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Jeff and Curt and I were supposed to see Critters Buggin at the TLA last night, but when we got there we discovered that the show was cancelled.  (Or postponed, hopefully).  Bummer.  So we went to Manny Brown's and had two-dollar Coronas, and then we went to Lorenzo's and had two-dollar pizza slices.  A guy came by trying to sell his CD, filled with "sixteen thousand tricks," if I recall correctly.  Curt bought that shit for five bucks.  I think the guy's name was BK.  I can't wait to see what the album is like.  And if there really are that many tricks on it.

I ordered the most important part of my costume from a place in Las Vegas back on Sept. 11th.  On the 27th I emailed them a note asking them about something related, and the reply said that my order had been shipped the 25th.  This was obviously a lie (or at least, incorrect information) because I still have not received it.  I just called them -- ON THE PHONE -- and the guy who answered was so nice that when he said that he had either sent it out two days ago, or twenty minutes ago (he didn't ask for an order number or nothin', just asked, "what did you order?"), I didn't mention the previous email.  So hopefully hopefully hopefully, I will receive this very important item by Friday, so that I can go up to my parents' house and use my mom's sewing machine as I had planned.  If worse comes to worst I can just borrow the thing, but I was hoping that my mom could help me out too, you know.  I mean don't get me wrong, I'm an excellent sewer -- I took a sewing class in Girl Scouts when I was nine, and that was only, what, seventeen years ago?  So I should be fine.  But a little help couldn't hurt.

Debate tonight!  I'm excited.  And ready to drink.

Also, Four years ago, Alabama repealed a ban on interracial marriage, but 40 percent of the state voted in favor of the ban.  I seriously don't get it.  It's like I'm living in an entirely different country (century?) than these people.


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Oct. 13th, 2004 11:28 am (UTC)
You kinda are.
Oct. 13th, 2004 11:35 am (UTC)
Then how come they get to vote in the election of MY president? That doesn't seem fair. And I'm sure they feel the same way.
Oct. 13th, 2004 11:54 am (UTC)
not all of us!
Oct. 13th, 2004 12:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know! Man, it drives me crazy when people start talking politics at work, and that's nothin'. I can't imagine what it must be like to be a liberal living down there.

(Please note that I most certainly am ONLY talking about politics, I don't mean to make broad generalizations about anything else).
Oct. 13th, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC)
I can attest that it's pretty awful being a liberal down here.
Oct. 13th, 2004 11:54 am (UTC)
That ain't nothing, I'm constantly concerned with the proliferation of all those retarded, neadrethal demons sent down to earth to lower the standard and taint our collective unconcious with their fevered egos, making us pay a higher psychic price than we can ever fucking imagine.

And since I'm paraphrasin Bill Hicks, let me end with the express hope that those folks and the folks like 'em will go fuck themselves on a vacation out of my life.

FORTY PERCENT! In 2000! That's inexcusable! I can only hope that shit like that ends up inadmissable as evidence if humanity ever gets hauled in front of some cosmic court of justice and common sense.
Oct. 13th, 2004 12:15 pm (UTC)
Picard/Riker in 2004
Whenever humanity is judged by some cosmic court, it seems to be the crew of the Enterprise representing us. So I think we're okay.
Oct. 13th, 2004 11:57 am (UTC)
Didn't they try voting for their own president a little while back?
Oct. 13th, 2004 12:51 pm (UTC)
I wish I had that link earlier this morning when my class was discussing the gay marriage issue and they kept bringing up the "separate but equal" argument that DOESN'T EVER WORK! It would have helped in demonstrating that we still have a long way to go if people in this country are still in that mindset.

By the way, hi. I'm Brandon.
Oct. 13th, 2004 12:53 pm (UTC)
Stabbing icepick into temple
I'm starting to really dislike hearing about politics. I get to hear the conservatives at work babble about politics and mindlessly repeat the Republican party line, then I go home and listen to my liberal friends repeat the Democratic party line. I actually miss living with Steve: if nothing else, the Libertarian party line is INTERESTING. I can't even stand to watch the debates anymore. The only thing more depressing than realizing John Kerry is the best the Democratic ticket has to offer is realizing that George W. Bush not only won the Republican party nomination (how the hell did he beat John McCain again??), he's actually our President. This is the shit that happens when you have a single, democratically elected leader for a country that includes Alabama, New England, California, and Texas.
Oct. 13th, 2004 01:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Stabbing icepick into temple
I think I'm a little bit Libertarian, and a little bit Socialist. That's . . . a problem.
Oct. 13th, 2004 01:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Stabbing icepick into temple
i'm a bull moose.
Oct. 13th, 2004 01:42 pm (UTC)
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I was gonna call Whig, but then I looked it up and it was made up of all rich folk.

So I'm with you, brother.
Oct. 13th, 2004 08:08 pm (UTC)
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Oct. 13th, 2004 01:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Stabbing icepick into temple
I don't see why that's a problem. In fact, that's one of the things that keeps bringing my blood pressure to dangerous levels. I don't understand why people want to "be" anything, except maybe a bull moose. I can't imagine why anyone's opinions on US foreign policy, US economic policy, tax reform, abortion, and gay rights should be at all interrelated. And it seems suspect to me that there are so many people whose opinions in these diverse areas all end up in one political category or another. That sounds to me like people aren't thinking about each area independent of the others.
Oct. 13th, 2004 01:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Stabbing icepick into temple
Yeah, it just sounds funny because one is "goverment should take care of everybody!" and the other is "government shouldn't tell anybody anything!" which are opposites.

But you're absolutely right. I mean, I think that Bush did a fucking ridiculous job in re: Iraq, but I honestly don't know that Kerry would have done anything too much differently. Who knows. It's only in the area of domestic policy, ie reproductive rights, death penalty, guns etc that I am SURE that I like Kerry over Bush.

I agree with you, it's very frustrating that we have to vote for ONE guy to decide matters that are all across the board. I'm reminded of bumper stickers that say stuff like "I FISH AND I VOTE." Um, okay, so you really like fishing, but are you really going to vote on the fishing issues? You can't. You can't afford to ignore everything else.

Like, that kid Wayne, I was talking to him and he wasn't sure he was going to vote for Kerry because he is an "anti-gun nut." [I don't know a lot about the issue because it isn't that important to me, but I don't think that's true at ALL, is it? Is being in favor of an assault-weapons ban nut-worthy? I mean come on. I am against the partial birth abortion ban, but if someone was for the ban, but still supported abortion rights in other instances, I wouldn't call him a pro-life nut. But I'm off the subject a little bit.] It made me so angry and frustrated that THIS was possibly going to be the issue upon which he based his vote, if he agreed with Kerry on many other issues.

SO yeah, extremely frustrating. I agree. And I also have no idea what else we could do about it. I don't think that direct democracy would work. And two presidents? Two Houses? Two Senates, one for domestic policy, one for foreign policy? That would never work either. Maybe more referendums? I dunno man, the public makes some whack-ass choices on referendums.
Oct. 13th, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Stabbing icepick into temple
simple. Commissioner of the World. me. problem solved. because, fuck politics. no one but me will EVER everevereverever represent ALL the things i represent. or even most of them. the only system for me is a Jeffocracy. until then, though, i have to pick & choose the issues i feel are important, and vote accordingly. you settle.
Oct. 13th, 2004 01:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Stabbing icepick into temple
Ha, I was actually going to say that. Rule by a kind, wise, and benevolent leader or, failing that, rule by Jeff.
Oct. 13th, 2004 08:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Stabbing icepick into temple
So what constitutes a libertarian? Since the Republicans and Democrats both seem intent on alienating me.
Oct. 14th, 2004 12:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Stabbing icepick into temple
If I try to tell you, I'm sure I'll get something wrong, but . . . it's pretty much "the government shouldn't tell anyone to do anything." Therefore pro-choice, pro-marijuana legalization (possibly other drugs too, I'm not sure) and treatment instead of imprisonment, etc. I imagine anti-gun-control. I imagine anti-welfare, and probably social security as well. Then there is crazy stuff, especially involving insurance, like, you shouldn't be required to have auto insurance or something? I forget the details.

It's vaguely democratic on social issues and republican on economic issues, but that's a simplistic way of looking at it, there's more to it than that.

Oh and maintaining an army ONLY to defend the country, I remember that part.

Like I said, I haven't explored it *too* much, so anything I said may be wrong. Feel free to check out libertarianism.

I agree that people should be left alone in a lot of ways. What I do is my business, as long as it doesn't harm anyone else. However, I also feel that we shouldn't forget that we're a community, and I think that we should be looking out for each other. I have vaguely socialist views, I think, on economic issues and such (I'm pretty sure I don't like capitalism). Unfortunately, I haven't done ANY research on anything, this is just my gut talking, so I try not to make grand statements about What Needs to Be Done, because I don't know.
Oct. 14th, 2004 12:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Stabbing icepick into temple
Oh and dude, if you recall, MEGA SPY is a (literally, I believe) card-carrying Libertarian. I think the meanest way to look at them is as selfish assholes. But hey, that's me, right?
Oct. 14th, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC)
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Oct. 13th, 2004 01:05 pm (UTC)
Whoa that is SO RIDICULOUS!

My grandfather(actually my step-grandfather, but we don't talk to my *real* grandfather, and I've known my step-grandfather my whole life, so basically he's my regular grandfather) is black and so is my aunt. My grandparents have been married since the late 70's. I could imagine people contesting interracial marriage before the civil rights movement, but I think it's unbelievable that people are still so close minded, and ignorant forty some years later, in 2000!

It just boggles my mind that two people who have been such a huge part of my life, wouldn't be a part of my life, if 40% of Alabama had any say in it. Sick.
Oct. 13th, 2004 02:19 pm (UTC)
it's times like this that make you kinda wish Lincoln had sat back and said "just let 'em go. who needs Tennesee?"

except for the whole slavery thing, but still.
Oct. 13th, 2004 06:19 pm (UTC)
What is this the Washu hippy jam band tour?
Oct. 14th, 2004 12:12 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, I know, right? It's like I see Bonnaroo twice each year: once in Tennessee in June, and then again spread throughout the rest of the year.

Man, the North Mississippi All Stars are playing the TLA tomorrow night with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and I reallllllly want to go, but I already told my parents I'd be coming up this weekend. Bummer.
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