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Friday, June 29, 2007

Loving 'Green' Runs In The Family I Guess

ok guys, i realize that this is going to sound like the setup for a good joke, but no, it's a real story. wait...let me rephrase that. the story here is true...but it could still be the setup for a good joke.

Al Gore's son, Al Gore III., was pulled over for speeding...in his Prius. the cop smelled weed, searched the car, and found a little marijuana and some pills including Valium, Xanax, Vicodin, Adderall and Soma.


here's the beginning of the story, and here's a link to it.

From Reuters:

Al Gore's son busted for drugs in hybrid car

Wed Jul 4, 2007 10:22PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The 24-year-old son of former Vice President Al Gore was arrested for drug possession on Wednesday after he was stopped for speeding in his hybrid Toyota Prius, a sheriff's official said.

Al Gore III -- whose father is a leading advocate of policies to fight global warming -- was driving his environmentally friendly car at about 100 miles per hour on a freeway south of Los Angeles when he was pulled over by an Orange County sheriff's deputy at about 2:15 a.m.

The deputy smelled marijuana and searched the car, said sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. The search turned up a small amount of marijuana, along with prescription drugs including Valium, Xanax, Vicodin, Adderall and Soma. There were no prescriptions found, he said.

Gore was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and booked into the Inmate Reception Center in Santa Ana, about 34 miles south of Los Angeles, on $20,000 bail. Although he quickly identified himself as the son of the former vice president, Amormino said Gore received no special privileges.


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

June 29

happy birthday, wherever you may be.

odd that this is one of only 5 or so birthdays of friends that are burned into my head.

Bush Mis-speaks...Again...Freudian Slip?

This is a Press Relase from the POTUS Press Secretary trying to spin...I mean...clarify, yeah, clarify, the President's earlier remarks. Bush's statement that's being clarified is italicized:

Tue Jun 26 2007 11:57:55 ET

Earlier today, in speaking about comprehensive immigration reform, President Bush misspoke. He told a group, “You know, I’ve heard all the rhetoric – you’ve heard it, too – about how this is amnesty. Amnesty means that you’ve got to pay a price for having been here illegally, and this bill does that.” This has been construed as an assertion that comprehensive immigration reform legislation before the Senate offers amnesty to immigrants who came here illegally. That is the exact opposite of the president’s long-held and often-stated position.

free writing
(title edit due to factual error)

the meaning is in the being, in the doing, of the thing
not so much in seeking, seeing what that meaning be
the walk is long, and often cold, tis rare you're not alone
but the stepping reps, the feet in step, is an answer all its own
stop the trying and the crying just to make yourself insane
remember when, i told you then, your sadness makes the rain
when the wind it strengthens, structures weaken, therein lies the fault
of believing seeing something, is more real than is a thought
and if on your journey homeward, or if you just journey on
the light that guides, can also blind, and destroy house and home

Free Writing Partial Definition From Wikipedia

Automatic writing is the process, or product, of writing material that does not come from the conscious thoughts of the writer. The writer's hand forms the message, and the person is unaware of what will be written. It is sometimes done in a trance state. Other times the writer is aware (not in a trance) of their surroundings but not of the actions of their writing hand.


full length gown or not, i'm a top notch something; follow not
me; follow not me: this time is a mistake i see
that |follow me not| tempestuous one, fall eyes
and spring glances: fullness reeks of empty eyes and
time flies as i fall: follow me not follow me not:
black tie nights and dinner guests laugh |mountain tops beckon
as valleys seem easier|what is it like to fall what is it like to fall|
list not here my favorite times
my favorite rhymes the time i killed time
my most loved crimes are long since forgotten
and that's the way it should stay|i stand
and fall at the same time and colors change slower
than my mind:stalling like a jet
what is that;what is it like to fall;what is it like to fall:
eyes me, not like prey but a tree or frog or something equally nondescript
what's the time now, summer: fall comes quicker every year fasterthanthecolorschangemymind:
i like the snow time better but the snow won't come: the snow won't come:
my eyes numb, my body allseeing:orbs are comets to me|comets|forsake
this time of plenty;these seven years will
go so fast. nothing lasts like these rocks so remember
you were told when the lean would come
but not tonite
the bright
lights beckon
and i come
slowly at first then faster
and faster still, untilblurbecomesall


Monday, June 25, 2007

mead and milton

my words, they can not justify,
the ways of mine to God
tis a chore, even more, to entertain the thought
of explaining 6 and twenty
years of such these things,
and the curse, in the verse
unto lesser beings


Sunday, June 24, 2007

Blind Faith

tenets tend to make me think
the person holding such beliefs
is so caught up in wanting things
idyllic ways, that can not be
faith that's blind's a lovely thought
yet there's problems such a faith does wrought
faith that's blind, for some, is fine
but often leads to gouged-out eyes

March 02


are you the same? because i can't tell so much time and difference that it may not matter anymore. at least not now. i'm smart enough to leave well enough alone. you'll always have my sympathy, and what i call my love, my love. windows don't seem to give the view they used to. i'm glad to see you up here in the snow. the cold wind blows and blows a wisp of smoke from your marlboro. just one more bad habit. who the hell am i to judge anyway. not that i was. just noticing. thought i'd say hello, since we're here togother, a thousand miles from home. it just seems fitting that we meet. maybe kiss. ok, maybe i went to far there. what was i thinking, i feel so silly. but we're to close or far apart for such awkward moments. but i digress, does your chest hurt at this altitude, with the cigarettes and such? sorry, i didn't mean to bring it up, just wondering if you were having a good time. ok, so what now...how about dinner...maybe later...ok. i gues i'm off then. have a good time with whoever. i'l pretend not to notice, like i always do. and we'll get through this too and live to talk again. as friends or something equally non-threatening.


Friday, June 15, 2007

So Long, Life As We Know It, It's Been Fun

guys, we are so stinkin close to world war III, and no one at all seems to be paying attention.

Abbas dismisses Hamas-led government

By Harvey Morris in Jerusalem

Published: June 14 2007 09:00 | Last updated: June 15 2007 01:22

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, dismissed his Hamas-led government on Thursday night and declared a state of emergency, although with little prospect of imposing it in the Gaza Strip after Hamas routed his Fatah loyalists there in the space of a week.

Turkish Officials Say Troops Enter Iraq

Thursday June 7, 2007 12:46 AM

AP Photo NYOL925, NYOL926


Associated Press Writer

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Hundreds of Turkish soldiers crossed into northern Iraq on Wednesday pursuing Kurdish guerrillas who stage attacks on Turkey from hideouts there, Turkish security officials and an Iraqi Kurd official said.

Bush sanctions 'black ops' against Iran

By Tim Shipman in Washington, Sunday Telegraph

Last Updated: 1:24am BST 28/05/2007

President George W Bush has given the CIA approval to launch covert "black" operations to achieve regime change in Iran, intelligence sources have revealed

those are three very important stories to be watching. this is going to be like dominoes tipping over until Israel goes ahead and uses tactical nukes on Iran's nuclear plants. after that...well...there won't be much after that. only cockroaches and twinkies, if you follow me.


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

for a change of pace:
Motor sport Trivia

Ok, outside of drag racing, which type of motor sport (the 4-wheeled kinds) would you think has the best acceleration in 0-60mph and ¼ mile times? NASCAR? JGTC? Le Mans Prototype? F1/Indy cars?

Until I read an article that got into discussing this a bit, I had always assumed that the quickest (not to be confused with fastest) cars in motor sports would be the open wheel cars from Formula 1 or Indy. I was incorrect.

A very good F1 car will do 0-60mph in about 2.7 seconds. These cars do it in 2.35s. Yeah, I know. Purt near quick.

The cars of which I’m speaking are those campaigned in an insanely awesome sort of racing known as RallyCross.

In case any of you are lazy (like me...well...not lazy like i'm lazy...nobody's that lazy. just, if you're lazy too) and don't feel like clicking on the RallyCross link above, here's a piece of the wikipedia entry for RallyCross:

Rallycross is a form of sprint style automobile racing, held on a closed mixed-surface racing circuit, with modified production or specially built road cars, similar to the World Rally Cars, although usually with about 200bhp stronger engines, due to eg. their 45mm turbo restrictors. It is mainly popular in the Nordic countries, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Great Britain. An inexpensive, entry level type of rallycross is the Swedish folkrace or its Norwegian counterpart, the so-called bilcross.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I hope you enjoyed this little respite from my usual politics and crap like that. have a wonderful day, my friends.


Friday, June 08, 2007

Pace to Step Down as Chairman of Joint Chiefs

Gates Recommends Bush Nominate Adm. Michael G. Mullen for Post

By Josh White
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 8, 2007; 2:50 PM


Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced today that Marine Gen. Peter W. Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will step down at the end of his two-year term in September, a decision Gates said he made to avoid possibly contentious re-nomination hearings before the Democratically-controlled Congress.

The surprise announcement means Pace will be removed from the nation's top military post after just two years as chairman, the shortest tenure for a general officer since 1964. Virtually all of the 16 chairmen since 1949 have served at least four years.


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

POTUS ’08:
Candidate Status And Trends For The Republicans
As of 06 June 2007

In no particular order:

McCain: Hurt himself in the debate. He’s been trending down for a bit, this only furthers the fall. He’s going down and out.

Romney: Generally regarded as having been the most successful in the debate. He’s been trending up for sometime. That will go on. He will continually be in the top 2 or 3 R candidates on through most of the primaries.

Huckabee: Was a “pleasant surprise” at the debate. His name recognition and positives are trending up. As more people become aware of him, his stances, charisma, etc, his positives will increase. He’ll be a guy to watch. Will soon be in the top 3 or 4 and will remain so through most of the primaries.

Giuliani: Debate was a mixed bag for him. His support has virtually stagnated. Will fall further out of favor with CRR base and will not be as big a factor in the primaries, especially after NH, as many think. He, like McCain, has no chance of becoming the Nominee.

Gilmore, Paul, Brownback, Hunter, Tancredo, T. Thompson: No real changes with these. None are, or will be, contenders.

Unannounced, but probable, candidates:

Gingrich: Better than 50/50 that he’ll run. Has high positives among CCR’s and most R’s, but has very high negatives as well. Most likely will not be a large factor.

Fred Thompson: Has begun raising money and “testing the waters”. Will announce formal candidacy 1st or 2nd week in July. Has the highest awareness-support ratio, that is, more people who know he is support him, of any candidate in either party. Very staunch conservative views on most issues. Will be sold as the “true Conservative” in the race. Has low negatives, but they may rise as it becomes more widely known that many ex-G W Bush people, such as Tim Griffin, fill his campaign.


And that’s where it stands as of now. I’ll have a Democratic race update after the next debate.


Monday, June 04, 2007

Speaking Of Politics...

...You know, I really don't care what president, congressman, candidate, etc. someone supports. It doesn't change my view of that person; I don't look down at them. That is...as long as the person can back up why he supports said president, congressman, candidate, etc.

For instance, you all know that President Bush has a very low approval rating. However, there are still hundreds of thousands of people who support this man fully and faithfully (no problem) and blindly (problem).

It never fails, when a supporter of President Bush is asked, by a reporter, talk show host, whatever, why they still report him, that person invariably responds with a paraphrase of one of these two answers:

"He's a Godly man"

"I'm a Conservative, he's a Conservative, I like Conservatives"

Ok, I have zero problems with anyone who wants a Godly man or a Conservative as President. The issue is, neither of those two responses can be reinforced with fact.

Tell me, what is Conservative or Godly about:

Starting a war of aggression in which nearly 3500 American men and women, and over 600,000 Iraqi men and women and children have died.

Massively increasing governmental spending.

Massively increasing governmental programs.

Massively increasing the size of the federal government.

Giving himself the right to arbitrarily delete Habeas Corpus rights from the law.

Giving himself the right to arbitrarily delete the Constitutional ban regarding Posse Comitatus.

Hugely increasing surveillance on American citizens, including, but not limited to, reading our emails, video taping us, tapping our phones, finding out what books we get from the library, all without warrants.

If you are a supporter of President Bush, please know that this is a very small list. I could fill pages with similar relevant items. But I ask you honestly now, not sarcastically or ironically or rhetorically, what has the President done that shows you he is a man of God? What has the President done to show you he is a true Conservative?
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

I will leave you with this excerpt from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount; specifically, Matthew, chapter 7, verses 15 through 20:

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.


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