up.  I explain that as I finished my homework...this happened, and she proceeds to stare out the window for 10 minutes, and then tells me not to leave the back door open.  Guy didn't cross the street, and if he did, he isn't coming back towards the officers.  I tell her she's silly, I let the dog out, and she goes back to sleep.  I then proceed, like a complete idiot, to stare out my window with binoculars to see if I can spot the guy This is at about 3am...I do this for perhaps 15 minutes.   Then I settle down to check the news, etc, and do some reading before bed.  The State of Michigan has now been shut down for 4 hours.  I go to sleep.  10 minutes later, the state is un-shutdown.

COPS...dumb show, but now I understand the appeal...if not enough to say, start watching it...ever...

Sing Out

Sep. 30th, 2007 09:43 am
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The Jewish poet Aaron Zeitlin once wrote:
"Praise me, says God, and I will know that you love me.
Curse me, says God, and I will know that you love me.
Praise me or curse me
And I will know that you love me.

Sing out my graces, says God,
Raise your fist against me and revile, says God.
Sing out graces or revile,
Reviling is also a kind of praise,
says God.

But if you sit fenced off in your apathy,
says God,
If you sit entrenched in: "I don't give a hang," says God,
If you look at the stars and yawn,
If you see suffering and don't cry out,
If you don't praise and you don't revile,
Then I created you in vain, says God."

The point is this...as many of you know, I am an atheist.  I do not believe in a god or a pantheon.  Well, I've decided that I'm an abushist.  I don't believe in Bush.  But just because I curse him instead of looking at the war and yawning, doesn't mean that I love him.  Nonono.  That's not how this game works...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=V5xT1DGJMoQ
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SQUEEEEE!!!



That is all.

Yesh

Aug. 2nd, 2007 08:08 pm
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Yeah, that about sums it up...

In other news, my ipod...which is under 2 years old...just turned itself into a brick.

Maybe a real update tonight?  But you've heard that before, haven't you?  Bourne Ultimatum tomorrow...'s something...
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19959323/

If you want more detail on that damned potter epilogue...Rowling interviewed, and gave a shitton. Huzzah, interwebs.
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For the record, so that we're all clear on this (Missy...*coughcough*):
The better Potter narrator, by book:
1) Dale     2) Dale    3) Both     4) Dale, by a mile
5) Fry     6) Fry      7) Fry
Better character voices: Dale
Better narration and character inflection and spell pronunciation: Fry
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I was just prank-called by a prisoner.
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And a feather

Falls.
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If you're expecting a detailed update...maybe tomorrow; don't hold your breath. I'm tired. However, I should note that I have finally and, for at least a couple of weeks, returned from Mt. Pleasant, home of the wild Guinea Pig. Yes, that's right. Wild guinea pig. As I was parking across from Dan/Elliotttttt/Aaron/Adam/Kyle's apartment after returning from the On Borrowed Time cast party, I saw a small animal in the parking lot. I recognized it immediately, and, despite its black and white coloration, approached it. Upon reaching it, and petting it, I confirmed my suspicions. It was, in fact, an Abyssinian guinea pig, wandering the parking lot. Naturally, I tried to catch the poor creature and get it at least put away so I could take it to Soldan's in the morning. But after my initial petting, when I approached it, it ran into the bushes, and it being quite late, and me rather tired and it being dark, I was unable to pursue and detain the little beastie. I went back in the morning, hoping it had holed up for the evening, but no, it was gone. So, somewhere in the city of Mount Pleasant, roams a new kind of creature (though I doubt it will live long out on its own): the wild guinea pig. Keep an eye out for this noble creature if you're still in the area, and if not, wish it luck on its journey.
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I...am the proud owner of a Duck-billed Platycat.

So sayeth the Meghann.
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So I thought it was amusing that Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman had two movies together in a single year. Well, then I realized that Daniel Craig and Eva Green are in two movies in just about a year, too, as she's the Bond girl, Vesper Lynd, and Serafina Pekkala. It just makes 6 degrees that much easier.


(Alternately)
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Fact: Dumbledore's hand is all fucked up in 6 because there was a price to pay for the destruction of one of the horcruxes.

Supportable Fact: In the Death Room in the Dept. of Mysteries, the Veil is a gateway into death; if something/one falls through it, it dies and is gone.

Awesome theory: Dumbledore killed the portion of the soul in the horcrux by passing it through the veil, thus also mostly killing his hand (not totally dead, because still attached to live body).

Relevance:  Probably none whatsoever, just fun speculation. However, considering some of the elaborate and/or extremely subtle/skillful setups Rowling creates from book to book to introduce important elements and such, killing Sirius in order to introduce the Veil would not surprise me.
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Wondering about Vista vs. Mac OS X?  Not wondering at all?  Couldn't give less of a shit?  Too bad...check this out, anyhow.
Showdown
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1. What's the first word that comes to your mind when you think of me? Don't tell me what it is.
2. Run a Google image search on that word.
3. Reply to this entry & post that picture.
4. Put this in your journal, and I'll do the same for you.

(to post a picture, copy its URL to the clipboard. Then type <img src=" "> and paste the URL between the quotes.)
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Oh, the irony.

Does anyone remember the show "Ghost Writer"?  Well, I used to watch it.  One of their episodes deals with a crime centering around copyright infringement.  That's where I first learned the phrase (even though my dad had been pirating stuff forever).  I remember discussing it with my mom in the basement at the time.  The irony (you know, other than my massive subsequent violations), is that (in my "get shit from my childhood" kick) I am currently copying a VHS I found at the library of that particular mystery.  K, so it's not amazing or anything, but being me, I find it worthy of the 5 minutes I've dedicated to pondering the irony and writing this entry.
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