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Dec. 18th, 2010 @ 02:38 am Curious about Health Care Reform
Current Mood: curiouscurious
So, I was sitting here working on my final paper for my American Political Theory class, wondering how Thomas Jefferson would feel about the Affordable Care Act's individual responsibility mandate he'd be agin itCollapse )
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Nov. 8th, 2008 @ 12:42 pm Operation: Neverwas, Just a Typical Day
So, it was just another day. I was hanging out by the pool, lookin' cool. 'Course, I had just finished my usual routine of a five mile swim and four hundred situps. Can't let the body go to fat.

I was reading Sun Tsu's Art of War, though it was in a reader hidden inside a tabloid rag. Can't be spotted actually having a brain. It would blow my cover as the arm candy for an airhead heiress. I was also reading the rag, 'cause I had to be up on the latest "current events." Can't be hanging at a party and not know that Jamethon Sinestre was single again or that cultural icon Bethanie Morgans was up to her usual antics. Then again "Master Guns" throws pop quizes and the brass ain't exempt. You don't want to know what "Master Guns" does for punishment. The men have been grumbling about reporting him to the Hague for Human Rights violations and War Crimes.

Now, most times bad news comes and goes and no one is the wiser. No black clouds or sudden rain storms crop up. There are no ravens quoth'ing "Nevermore." You get some news and at first blush, you'd think something is on the up 'n up and then you find out what you don't know can hurt you. This was one of those times when the lack of intel bit us in the butt.

There were no talkative ravens or errant storm clouds. Just a messenger (who does that anyway, hell even we cavemen in the mil text) with a gilded invite to THE party of the century. It was the kind of thing we were waiting to set up. Our street cred was finally good enough to be "in." Now we could start scouting out some of the VIP only places and make the connections. You'd be amazed at how many shaddy places the rich n' famous use as party central.

Sergeant Helms replied back "affirm", after the requisite wait of a day. Didn't want to seem eager. We all tried not to look too happy to be going. Studious boredom is the fashion statement that never goes out of style and we wore it in spades. The real tough part was pulling more money out of the Four Shop to get new outfits. For all that she was a real G.I. jane, Lt. Castro was a real clothes horse. Course, so was CPO Raimes, but he wasn't quite so gung ho as "LT Julie." So it was more fun to tease her about it.

So once we were kitted out, it was time to make our plans. Can't be in the mil and not have war plans. As "Master Guns" says, "can't wipe your butt son without at least a plan A, a plan B and a go to hell plan!" We had a good idea of how we were gonna sell ourselves as "in the market" for some recreational pharmiceuticals and what would happen if we broke cover. Then we gammed out what would be necessary should we be incidental to some other power play.

That's when we realized we had no idea of what the inside of the "club" looked like. It was time for a little site recon. My team was detailed to go take a looksee and make sure there were no surprises. So we dressed up and headed to the ball.

Boy was that a mistake.
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Oct. 23rd, 2008 @ 01:43 pm Guns n' Roses to release Chinese Democracy
Not that I really care about an album that was supposed to release when I was 20, but the interesting side effect is that there will be free Dr. Peppers for everyone!

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/dr-pepper-deliver-its-promise/story.aspx?guid={30944E42-06B0-48C8-A6F2-118E65426A7B}&dist=hppr

So get yours!
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Nov. 22nd, 2006 @ 12:13 am So yesterday I think I hurt myself
Current Location: See the song
Current Mood: mischievousmischievous
Seriously, I laughed so hard all day yesterday I pulled a muscle.

First my boss emails me this song that has been making the rounds here. Now thanks to stoopid Guardian Box, I can neither download it myself nor open it. All I can do is send you to http://playhouse.clearchannel.com and tell you to check out Hotel Camp Fallujah. The guy who wrote the song definitely knew what he was talking about.

Then yesterday evening, Christopher Titus showed up and did a full two hour routine for us. Jennie McNulty opened and was pretty good. Titus definitely mopped up though. He was unbelieveably freaked by the arty. For the record, "Titus, it was just out going man . . . really . . . I wouldn't lie to you . . . Much." Word was the show was being taped for Comedy Central. Now, I don't know if that particular show was going on the air later, or if the material was going to be used later. Either way, I recommend looking out for it. I swear I pulled something laughing so hard.
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Nov. 10th, 2006 @ 03:32 am So I was thinking . . .
Current Location: I can say "been there, done that" now I just need the tshirt
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: The hum of A/C and the rattle of Arty
I recently go into an on line argument with some folks about the US presence in Iraq. I made an assertion that my mid-case (not best or worst mind you) scenario was by far worse than the groups nightmares. After being accused of being a failed mind reader and then cited worst case figures of 1 million Iraqis dead in a civil war, the other side seemed satisfied with their rebuttal.

Now, I didn't reply because my self regulation kicked in. I get waaay to invested in a simple exchange of ideas to let it go sometimes. So, I thought what the beloved would say, and let it go. Until now. (Yes dear, I know)

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So, next post is a definition of "political will."

Yeah, it was an interesting argument.

Take care, oh gentle reader.
Miles
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Apr. 16th, 2006 @ 11:26 am It's official
Current Mood: amusedamused
tendyl could never make it here.

The radio station has been playing oldies non stop for the last three weeks. It would drive her absolutely spare. I mean it right round the bend. I'm tellin' ya man, she no lika da' oldies. Says they never change. I point out that on any given day the new stuff doesn't really change either, and after a while it all blends togather. However, she makes me switch off the oldies station.

Now, before you ask, yes I like music from the late 50's to very early 70's. Something of a mix of oldies to classic rock. No, I'm not old enough to have heard it the first time around, but I did grow up on it none the less. (Hell there's even some music from the 30's and before I like. Get me drunk enough and I might sing "Clancy lowered the boom for you." Not too drunk though, as I'm likely to forget the words.)

Now this doesn't mean I hate, dislike, or don't listen to today's music. Unlike Bob Seager, I don't feel that "today's music don't got the same soul" even though I do like "old time rock n' roll." Hell, I'm a down right devotee of BareNaked Ladies (though I do wish there was some truth in advertising, hehe, at the concerts). There's something about a catchy beat and refrain hiding some down right twisted lyrics. "Old Appartment" is a prime example. I've seen folks rockin' along to the song and not once stopping and realizin' what the hell they're singing along to.
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Apr. 3rd, 2006 @ 04:40 pm Alive and well in the middle of nowhere
Current Location: Middle of nowhere
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: helicopters
Well, I'm alive and well and in Camp Fallujah. Everything is going fine. It took me a few days (and a helicopter ride at 9pm local) to get here, but here I am. I'm settling in to a new room. The old occupant is moved out and now I'm rooming with the other junior guy (DP) in my office.

Not bad, he's got an xbox, tv and dvd player. Plus his room is waaaaay less dusty than my first place. This is a plus since there is nowhere to go for socializing. No hittin' the local Starbucks or movie theater for entertainment. Without your own entertainment, all that is left to do is sit around and talk about home (an exercise guaranteed to drive you crazy from home sickness).

All in all, life is no different here than any other base camp I've lived on. At least the food in the chow hall is decent.

I just got hooked up to nori_goku 's livejournal. Leave it to my wife, tendyl, to get our 2 month old her own account. But then, I registered nori with the RPGA, so who's goofier?

They're driving cross country to live with tendyl's folks. The kittens were already shipped (and arrived late due to a delay). So I'm sure they've gone positively spastic. Hopefully they will calm down when mommy gets there.

Speaking of which, it seems day 2 of the drive was rough. nori overheated and was crying all day. She wouldn't settle, even after tendyl bought window shades and had the air conditioning running at full to lower the temp in the car. Oh well, at least nori has a day to recover at Grandpa's followed by a short trip and a day at Grandma's (or Sugar as she prefers to be called as she refuses to admit she's old enough to have grandchildren, but then again neither did her mother "Mamie"). From here on out it should be less of a burden on poor nori (and by extension, tendyl), as the longest stretch of the trip was over at 10 pm mountain time.
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Nov. 4th, 2005 @ 09:47 pm Bond, James Bond
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Nov. 2nd, 2005 @ 02:34 pm Why is Imperialism a dirty word?
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: the play of cats
Yes dear reader, I return. And with a difficult topic for most Americans, and appropriately most of those in or near the Arabian peninsula. My discussion isn't here to prove that we Americans should go out and conquor the world and seek tribute from it. Conversely, I wish to get on my soapbox and try to explain why America's desire to avoid Empire (and we do inspite of our detractors' claims) has led us to some horrible mistakes.

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Apr. 28th, 2005 @ 05:32 pm Hehehehe, what ever
Current Mood: amusedamused

I am:
26%
Republican.
"You're probably one of those people who still thinks that getting a blowjob is not an impeachable offense."

Are You A Republican?
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