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If we took away women's right to vote, we'd never have to worry about another Democrat president. It's kind of a pipe dream, it's a personal fantasy of mine, but I don't think it's going to happen. And it is a good way of making the point that women are voting so stupidly, at least single women.
It also makes the point, it is kind of embarrassing, the Democratic Party ought to be hanging its head in shame, that it has so much difficulty getting men to vote for it. I mean, you do see it’s the party of women and 'We’ll pay for health care and tuition and day care -- and here, what else can we give you, soccer moms?'
I may be wrong but I believe Ann is a woman and single...
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It is amazing how much history is around you and most people don't even know it. Fort de Chartres State Historic Site is just about an hour south of here. I've seen it on the map but when I actually got around to visiting it, well it was much more than I ever expected. The oldest standing building in Illinois is within its walls. Being there reminded me of visiting a castle keep in Europe.
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Minnesota bridge problems uncovered in 1990.
My thoughts go out to the families affected by this tragedy. The infrastructure in this country is decaying and government at all levels needs to start taking a look at fixing it. I suspect we'll see a few more tragedies in the coming years because people have been negligent. It is more glamorous to build a new baseball stadium than to fix a bridge.
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Guess these people don't believe in the Constitution. Not that I'm not surprised; most religious fanatics don't.
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people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with
another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and
equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle
them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they
should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created
equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of
Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted
among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
— That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these
ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to
institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and
organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely
to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate
that Governments long established should not be changed for light and
transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that
mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to
right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably
the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute
Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such
Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such
has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the
necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of
Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a
history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct
object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To
prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and
pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his
Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly
neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large
districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of
Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and
formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual,
uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records,
for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause
others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of
Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise;
the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of
invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for
that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners;
refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and
raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign
to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent
to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders
which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring
Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging
its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument
for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries
to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun
with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the
most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high
Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of
their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has
endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless
Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished
destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress
in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered
only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by
every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We
have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to
extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of
the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have
appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured
them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations,
which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence.
They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.
We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our
Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in
War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America,
in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the
world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by
Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and
declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free
and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to
the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and
the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and
that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War,
conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all
other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And
for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the
protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our
Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
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Jesse Matney 1920 - 1997
The graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 28, at West Lawn Memorial Park in Eugene for Jessie Cleveland Matney of Eugene. He died June 25 of age-related causes at age 87.
He was born Feb. 3, 1920, in Iola, Kan., to Grover and Eva Hatfield Matney. He and his wife, Georgia, were married July 5, 1941, in Galena, Mo.
He served in the Army in World War II, and worked as a general laborer in construction.
Survivors include two sons, Don of Albany and Kenneth of Springfield; a sister, Liela Daniels of Springfield, Mo.; 10 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. His wife died Nov. 22, 2003.
Arrangements by Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene. Remembrances to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mission program.
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XP for my main OS. I’ve given it a go but it never worked quite right
for me. I spent more time trying to get things to work the way I wanted
versus actually being productive. I know from reading some of the
comments to my previous posts I’ll get some flack for that but that
doesn’t matter. It is my computer and as one of my friends said who
uses Linux exclusively said: use what OS is right for you regardless of
what it is. I’ve heard many a Linux user say that your computer should
work for you, not you for it. So XP it is (not spending the money on
Vista). So goodbye Linux (for now). I still have a few live distros to
spin up once in a while…
Cross posted over at my other blog On A Storyteller's Night
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02 June 2007
Looks like the 4th season of Battlestar Galactica is the last. But on the same hand with the storyline of finding earth having a definite end is a good thing. But still....frack!
And then to top it off the character of Dr. Carson Beckett gets killed off on Atlantis last night. What is going on with all my favourite shows?!!!
Frack frack frack!!!
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Mussolini's "The Political and Social Doctrine of Facism"
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It isn't just the US either. There is a problem in the UK with bees dying off too. Bees are absolutely vital to certain plants to survive. It's little things like this that add up and will cause the human race problems.
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If you are interested I run a group on Yahoo about the band also. Come on over, join and talk about the band with other fans.
Yahoo Groups - Magnum fans
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NCAA Basketball - Oregon Ducks/USC Trojans Recap Saturday March 10, 2007 - Yahoo! Sports
Brad Delp, lead singer of Boston dead at 55.
08 March 2007
BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Obituary: John Inman
05 March 2007
I love the following:
It has indeed been liberating for those of us who deservedly wield the economic, political, and social power in the US to eviscerate the Magna Carta, the Constitution, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We've no need of archaic or foreign documents declaring and defining rights for all human beings. My God, man. Habeas corpus and the Bill of Rights have outlived their usefulness. You aging hippies and starry-eyed dreamers crying over their loss need to get over it! Besides, it's painfully obvious we are not all created equal. If that were the case, men wouldn't dominate women, there wouldn't be long-term psychiatric care facilities, people wouldn't choose to sleep in their own urine on the street, and schools wouldn't have to provide for "special needs" children.
And then at the end he says:
We are Americans!
We love our nation. America is number one, and we aim to keep it that way!
If you don't like that, Chalmers Johnson, then get the hell out!
How Jay Gould considers himself an American is beyond me. He seems to hate the very things that make us who we are. The Bill of Rights and Habeas Corpus have outlived their usefulness? That is his vision of what America is?
Here is the article that got him going:
Republic or Empire
02 March 2007
More Magnum tonight. Another of Tony's most powerful songs.
"Soldier Of The Line"
Soldier of the line how does it feel
You're far away from home polishing steel
The sun moves in between the mountain and sky
As dawn puts out its fingers splitting them wide
Soldier of the line what do you know
About the other side, they never show
They must be well disguised biding their time
Their armour well prepared so nothing will shine
Soldier of the line would you kill me
There's something in your eyes stopping you see
They're cloudy and you turn your head away
What's that rolling down your face, are you OK?
Hold back those tears from your eye
Don't show those feelings inside
You're in a murderous playground
War games on a castle wall
You're in a murderous playground
Crossed out if you dare to fall
Soldier of the line it isn't fair
You're bleeding deep inside nobody cares
Your flag and lance stand proud splintered and red
No movement in the field, the crows will be fed
Soldier of the line you've come to the end
You'll never get to see your mother again
Some unfamiliar place you're going to stay
An unremembered name an unforgettable day
All of my dreams that fell through and had tasted so sour
Take second place in my mind for this one sacred hour
Still I've been moved for so long by this strange fascination
Here as I stand all alone in complete concentration
Face through the clouds in the Gods shine with awe and splendour
Rise up and roar they approve will they always remember
I hear the voice of the crowd, it will last forever
Locked in my heart kept away like a stolen treasure
I can hear them calling
Hear the crowd applauding
If it's real I like the feeling
If I'm wrong who am I deceiving?
Night after night it repeats an exciting romance
Shared by us all though we met by a fleeting half-chance
Caught, trapped in time no escape from this powerful dreamworld
Pleased though I am to be here I am lost in the real world
This story bothers me on so many levels. Another soldier dead, another family ripped apart. Children growing up without their father. That this man loved his wife so much that he re-enlisted to ensure she could get the medical care she needed. That he had to do it to be able to have health insurance because of the sad state of health care in this country. That his wife had to be told of his death on the day she left the hospital. It truly is a kingdom of madness.
RIP Army Sgt. William "B.J." Beardsley. After reading this article I know I won't forget you.
27 February 2007
Another legend dies. Most Americans know "Children of the Sun" as it is a staple on classic rock radio. Thanks for the music Billy and may you RIP.
21 February 2007
At this rate what will we be seeing in another 20 years? Bring on the future.
20 February 2007
The train wreck never even left the station. Not that I'm surprised one bit.
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Al-Qaeda 'praying for Obama win' | NEWS.com.au: "PRIME Minister John Howard has launched a broadside against US presidential hopeful Barack Obama, warning his victory could destroy Iraq and prospects for peace in the Middle East."
10 February 2007
Why in the hell would we need to import chickens to eat here in the US? This is just nuts.
And as always, check out Page3 when visiting the Sun.
09 February 2007
Just plain wrong. Someone needs to be held accountable. We're the most powerful nation on earth militarily yet we do this to our own citizens. Power is nothing if this is what we are becoming, all because of money. Disgusting.
BLABBERMOUTH.NET - PINK CREAM 69: 'In10sity' Release Date Set
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | 'Doomsday' vault design unveiled
07 February 2007
Senator to propose surveillance of illegal images | CNET News.com: "
A forthcoming bill in the U.S. Senate lays the groundwork for a national database of illegal images that Internet service providers would use to automatically flag and report suspicious content to police."
06 February 2007
While this has no chance of ever passing it does however point out the silliness of one argument some use against same sex marriage. If marriage is for the purpose of procreation and should therefore exclude homosexuals then why shouldn't it exclude those hetero couples that also don't have children?
Watching America: "America's Public Intelligence Agency
03 February 2007
Pandora Internet Radio - Find New Music, Listen to Free Web Radio
Murdoch: Big media has less sway on Internet:
"Asked if his News Corp. managed to shape the agenda on the war in Iraq, Murdoch said: 'No, I don't think so. We tried.' Asked by Rose for further comment, he said: 'We basically supported the Bush policy in the Middle East...but we have been very critical of his execution.'"
Endangered cranes killed in Fla. storms - Yahoo! News
02 February 2007
Packers QB Favre to return for 17th year - Yahoo! News
Matt Groening talks about Futurama's comeback - TV Squad
Florida to Shift Voting System With Paper Trail - New York Times
01 February 2007
'Aqua Teen' Incident Begs Question: Have We Become Too Paranoid?
30 January 2007
Bush Directive Increases Sway on Regulation - New York Times
I wonder if their official title will be "Political Officer"?
28 January 2007
100 Greatest Guitar Solos
27 January 2007
Looks like Magnum's Princess Alice and the Broken Arrow will have a release date of April 3rd 2007 here in the US. It comes out in Germany on the 23rd of March and the rest of Europe on the 26th.
Magnum and Bob Catley Official Web site
NASA marks anniversary of Apollo deaths - Yahoo! News
26 January 2007
English Russia » Abandoned Russian Planes
The cold war is long over and these wounded birds can no longer fly in anger. It's sad to see them this way and makes me feel nostalgic, but grateful that they never flew in anger against us. There is a rugged grace and beauty in the design of their aircraft.
"Why should North Carolina taxpayers pay for something they find objectionable?" said Berger, who is having proposed legislation drafted".
How many people would have to be offended for it to be objectionable? Who decides for everyone? For a guy who is in a party that claims to want smaller government and less interference in our lives...well tell me how this fits in to that philosophy?
Republican: Scripts need reviewing | StarNewsOnline.com | Star-News | Wilmington, NC
25 January 2007
WRIC Richmond News and Weather - Two Ohio election workers found guilty of rigging vote recount: "CLEVELAND Two election workers in Ohio have been convicted of rigging the recount of the 2004 presidential tally in one county."
24 January 2007
Bring it On! » Blog Archive » God, Intellect and Universal Truth: "Exploring Texas, where megachurches are more common than oil wells (and probably more profitable), lately it’s made my mind itch a little more than usual. I was raised a Pentecostal Christian attending small churches, but these places nonetheless remind me of the intellectual darkness I experienced inside the stifling walls of organized religion. That a hundred million of my fellow Americans believe these buildings are their best gateway to the Ultimate is heartbreaking indeed."
'There is no war on terror' | Special Reports | Guardian Unlimited Politics
22 January 2007
U.S. image around world sharply worsens: BBC poll - Yahoo! News
21 January 2007
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Waterwheel invention promises cheap electricity | the Daily Mail: "Waterwheel invention promises cheap electricity"
17 January 2007
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Papers show France asked Britain for union in 1956: "A British government document dating from 1956 shows that on September 10 that year, then French Prime Minister Guy Mollet came to London to discuss the possibility of a merger between the two countries with Prime Minister Anthony Eden."
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Two missing boys, one since 2002, found in Missouri - Yahoo! News
11 January 2007
Bush sending more troops to Iraq on brink of war.
06 January 2007
White House visitor records closed - Yahoo! News