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Miscellaneous Thoughts (a.k.a. The Ranting Corner)
Sunday, 22 August 2004
Protesters Go Home!
Mood:  caffeinated
Now Playing: Avril
This morning?s New York Times article on the upcoming RNC really pinpointed a few major problems. The gist of the article, which you can read in full here, is that in preparation for the protests that they know are coming, the Bushies have devised a very clever way of spinning the potentially embarrassing protests.

?Republicans said they would seek to turn any disruptions to their advantage, by portraying protests by even independent activists as Democratic-sanctioned displays of disrespect for a sitting president.?

Even though it is our right under the First Amendment to speak out in protest of anything, the Bush camp will seek to turn the protesters into ? you guessed it! ?disrespectful of a sitting president and by extension unpatriotic as well.

Never mind that if there were no demonstrations they would no doubt say, ?See? Everybody loves us! That silly John Kerry is wasting his time!?

How are people STILL undecided???

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 11:12 AM EDT
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Friday, 20 August 2004
Handful of Butt
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: Annie Get Your Gun
So last night I put on my bathing suit, got into the tub and shampooed my cat?s butt. No, really.

I had to take her to the vet last week because she had this weird matted fur going on in that area and it didn?t look good. So I took her in and he tells me that she?s got vaginal fold pyoderma.

Basically she?s so fat that the skin in that area has folded over and allowed for bacteria to become trapped and infected.

The way to treat this problem? Keep the area clean and lose weight.

The problem? She?s only lost a half a pound since April (bringing her down to a whopping seventeen pounds for those of you keeping track). So that leaves keeping it clean. He recommended a bath with some baby shampoo three days a week and he was kind enough to shave her butt for me.

As I sat in the tub last night directing the shower massage while Kevin held her down it occurred to me that I would probably find the situation hilarious if I weren?t the one with the handful of shampoo.

My cousin thought the abbreviated version of this was pretty funny so I thought I?d give the rest of you a laugh.

Grrr.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 1:25 PM EDT
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Thursday, 19 August 2004
Misery Loves Chocolate. And Nachos.
Yesterday I had to go down to Atlantic City for a business-y type event at the beach. All seemed to be going well until on my way home when I stopped to pick up a pair of pants. In the dressing room I took off the khakis I?d worn to the beach and threw them on the little shelf provided.

And that?s when I noticed a huge blue ink stain. On the seat. Of the pants. This was not some tiny little nickel-sized spot. I had apparently sat on something that had rubbed all of it?s color onto me.

I was immediately mortified and pretty much still am. The worst part is that no one bothered to tell me! I walked around all day with this huge blue stain on my ass.

Needless to say I went home and consumed a plate of nachos. Today I?m working my way through a bag of Hershey?s Kisses.

Every time I think about it I just want to crawl under a rock. How could no one tell me? Bastards!

I?m going up to see Baby Kate this weekend and can?t wait. I need something to make me smile.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 11:26 AM EDT
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Monday, 16 August 2004
It Never Ends
From American Progress Action Fund:

Rep. Porter Goss (R-PA) ? who President Bush recently nominated to head the CIA ? has recently introduced legislation that would allow the agency to arrest U.S. citizens. The bill would "substantially alter?if not overturn?a 57-year-old ban on the CIA conducting operations inside the United States." The Goss bill "would enable the president to issue secret findings allowing the CIA to conduct covert operations inside the United States?without even any notification to Congress." According to Jeffrey H. Smith, a former general counsel of the CIA, the language of the legislation "on its face would have allowed President Nixon to authorize the CIA to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters."

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I have nothing but low expectations. Perhaps this means that I won't be too disappointed. One can only hope.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 12:45 PM EDT
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Saturday, 14 August 2004
Darth Cheney's Take on Oil Prices
From the Democratic Underground:

Back in 2000, George W. Bush used rising gas prices as a campaign issue. He said, "I think the president ought to get on the phone with the OPEC cartel and say, 'We expect you to open your spigots.' ? The president of the United States must jawbone OPEC members to lower the price." Meanwhile, spokesman Scott McClellan was telling reporters that rising gas prices were an example of "failed leadership." Well guess what? Now that oil is more expensive than it's ever been, it's suddenly somebody else's fault - specifically, John Kerry and John Edwards. Whuh? How did that happen? At a campaign event last week, Dick Cheney "blamed his Democratic opponents and their opposition to the Bush administration's energy policies" for rising gas prices, according to the Los Angeles Times. If you feel like pounding your head against your desk at the unbelievable temerity of that statement, please, go ahead. Okay, so let's get this straight - when Bill Clinton was in office, rising gas prices were a sign of "failed leadership." Now that George W. Bush is in charge, rising gas prices are a sign of, um... hey! Look over there! It's John Kerry's fault! Ah, the Responsibility Administration is hard at work once again...

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 9:36 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 11 August 2004
Bad Movies
It turns out the Brittney Murphey disaster is as bad as I feared. Read it and weep.

Also, without having to post a review from someone else, I can tell you that The Bourne Supremacy was also as bad I feared. Matt was great, but the direction and script were pretty bloody awful. And Franka! I won't give away plot, but I can tell you I was pretty upset over her character's "development".

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 1:35 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 10 August 2004
Taxes? We Don't Need No Stinking Taxes!
From the Center for American Progress:

Just one day after attending a church service where the topic was the excesses of wealth, President Bush joked about taxes, saying "the really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway." The statement was a sharp departure from his past tough talk on tax enforcement. Just four months ago, the president claimed he wanted "to make sure that tax cheaters are found, make sure the IRS gets after those who don't pay taxes; make sure that the system is fair for those of us who do pay taxes. We want everybody paying their fair share." Unfortunately, though, yesterday's quip was far more indicative of the White House's record on taxes than the tough talk from before. The Bush administration has simultaneously reduced audits of the biggest corporations (many of which finance its political campaigns) while increasing scrutiny of indivduals. More specifically, that increased scrutiny has fallen on the working poor, even as high-income and corporate tax cheating increases.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 3:43 PM EDT
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Friday, 6 August 2004
BWAH!!!
From the stump:

On August 5, 2004, Bush said, "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." ?Washington, D.C.

This guy is such a brainiac. Quick trivia: Did you know that he ran every company he was ever in charge of into the ground? Frightening, but true.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 8:42 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 4 August 2004
And the Hits Keep Coming
It's not genocide. Really. No, really. C'mon, I'm being totally serious.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 8:26 PM EDT
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Monday, 2 August 2004
Another Reason to Hate Roger Clemens
I'm hitting the pause button on the politics again because something has come in under my radar that I feel warrants linkage. Roger Clemens sinks to a new low...if that's even possible.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 1:11 PM EDT
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