Archive for October, 2007

Bush thinks we’ll buy it again

They pulled bombs out of a bunker, on camera in Iraq…  Labeled that they were made in 2006 in Iran.   Of course it make perfect sense tha these labels were printed in the common arabi language…..

ENGLISH

The arrogance of this administration is amazing.  I’m officially getting my passport, so I can leave when that asshole tells our men and women to invade Iran.

Do not be surprised when he declares martial law and suspends the elections either.

And reinstates the draft.

and disbands congress for being anti-american traitors.

He is crazy, and I hope he has a stroke and is left incapable of ‘leading’.

we need a new leader and soon, someone to get us out of this stupid war, rebalance our economic system and pull our counry’s collective head out of its ass.

Anyone?  Bueller?  Bueller?

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2.4 TRILLION

Holy Bazoombas!  GET THE FUCK OUT!

I hope thats straight forward enough for the politicians who are running this war.

The Iraqi govt. asked us to leave.  If a govt.doesn’t want the troops of another country in its borders, it needs to leave.  If not then the scope gets redefined. Its now war against THAT govt.

Americans will pay roughly 8k a piece to fund this efort.  An effort that 70%+  DO NOT WANT!

I say that the 30% who want the war, pay for it, and send their sons and daughters. 

Simplistic?  Yes

Doable? I suppose not.  Polls show that most war supporters are baby boomers.  And their children are all past the draft age.  They don’t even remember WWII, because they were all born AFTER it.

People, please, write your congress person and urge them to get us out.  Out by hook or by crook, I don’t care.  And you shouldn’t either.

or set a goal of how many americans must die first.  3000? Done!  5k, 20k? Maybe when we start losing as many as we did in Vietnam the corrupt officials and numbnuts who run this country will finally be outed enough to bring our valiant men and women home.

Maybe.

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Dude, where’s my fun?

With the plethora of online MMOs has come one of the bad parts of gaming.  Laziness.

With no need to imagine, every MMO has become a hack and slash fest, filled with hordes of players so uncouth their own families wouldn’t acknowledge them.

Beyond them is the real issue.  There is no incentive to have fun.  Every game is crammed full of shortcuts to make the players lives simpler.  Quests are handed out on a platter, with pointers leading directly to the person/place/thing that needs to be accomplised.  In-game chat crosses the worlds and is so prevalent that few bother to read the documents or manuals.  They know that as soon as they enter any game, within minutes they can simply start asking, over and over how to do the simplest actions.  Like move, or look around.

Online resources are so prevalent that nothing is explored for.  Nothing that can be known about a game isn’t already documented, or in the process thereof.  Power leveling is the norm.  If a game works on levels, its a race to see how fast you can get the max level.  Fun?  Not really, its a job.  And there are programs will help you craft, hunt, sell, map your routes, chat and gain experience as you sleep, or play another game altogether.

Once you pick a genre you like, theres little to do in the games that expands your brain.  The very first time you enter a game, the maps are new, the critters and whatever obsticles are new and life is nifty…  Then some hours go by, and you notice that even when you enter new areas, the living obstacles are the same, just changed in color.  The items all start to look the same, and you notice that almost all the players go to the same places in the same order all the time.  You reroll or remake a character to ‘experience’ something new.  And go to the same maps, the same mobs, the same loot etc….

As its said in a popular sci-fi show “..he’s dead, Jim”

These games will rumble on for a decade and some in this manner before some bright set of developers finally figure out a way to incorporate some new technology and this type of gaming become nostolgic.  Its happend before, several times already.  Think of the line from Pong to Guiter hero.  Or text based MUDs and such to the MMOs of today.  Life, and V-life advances all the time. 

In the mean time I’m going to take my hunter/scout/soldier and to the the cave/complex/fort and kill/defeat/disable the monsters/robots/aliens alone or with my party/group/cohort made up of my kinship/guild/clan and rescue the land/princess/artifact and eat cheetos.

…Again.

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The Thinning

While I have patience dealing with people, I don’t in writing, so I’m going to make a short list of the candidates (both parties) to skip. IE there’s no way they will win their party’s nomination, so unless you are looking at the VP slot or to make a splash in the party and change something, they are not worth your time to pursue.

Oh yeah, I am not bothering to put in the people who are not running. Like Al Gore, get over it.

D-DODD

D-EDWARDS

D-GRAVEL

D-KUCINICH

D-RICHARDSON

R-BROWNBACK

R-HUCKABEE

R-HUNTER

R-MCCAIN

R-ROMNEY

R-TANCREDO

Why them? On the Republican side it was easy, 3 are in debt, (Romney very badly, and someday he’ll stop paying for his own campaign), 3 have no chance and are already nosing up to the three solvent candidates.

For the Dems it was almost as easy. Most have no money to compete with. OF the remaining few that do, their time has passed, and they are jockeying for VP or cabinet positions already.

I’ll detail the 6 remaining candidates in two posts, one for the Dems and one for the Republicans. As for these candidates… Some are good some are bad, but all have passed their prime in some way.

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Here comes the pain, again

News sources report donation issues again for Sen. Clinton.  It seems (again) that a republical billionaire donated a lump of money (about 17k) to her campaign after earmarks for the Woodstock museum went through. 

Actually theres nothing special about this, it happens all the time with earmarks.  And that should be the real story in this campaign, whether its for President or any office.   Its business as usual.  Emphasis on BUSINESS.

Here in Washington state, earmarks for  a very small boat making company added up to about 17 mill.  They made a boat for the navy.  Big deal.  Well it is, the Navy never asked for the boat, didn’t want it, and gave it away to the UW, who has it parked and isn’t using it.  Why did this company get these earmarks to build an unwanted, unneeded white whale? 

“Blame it on Sen. Patty Murray and Congressmen Norm Dicks and Brian Baird. All three exercised their political muscle to slip language into a 2002 spending bill to force the Navy to buy the boat from Edmonds shipbuilder Guardian Marine International.”  By David Heath and Hal Bernton Seattle Times staff reporters 

Give me a break.  Use your money not mine to pay back your debts to contributers, not mine.  Thieves, one and all, I don’t care what party they are affiliated with, though I suspect it is the “For my Friends” political party.

(Theres only one politician in washington running for the office of president who the lobbyists don’t bother knocking on his door.)

Heres the article:  http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=favorfactory14m&date=20071014&query=earmark

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The election is coming the election is coming!

It’s that time of the decade again when most Americans continue to not pay attention, letting a fervent few select who will run, and ultimatley become our president, so that they can bitch at what poor choices they have.

Give me a break, I realize our election process is 90% inthe hands of the Mass Media (MSM) who choose who they will show based on advertisement sales…. And this is plain wrong.  There needs to be a way to fix it….  Wait I’m sounding like a democrat again.  Let me readjust my tin hat.

For the first time in my life, I’m not voting a democrat line up.  I have what I think are sound reasons too, and have been echoed on the campaign trail by precious few.   I will go through the candidates one at a time, and give what I believe to be sound views on why I won’t vote for them, and you shouldn’t either.  In the end, an election process is a thinning, a removal of the worst element in the field, leaving us witht he best.  Right? That i how we got our great Presidents like, The Bushes and the Clintons.  Like Nixon and Wilson and.. and… crap.  Its really just a popularity contest revolving around who can shout the loudest, wave the most money and have the most contriversy without being being really bad.   Democrat and Republican politicos, they are the same people, the ones who like to meddle in your lives to increase their personal power to achieve personal goals.  Don’t take it personally, if you were in charge you’d probably do the same thing.

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