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It's beginning [Apr. 17th, 2009|10:20 am]
celticblood05
I never thought I would find myself in a pro-conspiracy position but here I am....I don't know how much of the news to trust or what it might mean, but I definetely think that the time for preperation has begun. Right Wing extremeist groups are growing, by how much is difficult to say, but enough that it's noticable. Gun sales are through the roof, and while it makes sense that these would happen as a result of Obama's election, the two events coinciding are problematic. But now the Texas governor is making comments regarding secession...

All I can say is that these events can generally be explained pretty easily. But the last time we had a depression this bad, there was a group who attempted to overthrow the US. It's not discussed, but it happened (look up the Business Plot, or google it for more info.) All I know is, I intend to hope things work out for the best and exercise my right to bear arms immediately following graduation. I don't know what the future will hold, or if I'm overreacting or if its a liberal press thing. All I know is I will hope for the best....and prepare for the worst.
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THIS IS NOT HELPING!!!!!!!! [Jan. 19th, 2009|01:39 pm]
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28733017/

Do you really think Rick Warren is the enemy here? I know, he supported Prop 8, but to the smallest degree possible, to appease the conservative base who also are not fond of him! He is trying to reach a middle ground and he could be a valuable asset IF you don't alienate him by doing stupid things like this!!!!!!!!!!

This only makes the Gay movement looks worse and ya didn't come out of the Prop 8 battle smelling like a rose. Get some conservatives to back civil unions and go from there. Rome was not built in a day Goddamit!
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...Holy Shit [Nov. 15th, 2008|11:18 pm]
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27738018/page/2/

Racism is like cancer, it never is completely wiped out, it goes into remission. And I think as of Nov. 5 our remission is over.

What is scary about this article is not so much the frequency as the public nature of the events. I just really hope the secret service isn't an issue. No matter how thorough the vetting process is...
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A Game of Thrones [Nov. 12th, 2008|06:32 am]
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HBO has officially annonced they're making A Game of Thrones pilot!!!!!!!!! Everyone must watch it, and I will be pestering everyone about it when I find out when it comes out. The ratings must be huge!!!!
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Republican Follies [Oct. 24th, 2008|12:30 pm]
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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27356562/

It's so much fun to listen to Republicans bitch about racial gerrymandering now that they know its going to hurt them this year.
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The Dark Knight... [Jul. 18th, 2008|03:45 am]
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Worth every second, every inch of hype it got. Heath Ledger's performance will be the defining Joker performance in the entire history of the epic and would have been before his tragedy. More than that, it will be the defining performance of a villian in any franchise for at least the next century. I am so glad I saw this movie on openning night.

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Really interesting just the collection of various books here [Jun. 28th, 2008|04:21 pm]
celticblood05
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read (as in the book is bought and sitting on my shelf).
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) * If you started but didn't finish.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen (liking Jane Austin doesn’t make me any less of a man)
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible (speaking of books I could’ve skipped)
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman & *
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (didn’t hate it, didn’t love it)
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy (never read it, but based on The Woodlanders, not worth my time)
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (probably won’t ever read it, but the movie was depressing enough
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (not his best book but I liked it. Mostly for the line ”Janet! Donkeys!”
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma
- Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code
- Dan Brown (a great story that was poorly told)
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (Definitely in my top 3 books all time. “That I do so is neither a subject for regret, nor grief.” What a line!
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas (also in my top 3 spots, probably would fill the other spot with Richard the III or maybe the GRRM series)
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville (read the abridged version, its sooooo much better)
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73.The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens (also saw Patrick Stewart play Scrooge, he was really good too)
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte's Web - EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (they only reference it once in the old TV show but if you read carefully you can figure out that Holmes is a coke addict)
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams (liked it, didn’t love it)
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare (why do people think this play was one of his best? The Lion King has the same plot and its better constructed)
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo 
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Memo to Clinton Supporters [May. 29th, 2008|11:09 pm]
celticblood05
[Current Mood |aggravatedaggravated]
[Current Music |Stray-Wolf's Rain]

Woe unto the society that has yet again disenfranchised women. Despite winning the popular vote, it will be men yet again who will choose again who will run our country. I feel for you, you supporters of Hillary Clinton.

Yes, that might have been laden with sarcasm, but honestly I am so sick of Clinton's attempt to paint her cause as the ultimate violation of feminism, that SHE had the harder time in this election with prejudice and that ultimately it will be the prejudice of the male elitists of the Democratic party who will refuse to acknowledge her predestined choice as the Democratic nominee for President. For those of you unfamiliar with the problems with this argument, I will review them further down. At this point I hope that any Clinton supporter has taken the time to review Clinton's claim that she won the popular vote to understand exactly how her argument is derived. From my point of view it representeds another part in a continuing chain of deceptive political statements that make her rival Bush.

I have some sympathy for Clinton, this will be her only chance truthfully to win the nomination. Previous nominees tend not to do well in attempts to reclaim the nomination. This was her chance. I will not say that she was responsible for her loss though I could argue that she could have run her campaign better. Still, hinesight is 20-20 and it is not fair to judge Clinton on the financial mistakes of her campaign.

Here is what I can judge her on however, her political tactics.

I began the nomination process with the preconcieved notion that Clinton would not be a wise choice in a democratic candidate. The republican party is reeling but Clinton I thought would be the perfect candidate to unite them. Clinton also had no southern electability. Overall I thought it would ruin the democrats chances. What I lacked was understanding of why people hated Clinton, though that I thought was easily explained. Since when do conservatives need an explanation to hate anyone?

Unfortunately, with Clinton, I've found their claims legitimate. Clinton has demonstrated that she is fully a political animal and a Machiavellian. She wants to win so much that she is willing to sell the Democratic party's chance at the white house down a river to get it. Her attacks on Obama following Elitism, her use of his middle name Hussein when addressing him, her claims that Obama can't obtain the oh so elusive 'white male vote' are nothing short of ruthless and have more in common with Swiftboat then people are willing to admit. There is no question that there is a perfectly legitimate reason to reject Clinton that has nothing to do with gender.

But the Machiavellian political trend in her ideology culminates with a reason to flat out reject her popular vote argument. In a quick review, her argument on the popular vote stems from the fact that if the votes in Michigan and Florida were counted she would be the leading candidate. Now obviously Florida and Michigan primaries were rejected long before they were held due to the change in dates scenario and none of the people campaigned in them. Thats apparently not a good enough reason to see that if these votes were counted they'd be completely fraudulent. But if that's not enough, let me at least remind you of something. BARACK OBAMA WAS NOT ON THE BALLOT IN MICHIGAN!!!! Why do people keep ignoring this? This is not a fair or accurate representation of CLinton's vote tallies, its a political stunt. She's been cheated out of nothing except the idea that it was her turn to be president.

Overall, Clinton's political style, like Bush's, has been soundly rejected by the American voter. While I do not claim that Obama's 'hope' campaign is entirely honest, and indeed his claim of McCain's Iraq trip offer as a political stunt has made me think twice, there is no question that the idea of change is still the one Americans are choosing. Shame on Clinton for her Karl Rovesque methods.

I just hope it doesn't end up forcing me to vote Republican with the idea that if John McCain is elected the principled maverick of old will return.
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Superbowl Champions!!!! [Feb. 4th, 2008|12:22 am]
celticblood05
The Giants did it!!!!! SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONS!!!

Don't tell me the good guys can't win.
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I've been published!!!!!! [Jan. 16th, 2008|12:55 pm]
celticblood05
Ok, so this is rather redundant as I'm sure most of you heard me brag at one point or another. I got my first article published in the Daily Press. It was about a swim meet which was actually produced some feelings of nostalgia for me to begin with. But I was paid 35 dollars for the story, so I'm quite happy. I still have a lot of work to do on my journalism writing, I'm too verbose. But, as it is, I'm quite excited.
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