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|20080707 200031 Z||Things They Don't Tell You (But Should)||www.viruscom … .com/things.html||digg.com/com … uld_COMIC?OTC-ig||Chill, Comics, Funny, Images, Sad||A decent comic is always worth a link. Cynical, almost has a Groening "Life in Hell" feel.|
|20080722 141922 Z||How To Encourage a Young Teen To Learn Programming?||ask.slashdot … 0452225&from=rss||Education, Family, Inspiring, Kids, Programming, Relations, Sad, TECH||The content here is all in the Slashdot comment thread. Interesting, hopeful, and yet sad in a way. It's like techies trying to remember what it was like to be young and human. You can tell the comments from those who are parents or who have taught.|
|20080907 022916 Z||gospodin libar||community.li … ily/5408800.html||digg.com/com … One_COMIC?OTC-ig||Beauty, Comics, Inspiring, Reading, Sad||Beautiful. A sweet and sad comic in eight pages. It smacks of sincerity and I can't ask for much more.|
|20090127 185711 Z||Fox News Fear Imbalance||www.thedaily … s-fear-imbalance||www.reddit.c … _administration/||Funny, Jon Stewart, News, Sad, TV, Videos||Laughing and crying again. Oh the poor viewers of Fox News. It's as if they've put themselves in a box where all they can hear are the inanities of the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity, and Coulter.|
|20090305 211245 Z||CNBC Gives Financial Advice||www.thedaily … financial-advice||digg.com/tel … rt_Destroys_CNBC||Funny, Live Action, News, Sad, TV, Videos||Sweet Jon Stewart gold: Ripping into CNBC's financial advice.|
|20090729 164019 Z||O'Reilly's Fuzzy Canadian Health Care Math||tpmtv.talkin … .com/?id=3060320||digg.com/pol … _O_Reilly_Genius||Funny, Journalism, News, Politics, Sad, TV||Bill said: "Of course Canada has longer life expectancy than the U.S. -- we have 10 times more people.". From the Digg thread: "Using Bill O logic, the average Chinese citizen must live for about 12 minutes." and "The worst thing about it is that people watch that and don't flinch. It really makes me scared.".|
|20090811 174914 Z||Her: "It's nice to meet nice young Christians like yourself." Me: "I'm actually an atheist." Her: "Excuse me!"||www.reddit.c … christians_like/||Atheism, Faith, Relations, Sad||Christians and Jews and so on may think they've cornered the market on being prosecuted, but we atheists face all sorts of strange hateful behavior from many so called "spiritual" folks.|
|20090829 135810 Z||The 7 Stages Of Being Fat||www.maxim.co … s-being-fat.html||digg.com/com … ges_Of_Being_Fat||Crude, Funny, Health, Images, Sad||Funny, frightening, possibly offensive, but important.|
|20091005 152232 Z||The sunflower boy's smile||www.cnn.com/ … lower/index.html||www.reddit.c … s_ive_ever_read/||Beauty, Inspiring, Kids, Sad||Yes, it is quite sad, quite poignant.|
|20091008 193400 Z||Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy)||www.boston.c … tsana_ondoy.html||www.reddit.c … hitty_flashajax/||Images, Inspiring, Money, Philippines, Photos, Sad, World||36 dramatic photos. That could've been me smothered in mud. I usually do my donations in December, but I made an exception and donated to the Red Cross last week|
|20091028 184300 Z||Girl's 'Notes Left Behind' Made Into Book||www.wlwt.com … 9609/detail.html||www.reddit.c … s_of_love_notes/||Inspiring, Kids, Sad||A heart-breaking story. Here's to stories like Up and Finding Nemo. See some some of Elena's Notes [http://www.notesleftbehind.com/elena/notes.php].|
|20100120 160142 Z||Hitler Finds Out Scott Brown Won Massachusetts Senate Seat||www.youtube. … ch?v=c4aQCiRjvZY||Gus||Funny, Politics, Sad, USA, Videos||Republicans and Democrats alike will like this video. Kennedy's seat barely got cold and it went to a Republican?!?! OMFG! This had better wake up some folks. Boring old Croakley sat on her ass and took Kennedy's seat for granted. Pretty boy Brown kept smiling, fought hard and won. Congratulations Mr. Brown.|
|20100127 024614 Z||I Don't Even Want To Be Alive Anymore By Rush Limbaugh||www.theonion … want_to_be_alive||digg.com/com … By_Rush_Limbaugh||Funny, Radio, Sad, USA||Rush Limbaugh and Jon Stewart are both infotainers but only the latter is informative and entertaining.|
|20100131 035937 Z||Spirit||http://xkcd.com/695/||digg.com/com … tion/xkcd_Spirit||Comics, Engineering, Funny, Sad, Space, TECH||You have to love something that performs well past expectations. Great job Spirit! Great job NASA!|
|20100131 041351 Z||Who says birds don't have feelings?||www.binscorn … ve-feelings.html||Fauna, Images, Inspiring, Nature, Photos, Sad|
|20100621 004011 Z||Heartless: The Story of the Tin Man||http://vimeo.com/11431902||Beauty, Live Action, Movies, Relations, Sad, Videos||A short movie (22:48), sweet and sad, well produced. The backstory on the Tin Woodsmen from The Wizard of Oz.|
|20101216 213121 Z||Holiday Hoopla Emotional Bomb||Family, Inspiring, Life, Mind, Ramblings, Sad||I'm such a sucker. Every year I forget that the holiday show at the grade school is such an emotional bomb. There are babies there and then the show has the full range from pre-schoolers to 8th graders, so it's like watching the lives of your kids flash before your eyes. By the time I get to the 8th grade show, I'm realizing (again) that that's their last grade school show, that they're practically adults. Where have my children gone?! I'm so sad and happy. Jeez. I ended up literally bawling in the car. Things and events don't mean anything unless you buy into the story. People die all over the world, all the time, but you don't know them, you aren't vested in them, so their deaths are meaningless to you. But once you get involved ... Bam!|
|20110429 204705 Z||JSONx||publib.bould … onandjsonx05.htm||www.reddit.c … ng_jsonx_an_ibm/||Funny, Programming, Quirky, Sad, Standards, TECH||"JSONx is an IBM® standard format to represent JSON as XML". Madness!|
|20110809 141941 Z||Flag of the Isle of Man||en.wikipedia … _the_Isle_of_Man||Funny, Money, Sad||I've admired the triskelion on the flag of the Isle of Man well before the US got downgraded to AA+.|
|20111014 195525 Z||RIP Dennis Ritchie (1941-09-09/2011-10-08)||Computers, Death, Inspiring, Obituaries, Operating System, Programming, Sad, TECH||Alas, I never got "The C Programming Language" signed by Dennis Ritchie (1941-09-09/2011-10-08). Thank you for C and Unix and their descendants. May the legends grow and the code remain concise.|
|20120316 172100 Z||Britannica Goes All-Out Digital||www.britanni … al-encyclopedia/||Cyber Life, Funny, Sad, TECH||Sad: Encyclopædia Britannica stops printing after 244 years. Funny: I found out through Wikipedia.|
|20130311 015940 Z||Father dies sheltering daughter from blizzard||www.abc.net. … blizzard/4552156||Family, Inspiring, Kids, Sad||On Girls Day too. That's why I dress with an extra layer on cold days or carry a pocket knife: Because someone else might need it.|
|20130401 020438 Z||From Up on Poppy Hill||en.wikipedia … Up_on_Poppy_Hill||Animation, Anime, Art, Beauty, Family, Inspiring, Kids, Movies, Sad||Our family saw the latest movie from Studio Ghibli: "From Up on Poppy Hill". It was amazing. No magic, no fantasy, no sci fi. It's set in 1964 Japan and smacks of sincerity.|
The debate skit is funny but the Palin skit is funny and painful because they used words actually spoken by Palin. There are so many articles out there wincing about the Palin and Couric interview. Couric was being nice, Couric was giving Palin opportunities to shine, but all Palin could do was stumble on talking points. If I were prone to believing in conspiracies, then I would propose that this is all a ruse by Palin in order to make the Democrats let their guard down. If not, then it is frightening to think that the GOP machine has such power that it can dupe half the country into wanting Palin to become one 72 year old's heartbeat away from becoming President. There are college kids who know more about the issues than Palin. For the security of America and the world, I sure hope that it is all a ruse.
The Palin issue is funny and sad, but most of all it's insulting. There are so many people that are more qualified than she is. I'll admit that she has spunk and some sense of timing to have gotten this far. It's not all a matter of luck (She did have some lucky breaks (The governor before her was one of the most unpopular governor ever) but it hasn't been all luck.
Take the Biden v Palin Vice-Presidential debate. She blatantly didn't answer direct questions and instead gave out memorized talking points. Even by beauty pageant standards, it was pretty bad. Biden genuinely got choked up at one point when he was talking about his experience as a single father, and it made Palin's performance look even more plastic. Biden was authoritative, congenial, and knew his facts.
Palin "succeeded" because she stopped hemorrhaging like she was doing with her interviews with Katie Couric. The general public still has not seen Palin speak beyond talking points. It's all very funny and all but more important it's a security risk. We KNOW that the Obama and Biden are smart, so why take a risk on Palin?
Now I'm going to post a few election-related funny items just to archive it at my site.
It's abusing a bad photo, but still funny.
Silly but truthful.
Funny but frighteningly truthful. Via http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/10/3/43222/8057/718/618653.
Saturday Night Live: VP Debate Open: Palin / Biden [http://www.hulu.com/watch/37730/saturday-night-live-vp-debate-open-palin--biden]. Wouldn't be complete without Tina Fey.
And here are two short blurbs passing around of unknown origin. [NOTE: If anything in the following is not factual, then please inform me and I will update this post.]
...Trying to get my head straight on the upcoming election
I'm a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight....
If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're 'exotic, different'.
Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, a quintessential American story.
If your name is Barack, you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.
Graduate from Harvard Law School and you are unstable.
Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.
If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 ne w voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.
If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.
If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.
If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.
If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society
If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.
If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's.
If you're husband is nicknamed 'First Dude', with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.
OK, much clearer now.
What if John McCain were a former president of the Harvard Law Review?
What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?
What if McCain were still married to the first woman he said 'I do' to?
What if Obama were the candidate who left his first wife after she no longer measured up to his standards?
What if Michelle Obama were a wife who not only became addicted to pain killers, but acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?
What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?
What if Obama were a member of the Keating-5?
What if McCain were a charismatic, eloquent speaker?
If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are? This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities in another when there is a color difference.
You are The Boss... which team would you hire?
With America facing historic debt, 2 wars, stumbling health care, a weakened dollar, all-time high prison population, mortgage crises, bank foreclosures, etc.
Columbia University - B.A. Political Science with a Specialization in International Relations.
Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude
University of Delaware - B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)
United States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 of 899
Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in Journalism
Now, which team are you going to hire?
PS: What if Barack Obama had an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter....
I'm sure that the Republicans must little blurbs passing around too. I'd be curious to see those.
The Republicans are so out of touch.
Chip Saltsman, a candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee, sent a compact disc to committee members over the holidays. It includes a tune titled "Barack the Magic Negro," which first aired on Rush Limbaugh's radio show in 2007.
The song is a parody of "Puff the Magic Dragon" by conservative satirist Paul Shanklin, who does it in an impersonation of Rev. Al Sharpton. A sampling of the lyrics: "Barack the Magic Negro lives in D.C. . . . he makes guilty whites feel good. They'll vote for him, and not for me, 'cause he's not from the hood."
Steve Jobs passed away yesterday after struggling with cancer for almost a decade. Thank you for making the only PC that I've kept after I retired it: A Mac Classic with 9 inch black and white screen. Thanks for Pixar. Thanks for belief, vision, and style. Thanks for sharing.
"Death is very likely the best invention of life. All pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."
-Steve Jobs (1955-02-24/2011-10-05) in 2005.
A good and kind friend of mine from high school died. It's been a rough week of mourning, weeping, writing, and staring. I can't sustain this, and yet I don't want to let go because thoughts of her are all I have left of her. I'm hoping a public posting and a poem will purchase some closure for me.
Thank you Judy B.
As year goes on to year:
Light after light turns dark.
Some lights glow long and strong,
Some lights spark.
You were my saving star
in my darkest hour.
A moment of grace,
in a cruel place.
You may have gone where I cannot see.
And I cannot repay my debt to you.
But the light of kindness you passed to me,
I can share with others, that I can do.
Thank you Judy B.
I usually avoid political posts, but this has too much WTF to resist.
"What do you think makes a woman want to have an abortion?"
"... I don't know, I have never -- it's a question I have never thought about."
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