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Topic:
If Dick Cheney Were My Dad...
Comment:
...I'd Be A Lesbian Too...
Date:
Sun Apr 4 05:31:12 2004
Posted By
Ian

...but who would've guessed that Lynne Cheney is a dirty old woman ? Maybe you can find a copy of her book "Sisters" on Amazon.
Topic:
Blogging for pennies
Comment:
The apocalypse is coming!
Date:
Tue Mar 30 11:46:20 2004
Posted By
Terry

My head is woozy with how crazy our world is becoming. (Maybe I’m the crazy one?) I feel overwhelmed by the political battle between right and left. Can’t we all just get along? Maybe the left is asking for too much change and the right is trying too hard to reverse things from how they have been for so long. I just want some peace and quiet for awhile. Ian, I’ll call you soon.
Topic:
Stan the man
Comment:
or Kubrick's Rubric
Date:
Sat Mar 27 20:18:01 2004
Posted By
Ian

Strange. This post is not about politics. There. At least I used the word...

As a Kubrick fan since the age of seven (when I first saw 2001) this Guardian U.K. article made for some fascinating reading.


Topic:
The Following Post Is Rated R...
Comment:
For Retired? Retarded?
Date:
Wed Mar 24 04:50:37 2004
Posted By
Ian

Hey Terry, speaking of seeing movies...I didn't know your dad is retiring...

By the way, seeing a movie in Ann Arbor is still safer than seeing a musical in Moscow, and easier than getting married in Portland


Topic:
Tom & Ian beware...
Comment:
Ann Arbor is a dangerous place to see a movie.
Date:
Tue Mar 23 06:51:02 2004
Posted By
Terry

"Don't you shush me!"
Topic:
Cussin'
Comment:
It's inarticulate, but fuck!
Date:
Fri Mar 19 09:50:10 2004
Posted By
Ian

Did I say butt fuck? Or but fuck? Heh.

Who cares about corporate corruption, pre-emptive war, decimation of the environment...celebrities are gettin' naked an' swearin'!


Topic:
Spoilsports
Comment:
Party's Over
Date:
Fri Mar 12 08:11:00 2004
Posted By
Ian

Unfortunately they changed the content of the link below so that you can't use custom text any more. Sorry...
Topic:
Bush/Cheney '04!
Comment:
Show Your Support In A Unique Way...
Date:
Wed Mar 10 18:55:22 2004
Posted By
Ian

Copped this link from Metafilter: Make your own Bush/Cheney '04 poster. Here's my first design (Acrobat File): Bombs Away!
Topic:
A Pubic Service Announcement
Comment:
From Hugh Johnson
Date:
Wed Mar 10 08:58:41 2004
Posted By
Hugh Johnson

Hey everyone...I've found this site very helpful. I hope you do too..
Topic:
Just the facts, ma'am...
Comment:
...for a nominal fee.
Date:
Sun Mar 7 09:28:51 2004
Posted By
Ian

Here's an interesting one for copyright debate: who owns facts?
Topic:
Terry, if you get elected...
Comment:
...put Tom in charge of the EPA.
Date:
Tue Mar 2 22:07:38 2004
Posted By
Ian

Those are some cool links, Tom. I've had a hunch for some time now that a lot of the Bush administration's policies (especially their utter lack of concern about global warming) have to do with keeping Europe from being a superpower. With the likely global changes due to (mostly U.S.) pollution, Europe will either freeze or become a lake...
Topic:
The War on Terrorism Iraq, Iran, Venezuela
Comment:
Turns out....it's a war for the dollar.
Date:
Mon Mar 1 22:20:04 2004
Posted By
Tom

This is a lengthy read. But well worth it. It really filled in the gaps of my macroeconomic understanding of how the world turns.

Bush said Saddam was an imminent threat to the US. Well, Saddam was a threat to the US dollar. Saddam wanted to sell oil in Euros.....

Read it. The past, present, and future will make more sense.

Topic:
I got a sweet cave
Comment:
Cavemen swing
Date:
Wed Feb 25 23:56:38 2004
Posted By
Tom

Screw the global warming and chaos that follows. Look at me, I'm happy!Build me a home, I got me a dog, bring on the tilapia and the fresh veggies. How do we keep it running? Wind Power, y'all.

Disconnecting may prove to be a valuable skill. Lead in the tuna, mad chicken and rising energy prices.....am I dreaming up the hippies bomb shelter?

Topic:
Mad about this gay marriage thing
Comment:
I'm seriosuly getting more angry every day... at Bush!
Date:
Wed Feb 25 07:11:57 2004
Posted By
Terry

I don’t like what is happening in our country right now. I don’t like Bush’s language in terms of how he is painting gay unions, but what I like less is how liberal Democrats can’t stand up and say, “You know what, Homosexuals are people too. They have rights. They should be allowed to marry.” I said it. It’s simple and easy and it’s right. This is why we are typically independents. I like John Kerry, and I imagine he is for gay marriages but he’s afraid of stating as such, considering he’s from Mass. Republicans are cutthroat hawks and democrats are turning out to be the “pussies” they are accused of being. Furthermore, saying that gay marriages harm children is so ignorant and appalling. Bush has to go. We need to regroup and work harder to make sure we vote the bigots out of office. No peace can be had until gays can get married legally in America. Why should us straight people get multiple marriages we screw up, and gays can’t even have a shot at it once? I’m crawling back into my cave now!
Topic:
Someone Help!
Comment:
My Secret document Is Leaking!
Date:
Mon Feb 23 10:07:08 2004
Posted By
Ian

Don't worry about terrorism, peak oil, or the permanent war economy , the Pentagon says it's all about global warming. This story's all over the place right now, yet no-one has released the supposed "leaked document". Anybody got a link?
Topic:
Between Ross Perot's Ears and Behind Nader's Freaky Eyes...
Comment:
...is four more years of MonkeyBoy
Date:
Sat Feb 21 04:55:22 2004
Posted By
Ian

Jeez Tom, you've put your finger on this weekend's pulse amongst concerned citizens...I've always admired Nader, he and I have a lot in common. He's apparently never had a driver's license, in spite of having a law degree, etc...he just chose a long time ago not to drive. He even hitchhiked to law school in New England (or wherever he went to school, blah blah blah...probably to pump up sales of Unsafe at Any Speed). Frankly, cars ARE incredibly stupid, asocial, inefficient devices for human transport...

The important issue here is how likely is it that one man's principles and ego fuck over his and everyone else's desire to unseat a nearly fascist administration, simply to prove that we do not have a true democracy in America...

I bet my neighbour a dollar today that Nader won't run, and I think I'll be coughing up a buck come Sunday.

My neighbour, by the way, has been working on a very smart and clean web site at CitizenSource.com. He'd love some feedback, if you two or anyone else has some input....


Topic:
Pole Sitters
Comment:
Please Sit This One Out
Date:
Fri Feb 20 19:15:06 2004
Posted By
Tom

OK. I voted for Nader last time. Thinking Gore had it wrapped up, I figured it would be cool to see the Green party get 5% of the vote and take a step up in the world.

Now is the wrong time.

If some good hearted person comes to me asking for a signature for Nader I am going to talk them out of it. I will offer a dollar per signature to any non-profit they choose as long as I see the papers burn. Bush has the worst environmental record of any president. If Nader cares, or has any comprehension of what is happening, and a rational analysis of the last election he will sit this one out.

Nader, things_have_really_changed.

Topic:
Is it better to give...
Comment:
...or to receive?
Date:
Thu Feb 19 10:21:08 2004
Posted By
Ian

I think Bush is hiding something, Tom....according to this CNN article, both Kerry & Edwards "top" Bush in poles, er, I mean polls...
Topic:
Our Court Apointed President Speaks Out
Comment:
On Gay Marriage
Date:
Wed Feb 18 23:35:13 2004
Posted By
Tom

"I strongly believe that marriage should be defined as between a man and a woman. I am troubled by activist judges who are defining marriage," Bush said.

"People need to be involved with this decision. Marriage ought to be defined by the people, not by the courts. And watching it carefully," he added.

Is this irony?


Topic:
Terry 2004
Comment:
He's Still My Man (so to speak)
Date:
Wed Feb 18 07:48:56 2004
Posted By
Ian

Just can't get excited about Kerry being the next president. Looking at CNN's Scorecard, looks like he still has some work to do to cinch it. My vote's still with Terry, especially if he's serious about his running mate.
Topic:
Our nominee has gone AWOL!
Comment:
Sadly, General Clark has gone back to Arkansas.
Date:
Wed Feb 11 07:22:36 2004
Posted By
Terry

Ian, it looks like our choice for President just left the race. I think it's time to throw our support behind the frontrunner, John Kerry. He has 516 delegates, and has shown he can win in the south. If ABB, (Anybody But Bush) is the mantra, than I think we've found our guy. General Clark, don't unpack your bags so fast, there is a vice-president spot calling.I don't think Bush has a chance in November. In fact, I predict Bush is going to lose, and it's not even going to be close. America wants itself back!
Topic:
Hell froze over!
Comment:
Did I wake up in "Bizzarro-World?"
Date:
Tue Feb 10 17:07:51 2004
Posted By
Terry

Bill O`Reilly joining our side?
Topic:
Terry in 2008
Comment:
Ron Jeremy will be my Veep
Date:
Mon Feb 9 07:18:24 2004
Posted By
Terry

I’m not 35 yet, Ian. I’d have to announce my run for Presidency like this, “Hi, my name’s Terry and I’m an alcoholic, drug addicted, porn lover. I want to make America right again!” People like you and I can’t be President. Besides, I would legalize prostitution and marijuana, over tax the rich and make college free for anyone who wanted to go. I would also create a plan to rejuvenate poor neighborhoods and restore broken down houses for the poor. I couldn’t be President because I actually want to help people. Bush looked desperate. His words were cocky and sure, but his face betrayed him. It’s going to be a close race in November. On Kerry, he was my original guy and if he gets the nomination, I’m more than OK with it. I have no doubt America will gladly replace Bush with Kerry and Kerry will stabilize this country. If Bush is re-elected, who knows what kind of chaos will reign?
Topic:
Terry For President
Comment:
No, that's not a typo...
Date:
Mon Feb 9 06:02:14 2004
Posted By
Ian

Wow. based on what you said below, I'd probably elect you president, Terry. Are you 35 yet?

Saw GW on Meet the Press. I've never seen Russert pussyfoot so much, but I guess GW had the home-court advantage. He still comes off like a trained chimp; maybe he's just been sampling the product in the U.S. - led war on the war against drugs.


Topic:
Crazy America
Comment:
How do you fix this mess?
Date:
Sun Feb 8 08:34:53 2004
Posted By
Terry

Ian, as I anxiously await this morning’s Meet the Press with Master GW, I decided to give the “Girls Throw Rocks at Boys” game a shot. It was not much fun, but when the boys got hit, I felt bad. I think if America doesn’t change it’s mindset, we’re in trouble. Right-wingers are going to have to take a deep breath and accept that homosexuals are here to stay and they aren’t going to change. Deeply religious people might have to entertain the idea that we didn’t just show up on the planet with a “poof,” and perhaps God would be a better judge of character than themselves. I’m so worked up about attacks on Gay rights and Janet Jackson’s metal covered nipple, that I’m about to become a topless homosexual, (though people have suggested for years that I already was one.) Here is what I believe… 1) Everyone should have the same rights. 2) Everyone should have free education and health care of a high level of quality. 3.) No one should ever go to bed hungry, (especially children.) 4.) People’s religious and cultural beliefs should be protected at all costs, (but most importantly, so should my right not to have to be subjected to it!) 5. Free speech and thought for everyone! (America has become so politically correct and so sensitive that you can barely speak without some group throwing a fit. Relax people!) 6) Americans are so prudish about nudity that they should be embarrassed. Sex is healthy and the human body is not dirty. Dirty isn’t even really dirty! 7. Lastly, we individually have the power to make the world a better place, but most of us are too lazy and self-involved to take that challenge. (In the last month I have bought 4 pairs of gloves for homeless people in NYC and food for many of them. Not all of them are drug addicted, crazy people who won’t look for jobs. Being homeless is a growing epidemic that is getting worse and worse. Living on the streets is a horrible, horrible thing. It is almost impossible to pull one’s self out of that kind of a situation! If you are “Donald Trump” rich and you’re not actively trying to fund homeless rehabilitation centers and shelters, you’re pretty much scum! If I had millions of dollars, I sure wouldn’t own a gold covered house. I would build centers for people who don’t have houses. You could take a number of abandoned buildings in NYC and turn them into shelters for the homeless. “Throw Rocks at Boys?” Nah, how about “Throw Rocks at the Greedy and Apathetic?” That’s a violent game I could spend some time with.
Topic:
Humans Are Crazy...
Comment:
Nuke Them?
Date:
Sat Feb 7 10:26:12 2004
Posted By
Ian

Terry, we're siamese twins joined at the blog. I totally agree with your sentiments in the two posts below.

Unrelated- I ran across this link on Metafilter. A flash game where you're a girl and you throw rocks at boys. It made me think, what if it were "Throw Rocks At Girls" or "Throw Rocks At Negros", or something like that, using a mildly diminutive and derogatory term. The related two threads on Metafilter make me worry about the world...ever since I read Stiffed : The Betrayal of the American Man, by Susan Faludi (which helped refine feelings I already had), I've been a little tired of some of the new gender-based double-standards. Have we all gone nuts? Why are games that hurt individuals so popular? Especially (sorry Terry, heh) violent first-person shooter games? Why can't we all go outside and play war with our toy guns? If things keep getting weirder at this rate, I'm joining an apocalypse-based fundamentalist religious cult.

What do you guys think about this stuff?


Topic:
a little more on the week's headlines
Comment:
tit for tat
Date:
Thu Feb 5 22:28:05 2004
Posted By
Terry

Living in America is exhausting, but I suspect that is the purpose of Right-Wingers everywhere. Perhaps they want to wear down every last ounce of strength we have to stand up for freedom. I wrote letters to CBS, Michael Powell of the FCC, and the President this week. I was sick of hearing about Janet Jackson’s “accident” and appalled that it was such an issue. Americans can be such hypocrites! The female breast, no matter what the context, is beautiful. We start our lives feeding at the breast and we see them frequently throughout our lives. Breasts are healthy and fun for the whole family! I would rather children see Janet Jackson’s naked breast than the deplorable violence splashed across prime-time television. Michael Powell was outraged by Janet Jackson’s breast, but I was outraged by his outrage. On the other front, we have the civil rights battle of our generation brewing. Imagine if women still couldn’t vote. Imagine if the President had altered the constitution so that they NEVER could! If this President has proven anything, it is that his administration is not qualified to be tampering with the United States Constitution! Mark my words, someday it will be legal in this country for homosexuals to marry! Conservative right-wingers don’t like it, but it will happen. (See my letter to the President below!) America, mind your own business and let others live their lives! If you are so worried about God’s will, let him deal with the judging. It’s his job, not yours!
Topic:
My letter to the President
Comment:
I hope he writes back!
Date:
Thu Feb 5 21:42:21 2004
Posted By
Terry

Dear Mr. Bush, Though I may disagree with you on most of your issues because it seems as though there is a portion of the American population you do not care about, I respect the office you hold and care about you as a human being. However, supporting an ammendment that would ban gay marriages is like banning blacks from voting. Marriage is not just a religious issue and allowing gays to marry doesn't take away from our, (heterosexual,) rights. It is one thing to be against this, but altering the constitution is something many Americans will take issue with. I hope you will stay true to the compassionate conservative role you claim to hold and not cave to the fundamentalists. This is an issue that is not going away. All Americans deserve the same rights! I think in your heart you will agree with this. Good luck in November, Terry Osterhout
Topic:
Joeverconfidence
Comment:
The Joementum's Gone...
Date:
Wed Feb 4 20:14:04 2004
Posted By
Ian

Bush-Rice 2004? Yikes. Why not Bush-Lieberman? Or Bush-Sharpton? Elsewhere, Dean announces his V.P. choice.

So sad about Lieberman. Read the Joebituary....


Topic:
Tough one
Comment:
No simple answer
Date:
Tue Jan 27 23:42:40 2004
Posted By
Terry

Here comes the crazy part, I would save him (see below) because I believe in karma and hold to the idea that we all get what we deserve. I have done questionable things in my life, and I have paid, (and am still paying,) for most of them. I do not like the slime-track of entitlement and greed left by people like Bush, but I know this world is made up of a population of people who will reach out and help those in need. I believe in hope, love and peace. I also believe that this question hinges on whether or not this all takes place before or after Clark, Kerry or Edwards beats him in November. PS: Black & White
Topic:
A Moral Dilemma
Comment:
What Would You Do?
Date:
Tue Jan 27 11:44:36 2004
Posted By
Ian

With all your honour and dignity what would you do?

This test only has one question, but it's a very important one.

Please don't answer it without giving it some serious thought. By giving an honest answer you will be able to test where you stand morally.

The test features an unlikely, completely fictional situation, where you will have to make a decision one way or the other.

Remember that your answer needs to be honest, yet spontaneous.

Please scroll down slowly and consider each line - this is important for the test to work accurately.

You're in Florida...In Miami, to be exact... There is great chaos going on around you, caused by a hurricane and severe floods.

There are huge masses of water all over you. You are a CNN photographer and you are in the middle of this great disaster. The situation is nearly hopeless.

You're trying to shoot very impressive photos. There are houses and people floating around you, disappearing into the water. Nature is showing all its destructive power and is ripping everything away with it.

Suddenly you see a man in the water, he is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken away by the masses of water and mud. You move closer. Somehow the man looks familiar.

Suddenly you know who it is - it's George W. Bush!

At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to take him away, forever.

You have two options. You can save him or you can take the best photo of your life.

So you can save the life of George W. Bush, or you can shoot a Pulitzer prize winning photo, a unique photo displaying the death of one of the world's most powerful men.

And here's the question (please give an honest answer): ..........
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Would you select colour film, or rather go with the simplicity of classic black and white?