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Jun. 9th, 2010 @ 07:18 am This is handy..
A blogger's timeline of the whole Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.

And, as an extra added bonus, here are some thoughts from someone who is not about to write off that part of the region.
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Moon
Jun. 8th, 2010 @ 06:45 pm Whoa.. I feel better now.
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The President of the United States wants to know "whose ass to kick."

Umm... look in the mirror, Mr. President.

And next time, don't take any PR advice from Spike Lee. Really.
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May. 31st, 2010 @ 11:00 am Tackling the BIG issues the professionals won't touch (Part 1)
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America.

For some who reside outside of her borders, that part of Planet Earth resting primarily between the countries of Canada and Mexico, the United States is their first preference, their final destination of hope, their best and last chance for a better life.

Whenever I read and hear about how bad and unfair my country of birth is, I remind myself of all the people who desperately risk life, limb, and liberty to get here, regardless of the multitude of alternative nations they have to choose from. Sometimes I just shake my head and smile whenever I am presented with complaints from those who don't like the political status quo, the actions of distant states, distant municipalities, distant state houses; free will, freedom of assembly, freedom of mobility, among other options, remains available for so many.

Of course there is a price to be paid when citizens exercise their rights, but that is the chance that they are enabled to make. The government doesn't necessarily put a gun to one's head literally and says "YOU MUST REMAIN HERE." I am sure a Native American or three might have something different to say to that, but those folks who can make that argument are long since gone. Ditto for the millions of slaves who happened to be around the country during the 1860 US census.

We are of many voices, many shades of color, participating in choices of liberty, freedom, and capitalism everyday. Out of many, we collectively have chosen to become one nation, a distinct society very different from all the rest on this small, blue-green marble in the vastness of the universe.

Imperfect, flawed, and problematic, the United States of America still fills millions of Humanity's children with awe and wonderment. If given the opportunity, those same millions would vote with their feet and make the leap of faith toward these shores TODAY. We have to understand and accept that. Because, like it or not, some of them already are, and continue to do so, thankfully not in numbers so large that they would force our hand and require far more border security action than we are prepared to do at this time.

What is our desired end state anyway in regard to the desire of so many wishing to come to these shores? Do we let them all in? Establish some sort of express lane of sorts for those whose lives would surely be terminated if they were to be sent back to their nation of origin? Let none in for a finite period of time until after we can finally figure out what the proper action should be for those who sneaked in already? Maybe stop letting people in altogether?

How about actually enforcing current immigration rules (for better or worse)? We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. A society of "anything goes" won't be a society for very long.

Obviously, with a population as diverse and as large as ours is, there is going to be no single consensus that everyone is going to be cool with. For that matter, any protracted and substantive discussion on a national level would be quite welcome at this point.

Anyone here interested in helping the Feds finally figuring a way out of the current mess? I certainly don't mind a little micro discussion on this Live Journal and on others. Let's kick it around for a bit, but let's all remember to be civil to each other while doing so.

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What's my first blush thought on the current immigration challenge the United States face?

Actually, not much has changed from my ORIGINAL thinking way back in 2006. Hard to believe that not a lot has changed in the national discourse.

Scary.
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itzwicks
May. 24th, 2010 @ 08:12 am Meanwhile, away from the Gulf oil mess..
Here's a novel idea: How about a "Manhattan Project" styled crash course by the US government to develop an alternative energy source to get us off of fossil fuels FOREVER?

Cold fusion would be nice, but at this point, I would happily support an energy bond (not unlike the war bonds of WWII) for nearly ANY workable alternative that would fuel the weaning of our dependency of oil (foreign and domestic) sooner rather than later. And if we can harness such power to make manned space exploration cheaper and more accessible, it can make the difference as to which language is spoken first on the moon in the next decade.

If we can get a man on the moon in ten years, surely we can figure out a way to make this happen before 2020. Am I off my rocker here?
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May. 23rd, 2010 @ 12:13 pm itzSunday... now what?
We haven't done one of these in a while, so go ahead and joy in the fun. :P

Poll #1568456 Yet Another itzWicks Political Poll

What is appropiate posture of the United States government on the matter of manned space exploration?

NASA should be fully funded and more (why aren't we on Mars already?)
23(54.8%)
NASA is going to have to accept what it gets in these challenging times (manned space exploration is a luxury; unmanned rocketry can get the job done)
8(19.0%)
NASA should be privatized - the Feds need not be in the space exploration business
11(26.2%)
Don't know / Don't care
0(0.0%)
Other (explain in comment section if you wish)
0(0.0%)

Now that Comprehensive Health Care Reform (aka ObamaCare) has been made into law, what are your personal feelings about it?

Woot! Looking forward to seeing it fully implemented!
1(2.4%)
Hmm.. Tweak it as needed, but give it a chance to work..
15(36.6%)
Ugh! Repeal it! Replace it! Throw out the bums who voted on it!
23(56.1%)
Don't know / Don't care
0(0.0%)
Other (explain in comment section if you wish)
2(4.9%)

If a consensus of the major Western intelligence communities determine that Iran is weeks away from developing a nuclear weapon, what should the United States response be?

Go to the UN Security Council and get newer, tougher economic sanctions in place
2(4.8%)
Go to the UN Security Council and get newer, tougher economic sanctions, along with a military blockade
11(26.2%)
Assemble a coalition of the willing, and utilize any and all military options at hand
10(23.8%)
Outsource the problem resolution to Isreal and give them whatever resources they needed
5(11.9%)
Go it alone, and deal with the Iranian government militarily
4(9.5%)
There is no stopping the Iranians from possessing the bomb, so we might as well brace for whatever happens next
5(11.9%)
Don't know / Don't care
2(4.8%)
Other (explain in comment section if you wish)
3(7.1%)

Grade President Obama's job performance to date..

A+
0(0.0%)
A
0(0.0%)
A-
3(7.3%)
B+
1(2.4%)
B
1(2.4%)
B-
4(9.8%)
C+
2(4.9%)
C
2(4.9%)
C-
4(9.8%)
D+
5(12.2%)
D
3(7.3%)
D-
3(7.3%)
F
11(26.8%)
Don't know / Don't Care
2(4.9%)
Other (explain in comment section if you wish)
0(0.0%)

On a scale of 1 - 5 (1 being totally apathetic and 5 being extremely plugged in) how closely do you follow politics in general?

1
1(2.4%)
2
5(11.9%)
3
7(16.7%)
4
18(42.9%)
5
11(26.2%)


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MINOR GRIPE OF THE DAY: Starbucks' Marketing Department doesn't seem to think that Oklahomans are interested in having a collector's mug featuring skylines and trivia information about our major cities. What the heck? If I cross the Red River and travel far enough, I can easily grab mugs featuring Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and even Houston. But here in Sooner country, we don't even rate a general state mug!

Hmmm... I wonder what other states out there don't have such mugs in their respective Starbucks stores.

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DEATH BY CUTENESS: Seen nearly everywhere else, but now making its rounds here. I now present to you, the Ninja Cat! (Doctor Who fans: don't blink, if you know what I mean)..



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THAT WASN'T SO BAD DEPT.: This first weekend without MySpace has proven uneventful. While I am not exactly a big fan of Facebook, I realize that much of the blogging oxygen is going there, and the folks running the place are starting to get serious about resolving issues of privacy. I'll likely remain there for the time being, and see what comes from that.

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YouTubery Video Highlights: Zero 7 - Destiny | B.o.B - Nothin' on You (ft. Bruno Mars) | John Anderson - Seminole Wind

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The itzWicks WayBack Machine: A Night Cap from May 10, 2006...

If all parties are willing participants, and no innocents or government assets are involved, the libertarian in me says "butt out, and leave well enough alone." Funny, but the same argument can be made for prostitution as well. ;-)

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Time for me to go visit my kidlings. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and never forget to live like you mean it!
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Moon
May. 21st, 2010 @ 01:02 pm Another one bites the dust...
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Just deleted my account over at MySpace. Within 48 hours, the change will become permanent.

No looking back on my part. I saved all the stuff I wished to retain, and I know how to reach the people who were friends with me over there as they have occupancy over at Live Journal, Twitter, and Facebook.

Hmmm... Facebook.

Hmmm...

Why do I go that site in the first place, again??

*attempts to rationalize the existence of the current account*





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to be continued...
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Moon
May. 21st, 2010 @ 03:22 am Short Entry
Priorities: Figure them out, and then live accordingly.
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Moon
May. 20th, 2010 @ 07:46 am To The Point...
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The financial abyss that awaits United States down the road is bigger, darker, and more dangerous than any of us can possibly imagine. If you think that the graduates of the classes of 2030 and beyond are going to simply nod their heads, accept a taxation rate of 75% (or more), and just pay all of the bills that are currently being generated by the current generations alive...

...you've got another thing coming.
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Moon
May. 19th, 2010 @ 09:15 pm Your Weekly Wednesday WTF
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Forget Iron Man 2. Don't bother with Kick Ass. There is a far more interesting movie on the horizon that has captured my imagination. If the flick is as half as good as the trailer implies, I am sooooo going to get my money's worth.

Oh wait.. I don't think it is going to be playing at the local cinema, much less advertised prominently in your local paper. A mighty tip of the hat to Ace of Spades for the find.

Clickety here, and then say it with me... "WHAT THE F*CK?!"

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The preceding link may make you laugh, cry, freak out, scratch you head in amazement, or yawn in boredom. Click away at your own risk. Really.
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May. 18th, 2010 @ 07:49 am To The Point...
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Mr. Holder, Ms. Napolitano, would you at least read the damn law before you pontificate about it?

Ahhh yes... I can see November 2010 and 2012 from my window!!!
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Bring It ON!
May. 18th, 2010 @ 07:34 am On the cutting block, and the axe is raised..
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Can anyone think of a practical reason to maintain an account on MySpace?

I do believe that Facebook and Twitter have eclipsed the once extremely popular website, and that it is a ever-so-slow dying entity. Frankly, there is no one that I personally know on my Friends List over there that is actively posting on a regular basis, and I can't find a feature that is compelling enough to make me visit more frequently.

Unless something changes my mind, my online footprint will shrink with the deletion of my MySpace account this weekend.
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Moon
May. 14th, 2010 @ 08:37 am Oh, and by the way...
For those of you who are relatively new to this Live Journal, here is my overview of the blogging experience in this part of the infobahn.
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itzwicks
May. 14th, 2010 @ 08:06 am It's the end of the week as we know it...
And I feel fine.
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Moon
May. 13th, 2010 @ 11:36 am Red Meat Political Musings...
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* I am OVERTAXED, that is, too much of my time and resources are dedicated to the support of Big Government. The city of Lawton, the county of Comanche, the state of Oklahoma, and the US federal government are entitled to a fair portion of my wages, but there should be a set (preferably flat) limit, and in combination with the tax contributions of everyone else, live within its respective budgetary means. Would it be too much to ask that fellow taxpayers (actual and aspiring) help me reign in Big Government by electing fiscal conservatives dedicated to shrinking the size and scope of government?

* Central elitist planners in a faraway capital (of course I am invoking a bit of Reagan here) can't possible know my personal needs and desires any better than the local elected officials within the sound of my voice. For accountability purposes, I much prefer to see Oklahoma issues resolved with Oklahoma dollars, than with federal ones. I don't want to pay one thin taxpayer dime for Chicago public schools (have you seen their dropout rate as of late?!), San Francisco daycare centers, or Reno parks.

* I will neither entertain nor support any amnesty program or path to citizenship for illegal immigrants until the issue of US border security is addressed and RESOLVED. If my house were to to acquire large holes in the roof and walls in the middle of a hot Oklahoman summer, my response to said problem would not be to crank up the air conditioning (thus raising my energy costs) but to FIX the holes where needed. Once that was accomplished, I would then address the problem of temperature regulation (which in this case, practically resolves itself).

Okay, before I move on, somebody please show me in my previous point where I clearly identify myself as being against legal immigration, being against a specific nationality, or being pro-Nazi, pro-Fascist, or pro-Totalitarian. Good luck with that.

* The problem with government regulation is that there is too much of it. Rinse and repeat. If you need lawyers and experts to understand the rules of the road, you probably have too many rules to begin with. When politicians race to create new laws to address some hot button issue, I have to ask myself what previous laws were in place before the problem, and why weren't they enforced in the first place? Show me an aspect of American life that has NOT been touched by regulation, and I will show you a unicorn that farts rainbows and sunshine.

* There are at least TWO areas of federal government that I want to see fully funded, with the appropriate fiscal safeguards against fraud, waste, and abuse: the US military (nothing says worthless like being the 2nd most powerful military force on the planet), and NASA. If the private sector wants in on manned space exploration, I'm okay with that as long as we don't see any high powered rockets falling out of the sky over populated areas.

* I have a huge man-crush for current New Jersey governor Chris Christie. His fearless assault on his state's fiscal mess has been nothing less than inspiring. He doesn't care if he is a one-term politician - the man just wants to stop the red ink that is harming the Garden State.

If loving him is wrong, I don't want to be right. ;-)

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Feel free to discuss if you wish.
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Bring It ON!
May. 11th, 2010 @ 07:33 am By The Numbers...
1 - Living here in Lawton, Oklahoma, all we got yesterday was a bit of wind and some sprinkles, but not much else. Prayers to those lost in the storm cells that hit the other part of the state, and to those hurting and otherwise affected in adverse ways.

2 - Euro-socialism is now entering its initial descent into oblivion. The populace were in deep denial for years about what it could afford and what it could punt to the next generation. If the United States doesn't observe carefully and take preventative measures in the here and now, we will follow suit. The difference is that when WE tank, we are taking a good chunk of the planet with us.

3 - Does it REALLY matter what the sexual orientation of US Solicitor General Kagan is? For that matter, do we care that she is a she, or is of Jewish faith? What about the fact that Kagan has never been a judge before, or that her current gig is less than two years running? When President Obama nominated her to be the next Supreme Court Justice, was he playing it safe, or is he pulling a "Harriet Miers, Mark II" on his watch?

4 - If you are not watching Doctor Who this season, in my humble opinion you are missing quite the show. Show runner Steven Moffat has already cranked out some interesting episodes, and the 11th Doctor (played by Matt Smith) has made the role his own. Kudos to Karen Gillan for her portrayal of companion Amy Pond, easily the cutest redhead to grace a sci-fi show since Firefly's occasional baddie Christina Hendricks hit the small screen a few years back.

5 - Something to think about: If you had to leave your region due to a natural disaster or terrorist event, where would you initially go to meet up with friends and family? For example, if a mandatory evacuation of Oklahoma City were to take place, would you and yours head northeast to Tulsa, southwest to Chickasha or Lawton, or somewhere really, really far away (say, Dallas, Texas) in order ensure that all immediate persons of concern were okay and accounted for?

There is no Number Six (obscure geek reference).

7 - Oh, and here is my vote for today's most surreal music video:



Have a good one, folks. Live like you mean it! ;-)
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Moon
May. 5th, 2010 @ 12:31 am Your Weekly Wednesday WTF
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Does size REALLY matter if female breasts are involved?

Hmmm... um, YEAH!! Sometimes a good thing can go too far. Even I have to admit that.

Don't believe me? You know what to do... clickety here and then say it with me.. "WHAT THE F*CK??"

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The preceding link may make you laugh, cry, freak out, scratch you head in amazement, or yawn in boredom. Click away at your own risk. Really.
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Apr. 28th, 2010 @ 06:43 pm For the record...
I don't think that the vast majority of law enforcement officers in Arizona, much less in the rest of the United States are stupid, racist, or lacking in general good judgment. If they can't be counted on to use common sense on a daily basis, why are they employed in the first place, and why aren't we hearing more from the watchdog agencies on widespread illegal conduct?

I see no need to preemptively slander our good and honorable men and women in uniform with broad strokes.

When bad seeds on the law enforcement payroll are identified, they should be shown the door with extreme prejudice, by way of due process (and the criminal justice system if needed), period, end of paragraph.
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Bring It ON!
Apr. 25th, 2010 @ 08:47 am To The Point...
When funds permit, my next desktop computer will be an iMac.
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itzwicks
Apr. 13th, 2010 @ 06:45 am An obvious political observation...
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Okay, so the Obama administration has a big WIN under their belt for passing their health care reform legislation bill. They were able to get the job done because there was enough elected Democrats in positions of power to make it happen. And they are NOT done yet exercising the power that they currently have.

For all of the years that the GOP had the reins of power in Washington D.C., they squandered lots of opportunities to shrink the size and scope of government. Some (but not all) were more interested in retaining and expanding their power, rather than governing as was promised in their campaigns.

Both political parties have overspent from the treasury, but the current majority party has taken things to a level not previously seen before by Americans past or present. It's getting pretty scary out there.

Individuals wishing to run for office in 2010 should know that all the normal conventions are out the window. Moderates and independents are no longer the power brokers that they once were. Advocates from the left and right are going to determine the ultimate outcome by numbers present at the polling place like never before. The stakes couldn't be higher.

If you have a passion for your politics of choice, get involved, and do it today. No whining in November if your side loses while you sat at home, on the sofa, wondering where the cheese dip went. Just saying, folks.
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Moon
Apr. 12th, 2010 @ 12:15 pm Oops..
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Okay, had some serious IT issues with my primary hardware. Yikes.

Back online now. I'll get back on track with the blogging, the B4, the commenting, etc. once the last of my backup disks have been deployed. Meanwhile, the world seems to have gotten a whole lot crazier, and no break in sight.

I hope all of you good people are well. I'm still hanging in there, just happy to be above ground and warmer than room temperature.
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itzwicks
Mar. 28th, 2010 @ 06:51 am An itzWIcks Travel Advisory
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Over in Norman, Oklahoma, a modest gathering of folks wearing attire from 500 years past are assembling on a college campus, hoping to engage in commerce, entertainment, enlightenment, and community.

I think I shall join them on this fine day.

Should those of you in the area, electing to attend this free event, wish to meet up with me at some point, please feel free.to give me a call or send me an email.

In the meanwhile, never forget to live like you mean it. :-)

Posted via LiveJournal.app.

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itzwicks
Mar. 19th, 2010 @ 07:31 am An Open Question
What do YOU know about the legislation currently being proposed and debated upon pertaining to health care reform in the United States?

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It looks like there is going to be a vote this Sunday in the House of Representatives on the matter. Across my FList, and around the country, it looks like people are engaged and taking sides on the matter. Real people are going to be affected by the outcome, and I have understand why the issues surrounding this matter are both intense and personal.

I haven't seen this much political banter and interest since the 2004 elections.

Common sense tells me that this thing is a disaster in waiting, and mass political suicide for the Democratic Party, especially if they chose non-Constitutional avenues in which to get to the finish line.
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Moon
Mar. 15th, 2010 @ 11:55 pm Men of Our Times..
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(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Genesis is finally admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, proving again that SOMETIMES, the good guys really do win.

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Mar. 14th, 2010 @ 10:51 pm Night Cap
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Oh my word.. I haven't done one of these in like, forever.

But have I got something for you guys to chew on tonight...

First the wind up - a quiet little cinematic film release titled Kick Ass...

First, a green band trailer for the general public.

And now, for those of you who don't mind a little Red Band action...

Kick Ass Red Band Trailer #1

Kick Ass Red Band Trailer #2

So here is my question: Based upon what you have seen, are you going to check it out at the theater when it comes out in April, wait until it shows up on DVD or television, or are you going to totally take a pass on it altogether?

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Wow. Just wow.

The fanboy in me wants to see how the producers plan to take this superhero movie to places not previously seen anywhere else. The parent in me is appalled at how Hollyweird has yet again wrecked the innocence of under aged actors by putting them into "adult" situations with dialogue and violence that would make many a grown up blush.

Do we want to encourage more of such movies, or do we want them to stop them in their tracks before civilization ends as we know it? Hey, maybe I am making too big a deal of this, and I should just shut up and pay the ticket person my money and enjoy the movie.

I'd probably would feel better if we could have gotten adults who look childlike to play the role of the minors, but isn't that just as bad? Kinda-sorta maybe?

What say you?
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Moon
Mar. 14th, 2010 @ 09:04 pm What? Another B4: 2010 Update??
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Blogs Visited: 45
Blogs Remaining: 344
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Mutual Friends: 355
Blogs Unfriended: 7
NEW Blogs Friended: 6

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Got a blog post that you are really proud of.. perhaps an entry that best represents a day in the life of YOU? If such a post exists, feel free to link it in the comments section so that we can all look at it and marvel accordingly.

Contrary to popular belief, Facebook and Twitter are not the only game in town when it comes to staying up to date on friends and family. Despite current management, Live Journal still manages to stay relevant and provides some level of community that the other guys only dream that they had.

When the opportunity comes again to get a permanent account, I'll likely do it.
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Moon
Mar. 14th, 2010 @ 02:58 pm B4: 2010 - Another update..
Blogs Visited: 39
Blogs Remaining: 350
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Mutual Friends: 354
Blogs Unfriended: 7
NEW Blogs Friended: 6

To all of the faces in the house, welcome to my Live Journal. I hope that you guys make yourselves at home here, and be respectful of all the varying voices who pass through these posts. We don't all have to agree about everything, except to agree to disagree civilly.

I am running a bit behind in my blog sweeps, so forgive me for that. Life is still happening, and balancing between the keyboard and the world outside can be a challenge. ;-)

For those of you who unfriended this LJ due to my political stances, feel free to revisit this blog and see if my views are more viewer friendly for your respective pal pages. I won't back down from my positions if I believe I am in the right, but I will try to do a better job in articulating things in such a way as to being more understandable. Again, no hard feelings if you don't want me on your FList.

Gads, a few of the Live Journals I have visited haven't been updated in a couple of years. If, by the time I finish the B4 thing, the owners haven't shown up to update or at least let me know that they are still alive, I suspect that *I* will move on, and that will include some heartfelt deletions.

I hope you guys are enjoying your weekend. Never forget to live like you mean it.
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animated TARDIS
Mar. 13th, 2010 @ 11:55 pm To The Point..
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Sometimes, being plain-spoken and firm in tone beats ambiguity and tactfulness, especially when dealing with people who don't necessarily have the same life experiences and values as yourself.

U.S. State Department: Please take note.
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Moon
Mar. 12th, 2010 @ 11:05 pm In brief..
I worked my tail off at the job today. My left foot hasn't forgiven me for all of the abuse I have done to it (in spite of the Doctor's orders), so I suspect that future running down the road is going to be rather interesting.

Next week, my promotion officially takes effect, and I will be doing essentially the same job for a bit more coin. Looking forward to wrapping up one of the bigger projects assigned to me some time ago. If I smoked, I'd be lighting up right about now (the funk soul brother)..

Tomorrow, I hope to be hanging out with the hashers of my region, along with hash virgin honore in Oklahoma City. Yes, I mean THAT honore. Should be lots of fun! ;-)

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An aside: Can't wait for the new episodes of Doctor Who next month. With Steven Moffat as executive producer, the show will be moving to the next level with superb writer upgrades.
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Mar. 11th, 2010 @ 11:55 pm But is it a bargain?


A co-worker (a rabid Dallas Cowboys fan, but don't hold that against him) has given me an offer: a first generation Apple iPhone (16 GB), slightly worn but functional (the manual volume switch is semi-operational) for the asking price of $100.

My thinking is that it would be an inexpensive way to get the iPhone experience mastered until the next generation comes out in the fall. A brief round of function checks has yielded positive results, and so far, my iPod Touch accessories seems to be playing nicely with it.

When they first came out, I know that more than a few of you guys (ahem, Eric) raced out and snapped them up. I can't say I blame you all now that I have since joined the iPod Touch Collective. The thing is more than a smart phone - it is a mini, mini computer with reach-out-and-touch-someone Wi-Fi action to boot. A purchase (old or new) will likely make my slide toward the Dark Side complete (although some would argue that only the acquisition of a iMac desktop computer would actually finish off the checklist).

I have the weekend in which to figure out what to do with it. My gut says give the man the money he's asking for it. My head says to wait until the new tech comes out and invest the money then.

What say you, my peeps?

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Time to create a Borgified Apple icon?

Resistance is futile...
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Moon
Mar. 10th, 2010 @ 08:04 am Your Weekly Wednesday WTF
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From a fellow soul on the web (thanks graywolf44), I am reminded that my own behavior on the road is NOTHING compared to that of others.

Don't believe me?

Clickety here, and then say it with me: "WHAT THE F*CK?!"


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Mar. 9th, 2010 @ 08:02 am Yet Another B4: 2010 Update
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Blogs Visited: 22
Blogs Remaining: 367
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Mutual Friends: 354
Blogs Unfriended: 5
NEW Blogs Friended: 4

Ugh.

I discovered to my horror since the last time I checked on a few pals that serious health challenges have popped into their lives. Time to shoot out some emails and make some calls offline.

Sometimes pretty pictures aren't enough. If there is a language barrier (namely Russian) that keeps me from participating on a blog, that blog must go. That's the way it is sometimes.

A couple of my pals have changed the name of their LJs, so I am happy to be able to still keep up with them online. But for the few that have moved on, their presence within the LJ will be sorely missed.

And yes, I am especially talking to you, Supe.

*le sigh*
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Moon
Mar. 8th, 2010 @ 08:54 pm To The Point...
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We can not spend our way out of this economic turbulence. Nor can we honestly afford all of the entitlement programs that our government is currently obligated to pay out. There are not enough taxpayers out there to keep the system going as is.

Something has to give. Whatever it happens to be, it is going to get ugly,
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Moon
Mar. 7th, 2010 @ 04:10 pm B4: 2010 - Another update..
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Blogs Visited: 12
Blogs Remaining: 377
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Mutual Friends: 353
Blogs Unfriended: 0
NEW Blogs Friended: 4

A couple more nudges sent out to a couple of folks who hadn't posted in a few years. This has me wondering: if you KNOW that you are finished blogging, should you close up shop and delete your Live Journal (making it possible for someone else to use your blog's name), maybe making some sort of formal announcement to all of your intent to maintain your online diary no more, or maybe something in between?

The links that I have been finding are simply too cool to keep to myself, but I will use them over the next few weeks for my Wednesday Weekly WTF posts. Good job gang in finding these gems!

I can't say this enough: posts with pictures are almost universally most read posts. If you want traffic to pick up on your blog, break out your camera and click away. It is always interesting to me to see photos from way back when.

Okay, time for moi to hit the streets for a bit. Continue to enjoy your weekend, my friends!

ETA: Oops, had to adjust my subject. This is actually update number two.
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itzwicks
Mar. 6th, 2010 @ 02:26 pm B4: 2010 - The First Update
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Blogs Visited: 5
Blogs Remaining: 384
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Mutual Friends: 352
Blogs Unfriended: 0
NEW Blogs Friended: 3

I've nudged a couple of folks, updated the location of a pal who changed LJ names, and met two new bloggers through the FLists of mutual pals. So far, this has been a pleasant experience, and it is only just the beginning.

My only observation so far is that if you blog about being under the weather, I know *I* would appreciate it when you let us all know when you are back to restored health, or at least post an update when you are able to so that the rest of us don't worry. If I actually know you in Meatspace, you can bet I will give you a call if I have your number. Really. ;-)

Continue to enjoy your Saturday, and live like you mean it!

14:16 EDITED TO ADD (ETA): Whoops, make that three new blogs friended!
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Moon
Mar. 6th, 2010 @ 10:06 am B4 March Madness: Zero Hour
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The last time I successfully did this was back during the Labor Day weekend of 2004.

I am going to attempt to do this again, because I am finally ready to start regular blogging as I bring several long standing writing projects to completion (or to a point that I can declare victory and move on to other stuff).

Five blogs minimum a day, folks. I will revisit the User Info page, scan the last ten entries and comment in at least five of them. And then I will check out the Friends page for more possible bloggers of interest to add to the blog roll. And yes, I will likely comment on the general trends and things that I find along the way. No special event badging this time around, just little ol' me doing the visitation thing around everyone's respective blogs and reminding myself why I friended the Live Journal in the first place.

Since time is a valuable resource, I will likely lighten the load and trim the Friends List. Nothing but love to all, and the vast majority of LJ'ers will still be around after all of the dust settles.

So what Live Journals will get the axe? Striked through blogs will be deleted. Blogs that I can't actively participate in will be deleted. Blogs that have been inactive for over 18 months will be bookmarked and deleted unless I can figure out a way to contact the individual in question. Blogs that are no longer interesting will be deleted (very subjective, but hey, I fully expect others to do the same of me if I fail to stimulate or bring something meaningful to the table of ideas).

Soooo... with that out of the way, here comes the Bryan's Big Blog Bonanza (B4) Stat Tracker of 2010:

Blogs Visited: 1
Blogs Remaining: 389
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Mutual Friends: 352
Blogs Unfriended: 0
NEW Blogs Friended: 0

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1angrychristian was the first blog I formally visited on this new venture, and zaratyst will be the last stop. I don't know how long it will take me to complete this, but I won't stop until I do. Lots of coffee consumption, emails, IMs, and likely ensue.

Here we go! ;-)
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itzwicks
Mar. 6th, 2010 @ 08:50 am To The Point...
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The future of the Free World is dependent upon the voting population of the USA to elect fiscally responsible individuals who actually honor the Constitution and govern in a manner consistent to the goal of a leaner, smaller, and responsive Federal government.
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Bring It ON!
Mar. 3rd, 2010 @ 11:55 pm Your Weekly Wednesday WTF
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Just when I thought I saw the last word on WoW, something new has made even *me* shake my head with mock horror?

Want in? Just clickety here and then say it with me: "WHAT THE F*CK?!"
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wait a minute
Feb. 25th, 2010 @ 08:08 pm To The Point
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It is likely too late for both sides of the Healthcare Reform Debate to agree to disagree and start the whole process again from scratch. I fully expect the Democrats to go it alone (assuming that they can all agree to do so) next week and begin to start the process of passing something that will please their core voting base.

And then I expect them to lose majority control of the Congress in the next election cycle.
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itzwicks
Feb. 24th, 2010 @ 11:55 pm Your Weekly Wednesday WTF
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If you ladies needed one more reason to get a breast enhancement, consider the following possible reason: personal physical security.

Weird logic you say?

Clickety here, and then say it with me: "WHAT THE F*CK?!"
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wait a minute
Feb. 23rd, 2010 @ 11:55 pm From the weekend past...
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In spite of my recent Austin Bunionectomy, I still manage to get around the region, especially as a hasher who hates to miss out on the big events on the calendar...


Texhoma H3 Red Dress Run, February 20, 2010

No, I didn't run on the bad foot, so no worries. And yes, everyone had a great time in spite of the cold wintery weather.
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Moon
Feb. 17th, 2010 @ 09:12 pm Your Weekly Wednesday WTF
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Sometimes the sports entertainment industry is brutal. Don't believe me?

Just clickety here and then say it with me: WHAT THE F*CK?!

HAT TIP: Hot Air
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wait a minute
Feb. 17th, 2010 @ 08:26 pm Hmmm.....
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While a lot of pundits are all too happy to chat up the US Presidential Race in 2012, let us all remember that President Obama has only been in office for less than 400 days. It is only just past the middle of February... of the year 2010.

Let's get a grip. A couple of months ago, a whole lot of us had never heard of Scott Brown. A few months before that, even fewer people knew of Doug Hoffman in New York. My point is that there are a lot of voices that have yet to emerge on the national stage, and maybe a couple of them will aspire for higher office.

When January 2012 finally rolls around, we are going to have a pretty good idea as to how the field is going to be striped. Meanwhile, if the GOP retakes Congress later this year, I expect a more aggressive stance by this White House, or at least borrow a bit of triangulation from the Clinton playbook to see that they survive another election.If the economic outlook of the country hasn't changed, expect the President to be a one-termed dude. However, if things are somewhat better, President Obama might get some credit and keep enough Independent voters in his camp to squeak by.

I don't believe that for a minute, though. So where does this leave us now?

After coming primary season, any incumbent who looks like they are in deep trouble, I think they are going cash out, take the money and run, etc. A political tsunami is coming to DC, and a lot of career politicians on both sides of the aisle in in the cross-hairs.

Let's not get ahead of ourselves for 2012. Yes, there will be some familiar faces tossing their respective hats into the ring, but there may yet be a surprise or two waiting for us as well.

Again, stay tuned.
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