After all, he's not like that idiot Bush who misspoke all the time and was therefore unfit for office or anything!
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I was so excited about Hanasaku Iroha last night because ep 13 put up just about every "last episode in the series" flag it possibly could:
All extant plot arcs resolved to one extent or another: checkAs the story is meant to be on the comedic side of serious, no one died and there weren't any major tragedies, so it couldn't set that flag anyway without totally ruining the series. (Like School Days ruin. This series does not need a "nice boat" ending.)
Different ED animation, featuring major scenes from all prior episodes: check
Episode number equal to either 1x or 2x cour: check
...so it was a major surprise to me when the omatase for ep 14 ran. For a moment I thought it was some kind of joke, or a tease for an upcoming OVA release; then it dawned on me that no, I was seeing an omatase for another TV episode--at which point I paused playback and rushed to the computer to start searching for confirmation.
El-Hazard finished downloading the torrents within a couple of hours, so I can watch ep 14 with tonight's batch. Hooray!
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Despite that, I am in a super-bad mood today. I've already yelled at the cats more than is good for any of us. I don't know if I should go deal with the bank today; losing my temper at them would not help matters one whit. Just thinking about it I'm ready to chew concrete and spit riprap.
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If your house is surgically clean, your kids will have all kinds of stupid allergies. But my own informal observations led me to that conclusion.
When I was younger, the kids from the spotless houses had all sorts of allergies; the kids from "normal" houses did not. I grew up in a house with a dog and cat, and the place got cleaned about once a week...and the only troublesome allergy I have is hay fever.
I've known people who grew up in the kind of house where you have to take your shoes off at the door and aren't allowed to eat or drink anything outside the kitchen, and where you can't even go into some rooms because they're all white and-and-and...and those kids were the sickliest bastards that ever walked the planet. "I can't have that, I'm allergic to it! I'm allergic to cats and dogs, and I'm allergic to water and air!" *sigh*
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In the "saying it until I'm blue in the face" department: If the GOP picks Romney I am not voting for him.
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Alan Caruba on Iran:
The Iranian ayatollahs are a different case entirely. Over the years, they have voiced a rather nonchalant attitude toward being on the receiving end of nuclear weapons because they are a Shiite martyrdom cult. During its eight-year war with Iraq, initiated by Saddam Hussein, an estimated 500,000 Iranians died, including 100,000 children sent to clear mine fields by setting them off.I don't need to amplify that.
The failure to grasp the depth and insanity of the current leaders of Iran is pushing the world toward the first nuclear confrontation since A-bombs were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima to end World War II in 1945.
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I would write about the stuff I saw there if I wasn't already so pissed off that I'm worried about my blood pressure. Seriously, I just yelled at the cat again.
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Fraud in the financial industry and it's pervasive and ongoing.
...my niece, not-quite 21 now, has a cynical view of banks as being entirely dishonest. She was raised by the family's only liberal, so I'm not sure how much of her attitude comes from her mother and how much is from her own observation.
My real problem is I am coming to learn that her attitude is not entirely misplaced.
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I think I have this.
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Not kidding about how pissed off I feel right now.
...every once in a while I get this way. I think it's a side effect of the Paxil; I just get these moods where I'm not safe for fabrics and the best thing for me to do is to stay in bed and do nothing.
"Best" meaning that it's easiest on me. I don't have any trouble restraining myself (so I don't go around decking people or anything antisocial) but it takes energy to do it, and since I'm kind of a big guy if I start to radiate displeasure it is off-putting for people. I do my best to be affable and pleasant because of that.
Thinking about the bank issue this morning, I was going right to invoking legal counsel: "You guys owe me a lot of money, and I want it. If you don't fork it over, my next contact will be via a lawyer."
While it's useful to keep in mind that a threat of siccing an attorney on them is a good "final attack" it is not the thing to whip out when you first sit down. My patience is pretty thin right now, though, and I don't want to be snapping at the banker and implying lawsuits when all this takes is the banker handing me a freakin' form to fill out. People tend to shut down if you act imperious.
Use the little guns first; the ammunition is cheaper. If that doesn't work then you haul out the big guns.
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Why was I yelling at the cats?
I fed them at 7 AM. Around 11, after the alarm clock had gone off, Thing 2 was sitting on the rocking chair and meowing at me while I was still in bed. I got up to hit the can and saw that the dry food had not been touched and there was still canned food on the plate, yet Thing 2 apparently thought I should open another can, since I got out of bed.
Thing 1 has a habit of wandering around and meowing for no apparent reason. She was doing this in the spare bedroom, and I was yelling at her to shut the hell up.
I guess all is right with the world now, though, because they stopped bothering me. Or maybe they took the hint that I'm in a crummy mood and hid.
Either way, I'm going back to bed. Fuck it.