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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
11:18 pm
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
9:25 pm
Reznor has left the building.

And with that, nine inch nails has played one of their last shows

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Monday, March 2nd, 2009
4:52 pm
No wonder I don't watch

I'm ok the elipical at the gym in front of a tv tuned in to faux news. In 30 seconds I was reminded why I never watch that channel by choice.

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Saturday, February 14th, 2009
5:24 pm
Valentines Tasties.
I came home from the gym to discover my wife had made us a whole plate of prosciutto wrapped dates that had been stuffed with cheese and broiled in the oven. They are sweet, salty, cheesy, chewy and crispy all at the same time and I'm trying not to gobble them all because there is more coming. Right now I smell onions being caramelized. If it's what I think it is, I'm in for quite a meal.

This makes my gift of roses and Burdrick chocolate seem lame by comparison.

Updates on dinner are to follow.

Current Mood: loved
Friday, January 9th, 2009
7:21 am

Grades come out today at 5. Cross your fingers for me.

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Thursday, January 1st, 2009
1:11 am
What I want for this year.
Instead of resolutions, this is what I want out of this year:

1. To have greater faith in myself and my own abilities

2. To have more faith in the grand scheme of the universe.

3. To do more of what I want to do before I look back at too many missed opportunities.

I think that's a good start.

Current Mood: sleepy
Thursday, December 18th, 2008
7:43 pm
No rest for the wicked.
Who says I get a day off now that I'm done with the semester. Today I have done the following:

Taken the dog to the groomer.

Cleaned up Julie's car after said dog knocked over my hot chocolate.

Done 3 loads of laundry and 1 load of dishes.

Bought a snowblower.

Wrapped Julie's holiday gifts.

Moved a ton of boxes from my father's dining room to the basement.

I'm not moving from the couch for the rest of the night.

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
11:06 pm
I will forever remember where I was and who I was with when John Stewart told us about our new president.
Thursday, September 4th, 2008
10:03 am

You are the Hanged Man

Self-sacrifice, Sacrifice, Devotion, Bound.

With the Hanged man there is often a sense of fatalism, waiting for something to happen. Or a fear of
loss from a situation, rather than gain.

The Hanged Man is perhaps the most fascinating card in the deck. It reflects the story of Odin who offered himself as a sacrifice in order to gain knowledge. Hanging from the world tree, wounded by a spear, given no bread or mead, he hung for nine days. On the last day, he saw on the ground runes that had fallen from the tree, understood their meaning, and, coming down, scooped them up for his own. All knowledge is to be found in these runes.

The Hanged Man, in similar fashion, is a card about suspension, not life or death. It signifies selflessness, sacrifice and prophecy. You make yourself vulnerable and in doing so, gain illumination. You see the world differently, with almost mystical insights.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Thursday, May 8th, 2008
2:51 pm
In hell...
I was working on some wedding plans earlier today and I had the food network on in the background. About a half an hour ago I found myself getting a headache that advil wouldn't touch. Then I realized what was causing it.

Rachel Ray had been blathering away on my TV. The headache disappeared as soon as I changed the channel.

In hell, I bet all the lunch ladies sound like her. No wonder her husband paid women to spit on him.

Oh also, in hell, there is no bacon.
Thursday, February 7th, 2008
10:21 am
"But don't worry, Rachel Ray still sucks."
No Reservations on the travel channel makes me want to get out of town more than my lazy ass does. Today the show was about New Orleans. I can't help but think how much our government, the same one that put a man on the moon, fought the cold war and listened to Mr. Rodgers could fail in such a spectacular fashion.

I should to go to the Jazz Festival this year. It would do me good.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Monday, January 21st, 2008
10:29 pm
Happy birthday Lex!
Saturday, December 1st, 2007
6:47 am
Fitting for the third time through this thing.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,
Or close the wall up with our English dead!
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger:
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.
"Henry V" (5.3.44-51)

I've prepared everything I could. I've been to the gym, done my yoga and had breakfast. Now I'm off to show what I can really do.

Current Mood: determined
Thursday, November 15th, 2007
8:47 am
the world just gets nuttier
SYDNEY (AFP) - Santas in Australia's largest city have been told not to use Father Christmas's traditional "ho ho ho" greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported Thursday.

Sydney's Santa Clauses have instead been instructed to say "ha ha ha" instead, the Daily Telegraph reported.

One disgruntled Santa told the newspaper a recruitment firm warned him not to use "ho ho ho" because it could frighten children and was too close to "ho", a US slang term for prostitute.

"Gimme a break," said Julie Gale, who runs the campaign against sexualising children called Kids Free 2B Kids.

"We are talking about little kids who do not understand that "ho, ho, ho" has any other connotation and nor should they," she told the Telegraph.

"Leave Santa alone."

A local spokesman for the US-based Westaff recruitment firm said it was "misleading" to say the company had banned Santa's traditional greeting and it was being left up to the discretion of the individual Santa himself.
Wednesday, November 7th, 2007
4:02 pm
Happy Birthday to Stina and Linda!!! Two great ladies with names that end in A!!

I hope you both have a great year!
Thursday, November 1st, 2007
4:09 pm
Well played.
Too everyone in FBC. I was finally able to see the preshows last night. Kudos to you all. It was one of the best set of Haloween preshows I have seen. Congrats to all of you on your work.

Current Mood: pleased
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
6:20 pm
Justice on Haloween? This is far too approprate.
BALTIMORE, Maryland (AP) -- A grieving father won a nearly $11 million verdict Wednesday against a fundamentalist Kansas church that pickets military funerals in the belief that the war in Iraq is a punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.

Albert Snyder of York, Pennsylvania., sued the Westboro Baptist Church for unspecified damages after members demonstrated at the March 2006 funeral of his son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq.

The jury first awarded $2.9 million in compensatory damages. It returned later in the afternoon with its decision to award $6 million in punitive damages for invasion of privacy and $2 million for causing emotional distress.

U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett noted the size of the award for compensating damages "far exceeds the net worth of the defendants," according to financial statements filed with the court.

Church members routinely picket funerals of military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, carrying signs such as "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "God hates fags."

A number of states have passed laws regarding funeral protests, and Congress has passed a law prohibiting such protests at federal cemeteries.

But the Maryland lawsuit is believed to be the first filed by the family of a fallen serviceman.

The church and three of its leaders -- the Rev. Fred Phelps and his two daughters, Shirley Phelps-Roper and Rebecca Phelps-Davis, 46 -- were found liable for invasion of privacy and intent to inflict emotional distress.

Snyder claimed the protests intruded upon what should have been a private ceremony and sullied his memory of the event.

The church members testified they are following their religious beliefs by spreading the message that the deaths of soldiers are due to the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.

Their attorneys argued in closing statements Tuesday that the burial was a public event and that even abhorrent points of view are protected by the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech and religion.

The judge said the church's financial statements, sealed earlier, could be released to the plaintiffs.

Earlier, church members staged a demonstration outside the federal courthouse.

Church founder Fred Phelps held a sign reading "God is your enemy," while Shirley Phelps-Roper stood on an American flag and carried a sign that read "God hates fag enablers."

Members of the group sang "God Hates America" to the tune of "God Bless America."

Snyder sobbed when he heard the verdict, while members of the church greeted the news with tightlipped smiles.

Current Mood: jubilant
Monday, October 1st, 2007
4:46 pm
How celeberties have proven that the world has gone complety crazy.
Britney Spears has lost custody of her children to Kevin Federline.

That's like rescuing your kids from a shark tank, only to drop them in a cage full of hungry bears.

Current Mood: Perpelexed at the world.
Friday, September 28th, 2007
7:57 pm
I'll take whiny bitches who won't let it go for $1000 Alex.
Jets fan sues Pats, seeks $184 million
By Dennis Waszak Jr., AP Sports Writer | September 28, 2007

NEW YORK --A New York Jets season-ticket holder filed a class-action lawsuit Friday against the New England Patriots and coach Bill Belichick for "deceiving customers."

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., by Carl Mayer of Princeton Township, N.J., stems from the Patriots being caught illegally videotaping signals from Jets coaches in New England's 38-14 season-opening win Sept. 9.

"They violated the integrity of the game," Mayer's attorney, Bruce Afran, told The Associated Press. "This is a way of punishing Belichick and the Patriots."

Mayer is seeking more than $184 million in damages for Jets ticket holders.

Belichick was fined $500,000 by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and the team was fined $250,000 for violating a league rule that prohibits clubs from using a video camera on the sidelines for any purpose -- including recording signals relayed to opposing players on the field. New England also must forfeit a first-round draft pick next year if it makes the playoffs or a second- and third-rounder if it doesn't.

"They were deceiving customers," said the 48-year-old Mayer. "You can't deceive customers."

The lawsuit maintained that because other teams found illegal videotaping by the defendants, Jets ticket holders should be compensated for all games played in Giants Stadium between the Jets and Patriots since Belichick became head coach in 2000.

The two calculated that because customers paid $61.6 million to watch eight "fraudulent" games, they're entitled to triple that amount -- or $184.8 million -- in compensation under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.

"How many times have the Patriots done this? We find it hard to believe they did it just once," Mayer said. "We just want to get to the truth of the matter of what the Patriots did to the Jets. I think the ticket holders are genuinely concerned about it. This is a type of misrepresentation."

Patriots spokesman Stacey James declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Mayer and Afran, who consider themselves public interest lawyers, have been thorns in the side of New Jersey politicians for years, filing lawsuits and demanding investigations to advance their grievances. They are well known in the state but generally have had little success in their causes.

Both have lost bids for elected offices, and Mayer once served as a presidential campaign adviser to Ralph Nader.

Their demand in March for a probe of Gov. Jon S. Corzine's gifts to a former girlfriend was rejected by a federal prosecutor. In 2006, a judge vetoed their effort to block Corzine's appointment of Rep. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., to fill the governor's seat in the U.S. Senate.

They also failed to get a court to order a special election to replace Gov. James E. McGreevey when he resigned in 2004.

Now, they're taking on the Patriots.

Their latest lawsuit asserted that the secret videotaping violated the contractual "expectations and rights" of Jets ticket holders "to observe an honest match played in compliance with all laws and regulations."

The actions of Belichick and the Patriots violated federal and state racketeering laws, as well as the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and New Jersey Deceptive Business Practices Act, according to the lawsuit.

"Having been a lifelong Jets fan, as soon as I heard this, I was completely outraged," Mayer said. "The NFL just slapped them on the wrist. I'm a consumer lawyer, and this is consumer fraud."

What a grandstanding looser. I hope the Pats sue him for being a jackass.

Current Mood: annoyed
Thursday, September 20th, 2007
11:23 pm
Belated birthday post.
Happy birthday to Mali, Shanny, Ruthie and of course to Baby Zoey!

One day I'll actually post these things on time.
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