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Tue, Sep. 28th, 2010, 11:14 pm
This pisses me off...

A man charged in a $53 million ponzi scheme gave $2.5 million to a church. That church was asked to return the stolen money, fought that in court, and recently came to an agreement to return some of it.

Some?! How about all of it, you fucking assholes! You're a church, you're not supposed to keep ill-begotten gains.

Oh yeah, it's the same church that got in hot water two years ago for hosting a thinly-veiled Michelle Bachmann campaign event. So much for a "moral majority"..

Sat, Mar. 6th, 2010, 03:26 am
It's 3am

A couple days ago, my roommate came home with this ridiculous kite-looking mask. Then today I decided to try out chatroulette.

That was 6 hours ago.

I'm having way too much fun with this, need to go to sleep.

Fri, Jan. 23rd, 2009, 12:03 am

Mon, Nov. 24th, 2008, 10:00 pm

I have an urge to start a new activist campaign. It's a simple idea really, get a group of people together to go door-to-door in the 6th District and collect petition signatures asking their Congresswoman to undertake a psychiatric assessment.

And for anyone who asks, this is not a partisan endeavor. It is not about Republican and Democrat. It is about Sane and Insane - and we have some serious concerns about Ms. Bachmann's mental state.

Who's with me?

Sat, Aug. 16th, 2008, 10:03 pm
brush with the cops

I was detained briefly last night.

Was biking back from the gym and the store, bag in one arm, rode up my driveway, hopped off my bike, put the bag down on the hood of my car, and a squad pulled up right after me. The officer asked me if I lived there. Said yeah. Asked to see an ID, I told him it was in the bag.

Not totally grasping the situation, I reached for the bag to get my ID. He grabbed my other arm. No resistance, just put up both arms and did as he said - hands on the front of the car, have a seat in the back. OK.

There was no reason to be concerned, because I live here and have done nothing wrong. The cops found my ID, ran my name, explained that there were some car break-ins in the area. And I matched the description - white male, dark clothes, riding a bike. They saw me ride up the driveway, hop off next to my car, and...

It was all over in five minutes. I don't feel any animosity for it, if anything am glad they would chase a criminal back there it they were trying to hit my car. But it does feel odd, because I don't think I've ever "matched a description" before. Should I feel white guilt over that?

Sun, Apr. 6th, 2008, 05:13 pm

This is really astounding:

Drug Makers Near Old Goal: A Legal Shield

More than 3,000 women and their families have sued Johnson & Johnson, asserting that users of the Ortho Evra patch suffered heart attacks, strokes and, in 40 cases, death. From 2002 to 2006, the food and drug agency received reports of at least 50 deaths associated with the drug.

But because the Food and Drug Administration approved the patch, the company is arguing in court that it cannot be sued by women who claim that they were injured by the product — even though its old label inaccurately described the amount of estrogen it released.

This legal argument is called pre-emption. After decades of being dismissed by courts, the tactic now appears to be on the verge of success, lawyers for plaintiffs and drug companies say.

Sat, Mar. 29th, 2008, 08:42 pm

Our Senate District convention was today. I've been more involved this year than I've ever been, especially on the data management side of things, and ended up de-facto in charge of registration.

Without getting into too much detail, it's been difficult lately trying to fit some time to help prepare for the convention into an already busy schedule. But the past day-and-a-half I dove in: getting the wireless network and registration tables setup yesterday afternoon, finding that the the sign in sheets were not sorted alphabetically (!) and re-doing them last night, getting there at 8am to set up and direct volunteers, dealing with the crush of people that needed help getting registered until almost noon, spending the rest of the day counting credentials reports and helping solve a few glitches, to finally gathering the packets together and being among the last to leave at 8pm.

I am dog tired right now, really don't even feel like I have the energy to unload my car. And ready to take a deserved break from politics, even if I know it's only going to be a few days before the new Central Committee starts calling me to get that stuff together.

One good thing that came out of the day, I'm no longer District Secretary. I stepped aside so somebody else could take the job, and got a director position that will allow me to continue working on the website, e-mail list and database. Keeping the stuff I want to do, ditching the stuff I'm not so enthused about. Yay!

Mon, Mar. 17th, 2008, 10:21 am
Sad Winter Haiku

Snow keeps on coming
Wet and heavy in mid-March
Four days until Spring

Wed, Feb. 27th, 2008, 07:00 pm
2008 has been the year of the underdog

So far, '08 has totally been the year of the underdog:

The Giants won the Superbowl
Herbie Hancock won the Grammy
Snoopy won Westminster
Diablo Cody won an Oscar

Maybe Nader's got a chance.

..eh, but maybe not.

Tue, Feb. 19th, 2008, 11:29 pm
Is my mortgage company really trying to help me?

U.S. Bank Home Mortgage keeps trying to get me to enroll in their "Equity Accelerator" program. This month they've stepped up its marketing, by sending an alternate payment coupon with my statement - and offering a $10 lower payment for enrolling.

"Equity Accelerator makes debt reduction convenient and most importantly ... easy on your budget" by switching your monthly payment to an automatic biweekly debit. They say you can save tens of thousands of dollars over the course of your mortgage!

But the vast majority of what you gain is from making thirteen monthly payments instead of twelve. What little interest you do gain from paying two weeks sooner is offset by Equity Accelerator's $295 Enrollment Fee and $5.42 monthly ($65 yearly) Participation Fee. Neither fees are advertised on the front of the enclosed letter or anywhere on the alternate payment coupon. Although the coupon does have you sign and write you SSN over a line saying you agree to the conditions on the back of the enclosed letter.

I think I'll just be better off sending a larger payment next time a three paycheck month comes around.

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