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Morning Seditionists

Saturday Open Thread

Posted by pjsauter on June 30, 2007
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OK, so here’s my story. I ordered a couple of things (a USB CD/DVD drive enclosure for a laptop drive, and a new graphics tablet) about two weeks ago, which were shipped on 6/19 via FedEx. On 6/21, online tracking indicated that they had been delivered, by leaving them on the front porch, which is typical (even though somebody was home at the time). I got home, only to find no package. I immediately called FedEx, only to find out that the package had been left on the porch of an address somewhat similar to mine – except on the other side of town. I was told that the driver would be going out to get it the next day. I heard nothing the next day, and called FedEx again. No information, no change in the tracking (still showed delivered). I e-mailed them again on Tuesday, and was advised that I should file a loss claim, which I did. On Wednesday, the local FedEx called to tell me that they’d “try” to recover the package the next day. I heard nothing from them, and today, I got an e-mail stating that my claim had been decided, and they’d be sending me a letter in a week or so to tell me what it was they decided. So, I e-mailed them and asking what the hell they decided. Turns out, they denied my claim, with no reason as to why. So, I called them, and was told “sorry, the person handling your claim is gone, call her Monday.”

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Friday Open Thread

Posted by pjsauter on June 29, 2007
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Hard to believe it’s Friday already, isn’t it? So, dubya is now so impotent, he couldn’t even get his boys in the Politburo Senate to pass his immigration bill. I have some pretty unmixed feelings on that. I think it was a shitty bill that only served to help greedy corporations obtain slave labor. And if it makes dubya look even dumber than normal, then so much the better. Of course, the immigrants continue to get screwed, and the whole reason it failed was due to ignorance, racism, and xenophobia, but, well, whattya gonna do? Dubya also stamped his feet and plead executive privilege in a very Nixonesque kinda way. Unfortunately, the law is whatever the Supreme Court says it is, so if he can’t run out the clock with legal maneuvers, he’ll still win. But, hey, it’s Friday, so who cares, right? Unfortunately, I have to train some new faculty today, on things that I know nothing about. I can hardly wait. Let’s get this week over with already.

Thursday Open Thread

Posted by pjsauter on June 28, 2007
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Much like everybody else, apparently, I don’t have much to say. This sorta sums it up:

Wednesday Open Thread

Posted by pjsauter on June 27, 2007
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It’s too damn hot, and my brain is kinda all melted, so I’ve got nothing much to say. At least it’s supposed to cool off tomorrow.

Tuesday Open Thread

Posted by pjsauter on June 26, 2007
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Well, it aint Friday yet, but at least Monday’s over with. A couple of interesting Supreme Court rulings yesterday. First, they decided (by a 5-4 vote, thanks very much to everyone who helped Bush steal two elections) that there’s no such thing as free speech anymore, and you can’t hold up a “bong hits for Jesus” sign on public property. Then they ruled (yep, 5-4) that American citizens don’t have the right to file a law suit against the king executive branch. They also wiped out a provision of the already inadequate McCain Feingold campaign finance bill (do I need to say it was 5-4?). And, again by a 5-4 vote, the Supremes ruled to neuter federal regulators, to the benefit of developers (say, “bye-bye” to the Endangered Species Act). Just another day in Bush’s ‘merika. And another 573 or so to go.

Monday Open Thread

Posted by pjsauter on June 25, 2007
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When I was in about fourth grade or so, I read a book called “Johnny Got His Gun,” by Dalton Trumbo (who was one of the Hollywood Ten who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947, eventually being convicted of contempt of Congress – unlike, say, Bush, Cheney, Gonzalez, et al. – spending 11 months in prison, and blacklisted by Hollywood). The book was about a soldier in WWI who has his face blown off by an artillery shell, is deaf, blind, unable to speak, and gradually loses all his limbs to amputation. His attempts to communicate with the outside world (banging his head up and down in Morse code) are taken to be fits, and “treated” with morphine, which induces visions of Jesus Christ, among other things. Yeah, the fact that I read this kind of stuff when I was seven or eight goes a long way in explaining why I turned out a little on the twisted side.

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Booblehead Thread

Posted by pjsauter on June 24, 2007
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Saw an, um, advance release version of Sicko last night. I highly recommend it. As the British Lefty Tony Benn says, “if you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people.” This movie is more effective in two hours, than a month of Sunday Boobleheads. Speaking of which…

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Saturday Open Thread

Posted by pjsauter on June 23, 2007
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Lots to do this weekend, and only a crappy two days to get it done. I’ll be lucky if I get the grass cut, do my laundry, and brew a batch of beer. So, I guess I’d better get busy. With the beer.

Friday Open Thread

Posted by pjsauter on June 22, 2007
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And so another week drags to a close. It’s actually been a pretty quick week. Two weeks, even, since it’s payday once again. So, let’s get this party started, so we can get it over with. One week to Sicko (unless you’re lucky enough to live where it opens this week, that is).

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Thursday Open Thread

Posted by pjsauter on June 21, 2007
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Yay! No federal funding for stem cell research. Sammy’s safe, since the republicans wouldn’t dare override dubya’s veto – no matter how many people want them to.

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