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Friday, September 17, 2010
223 and counting

[music maestro...] in 1787, you know our founding Fathers did agree...

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the Twelfth. In Witness whereof We have hereunto subscribed our Names
Two hundred thirty three years have passed.
Unfortunately at the rate things are going, there will be much less future to cling to...
Re-reading the whole thing, thinking about what it really means, doesn't actually hurt.
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The linked site actually has a number of notes, such as one for the preamble which help describe a number of contextual situations which explain specific word choices which today may seem "strange", or even not "politically correct".

Good reading all... at least for those that are truly interested in reading and learning.

Saturday, August 21, 2010
Calling Orwell

from:
http://www.fastcompany.com/1683302/iris-scanners-create-the-most-secure-city-in-the-world-welcomes-big-brother?partner=yahoobuzz
I particularly like the phrase:
And he [Jeff Carter, CDO of Biometrics R&D firm Global Rainmakers Inc.] has a warning for those thinking of opting out: "When you get masses of people opting-in, opting out does not help. Opting out actually puts more of a flag on you than just being part of the system. We believe everyone will opt-in."

"Does not help" whom? Please Sarah Connor, marry a Mormon and be fertile for all of our sakes.

Another essential point raised in humankind's quest for human liberty and betterment of the race is: "consumers will no longer be carded at bars and liquor stores"; to which I question, though, if an entire generation of young people is robbed of the creative challenge and stimulus of making fake IDs to get into Wisconsin college bars just across the border, will there ever be another reason worthy of living into your twenties?

As the article's author, Austin Carr, puts it in conclusion... "Goodbye 2010. Hello 1984."

Thursday, July 15, 2010
It's a small world, it sure is

So, I just discovered that my most favoritest preferentially all time number one cartoonist, Bill Watterson, author, artist and philosopher extraordinaireand creator of the "Calvin and Hobbes" cartoon, is from "Chagrin Falls", a name which I recognized upon sight, as being very close to one of the places I know by heart (memory, soul and spirit), Chesterland.
I'm pretty sure, as a teenager, I went to see more than a few of my Uncles' away softball games there, as well as having more than a few construction jobs that way out, which was one of the "nice areas" where we'd do concrete pool decks, and such...

They were the only cartoon books I think I own, to be honest... except maybe for an old 1960s Dennis the Menace I scraped up out of an old garage sale basket out of nostalgia.
But the C&H books I actually asked for as special occasion gifts (b-day or Christmas, who remembers now...) but something that I have treasured and re-enjoyed throughout the years...

The only bad part is all those little Disney characters singing background right now in my subconscious...

Posted at 02:40 pm by OldJacques
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Sunday, July 11, 2010
Just for "Starters"

So we're sitting there in bed, not ready to get up, and the Lil'One comes out with "Daddy, what's the 9163 for?"

Since we we had just been reading the electronic alarm clock, where the digital squared off "0" (to be honest, the cross-stick in the middle is always a tiny bit visible) got confused with an "8", leading to it being 9:87 in the morning, it takes me a minute to realize she's talking about the numbers on the commemorative "Illinois license plate" with a photo of "The One" on one side and PBO down the other which wife purchased just after the election during the craze of "memorabilia" that was sold here at the news stands, and which is still proudly displayed above her dresser.

...that's just a number for the license plate
"e cos' un 'license plate' Daddy?" (what is a license plate?)
...it's the "targa" that they put on the back of a car, so everyone has a different number, it's just a number, it doesn't mean anything special

"And what does 'PBO' spell Daddy?"
... no, that is President Barack Obama... PPP...resident   BBB...arack   OOO...bama
"Ah...(oh the thrills of young enlightenment!), sono iniziali... (they're initials) come B per Banana, e O per Oca (Goose)"

Sometimes you just have to have Faith that they will learn the right lessons in life, and smile when you realize they are managing well on their own...

Friday, July 09, 2010
How can making so much sense be called "stupid"?


lately, talking to friends in Italy, they keep repeating how stupid and brainless Sarah Palin was... just can't figure it out. I must be pretty stupid too, as most of what she says seems to make perfect sense...

Posted at 02:15 pm by OldJacques
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Thursday, July 08, 2010
If you're happy and you know it ... clap your *** cheeks tight...

from: http://chicagobreakingbusiness.com/2010/07/mcdonalds-ceo-stands-up-for-happy-meal-toys.html

"McDonald's defended its Happy Meals on Wednesday against claims by a consumer advocacy group, with McDonald's CEO Jim Skinner saying that "Happy Meals are a fun treat, with right-sized, quality food choices."

Skinner's letter addressing this issue comes a week after the Center for Science in the Public Interest sent a letter to McDonald's threatening to sue if the company didn't stop using toys to market Happy Meals to young children.

"By advertising that Happy Meals include toys, McDonald's unfairly and deceptively markets directly to children," the letter stated."

So I am wondering... ???
would it be considered more fair, were McDonalds to market directly to adults?
So all those Saturday morning cartoons and related breakfast cereals... where do I get my refund, now that I have a cavity I need filled?

And when will they get around to suing "Kinder" for their chocolate surprise filled eggs? Since there is no guarantee what is inside the egg, maybe they can get them on Vice charges as well for gambling with the children's hopes and expectations?

Thursday, May 20, 2010
C'mon baby, light my fire...

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,593072,00.html

makes me wonder, how do they really know what they used it for?

Can you imagine those archaeologists, standing around, one of them sniffs it: "smells a little like tuna fish, but we aren't near the ocean here, wonder why"?

Didn't they have cucumbers or zucchini in ancient Germany?

Rings and indentations? Pleasure ribs and flint marks both?

Sorry, but I think someone was just looking for a way to publicize their boring research by "spicing it up" with a little bit of fantasy...

Posted at 06:48 pm by OldJacques
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Friday, April 09, 2010
STOP SLAVERY ON THE HIGH SEAS!

With all the pain and suffering, problems and difficulties, injustice and crime in the world, you just can't make some things up...

Extra Extra read all about it
News real before the feature film:
Dangerous Criminals Nabbed After Years Of Persuit

Don't you feel safer now?

Tuesday, March 09, 2010
the Olympics are coming, the Olympics are coming (to Venice)

I support Venezia2020

And considering this blog's long and uninterrupted history of Obamabashing, there's little or no chance of getting (suffering?) "the One" 's support for my position, so that makes it a shoe-in. Just call it my contribution to a bigger cause...

P.S. more another time as to why I really do think that Venice would make a wonderful Olympic venue.

Posted at 12:00 pm by OldJacques
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"Swiss voters reject giving abused animals a lawyer"

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/eu_switzerland_lawyers_for_animals

And I say "Bravo!".
Not because I don't like animals, I have loved many a pet over the years.
Not because I am some sort of Hannibal animal torturer.
But because what they were proposing doesn't really make any sense.

Because if what they say it will cost is true, there is no reason that this should be a bureaucratized governmental position at all. Particularly considering that if something is done by the private sector, it almost always is done better, at greatly decreased costs.
And even if privately it would be a 1sfr/person cost, that means if they get an average of 10sfr from just 10% of the people, or an average of 50 from 2% (and the median could be reduced immensely by finding a couple of decent corporate sponsors like Purina).

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