Proud Father 
Thursday, September 11, 2008, 08:54 AM - politiFoo
My oldest son heads off to Basic training today. He's joined the National guard to be a medic, and I couldn't be prouder of him.

From my perspective of years, I see all of his rough edges -- and want him to change those, but I can also see he has his life much more together than I did at his age. He is growing into quite a man.

Son, we're proud of you, and will be praying for you.

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Winston Churchill 
Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 08:57 AM - quoteFoo

A cat will look down to a man. A dog will look up to a man. But a pig will look you straight in the eye and see his equal.

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Blue-State Blues 
Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 08:42 AM - politiFoo
*MUST* read.

Blue State Blues as Coastal Parents Battle Invasion of Dollywood Values

"I'm not sure where we went wrong," says Ellen McCormack, nervously fondling the recycled paper cup holding her organic Kona soy latte. "It seems like only yesterday Rain was a carefree little boy at the Montessori school, playing non-competitive musical chairs with the other children and his care facilitators." "But now..." she pauses, staring out the window of her postmodern Palo Alto home. The words are hesitant, measured, bearing a tale of family heartbreak almost too painful for her to recount. "But now, Rain insists that I call him Bobby Ray." Even as her voice is choked with emotion, she summons an inner courage -- a mother's courage -- and leads me down the hall to "Bobby Ray's" bedroom, for a firsthand glimpse at the psychic devastation that claimed her son. She opens the door to a reveal a riot of George Jones CDs, reflective 'mudflap mama' stickers, empty foil packs of Red Man, and U.S. Marine recruiting posters. In the middle of the room: a makeshift table made from a utility cable spool, bearing a the remains of a gutted catfish. "This used to be all Ikea," she says, rocking on heels between heaved sobs. "It's too late for us. Maybe it's not to late for me to warn others."

<personal notes>
MP, print this for your pa.
BB, print this for yer ma 'n' Randy.
</personal notes>

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Friday, September 5, 2008, 09:29 AM - politiFoo
From the Asia Times online.

McCain's choice of vice presidential candidate made obvious after the fact what the party professionals felt in their fingertips at the stadium extravaganza yesterday: rejecting Clinton in favor of the colorless, unpopular, tangle-tongued Washington perennial Joe Biden was a statement of weakness. McCain's selection was a statement of strength. America's voters will forgive many things in a politician, including sexual misconduct, but they will not forgive weakness.

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George Bernard Shaw 
Tuesday, September 2, 2008, 02:56 PM - quoteFoo

"A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."

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Saturday, August 30, 2008, 01:59 PM - politiFoo
What is the difference between a Black person and a White person? The only difference is superficial. Asking the same question of men and women? The differences are fundamental.

Now we know who represents superficial change and who represents fundamental change.

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New Spam technique 
Thursday, August 28, 2008, 10:26 AM - techFoo
Everything old is new again...

db d8b db d88888b d8888b. d88888b .d88b. .d88b.
88 I8I 88 88' 88 `8D 88' .8P Y8. .8P Y8.
88 I8I 88 88ooooo 88oooY' 88ooo 88 88 88 88
Y8 I8I 88 88~~~~~ 88~~~b. 88~~~ 88 88 88 88
`8b d8'8b d8' 88. 88 8D 88 `8b d8' `8b d8'
`8b8' `8d8' Y88888P Y8888P' YP `Y88P' `Y88P'

ASCII art spam, who'da thunk.

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Celebrity Support 
Monday, August 25, 2008, 03:01 PM - politiFoo
Madonna is supporting Obama -- there's a joke in there somewhere.

Also Daddy Yankee endorses McCain.

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42 of the Best Free Linux Video Software 
Thursday, July 17, 2008, 07:43 AM - techFoo
42 of the Best Free Linux Video Software

I know of most of these, but right now Cinelerra looks interesting.
I'm also looking at Avidemux.

UPDATED 8/18: Also look here:Linux Movies
Also Computerworld: If it's animation or special effects, it's linux

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Happy Birthday America! 
Thursday, July 3, 2008, 03:02 PM - musicFoo

Chet Atkins: Stars and Stripes Forever

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June 17th, 2008 -- The day Hell froze over. 
Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 02:13 PM - politiFoo
LA Times: Bush never lied to us about Iraq

Four years on from the first Senate Intelligence Committee report, war critics, old and newfangled, still don't get that a lie is an act of deliberate, not unwitting, deception. If Democrats wish to contend they were "misled" into war, they should vent their spleen at the CIA.

In 2003, top Senate Democrats -- not just Rockefeller but also Carl Levin, Clinton, Kerry and others -- sounded just as alarmist. Conveniently, this month's report, titled "Whether Public Statements Regarding Iraq by U.S. Government Officials Were Substantiated by Intelligence Information," includes only statements by the executive branch. Had it scrutinized public statements of Democrats on the Intelligence, Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees -- who have access to the same intelligence information as the president and his chief advisors -- many senators would be unable to distinguish their own words from what they today characterize as warmongering.

Next up on Sports: The Cubs win the World Series!

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Team Red: FTW 
Thursday, June 12, 2008, 07:51 AM - techFoo
So, science confirms my team choice.

It's better to be on the red team than on the blue team in an online multiplayer shooting game, according to researchers.

In the west the colour red is associated with anger and violence. Astrologically it was connected with the war god Mars, whose planet was red. However in China the colour red is associated with good fortune and luck. Both associations would be fine if you wanted to win a game involving shooting things we would have thought.

To the Cherokee red was associated with success and victory, and Wikipedia says
In human color psychology, red is associated with heat, energy and blood, and emotions that stir the blood, including anger, passion, and love.

im n ur base. killn ur blu dudes.
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