Subtlety is not one of my strengths

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Sunday, November 23 2014

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A T-shirt I'd like to make

Politic<whine>But first, some whiny excuses.  I have some great stories queued up: I've found some Calvin & Hobbes cartoons that, without modification, explain the current financial crisis in the U.S.  (Sure, they require some annotation from me.)  I've got some great stuff about a recent trip to Toronto to meet my most excellent cousins.  And yes, of course, I've got to do the color-coding of the Presidential Debates liveblogging.  But I have to find time to ready them.  Do you remember how Phil Collins sayng "If you told me you were drowning, I would not lend a hand..."?  Listen, I'd totally favor you lending me a hand, if there were anything you could do, but you can't----I'm swamped at work, with Zachary's activities, with Toastmasters, and with helping to care for my mother and dealing with financial repercussions of my father's death.  </whine>

Remember the whole nonsense about Obama using the line  "lipstick on a pig", and people in faux outrage pretending it had to be a reference to Palin's claim that she was a b_tch?  [and, really, now, even if it was such a reference, wasn't he calling her the lipstick, and McCain the pig?]
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Bipartisan Liveblogging The Debates

PoliticYou've probably seen Liveblogging before.  Someone thinks their stream-of-consciousness is actually witty, and they write timestamped reactions to some event, in real time.

Here at Small.to, we know we're witty.  But I also like to reach across the aisle, as it were.  My friend (and Toastmasters mentor) is:
  • Died in the wool GOP
  • A big fan of President George W. Bush
  • Funny and clever
And, if you've read this site, you can guess that I'm none of those things.
We've decided to liveblog the debate, together  Here's how it will work:
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Bring the Bile

PoliticHere's an open thread where you, the participants at Small.to, get to spew the hatred.  But, while I certainly am more dismayed at one campaign more than the other, I want each of us to grow.  So, in the comments, you are to write very concise criticisms of the campaigns.  Of both of them.  That's right, the rules are:

1) You must be concise.
2) You must write an equal # of criticisms or innuendo about *both* campaigns.
2a) They must be roughly equivalent in their "damning" or "implied damning".

I'll start, below the fold...
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Maybe you're here because you're false

PoliticWatching the Democratic National Convention, I finally figured out both parties.  We'll get this confirmed once we've seen the GOP convention.  Both parties are selling lies.

(Title comes from here.)
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Uncle Bobby's Wedding

PoliticHot diggety.  Ok, so I honestly believe that 20 years from now, bigotry against homosexuals will be treated like racism is today.  Still more prevalent than some would like, but widely marginalized.  But that's not what pleases me so much about this story.  What I like is the author politely and completely disputes an erroneous argument:  that our country's founding fathers were "social conservatives":
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Tax and Spend

PoliticHave I never written about this before?  The notion that, regardless of all other variables, taxes should be reduced...seems to be a common theme in political campaigns, lately.

What I don't understand is when this became known as "fiscal conservatism".  I mean, before, being conservative meant being careful and responsible, not reckless and oblivious to the future.
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2008 Presidential Politics

PoliticStill struggling with who to vote for?  Know what you want, but don't know who that directs you to?  There are a few tools to help you:

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Hypocrite

PoliticDemocrats are soft on terror.  Don't they realize we're at war?
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Messed up

PoliticApologies for not posting more regularly.  Honestly, you'd think they were paying me to work or something.

You know what's worse than my workload and environment?  Torture.  Lack of due process.

I'd bet that Jose Padilla is a complete prick.  I'd bet it, except we're talking about someone's life.  (not an easy read, if you have a weak stomach)

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Where are you now Oliver North?

Politic

While the news over the weekend might have focused on our success in getting the Iraqi court system (90% funded by the U.S. and staffed by Justice Department lawyers) to convict Saddam, the interesting counterpoint is the fact that Daniel Ortega looks to be on his way to victory in this weekend's presidential elections in Nicaragua. This despite the efforts of the U.S. who is worried about the continued shift of Latin America to the left. To campaign for his opponent, we sent in the best,

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