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Thanks to naivete I made an error in judgement in my early twenties

That was my age when Nixon was forced from office in disgrace, naively I was convinced that no Republican would be President again for at least a generation, that it would take that long for the Republican brand to shed the stench of Nixon and rehabilitate itself to the point a Republican President was again a possibility.

We all know how that worked out, we had one Democratic President for one term and then it was Mourning In America with Ronaldus Maximus for eight horrendous years and then Poppy Bush for another four. We have not to this very day begun to climb out of the hole in our society those two unspeakable creeps put us in.

I get the impression reading for the last few days that a great many DUers who should know better think that there will never be a Republican President again and they don't have to worry about granting powers to that office that they would surely come to bitterly regret should a Republican once again hold it.

One thing I have learned in six decades of life is that you could run the Republican party through a wood chipper and it would reassemble itself like that liquid metal Terminator in T2, they are too useful to the 1% and have more money than God, Allah and Yahweh combined as well as all the moral sense of a rabid badger on meth.

Dismiss the possibility of another Republican President at your extreme peril.

Just put a new SSID on my wifi router

Booz Allen Surveillance Unit 12C4U

Some of my neighbors are unfriendly, this should nip it in the bud.

If tomorrow Obama changed his mind and decided the surveillance program was all wrong

Do you think any of those now arguing about government surveillance would change their positions, pro or con?

The argument about domestic spying isn't one the other side is having to any extent

The right and the Republicans are fine with almost any level of domestic spying with very few exceptions, leave their guns alone and talk enough about Jeebus, Free Markets and Mooslim Terrism and they'll happily goosestep into something that makes 1984 look like a Disney toon while calling anyone that doesn't cheer loud enough a traitor.

If there is any significant opposition to domestic surveillance it's going to have to come from the left and the Democrats.

What I see so far doesn't make me particularly sanguine about the prospects of even slowing the growth of surveillance.

Hot business tip of the day for entrepreneurs: Fear is monetizable

Tears to my eyes dept:Tanker truck full of Scotch whisky tips over and catches on fire in Woodbridge


Author Raymond Chandler is said to have once remarked that there is no bad whiskey, only some whiskeys that are not as good as others.

The tanker truck full of Scotch whisky that tipped over on a Woodbridge residential street? That would fall into Chandler's not-as-good category, especially after the truck caught fire.

Captain Roy Hoppock of the Woodbridge Police Department said that a B-Line truck carrying the spirit flipped for unknown reasons on King Georges Road in the Fords section of town at 9 this morning. The driver was treated for minor injuries, Hoppock said. First responders quickly put out a fire that started after the crash.

Lori Kessell, who lives down the street, said she heard a loud boom at about 9 a.m. and smelled what she later found out what burning fiberglass. The intersection where the truck flipped is a dangerous one, the scene of many crashes, Kessell said.

Help wanted: No ugly applicants, please

If you want only beautiful people working for you, now there's a website that will help you weed out any unattractive riffraff.

BeautifulPeople.com, the online dating site that only permits attractive people to sign up, now has an offshoot site for employers. Only 20 per cent make it through the 48-hour vetting process by members of the opposite sex to become BeautifulPeople.com members. The rest of us? Well, we are the 80 per cent.

BeautifulPeople.com tells Mashable that its new service is aimed at employers who want to hire "good-looking staff." The service will offer individuals and companies access to its 75,000 attractive members.

"An honest employer will tell you that it pays to hire good-looking staff," said Greg Hodge, managing director of BeautifulPeople.com, in a statement. "Attractive people tend to make a better first impression on clients, win more business and earn more."

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Help+wanted+ugly+applicants+please/8477713/story.html#ixzz2VJFmR1wf

So many things in life turn out to be counterintuitive

I recall the absolute euphoria on the part of the left and triumphalism on the right in the US at the fall of the Soviet Union, the many discussions of what would be done with the "Peace Dividend", some seemed to think it was the "End of History".

Looking at it from the other end of the binoculars though a decent argument can be made that the implosion of the Soviets as a remotely credible alternative to the West allowed the 1% to stop worrying about what the 99% might do if pushed too hard and the velvet glove came off the capitalist invisible golden fist. It didn't take the Peace Dividend long at all to disappear into everlasting war on terror.

So many on DU seem to be cheering the demise of the Republican party, even though I substantially loathe everything Republicans stand for there's a little something in the back of my head that cautions about being careful what I wish for because I might get it.

All that money and power currently sloshing around in the Republican party isn't going away, it will inevitably find expression somewhere and if the Republicans aren't a valid outlet for that expression then some other outlet will be the lucky recipient.

A cautionary tale: A neighbor nearly killed his dog today in a hot truck

Beautiful golden lab, she jumped in the back cab of the truck when my neighbor was getting ready to take the garbage to the collection point at the end of our road and he didn't really register she was in there, he hadn't called her to get in the truck but like a lot of dogs who like to ride she will jump in an open vehicle often and he had left the door open for a moment or two with the engine running while he collected some other refuse from the yard.

When he got back from taking the garbage he had no idea she was in the back seat and pulled the truck up under the trees to park, got out and closed the door, dog never made a sound sitting in the back seat. Neighbor goes off to work with car pool shortly after parking the truck.

About three hours later his wife is calling for the dog loudly and rather upset, I heard, came out and asked what was going on and she told me the dog never goes missing and is always there when she calls. She actually had rested her head on the truck at one point and not realized the dog was in the back seat, it hadn't yet gotten really hot in the car because it was still in the shade of the trees.

Anyway, wife eventually decides to drive around the neighborhood calling the dog and chooses the truck she doesn't normally drive since it's higher and she could maybe see a bit better while searching, that's when she found dog, still OK..

Two minor chances saved the really beloved pet's life today, guy pulls the truck further under the trees than he often does and his wife decided to drive the truck rather than her car.

I realized that I've actually had this happen to me too when I came to think of it but it happened at night, my dog jumped in the car when I had only opened the door to get something out of the door pocket and I didn't notice and just closed the door. Then spent two hours looking in panic only to find her when I went to drive around the neighborhood.

If it's happened to my neighbor and it's happened to me it can and will happen to others. If you have pets that like to jump in the car please be careful if there's any chance they might do so without you noticing.

I hear and I forget, I see and I remember ...

I do and I understand. -Confucius

A friend of mine I argue with on a fairly regular basis is a lurker, mostly other places that talk finance and a side of politics but he lurks a bit on DU in LBN, GD and maybe Science, I don't think he's ever actually posted online on a forum of any sort.

He thinks he's got it all figured out, that he knows the best arguments.

But he never posts, never has his point of view torn to twitching shreds by a pack of merciless jackals who eat it while it's still screaming.

Bless his heart.

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