September 2004 Archives

Forcing the Issue

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The U.K. government is forcing the issue of a fox-hunting ban. Apparently, some people over there are incensed over the 'cruel' activity. It's too bad that 'cruelty' is so much more justifiable when it's to humans... On the other side, a lot of pro-fox-hunting folks aren't happy at all with Tony Blair over this. I wouldn't be, either. (Where does the U.K. government get off 'forcing through the legisation'? Isn't Britain supposedly something at least approximating a democracy?) Elsewhere (i.e., France), this seems like a straight-up feminist talking point. :roll: [Worth noting: foxes in Britain are considered vermin, as they are both plentiful and cause problems with sheep. Maybe we should steal the naysayers' mousetraps?]


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All of a sudden, with the questioning of these fakey documents from the Dan Rather CBS News bit, Democrats like Susan Estrich (the Fox News political commentator) are claiming they're more interested in the current situation than what happened thirty years ago. Which I'd applaud, if it didn't smell so much like the local fish market. Are they scared? I think they are. The defensive conspiracy-like theories suggested, off-the-cuff, by Estrich, suggest it. Paraphrased, as I didn't catch it on my DVR and had to type it from memory (material in [brackets] indicate portions where the wording is particularly likely to be incorrect, but I have not changed the spirit of the comments):
How do these bloggers know, 57 minutes into the broadcast that there's something wrong with the superscript? You hear [a lot about liberal conspiracy theory ...] a lot of my liberal friends think it's the Republicans [who did this]. I think liberal media was kind of set up.
Oooh, the big media paranoia about bloggers must really be running high. I bet she has nightmares about pink slips with comments.

A Light Through a Lens

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(In black, natch.) Mine. All mine. Mwahaha. My sister and I are going out for a test shoot tomorrow morning--let's see if I can do the nifty outdoor portrait thing. I think I may have to jimmy up some gold foil and see if it really does make a difference. Shall post samples after.

On the other hand…

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Stay out of my fucking bedroom, Mr. Bush.

Companies vs. Workers

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GWB's nomination acceptance speech is going really well, so far. I dig his early emphasis on simplifying the tax code—he stopped far short of saying "fair tax" or flat tax, which are risky words—but I can still dig it. What I really dig, though, is the way he put the emphasis on pumping up American workers as opposed to American companies. He focussed on funding initiatives to help Americans be more successfully competitive with workers in other countries, as opposed to funding bureaucrats who write embargoes. If the government has to spend money, I'd rather it be on initiatives to push Americans forward, rather than restricting others. (Dude, and he got jokes now, too. On Kerry's platform involving tax increases: "And that's the kind of promise a politician tends to keep.")

Knock knock?

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Dear Iconoclastica folks, I've tried leaving a comment on your blog on a couple separate occassions. I think your installation of Textpattern might be broken. I was thinking that as, y'know, libertarianish Omaha bloggers, you might be interested in a little pow-wow with Sam and I. Leave me a comment, if you're interested. Mine like, work and stuff. :wink: kthxbai, Erica

Visually Impaired

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Am I the only person who is really bothered by this poster? (If no-one gets why, I'll be truly crushed.)
Faced with some frustration at work and finding myself unable to clearly communicate either the cause or the remedy for it, I finally broke down and invited my boss to get on the cluetrain. Sure, it's five years old—but good insight and better sense never go out of style.
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