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it’s almost over

just a month yikes! three weeks left in class, but i still have about 4 or 5 projects to go before i’m finished. i’d better hurry up and finish that damn research paper.
i’m reposting some of my writings over on my other site, and keeping it to mostly my papers and other writing endeavors. some of it may be duplicated, and some of it original content, but i’ll let you know when it’s been updated. i had to disable comments because after almost a year the spam computers finally found it and started hitting hard, but you can always email me or comment here. i’ll eventually get around to moving to ee and then i’ll reopen comments.
i’ll be posting my value claim over there (shortly). as always, no sources to prevent theft. i finally got my grade back. “a.” what a relief! i only hope the policy one turns out as well. i’d better get cracking on the extra credit, to be safe!

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wouldja just taste the soup?!

the secret to leftover turkey soup?
two things.
homemade broth from the turkey carcass.
2 buck chuck chardonnay.
no, you don’t drink the wine until everything else tastes good. you dump the bottle into the soup (or half, depending on the size of the pot you’re using). it makes the difference between okay soup and great soup.

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propaganda

we had to watch fah*ren*heit 9/*11 in my critical thinking class last week. then we chose a section of the film to research and either prove or disprove. i chose the section about the saudi nationals that left soon after the twin tower attacks. my paper will be in the extended section.
i will not include my sources to hopefully cut down on someone stealing from me, but if you need it, you can just ask. i had the damndest time finding the exact references in the 9/11 commission report, because there is no comprehensive index. i could have gone a lot more in depth, but decided not to since it’s only a page paper.

In Fahren*heit 9/*11, Mich*ael Mo*ore wants viewers to believe that the White House and the Saudi government conspired to sneak Saudi nationals out of the United States before commercial travel resumed after the September 11th attacks. He also leads viewers to conclude that the removals were somehow improper and that the Saudis were not questioned or interviewed and that because of special treatment, were allowed to �get away� without giving up any information they might have been privy to. On michael*moore.com, Mo*ore notes those Saudi passport holders left the country between September 11th and 15th, 2001. While technically true, only one Saudi left on September 11th and the rest left on or after the 13th, after commercial flights were allowed to resume. This is evidenced by a FOIA list of the passengers from judicialwatch.org. Mo*ore also notes testimony of Richard Clarke, where Clarke admits that he can�t remember who brought the proposal to him, asking that the Saudi nationals be allowed to leave the country due to fear of reprisals. Because Clarke thought it might have been the State Department or the White House Chief of Staff�s Office (which we all know NEVER does anything without the President knowing or giving permission, right?), but he could not remember for certain. And why couldn�t Clarke remember? Probably because this testimony was on March 24, 2004 � over 2 � years after the events in question. I doubt that I could remember at that point, considering I don�t remember a lot about that day, except the shock I felt about what happened. Alternately, in an interview with The Hill (hillnews.com) in May 2004, Clarke said he took �responsibility for it� and that the bin Ladens were known to the FBI. The final word, though, comes from the 9/11 Commission Report itself. They �found no evidence that any flights of Saudi nationals, domestic or international, took place before the reopening of national airspace�� They also �found no evidence of political intervention� or that �anyone at the White House above the level of Richard Clarke participated in a decision on the departure of Saudi nationals.� And finally, the FBI screened the passengers they needed to screen and have not since found any evidence to change their minds about how they handled the situation or who they interviewed (9/11 commission, p 329-30). Also of note is the fact that the U.S. government does not �routinely run checks on foreigners who are leaving the United States.� So it would not have been out of the ordinary or unusual for the Saudis to leave without interviews or any interventions (9/11 commission, n 27, p 557). So while Mich*ael Mo*ore may try to mislead viewers about the Saudi nationals� flights out of the United States after the attack on the twin towers), the 9/11 commission found no reason to believe it was anything more than the Saudi government requesting protection for its citizens (especially those in diplomatic or important government positions, say, relations to the royal family) due to fear of reprisals, much as the American government would do for its citizens overseas. If there had been any injury to the Saudi royal relatives, it would have been a diplomatic nightmare for the U.S.

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query me this

i’m finally throwing some queries out there to see if they’ll stick. i don’t know what will happen, but at least i’m doing something and maybe i’ll eventually get some freelance writing work out of it. doesn’t hurt to try. and even if they tell me no, it’s better than doing nothing.

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happy thanksgiving

i’m thankful for my family and friends and so much more. maybe later i’ll add to that, but right now i have writing for school, cooking to do, and i’m tired of dealing with the spammers that are out in full force today. i hope everyone has a wonderful day. hug your loved ones close and enjoy the time you have together.

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permalinks

how do i change my permalinks to show, but not use the timestamp? i’m sure it’s out there somewhere, but i’m not sure what to look for.

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enough already

okay, i get it, vi*ox*x is getting sued in a cla*ss act*ion su*it. enough already with the spam. sheesh!

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tech support 101

dear customer,
you sent me a partial error message. a partial. error. message. that’s it. no explanation. who are you? what were you doing? we have a large site. i have no idea what program caused that error until you give me more information.
we are not mind readers. you need to tell us what you were doing when you got the error. i’m not a programmer. i know my site pretty well, but i don’t know everything about it. so when i start asking a bunch of questions about what you were doing and how you were doing it, don’t cop an attitude. i’m trying to help you. i need to pinpoint the problem and i can’t unless i can recreate it. and i can’t recreate it unless you pay attention to what you’re doing!
if you cannot pay attention to what you’re doing on the web, and you get an error, don’t expect me to fix it if you can’t tell me what’s wrong. it’s like going to a mechanic and saying your car makes a noise. he needs to know where the noise is, when it occurs, and what type of noise it is.
so please, be more observant. cutting and pasting 5 words with absolutely no explanation does neither of us any good. it starts my day out badly and puts me in an irritable mood. so let’s not go there. don’t make me cut you.
sincerely,
your loving tech support

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grr

bob, i hope your balls shrivel up and fall off.
when will these morons get a clue? they are the scum suckers of life. i hope someday you have an epiphany, realize how shameful you really are, and find a legitimate job that actually contributes to society.
until then? i’m going to keep telling you to fuck off and i’m going to keep deleting your comments before most people can even see them.

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drivers ed, revisited

if you cannot keep your big fat suv in your lane – not over the line, not on the line, but IN. YOUR. LANE. – then you do not deserve to drive said vehicle. buy another car or turn in your license. now.

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