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Monday, January 7th, 2008
7:51 am
The real rationale for voting Clinton
From the Inquirer:

"I'd like to see what a woman can do in charge of this country," said McClain, a supermarket maintenance worker. "She's got the experience, too, because of her husband," former President Bill Clinton.

And here I thought it was all about health insurance mandates.
Saturday, December 15th, 2007
5:35 pm
Ending the electoral college in 11 easy steps
Step 1:
California passes a law that reads:

During a presidential election, the electors of this state are required to vote for the winner of the national popular vote.
This law will not take effect until enough states have passed similar legislation to guarantee that the winner of the national popular vote is awarded 270 electoral votes

Steps 2-11:
Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, New Jersey, and North Carolina follow suit.

If the 11 biggest states committed all of their electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote, then the popular vote winner would be guaranteed 271 electoral votes (and victory). The only ones who actually like the electoral college system are the small states, since it gives their citizens disproportionate voting power. The populous states hate it, because it diminishes their voting power. So how about it, big states? It's good for you, and it's fair.

Chas, I'm counting on you to point out the fatal flaw in my plan. Seriously, why haven't we done this yet?
Thursday, December 13th, 2007
8:21 am
Are you f@#$ing kidding me?!?!
Let's hear it for the Guardian.

"The Japanese male's inability to aim straight is obliging record numbers of them to sit rather than stand during brief visits to the smallest room in the house, a survey showed today."

So small.
Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
3:48 pm
I hate these things, but I must stop studying criminal law for 5 minutes
1. I have come to realize that my ass:
is so fat that when people walking down the street see it, they say "God damn! That's a big fat ass!"

2. I have come to realize that when I talk:
10% enjoy it, and 90% find it annoying; and it's really not possible to care any less about the majority.

3. I have come to realize that, if I love someone:
then there is no tautology I could assign to that person

4. I have come to realize that, I need:
Alone time, but much more not-alone time

6. I have come to realize that, I hate it when:
People have beliefs or opinions without really thinking about them

7. I have come to realize that, if I'm drunk:
I'm usually having a good time

8. I have come to realize that, marriage:
is rather arbitrary and meaningless (you know, since the gays destroyed it)

9. I have come to realize that, work:
is only one factor which leads to success

10. I have come to realize that, I will always:
Doubt everything I think (including this)

11. I have come to realize that I like:
The Killers

12. I have come to realize that, the last time I cried was:
I don't remember. Probably watching some gay movie

13. I have come to realize that, my cell phone is:
Awesome.

14. I have come to realize that, when I wake up in the morning:
I should help make breakfast

15. I have come to realize that, before I go to sleep at night:
I should get my work done

16. I have come to realize that, right now I am thinking about:
The task at hand?

17. I have come to realize that, babies:
are not really that cute.

18. I have come to realize that, when I get on Myspace Facebook:
I'm usually hoping more people have accepted my event invitation du jour

19. I have come to realize that, today:
I have a lot more freaking studying to do

20. I have come to realize that, tonight I will:
Keep studying. Although I don't think I would say I've "come to realize" that...

21. I have come to realize that, tomorrow I will:
Keep studying

22. I have come to realize that, I really want to:
stop being so poor

23. I have come to realize that, working out:
is much easier when it involves playing sports

24. I have come to realize that, friends:
will always be important to me
Monday, December 10th, 2007
4:04 pm
Chas-bait
Was the industrial revolution caused by de-facto eugenics?
Sunday, December 2nd, 2007
12:05 pm
Monday, November 26th, 2007
10:24 pm
Thursday, November 8th, 2007
1:12 pm
Irony of Ironies
Guiliani wants people to look at his entire Mayoral record, not just ONE thing he did:

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2007/11/08/giuliani-on-kerik-i-made-a-mistake/

Sorry for all the Guiliani posts, but this was too funny.
Monday, November 5th, 2007
6:45 am
My thoughts exactly
This is the problem with Guiliani:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,2205319,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=12

"The man lies with staggering impunity. But here's the thing: he does it with such conviction and such seeming authority that people who are not inclined to study the matter will believe him - will in fact be utterly convinced that Giuliani is speaking the gospel truth, and they will prove almost impossible to shake from this conviction."
Tuesday, October 30th, 2007
5:27 pm
Anyone want to make some money?
Bet on the presidential election!

http://www.willhill.com/iibs/EN/buildcoupon.asp?couponchoice=PO407741

The odds of Ron Paul winning are 12/1
The odds of Al Gore winning are 10/1

I kind of want to take all of my savings and bet against both of them.

The best part about betting against Ron Paul? If you lose, we're going back to the gold standard, so your money will only be worth 1/12 of its current value anyway!
Friday, October 12th, 2007
10:57 am
Tuesday, October 9th, 2007
9:15 pm
We're adopting a dog
See pictures here:

http://temple.facebook.com/photo_search.php?oid=18673338112&view=all

Gina wants to name her "Lola." We went and met her tonight. She's very thin, but adorable.
9:57 am
This is what's wrong with our culture!
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/21110828/?GT1=10450

Well... it's one thing that's wrong with our culture. This article kills me. Dr. Ludwig lists four instances where it's ok to lie to people. Now, I can't advocate ALWAYS telling the truth, especially to strangers and acquaintences. But the heading on this article is "relationships," which says to me (and the text of the article supports this) that Dr. Ludwig is saying that it's ok to lie to people that you're close to. Not cool.

1. When the truth tears someone down, they shouldn't have asked if they can't handle it. If someone's haircut looks awful, I don't recommend taking the initiative to tell them it looks awful. But if s/he asks your opinion, presumably s/he WANTS it. If this person is a good friend of yours, you have an obligation to give an honest opinion, or at the very least not say anything. Lying to someone about your opinion renders all future expressions of opinion worthless, because you can't be trusted. This is why I have an inherent distrust of "nice" people. If somebody tells me that my awful haircut looks good, I'm not going to ask that person next time. However, if somebody tells me that it looks awful, then if that person later tells me that my new haircut looks good, it actually means something.

2. Lying to your children just makes it so they don't trust you. Isn't it just as easy to inspire children's creativity while letting them know that such stories are fiction? I think so. The most creative stories are told with the author and the audience well aware that they are not true.

3. Passing pleasantries might be ok for people you don't know very well, but if a friend asks you how you're doing, presumably s/he wants to know. Why lie? If you don't want to talk about it, say "I don't want to talk about it." If your friend won't drop it, maybe you need to have a talk with that friend about boundaries.

4. This is similar to #1. Hyperbolizing is usually pretty harmless, but it cheapens your compliments. Somebody who gives compliments that they don't mean lowers the value of their compliments. It's much more gratifying to get a compliment from someone who only gives them when they really mean it vs. someone who just shoots them off without thinking about it. That's not to say that you shouldn't give compliments often. You should just give them when you really mean it. If you can't find nice things to say about people that are true, maybe you need to start hanging out with a different group of people.

Then there's this: "The major difference between a white lie and a hard lie is that a hard lie is said to protect oneself, whereas a little white lie is said to protect someone else."

Bullshit.

90% of the time, a "white lie," like the ones described here, is told for the liar's benefit, so s/he can appear "nice," or at least not mean. This would be less of a problem if people had an altruistic motive, but the vast majority do not.
Friday, October 5th, 2007
4:28 pm
Classy as always, Republicans
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2007/10/05/tancredo-denounces-activist-judge-calls-for-constitutional-amendment/

"If a community cannot limit marriage to a man and a woman, how can it stop two men and a woman or three women and two men from declaring a communal marriage?" Tancredo continued. "If a child is just as well off with two mommies instead of a mother and a father, why is it not even better off with four momies or three daddies?"

...seriously, why not?
Friday, September 21st, 2007
7:42 pm
This song is hilarious

Hat tip: nom_de_journal
Sunday, July 22nd, 2007
10:19 am
!!!ATTENTION AMERICA!!!
Charles Fey is a vastly superior storyteller as compared to J.K. Rowling. Expect the first of many novels penned from his immeasurably talented mind shortly.

Seriously people, it's a children's book. Get over it.
Saturday, July 21st, 2007
11:07 pm
After Harry Potter...

So after we suffered through the midnight release party at Barnes & Noble (which, it turns out we didn't have to do anyway, since they were selling them at the airport at 5am), we called a cab to get back to Gina's grandparents' house, and the cab driver's got this song on:
Thursday, July 12th, 2007
1:51 pm
This might be the worst interview I've ever seen

The man is making a complete jackass out of all of us. Who voted for him?
Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
12:27 pm
Lame...
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Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
6:30 am
WoW, I'm a nerd
I bought World of Warcraft this weekend. I have a human Paladin on Jaednar named Brofloski, and a Tauren Druid on arygos named Clubbo. In case anyone is on.
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