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Postby Kauser » Tue Dec 12, 2006 6:16 pm

Probably used as reference to the lower class areas. If I remember correctly the word just means strife.
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Postby Too-Much-Coffee Mistress » Mon Dec 18, 2006 7:18 am

You know, that's the first picture of Talabani I've ever seen. No wonder Bush chose him, he looks just like a rich white guy.
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Postby Kauser » Mon Dec 18, 2006 3:45 pm

It's actually body double # 43.
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Postby Too-Much-Coffee Mistress » Fri Dec 29, 2006 7:49 am

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/22/opini ... ecede.html

So... the White House is stepping in to stomp on stories now, huh?

Christ. I'm going to start referring to Bush as the Smiler for the remainder of his term.
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Postby Bag of Ass » Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:24 pm

When George Washington finished his first term (which he didn't want to do in the first place), he wrote an essay. However, everyone begged him to stay on for another term so he did and he held on to that essay. When he finished his second term and the new country was more stable, he modified the essay and published it when he stepped down.

Washington's farewell address is a bit wordy and written in the old-fashioned language, but it's still pretty topical. It has several major themes:
  • The people should not be divided, which is to say he opposed political partisanship and rogue factions.
  • The US shouldn't stick its nose in foreign affairs.
  • Political leaders need morality, and you can't have that without religion.
The guy over at xkcd worked out a "translation" of this text into modern language. It's a pretty interesting read. Washington had a lot of foresight, and we as a country kind of did the opposite of what he recommends.

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Postby Eolh » Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:35 pm

Apparently I'm not moral. Good to know.
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Postby Dynagrip » Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:10 pm

Washington was probably a wood toothed tool.

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Postby hobokenbob » Fri Feb 02, 2007 3:33 pm

Bag of Ass wrote:When George Washington finished his first term (which he didn't want to do in the first place), he wrote an essay. However, everyone begged him to stay on for another term so he did and he held on to that essay. When he finished his second term and the new country was more stable, he modified the essay and published it when he stepped down.

Washington's farewell address is a bit wordy and written in the old-fashioned language, but it's still pretty topical. It has several major themes:
  • The people should not be divided, which is to say he opposed political partisanship and rogue factions.
  • The US shouldn't stick its nose in foreign affairs.
  • Political leaders need morality, and you can't have that without religion.
The guy over at xkcd worked out a "translation" of this text into modern language. It's a pretty interesting read. Washington had a lot of foresight, and we as a country kind of did the opposite of what he recommends.


I was reading that yesterday during my lunch break it was quite awesome.. many of the comments from his readers were less so. It's pretty amazing how precient Washington was.
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Postby Kauser » Fri Feb 02, 2007 4:48 pm

Makes you think.


Especially the next time someone haphazardly uses the phrase "Our founding fathers would've..."
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Postby hobokenbob » Fri Feb 09, 2007 6:15 pm

Eolh wrote:Apparently I'm not moral. Good to know.


You have to remember to temper his remarks to the time period. our founding fathers were incredbily secular - for their time

the re-write is just trying to modernize the language but you could plausibly extrapolate that many of those guys, like benjamin franklin, would have probably been agnostic at the least and likely full atheist. these guys also owned slaves and didn't think anything was wrong with that, but that doesn't mean if they lived today they would still condone it.
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Postby Eolh » Fri Feb 09, 2007 6:29 pm

Oh I understand, and honestly my comment was pointed more at Bag who found some relevance in the idea.
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Postby Bag of Ass » Fri Feb 09, 2007 7:20 pm

No I didn't. I was just pointing it out as one of the major themes of the essay.

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Postby Eolh » Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:04 pm

WWGWBD via BoingBoing.
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Postby dogmeat » Thu Mar 08, 2007 3:44 pm

I'm quite looking forward to watching this tonight. I guess some of you may have seen it hmm?

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Postby Eolh » Thu Mar 08, 2007 5:01 pm

Oh man, I wonder if we'll get that here. We get some BBC stuff on our Public TV station. Maybe it'll go up on the intertrons. Anyway the Franken/O'Reilly fued was hilarious. The infamous Book TV appearance was awesome.
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Postby Kauser » Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:00 am

I was waiting for that one to degenerate into hate sex.
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Postby hobokenbob » Mon Mar 12, 2007 2:02 am

What The Fuck?

At least before I could take comfort in the fact that it was a company from the good ole USA that was profiteering from this war. Talk about take the money and run.
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Postby Kauser » Mon Mar 12, 2007 3:12 am

Didn't see that one coming. I also seem to have misplaced my white cane.
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Postby Too-Much-Coffee Mistress » Mon Mar 12, 2007 5:39 am

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Postby hobokenbob » Mon Mar 12, 2007 12:45 pm

I actually feel a little bit humbled. The Brazilians and Columbians showed a ton more cahones than the american public does in their protesting bush. :?
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