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Iowa Court Says “We Must Let Them Say ‘I Do’”

Posted by Daniel on August 31, 2007

An Iowa district court ruled Thursday that same-sex couples can marry based on the state constitution’s guarantee of equal treatment, court documents show.

The ruling was in response to a December 2005 lawsuit brought by six same-sex couples seeking to wed. They were denied marriage licenses and claimed such treatment violates equal-protection and due-process clauses in the Iowa constitution.

The court also struck down a state law declaring valid marriages are only between a man and woman.

The Iowa District Court for Polk County advances the case to the Iowa Supreme Court which will make a final decision on same-sex marriage, according to Lambda Legal, a gay and lesbian legal organization representing the couples.

The 63-page ruling, written by Judge Robert Hanson states: “Couples, such as plaintiffs, who are otherwise qualified to marry one another may not be denied licenses to marry or certificates of marriage or in any other way prevented from entering into a civil marriage pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 595 by reason of the fact that both persons compromising such a couple are of the same sex.”

The law describing marriage as between a man and a woman, “constitutes the most intrusive means by the state to regulate marriage. This statute is an absolute prohibition on the ability of gay and lesbian individuals to marry a person of their choosing,” Hanson wrote.

Lambda says the six couples are all in long-term relationship – one couple has been together for six years, another couple has been together for 17 years.

“Three of the couples are raising children, others are planning families, and all want the responsibilities of marriage and the protections only marriage can provide,” according to the organization.

“We respectfully disagree with the court’s decision, and we’re going to ask for a stay,” said Polk County Attorney John Sarcone.

He said his office will examine whether it’s best to file a motion to reconsider. But barring a change in the court’s opinion, Sarcone will appeal the ruling.

Co-counsel for the plaintiffs along with Lambda Legal, Dennis Johnson called the ruling “a significant step forward in recognizing the constitutional rights of all Iowans, and it’s an amazing day for same-sex couples and their families all across Iowa.”

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Pardon My French, But Larry Craig Sucks!!!

Posted by Daniel on August 30, 2007

The Lying, Hypocritical Gay-assed Bastard.

Sen. Larry Craig, an Idaho Republican, made the following statement at 4:30 p.m. ET Tuesday.

“First, please let me apologize to my family, friends, staff and fellow Idahoans for the cloud placed over Idaho. I did nothing wrong at the Minneapolis airport. I regret my decision to plead guilty and the sadness that decision has brought to my wife, family, friends, staff, and fellow Idahoans. For that I apologize.

“In June, I overreacted and made a poor decision. While I was not involved in any inappropriate conduct at the Minneapolis airport or anywhere else, I chose to plead guilty to a lesser charge in the hope of making it go away. I did not seek any counsel, either from an attorney, staff, friends, or family. That was a mistake, and I deeply regret it. Because of that, I have now retained counsel and I am asking my counsel to review this matter and to advise me on how to proceed.

“For a moment, I want to put my state of mind into context on June 11. For eight months leading up to June, my family and I had been relentlessly and viciously harassed by the Idaho Statesman. If you’ve seen today’s paper, you know why. Let me be clear: I am not gay and never have been.

“Still, without a shred of truth or evidence to the contrary, the Statesman has engaged in this witch hunt. In pleading guilty, I overreacted in Minneapolis, because of the stress of the Idaho Statesman’s investigation and the rumors it has fueled around Idaho. Again, that overreaction was a mistake, and I apologize for my misjudgment. Furthermore, I should not have kept this arrest to myself, and should have told my family and friends about it. I wasn’t eager to share this failure, but I should have done so anyway.

“I love my wife, family, friends, staff and Idaho. I love serving Idaho in Congress. Over the years, I have accomplished a lot for Idaho, and I hope Idahoans will allow me to continue to do that. There are still goals I would like to accomplish, and I believe I can still be an effective leader for Idaho. Next month, I will announce, as planned, whether or not I will seek re-election.

“As an elected official, I fully realize that my life is open for public criticism and scrutiny, and I take full responsibility for the mistake in judgment I made in attempting to handle this matter myself.

“It is clear, though, that through my actions I have brought a cloud over Idaho. For that, I ask the people of Idaho for their forgiveness.

“As I mentioned earlier, I have now retained counsel to examine this matter and I will make no further comment.”

Don’t you believe a word of this shit. I use that particular word for this reason…it is complete and UTTER bullshit!!

This is yet another example of yet another government official living a secret life – be it gay, bi or, as in the case of J. Edgar Hoover, a transvestite. All living in the closet because they know that you can’t be who you really are and be in a position of power or influence.

We’ll just add his name to the ever-growing list of hypocritical lying bastards who live two lives of cowardice. Like Mark Foley and Ted Haggard and David Vitter and Dennis Hastert and Jeff Gannon and George W. Bush and John Bolton and Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly and Rick Santorum and Joe Scarborough and Dr. Laura Schliessinger and Arnold Schwarzenegger and many many more.

Personally, I don’t care if future-former Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) loses his career, home, family and money. People who talk one form of talk, yet walk a different walk deserve their ultimate fate. That, I suppose, is just a watered down way of saying, “Live by the sword…die by the sword.

In Sen. Craig’s case, he may have wanted to swallow the sword, but aimed his at the wrong guy in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I predict he’ll be resigning by the end of next week.

Oh, and a personal note to Pat Buchanan…stop saying this was just a stupid mistake made in two seconds of indiscretion in a mens room made by an otherwise moral and normal man. You sure as hell didn’t have that attitude about “two seconds of indiscretion” in the White House made by an otherwise moral and normal President in 1998. You can’t have it both ways (though Craig would tell you differently, since he swings both ways), asshole!! You’ve just added yourself to the long list of hypocrites.

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I’m smart! Really, I am!

Posted by Daniel on August 29, 2007

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Don’t ya just love the stereotypical ditzy blonde or the oh so popular cliche of a dense pageant girl? What do you get when the two are inbred? Miss Teen South Carolina, Lauren Caitlin Upton!

Those of you who don’t watch pageants, including myself, missed the Miss Teen USA pageant. Of course you didn’t need to watch it to see, what I believe will be, one of 2007’s most memorable moments. It was plastered all over the news, Internet, and entertainment shows. Miss Upton put on quite a performance! After seeing this I was in complete shock and at a total loss for words! I honestly didn’t know what to think. I had to ask myself, “Did I really just see this?”


see more videos here

US Americans?

The Iraq?

“…everywhere like such as and…”

Oh my GAWD! Like, I just bought these new shoes…..and they were like…..purple and stuff and…they didn’t match my…..stuff like….uhhh…..tee hee…. Oh my GAWD Brittany!

[myspace http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=16914127 Dumb Bitch]

WTF?!

On Tuesday’s edition of the Today Show, she said “Everything did come at me at once. I was overwhelmed and I made a mistake. Everybody makes a mistake. I’m human,” are we sure? “I seriously think I only heard about one or two words of the actual question.”

She only heard one or two words?

Question: “…why one-fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a map?”

Her thoughts: “one-fifth….I was never good at Science! U.S…..map…..I wonder if you can see my split-ends on TV. I wonder if I look fat on TV. I love TV! I miss the OC…”

When ask the question again on the Today Show, she responded, “Well personally, my friends and I, we know exactly where the United States is on our map. I don’t know anyone else who doesn’t. And if the statistics are correct, I believe there should be more emphasis on geography.”

The only reason she and her friends know where the U.S. is on a map is because they know where all the best shoe stores are in the country!

The thoughtless country girl is reportedly taking the negative attention in stride. She should just stand there, look pretty, and not speak!

Miss Upton lost to Miss Teen Colorado Hilary Carol Cruz and was third runner-up. I wonder why.

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It’s A Family of Flair

Posted by Daniel on August 28, 2007

Today’s post is kinda off topic from what I had intended to write.

I was going to spout off about the events currently in the news – Alberto Gonzales resigning; Democrat Presidential candidate Sen. Chris Dodd’s campaign headquarters being broken in to (I’m coining the phrase now…”Doddergate”); the arrest, guilty plea, then subsequent plea denial of new bathroom bandit, Republican Sen. Larry Craig of Idaho; and the anniversary of Katrina – but a different series of events has taken the lead in my blogging priority list.

This post hits more closely to home…literally. It’s more a family thing. More specifically, a Howard-family thing.

Over the past week, there have been some developments in Steve’s family. Now before I go on here, I want to preface this by stating that the following events, in themselves, are not exactly funny. They are, in fact, quite serious in nature.

First there’s one in the hospital currently undergoing chemotherapy. She has gone through this far too many times (thanks to a certain infamous doctor who gave her, among many others, tainted/watered-down chemo years ago). But she has always looked at this and past bouts with cancer with a fantastic sense of humor and a very optimistic outlook. One of the many reasons we love and admire our Virgie so damned much.

Next is Steve’s oldest brother, currently in the hospital for surgery on what appears to be a very painful and sudden issue. I’ll leave that one alone, but suffice it to say that it had to be something serious, because this man rarely sees a doctor unless absolutely (underline that) necessary.

Then came the news Sunday that his sister and our little webmaster, Kathy, decided to bar-b-que her house. You know, because siding is so yummy when it’s well done. Okay, since I do have permission from her to rip her a new one about this, I’ll try not to let her down…

Kathy is a Looney Toones cartoon example of how weird things can happen to even weirder people!!!

Sunday Kathy decided to fire up the backyard grill and, I’m assuming, cook something. This she decided to do while her husband and daughter were out running errands. My first reaction to hearing this part was, “This can’t end well considering you took an hour on Thanksgiving to figure out how to open a package of heat-and-serve rolls and that they need to go INSIDE the oven, not on top of it or in the microwave.

So Kathy goes out to turn on the grill. Mind you, her husband had only recently replaced the propane tank on it and, it turns out, either wasn’t able to get the thing connected completely, or it had some sort of leak. When she turned on the burners…”SSSSSSKa-BOOM!!!!” Fire shot out so fast and so hot, it melted the siding right off her house, burned the deck and table umbrella. See pics below…

But wait…it gets better…

Second floor…toasted.

First floor…Sci-Fi movie scene.

She likes her deck well-done.

I never liked that umbrella anyway.

Braving the heat and flames, our heroine dashes through the inferno, down the deck stairs to turn on the water. You guessed it, she has no idea how to use the fire extinguisher. She turns on the hose, only to be soaked by a sprinkler that mocks her from afar. Running back up the stairs, Little Miss “The Only Thing I Should Ever Cook Is Ambrosia Salad” (because you don’t cook that) slips and gashes her leg.

I tried to talk her in to sending me a picture of her biggo gash…but oddly she just laughed her ass off and declined.

Fortunately, stronger heads arrived (her neighbors) to help her out as the fire department was heading the call. Soon, the fire was out, “Fire Marshall Bill’s” leg was all bandaged up and peace has once again settled over chez Firestarter.

About that time, Kathy’s husband and daughter arrive home. Mind you the fire engines are just winding up their work and her neighbors are still sitting there with her helping to calm her down. What’s the first thing her husband says?

“Cool, I finally get the new deck and bar-b-que I’ve been wanting.”

I feel for you, Kathy…I really do.

Now, with all of the above in mind, I was worried that Steve’s family was going through some week-long family curse. So naturally I was eyeballing Steve and wondering what bizarre fate was looming on his horizon.

He won $914.00 on the Lotto.

🙂

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Cursed or Just A Relationship Reject?

Posted by Daniel on August 26, 2007

It seems to me it’s rare to find a relationship that is self-sustaining and can make it through anything. That kind of relationship is what I’m jealous of. It’s what I want. Why can’t I have it? I always seem to deal myself a shitty hand. Anyone who knows me can tell you I have almost negative self-esteem. It’s always the same response from everyone “Why? You’re good looking, funny, smart…” blah blah blah! A lot of it stems from being a relationship retarded.

When it’s broke down into more simple terms, its always one of a few situations. I will have a relationship where either I or the other person does something to fuck it up. Someone unintentionally falls for me and I hurt them because I just want a friendship. Then there is the classic one for me; I fall for someone I can’t have.

 In my marriage, I was the one who fucked up. I said I wanted something different and to take a chance at getting to know myself before I could continue. Yes, it was a greedy decision considering I was married and I should have taken that into account before we said I do. I must be a glutton for punishment because I can do nothing but continue hurting her. Jessy is the poster child for a perfect wife. Yeah she has her bad points like everyone, but it says something about a person when all they want to do is please their husband. Her main goal was to keep me happy. Who wouldn’t want someone like that in his or her life? I was one lucky son-of-a-bitch and I let go of the best thing that walked into my life.

Meanwhile, I would/will try and meet some new people. I love making new friends. I don’t think you can have enough friends. Unfortunately, there are the ones that come into your life that attach themselves to you. I think I’m an easygoing person and great to get along with. There is just one problem; I easily get someone to fall for me. I don’t mean to do it because most of the time I’m just looking to make a new friend. They won’t tell me they have feelings for me until it’s too late. All the sudden they will spring it on me and I will have to hurt yet another one. I’m not saying I’m God’s gift to mankind or I’m perfect, but dammit it says something about a person when the count is nearly a dozen people I’ve hurt. It really sucks!

With me fucking up my marriage and unintentionally hurting people, it comes back on me. I will find someone I fall head over heels for. They will be everything I want and more. Just one problem, they don’t want me. Why is it that I can get some random person to fall for me but the one I want? Strangely it happens in a sequence. For every third person I hurt, one hurts me. Sometimes it feels as if the strength of all three people’s hurt comes back on me all in one person. Either they will just want to be friends, or they’re in a preexisting relationship and lie about it, or they just flat out want nothing to do with me. It’s one of the hardest shots I take to heart and it hurts almost as bad as a death in the family. It’s really starting to suck ass and not in a good way!

Since I’m on a self-loathing rant, I’ll just say it. There is a fourth case. Aside from all the relationship bullshit, there are the ones that just want to fuck. I can’t stand that! A lot of people that cross my path just want a one-night hook-up. That’s not me, and that’s not what I’m looking for. I could go years without sex. I have a hand and I know how to use it!

Last night Steve, Daniel, and I went out. A couple different people hit on me and it literally pissed me off! You’re not going to meet your “soul mate” in a couple hours at a bar. To me, if someone buys you a drink without even speaking to you or getting to know you first, means nothing. My automatic assumption is they want to fuck.  This may not always be the case, but it’s what I’ve been exposed to ever since I started going to bars and it’s going to take one HELL of a person to convince me otherwise.

When I complain about my self-esteem, which is daily, a lot of it stems from being relationship retarded. Everything I’ve been bitching about is a large portion of why I have a true hatred for myself. I’m not all about the woe is me bull, though most of this does sound like that, I just needed to vent.

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Protest…American Style?

Posted by Daniel on August 24, 2007

Now that we have part of the uber-redacted manual describing how Bush administration personnel are to handle protesters, isn’t this grounds to sue them for violating our civil rights?

Personally I don’t care what the authors’ concerns for the President are, this manual proves more to me that this President is, indeed, the coward that I always thought him to be. Forgetting (for now) the fact that this asshole works for US, the very fact that he is so determined to live in his fantasy world where everyone he sees loves him really borders on psychotic narcissism.

So by the document shown below, I gather that protesters are allowed at his speacifications, but only if they are on the other side of town. What a cowardly load of shit!!

Having played host to this prick for the past two days here in Kansas City, I saw and heard first hand how traffic all over town was blown to shit so as to make it easier for his lackies to better screen any and all would-be so-called “admirers”. After hearing his speech – if that’s what we must call it – it seems more on the mark to call those admirers “weak-minded drinkers of Kool-Aid”.

That speech, given to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, was insulting and packed with untruths. On top of that, he never ONCE made mention of any plans to upgrade or otherwise improve the care and benefits of vets anywhere in the U.S.

Anyway…enough of this rant (for now). Here is the redacted manual “leaked” by the Whitehouse:

PRESIDENTIAL ADVANCE MANUAL

OFFICE OF PRESIDENTIAL ADVANCE

October 2002

NOTE: It is a violation of Federal law to duplicate or reproduce this manual without permission. It is not to be photocopied or released to anyone outside of the Executive Office of the President, White House Military Office or United States Secret Service. It has been developed for your guidance and is intended for your personal use. For more information, please contact the Office of Presidential Advance at (202) 456-5309.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. Introduction to Advance
  1. The Role of Advance: Office and Team Structure
  1. Types of Presidential Events, Building the Event Site, and Technical Requirements
  1. Building the Local Organization and Working with Vendors
  1. Crowd-Raising and Ticket Distribution
  1. Press Advance
  1. Backstage and “The Announce”
  1. The President’s Schedule, Scenarios, and Diagrams
  1. Other Agencies and Divisions: White House Militart Office, United States Secret Service and White House Office of Administration
  1. Hotel Advance
  1. Motorcade Procedures
  1. Quick References

-Advance Checklists

-Important Caller/Contact List

-Flag Etiquette

-Advance Glossaries

-Press Advance Materials

-Sample Event Diagram

-Sample Event Scenario

-Chronology of an Advance Trip

[pages 2-11 redacted]

Summary

[redacted]

The President participates in various types of events. However, the principles and guidelines covered in this manual can be applied to any type of event. Common events are speeches (to both large and small groups), rallies, roundtable meetings and tours.

[pages 13-31 redacted]

Section V. Crowd Raising and Ticket Distribution

[redacted]

[redacted]

The Lead Advance will assign a member of the Advance Team or trusted volunteer to help raise the crowd and to organize a ticket distribution system. Proper ticket distribution is vital to creating a well-balanced crowd and deterring potential protestors from attending events. The amount and type of tickets will be determined on an event basis by the Lead Advance and the Advance Office. Each ticket type will be numbered in order to track distribution and facilitate the placement of groups of people at the event.

Distribution

Tickets will be sent to the Lead Advance for distribution. The Office of Presidential Advance, the Office of Political Affairs, and the division responsible for the event will determine the distribution groups. In most cases, tickets should be distributed from the Advance Staff office. The Lead Advance will choose a trusted local volunteer to handle the actual distribution of tickets. Groups will be allocated tickets by number and must sign for tickets upon pick-up. Groups should be encouraged to request only the amount of tickets that they can use and tickets that are not issued must be returned to the Lead Advance.

[redacted]

[redacted]

Typically, tickets will be divided into two different categories. In some cases, depending on the type and event size, there will be additional categories added. There will also be an additional 15-20 percent above the tickets ordered printed in order to ensure that the event is full and there are no empty seats or areas. The categories are:

VIP These tickets should be used to highlight a group involved in the theme of event and in limited numbers to members of the State Party, Local Officials, the Host of the Event, or other groups extremely supportive of the Administration. These seats are usually located behind the podium or in the area between the stage and the main camera platform.

GENERAL Tickets distributed as general seating. These tickets represent the bulk of the seating at large events.

Ticket Collection

Ticket collection at events should take place prior to the magnetometer checkpoint. Volunteers should be use to form the crowd into lines, check for signs or protestors, and to remove the stubs on official tickets. Homemade signs are not allowed at events.

[redacted]

Demonstrators

Always be prepared for demonstrators, even if the local organization tells you that there will not be any. It is the responsibility of the Lead Advance to have in place an effective plan for dealing with demonstrators.

Preventing Demonstrators

As mentioned, all Presidential events must be ticketed or accessed by a name list. This is the best method for preventing demonstrators People who are obviously going to try to disrupt the event can be denied entrance at least to the VIP area between the stage and the main camera platform. That does not mean that supporters without tickets cannot be given tickets at the door and gain entrance to the event. It is also not the responsibility of the Secret Service to check the tickets of the people entering. They are concerned whether the person is a threat physically to The President and not a heckler. It is important to have your volunteers at a checkpoint before the Magnetometers in order to stop a demonstrator from getting into the event. Look for signs that they may be carrying, and if need be, have volunteers check for folded cloth signs that demonstrators may be bringing to the event.

For fundraising events, [redacted]

Preparing for Demonstrators

There are several ways the advance person can prepare a site to minimize demonstrators. First, as always, work with the Secret Service and have them ask the local police department to designate a protest area where demonstrators can be placed, preferable not on view of the event site or motorcade route.

The formation of “rally squads” is a common way to prepare for demonstrators by countering their message. This tactic involves utilizing small groups of volunteers to spread favorable messages using large hand held signs, placards, or perhaps a long sheet banner, and placing them in strategic areas around the site.

These squads should be instructed always to look for demonstrators. The rally squad’s task is to use their signs and banners as shields between the demonstrators and the main press platform. If the demonstrators are yelling, rally squads can begin and lead supportive chants to drown out the protestors (USA!,USA!,USA!). As a last resort, security should remove the demonstrators form the event site. The rally squads can include, but are not limited to, college/young republican organizations, local athletic teams, and fraternities/sororities.

For larger rallies, the squads should be broken up into groups of approximately 15-25 people. A squad should be placed immediately in front of the stage, immediately in forgot of the main camera platform, close to the cut platform, immediately behind the stage area (if people are being used as the backdrop), and at least one squad should be ‘roaming’ throughout the perimeter of the event to look for potential problems.

Being aware of Demonstrators

It is important for the Advance Team and all volunteers to be on the lookout for potential demonstrators. Volunteers should be instructed to contact the Advance person on site (whether it is the Lead, Press or Site Advance) when they see demonstrators. Always check with local police to inquire of any demonstration permits issued prior to a visit.

Handling Demonstrators

Once a group of demonstrators has been identified, the Advance person must decide what action to take. If it is determined that the media will not see or hear them and that the pose no potential disruption to the event, they can be ignored. On the other hand, if the group is carrying signs, trying to shout down the President, or has potential to cause some greater disruption to the event, action needs to be taken immediately to minimize the demonstrator’s effect.

Before reacting to demonstrators, the Advance person should inform the rest of the Advance Team, the Tour Director, and the Press Advance Director of the situation. Be prepared to give the number of demonstrators, location(s), a description, and their issue/organization.

It the demonstrators appear to be a security threat, notify the Secret Service immediately. If demonstrators appear likely to cause only a political disruption, it is the Advance person’s responsibility to take appropriate action. Rally squads should be dispatched to surround and drown out demonstrators immediately.

Remember – avoid physical contact with demonstrators! Most often, the demonstrators want a physical confrontation. Do not fall into their trap! Also, do not do anything or day anything that might result in the physical harm to the demonstrators. Before taking action, the Advance person must decide if the solution would cause more negative publicity that if the demonstrators were simply left alone.

[Pages 36-66 redacted]

The White House Office of Administration (OA)

[redacted]

Events

While on the road, you will encounter two classifications of events: Official and Political. Official events are those that the President is participating in on behalf of the Administration. These may include Education, Welfare, Defense or any topic on which the President is introducing of advocating an issue. All costs from these events are handled by OA, regardless of the source of payment. Your OA Representative will be responsible for payment for all costs associated with the event, such as sound, light, staging, pipe and grape, bike rack, etc. It is extremely important that you collect invoices from vendors as soon as possible, allowing you and the OA Representative to review the invoice for inaccuracies and validity.

The OA Representative handles no part of and is not responsible for any cost incurred for a political event. Political events are those held on behalf of a particular candidate or office holder and typically involve fundraising activities. Federal law prohibits OA Representatives from having any participation in such events.

[redacted]

If you are handling the political part of a trip, the Republican National Committee will handle your per diem and expenses.

[pages 68-103 redacted]

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Freaks, Geeks, and Weirdo’s

Posted by Daniel on August 23, 2007

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I’m not sure if Steve is ready to strangle us or join us, but either way Daniel and I have a grand ole time acting out our alter ego’s. We like to pretend as if we were, to be politically correct, slow. Not only this, but we also firmly believe that EVERYONE is subjected to our verbal, physical, and mental torture. In other words, no one is safe!

We don’t really mean to hurt anyone’s feelings, all the time, but it sure is FUN to pretend! We like to say shit really loud in stores and hope no one hears us. Ok, so that’s not entirely true. If they hear us, oh well! They then know there is something apparently wrong with them that we just don’t like or find very humorous.

Yes, there are many other sick and twisted individuals out there just like us, but when we get together it’s like Laurel & Hardy, the cast of Freaks, a circus monkey, and an unbalanced washer all melted into one loud, annoying, weird mass. It’s rather scary sometimes the shit that comes out of our mouths and minds.

Our humor specializes in ugly people that are way beyone The Swan, obesity that surpasses Carnie Wilson, clothes that are too small for one individual Britany Spears, farts, cameltoe, bad drivers, bodily functions or disfunctions, tape worms, poo and MUCH more! Rarely do we let an opportunity pass us by.

Not only is everyone in danger of us, but we also hash out at each other. We will call each other weird, stupid, retarded, moron, and a whole plethera of other names. I honestly don’t think there is a name in the book that we can offend each other with, but we are both very willing to try!

Poor Steve. We love him to death but put him through so much hell! He loves us though. He gets a kick out of it. He puts up with our stupid, loud, childish antics and just shakes his head and says “You two…I swear!” Fair warning hun, it only gets worse!

It’s just weird. Daniel and I are like two rotten peas in a worm infested pod sitting in the dirt. Only one question is to be asked. Has he met his match or have I?

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How Presidential Can You Get??

Posted by Daniel on August 22, 2007

Hillary Clinton is taking heat yesterday from some of her Democratic rivals over recent comments suggesting the president’s surge policy in Iraq is “working.”  I fail to see how this is an unexpected pouncing.The remarks came during an address to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention here in Kansas City on Monday, in which the New York Democrat said the president’s Iraq policy was leading to success in “some areas.”  For the record, when she made this statement, I saw no doves being released, confetti falling or George Bush button pinned to her lapel.

“We’ve begun to change tactics in Iraq, and in some areas, particularly in Al Anbar province, it’s working,” she said. “We’re just years too late in changing our tactics.”

“We can’t ever let that happen again,” Clinton added. “We can’t be fighting the last war. We have to keep preparing to fight the new war.”

With this statement, Sen. Clinton was making it clear that she is, in fact, capable of acknowledging those successes that have occurred in Iraq…whether Bush had a hand in it or not.  Any and all credit for ANY & ALL success must be (and in this case, WAS) directed at those who actually deserve it…the troops doing all the work.  Isn’t that what being potentially Presidential is all about?  Giving credit where it is actually due?

Meanwhile…

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson – or as I call him, “A Snowball’s Chance In Hell” – quickly jumped at the chance to highlight Clinton’s seeming praise of the president.

“The fact is the surge is not working,” he said in a statement. “I do not give President Bush the same credit on Iraq that Hillary does.”

Meanwhile, David Bonior, former North Carolina Sen. John “When Hell Freezes Over” Edwards’ campaign manager, called Clinton’s comments “another instance of a Washington politician trying to have it both ways.”

Though Bonior did agree with Clinton that there was “progress” in Al Anbar, he said “by cherry-picking one instance to validate a failed Bush strategy, it risks undermining the effort in the Congress to end this war.”

Howard Wolfson, Clinton’s communication’s director, charged that Bonior was distorting Clinton’s position.

“Senator Edwards was right on Sunday when he said that all the Democrats would end the war and that the differences between them were small,” he said. “He is wrong today to distort Senator Clinton’s opposition to the surge in a sad attempt to raise his flagging poll numbers.”

“The fact is that while Democrats, including Senator Edwards and Senator Obama, acknowledge progress in Al Anbar, Senator Clinton opposed the surge from the start and believes there is no military solution to the war in Iraq,” Wolfson added.

The bottom line here is that the backbiting and infighting between these candidates is going to get nasty in the months to come.  Every single line uttered during any speech given by any opponent will be combed through for any simple words that can easily be spun into an electoral talking point.  Hillary gave no one grist for any mill in this instance.  Her speech gave neither praise nor [near] enough criticism of Bush’s failed surge.

One thing I found interesting was the lack of comment out of the Obama camp.  That, however, may come today, after Bush speaks to the Veterans of Foreign Wars early today.  Perhaps he, like many others, is waiting to see whether or not Bush makes mention of Sen. Clinton’s words of “praise”.

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Gay Cruise Do’s and Don’ts

Posted by Daniel on August 20, 2007

DO: Bring your copy of “The Sound of Music“.
Don’t: Swoon so hard over Tom Cruise dressed as a Nazi that you fall out of a truck at high speed.

Eleven people were injured when they fell off the back of a truck during the shooting of Cruises’ latest film in Berlin, police said on Monday.

In “Valkyrie,” Cruise plays Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, who fronted the failed attempt by a group of largely military conspirators to assassinate Adolf Hitler in July 1944.

The 11 fell from the truck when a side panel burst open as it drove around a corner in central Berlin on Sunday evening, police said. One of them was seriously hurt and had to remain in hospital. Filming was halted after the accident.

We have no findings to suggest anyone famous was involved in the accident,” said a police spokesman, adding he did not know whether it would affect the shoot this week.

Cruise has come under fire from politicians and the Stauffenberg family for his role in the movie due to his involvement with Scientology, which the German government views as a cult.

The conspiracy’s importance to the post-war rehabilitation of Germany has meant that dramatisations of the events of July 20, 1944, tend to be subject to particular scrutiny.

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Smut or Educational Reading?

Posted by Daniel on August 17, 2007

This is not your typical “back of the toilet” reading material. Rather, it should be put IN the toilet than on a book shelf. There is a fine line between educational material and trash.

A good friend of mine sent me a link to this book. It’s called Alfie’s Home by Richard Cohen. When I read this, I couldn’t help but let my mouth drop and hit the floor. Have a look at it and you determine whether or not this should be put in the hands of a child.

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Is there something wrong with being molested? Absolutly! Is there something wrong with being gay? Absolutly NOT! This book is not only trying to say there is there a connection between molestation and homosexuality, but it’s also wrong to be gay! I don’t agree with either claim. They’re both inaccuate and someones poor, narrow-minded opinion. It’s also saying that because of a poor connection between a father and son is a second reason why the boy thought he was gay. I grew up with three brothers. One of them didn’t have the best connection with my dad and he’s not gay. I also know plenty of gay men who had/have a wonderful bond with their fathers and they are gay. Again, just someones poor and misguided opinion.

Personally, I think child molestors should be hung by the balls and beat with a blunt object. That may be a little harsh to say…oh wait….no it’s not! There is no situation or circumstance where it is ok or justifiable.

Years ago, in my home town, there was a particular person who was, what I call, a serial molestor. He molested literally over 86 children. Those were the proven claims. He had over 140 accusations. I grew up with nearly all of those victims. Are they all gay? No. Luckily they put the sick bastard in prison and is hopefully the cell block bitch.

Yes, molestation is a serious problem. I don’t think there is enough being done to catch the abusers or stop this from happening. I also don’t think people are as aware as they should be about this increasing problem. Should it be put in a book for a child to read? I personally don’t think so. Not in the manner where it’s a reason for someone being gay. To me it is an outrageous claim.

To see other’s opinions on this book on Amazon. com, go here.

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