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Jan. 23rd, 2009 @ 03:42 pm let us have a serious, careful, realistic discussion
They're Coming:
Most families neither want nor need hundreds of terrorists seeking to kill Americans in their communities.
OK sure, MOST families, but wasn't this country founded on protecting the rights of the minority? What about those of us with families that both want and need hundreds of terrorists seeking to kill us in our community? Are we to be marginalized once again?

In pursuit of maximum self parody, his next line is "We need to have a serious, careful, and realistic national discussion about the ramifications of closing Guantanamo Bay." Nothing says serious and realistic like "hundreds of terrorists are coming to kill your children while you sleep -- if baby killing obama gets his way."
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Jan. 20th, 2009 @ 02:08 pm financial thread
There must be a price where it makes sense to buy XLF, right? Any guesses?

I need some new ideas. I bought a fistful of TBT -- might be the only thing I own that I feel good about. I'm going to be in the bread lines soon as this rate. Don't hold back, give me your "lock of the week" and "back the truck up" picks.
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Jan. 14th, 2009 @ 07:43 am No flying cars, but I'm calling "future" anyway
Has everyone see this? Google can pick out the faces in your picasa pictures. How awesome and chilling is this? Facial recognition in the hands of everyone is clearly right around the corner -- just think of the endless variety of misuses to which it will be put! Good times.

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Dec. 30th, 2008 @ 08:39 am three ivy tidbits to end 2008
We sent ivy outside with a spray bottle full of red water, courtesy of food coloring. "Only spray that on the snow please ivy, not the deck or the gazebo or the house. We don't want to get dye all over the place." A few minutes later we hear intense sobbing. "Mommy," she says through tears, "I got some on daddy's gazebo! But I don't want it to DIE!!"

Each day we learn about one element from the periodic table. We started with hydrogen on december 1st so we've made our way through zinc. On a shopping trip ivy was asked which odwalla pomegranate blend we should buy, e.g. pomegrante mango or pomegranate tangerine, and she suggested "pomegranate manganese."

Our latest chapter book is this and we're near the end. Last night we had this exchange.

Me (reading): ...and the light coming from under the door told Sara that Ermengarde was waiting, which provided some comfort.
Ivy: Daddy, what is comfort?
Me: Comfort is something that makes you feel better. Like if you bonk your head and I pick you up, I'm trying to comfort you.
Ivy: But what is Sara doing in this context?

I lost my powers of speech for a few seconds there. I better understand the feeling which must have inspired the expression "jaw on the floor". I realize she may simply have been mimicking my occasional usage of "in this context", but if it was mimickry it was perfectly executed.
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Dec. 14th, 2008 @ 11:51 am summing it up, in case anyone lost track
Greenwald on Bill Moyers:
Let's just quickly describe in the most dispassionate terms, as few of euphemisms, as possible, where we are and what has happened over the last eight years. We have a law in place that says it is a felony offense punishable by five years in prison or a $10,000 fine to eavesdrop on American citizens without warrants. We have laws in place that say that it is a felony punishable by decades in prison to subject detainees in our custody to treatment that violates the Geneva Conventions or that is inhumane or coercive.

We know that the president and his top aides have violated these laws. The facts are indisputable that they've done so. And yet as a country, as a political class, we're deciding basically in unison that the president and our highest political officials are free to break the most serious laws that we have, that our citizens have enacted, with complete impunity, without consequences, without being held accountable under the law.

And when you juxtapose that with the fact that we are a country that has probably the most merciless criminal justice system on the planet when it comes to ordinary Americans. We imprison more of our population than any country in the world. We have less than five percent of the world's population. And yet 25 percent almost of prisoners worldwide are inside the United States.

What you have is a two-tiered system of justice where ordinary Americans are subjected to the most merciless criminal justice system in the world. They break the law. The full weight of the criminal justice system comes crashing down upon them. But our political class, the same elites who have imposed that incredibly harsh framework on ordinary Americans, have essentially exempted themselves and the leaders of that political class from the law.

They have license to break the law. That's what we're deciding now as we say George Bush and his top advisors shouldn't be investigated let alone prosecuted for the laws that we know that they've broken. And I can't think of anything more damaging to our country because the rule of law is the lynchpin of everything we have.
One small correction - "is" in the final sentence carries the wrong tense.
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Dec. 11th, 2008 @ 06:29 pm where do they pick up such behaviors
"Can I have a frozen yogurt tube?"
"Did you eat a good dinner?"
"Yes. Can I have cherry?"
"No, there's no cherry left." [Hands her a cherry yogurt tube.] "This one is... sprinkleberry."
[time passes]
"Sprinkleberry is a funny word. I like it."
"Thank you, I made it up myself."

And in a highly exaggerated mock-disbelieving tone with mock facial expression to match, she says "You made it up YOURSELF? Whaaaaaaat?"
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Dec. 4th, 2008 @ 07:43 pm "They have blood on their hands"
A subject that doesn't get enough (any?) press: How Foreign Aid Destroyed Africa.
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Nov. 12th, 2008 @ 05:31 pm quote of the day
Putting it in perspective:
"If you think of this as sort of a combination of [the hunt for] Eric Rudolph, who was the Olympic bomber, and the movie 'Deliverance,' multiplied by a factor of 10, that's really what you're focusing on in trying to find bin Laden," said Robert Grenier, the former CIA station chief in Pakistan.
I know what image 'Deliverance x 10' sends my way, and if that's accurate, their hunting strategy requires adjustments.
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Nov. 4th, 2008 @ 09:50 am a conversation
"Why are trains so loud?"
"If you mean that whistle we sometimes hear at our house, I think it's so people can get out of the way. Sometimes people have to walk along or across the tracks, and trains are very fast. If you get hit by a train, you die, so it's important that they give a lot of warning."
"Why are trains so loud?"
"What did I just say?"
"Because people die!"
"Yes, but WHY do people die?"
"Well... when they get very old."

Also, this morning she said "yesternight" in conversation like it was an everyday word. I love that.
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Oct. 25th, 2008 @ 05:48 pm believe in progress
Ivy: "Why are there all those colors?"

Me: "That's for programming, it's called syntax highlighting. The purple parts mean one thing, and the green parts something else, and..."

"And the red parts, and the white parts, I get it."

I tab over to a log file, which is all white.

"Why is that one all the same color?"

"I don't have syntax highlighting for this kind of file."

She looks at me very seriously. "We'll find some."
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