start of summer timewaster
today was the last day of classes for my summer semester. i definatly scored a high A for english (despite what you see here, i apparently have mad writin skizils.) but i haven't the foggiest idea what my speech grade will be, somewhere between an A and an F. i thought i did rather well, but the teacher apparently grades based a combination of student's cup size and his schitzophrenic will of the moment. and on top of that, the way he has the points system set up is ridiculous...i don't mean to bitch, and i won't go into it because i know you don't care, but it is truly silly.

even though summer was a bit late, it came at a good time. the next week would have been rough, i work the next twelve days straight and doing school during that would've been a killer. and even better, my brother is coming home on leave this week, so i actually have some free time to spend with him. family takes precedence over school every time. i'm glad i don't have to deal with that conflict.

anywho, now that i have all this spare time to kick around, i figured it was meme time. i had actually originally heard this on the radio, as the media quiz by michelle malkin, but actually found it as a blogosphere meme at the meme-crazy llamabutchers. i liked the questions both times, so here goes...

1. I have never voted for a Democrat in my life. . never voted democrat, and only voted republican once (turned eighteen in 99, voted straight republican in 00, was away for 02 and too stupid to get an absentee ballot.)

2. I think my taxes are too high. . i think taxes are too high over all. my taxes are actually remarkably low. i don't make much money. but some day i plan to be one of the evil rich, and i don't want to be taxed out of existance when i get there.

3. I supported Bill Clinton's impeachment. yes. if i had done what he did, i'd be typing from jail right now. that's enough to convince me.

4. I voted for President Bush in 2000. see #1

5. I am a gun owner. not yet, but i'm working on it. i allready have my first couple of guns picked out, now i just need the motivation and, more importantly, the cash to go get them.

6. I support school voucher programs. yes. and i am amazed by politicians that constantly stump for higher welfare levels so that poor people can keep getting by, but fight any effort to send the poor people's kids to the schools that the politician's own kids go to. what's the word...elietist, hypocritical, arrogant, duplicitave...take your pick.

7. I oppose condom distribution in public schools. i have kindof a tough time with this one. i think it should be a parent's responsibility, and the "you shouldn't do this but if you do then use this" attitude about the whole thing drives me crazy. i also think that a LOT of kids will do it bareback before they go buy one off the local eckerd, but will use a condom if one is easily available. i do think that it will lower teen pregnancy/disease rates, which takes precedence over everything else. so as much distaste as i have for it, i think the larger goal is more important. if parents don't want their kids to get the tacit approval message from the school, then they should make it clear at home: sex can have dire consequences, rubber or no. see, if the parenting were up to speed on this, it wouldn't be an issue. until it is, helping rescue a teenager from life altering mistakes with so little actual interferance is, i think, the best we can do. i don't like it, but that's the reality of it.

8. I oppose bilingual education. what, like english and american? hey, you don't want to learn the language the majority of people in the nation speak, good for you. just don't expect to get a good job, and don't bitch to me that your life sucks or that people are discriminating against you because they can't understand you. you want to be successful, learn the language.

9. I oppose gay marriage. no.

10. I want Social Security privatized. i figure, by the time i'm old enough to make use of it, social security will be long gone. nationalized or privatized, social security is uckfeyed. i figure that i will have to take care of myself when i'm old (what a novel concept) and am planning accordingly.

11. I believe racial profiling at airports is common sense. i've been planning a post on this one for a while, so i'm going to let it ride for now.

12. I shop at Wal-Mart. every once in a while. believe it or not, there is no walmarts near the city where i live. so every once in a while we make the treck out to stock up on groceries for half what i'd pay at the local chain. otherwise, i stick to target.

13. I enjoy talk radio. yes, i listen to talk radio alot. conservative, liberal, and non-partisan humor.

14. I am annoyed when news editors substitute the phrase "undocumented person" for "illegal alien." pc is the work of the devil.

15. I do not believe the phrase "a chink in the armor" is offensive. unless you're reffering to an asian dude wearing plate mail, no. nor am i offended by "niggardly", or handgun centered t-shirts centering on "diversity". get a life, people.

16. I eat meat. that's why i have them pointy teeth.

17. I believe O.J. Simpson was guilty. of what, murder or piss poor acting? eh, guilty on both points.

18. I cheered when I learned that Saddam Hussein had been captured. here's a story for ya: on the plane ride home from the desert, we had a layover in shannon, ireland. as we were taxiing and stopping, the pilot was talking over the intercom, saying good things about taking us home. as we pulled up to the gate, he mentioned that we'd be allowed into a (closed off) section of the terminal, and that we could drink while we were waiting (keep in mind, alcohol is banned from iraq or kuwait, and this is irish beer in IRELAND). allready jazzed up, the pilot mentions one last thing...before you get off, you should know we just caught saddam hussein.

did i cheer? you had better fuckin believe it. along with the rest of that plane, once the period of holy-shit-did-he-just-say-that passed. we then proceeded to get celebratory hammered on irish beer.

19. I cry when I hear "Proud to be an American" (God Bless the USA) by Lee Greenwood. no...i love the sentiment, but not my style, and overplayed. especially around military bases.

20. I don't believe the New York Times. sure, i believe the ny times. i belive the ny times is a lying commie pinko leftist rag that isn't worthy of lining my bird cage.

thank god for summer...this is the second time i've done this post; blogger had a hisy fit with me. i'm going to start hitting "copy" before "publish", because blogger seems to have a nasty habit of deleting my longer posts.


howdy, thanks for stopping by. what you're looking at is the intermittent ramblings of an iraqi vet, college student, goth-poseur, comic book reading, cheesy horror loving, punk listening, right-leaning, tech-obsessed, poorly typing, proudly self-proclaimed geek. occasionally, probably due to these odd combinations, i like to think i have some interesting things to say; this is where they wind up.

"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us...We need the books that affect us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside of us.

ace o spades hq
bargain-basement allahpundit
a small victory
army of mom
babalu blog
beautiful atrocities
being american in t o
belmont club
blame bush!
castle argghhh!
citizen smash
the command post
common sense runs wild
curmudgeonly & skeptical, r
curmudgeonly & skeptical, pg-13
dean's world
drill sergeant rob
exit zero
enjoy every sandwich
feisty repartee
fistful of fortnights
free will
four right wing wacos
ghost of a flea
half the sins of mankind
the hatemonger's quarterly
hog on ice
house of plum
id's cage
ilyka damen
incoherant ramblings
in dc journal
the jawa report
knowledge is power
lileks bleat
the llama butchers
memento moron
the mudville gazette
naked villainy
nerf-coated world
those damned pajama people
professor chaos
professor shade
the protocols of the yuppies of zion
protein wisdom
the queen of all evil
seven inches of sense
shinobi, who is a f'n numbers ninja, yo
tall dark and mathteriouth
the nose on your face
the thearapist
this is class warfare
texas best grok
tim worstall
way off bass

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