as the earth melts at the poles....

Lamont won.

I am in shock. This is the first time that a candidate I voted for in the primary has actually won.

I love what Lamont had to say. He's well-spoken, and smart, and saying things that other politicians are afraid to say. I am ideologue who votes by issue, and I know that I don't line up issue to issue with anyone, but today was the first time since 1996 that I felt that I was represented as a voter on any level whatsover. And it's a good feeling.

I don't know what's going to happen next. I do know that the people of Connecticut spoke today, and I wish that their message had been heard by Mr. Lieberman. More than anything else, I am bothered by the fact that he is ignoring the will of the people. He can't run as a Democrat because the party does not want him. He shouldn't run as an Independent because he tried the party ticket first, and politicians shouldn't be allowed to play games like that. He should take it like an adult and drop out.

(And Destefano won for Governor. I won across the board.)

EDIT: I never realized how disenfranchised I was. And how esctatic I am at having a voice in my government again. Who knows how the general election will go, but right now, right now I feel great.
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alas and alack you just don't call me back...

And now for the random Simspons quote of the day:

Grandpa: That's not a war story! I'll tell you a war story. I was on P.T. 109 with John F. Kennedy. I was the first to discover his terrible secret.

(Flashback to the helm of P.T. 109)

Kennedy: Ich bin ein Berliner.

Grandpa: He's a Nazi! Get him!

(Crew jumps on JFK and starts beating him up.)

On a completely separate note, "sprechen sie Deutsch?" translates to "I like to capitalize all my nouns." I also think that "Je ne sais quoi" translates to "A little somethin' somethin'." (Seriously, it fits any use of that phrase!)

elusive_fish, tell me I'm right!

And I think we've just hit on why it's best for me to take Spanish come fall.

quit this crazy scene...

This is the list of the American Film Institute's top 100 movies. Because I am a nut I am starting this meme, even though I am sure it's already been around a hundred times. But, still I am curious since I've made watching all of these my summer project.

Copy, paste into journal and then bold the ones you've seen....(If I were feeling really nutsy I'd italicize the ones I have queued up in the TiVo.)

1. Citizen Kane (1941)

2. Casablanca (1942)

3. The Godfather (1972)

4. Gone With The Wind (1939)

5. Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

6. The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

7. The Graduate (1967)

8. On The Waterfront (1954)

9. Schindler's List (1993)

10. Singin' In The Rain (1952)
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It's a luscious mix of words and tricks...

So, Zorro 2 is coming out. Does anyone think instead they should make the Poke of Zorro from the Simpsons into a movie instead?

Homer returns from the snack bar in time for the day's featured attraction: "The Poke of Zorro." The hero of the film fights the Three Musketeers. He runs all three of them through with his sword.
Musketeer: Sacre bleu! The deadly poke of Zorro! [all three collapse]

[the Man in the Iron Mask attacks Zorro. Zorro slices a "Z" in the man's shirt]

Man: What? "N?" What does "N" stand for?

Zorro: No, no. It's a "Z." I am Zorro. "Z" for Zorro! I have come to return King Arthur to the throne.

[In Audience]
Bart: It's a history lesson come to life!

Lisa: No, it isn't. It's totally inaccurate.

Bart: Quiet! Here come the ninjas.

[fighting noises are heard from the screen]
Zorro gets a respite from fighting to seduce the movie's heroine. He undresses her by adroitly slicing layers of her clothing with his sword.

Lady: What part of "stop cutting my dress off" don't you understand? [her dress falls off]

Zorro: [laughs, then notices something cut into the lady's slip] "SP?" The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Lady: We're just, uh, friends.

[In Audience]
Bart: She's lying! Slice her head off!

Zorro: Your honor has been insulted. This will not stand. [leaps out the window]

[In Audience]
Homer: Oh, you don't want to get Zorro mad. [tips Milk Dud box, dribbling butter on Marge's dress]

Marge: You're pouring hot butter on my leg.

Homer: Sh, sh, sh.
A night at the opera. As the fat lady sings, the Scarlet Pimpernel enjoys the show from his reserved balcony. He is rudely interrupted by Zorro.
Zorro: Sir, I demand satisfaction. I challenge you to a duel. [slaps the Scarlet Pimpernel with his glove. The opera audience gasps] Do you accept, or are you a coward?

Pimpernel: [gets up] I ... am a coward! [runs away]

[movie audience cheers]
Homer: Woo! You go, Zorro!

King Arthur: I, King Arthur, declare Zorro the new King of England!

Zorro: Yes! [the King tosses Zorro his crown. He catches it on his sword. The credits roll]


Zorro ................................. John Byner
Robot Zorro ......................... Shawn Wayans
Mrs. Zorro ........................... Rita Rudner
Scarlet Pimpernel ...... Curtis "Booger" Armstrong
King Arthur ......................... Cheech Marin
Man in the Iron Mask ................ Gina Gershon
Wise Nun .............................. Posh Spice
Stupid Nun .......................... Meryl Streep
Time Traveler #1 ......... Stone Cold Steve Austin
Orangutan at Dance ..................... "Puddles"
Gay-Seeming Prince ................. Spalding Gray
Man Beating Mule .................... Eric Roberts
Mule Beating Man ........................... "Gus"
Hiccuping Narrator ......................... Pele
President Van Buren ................. Robert Evans
Corky ............................ Anthony Hopkins
Voice of Magic Taco ............. James Earl Jones
The Producers would like to thank:
Film Board of Canada
The Philadelphia Flyers
The Makers of Whip Balm
Mr. Robert Guccione
The Teamsters Pension Fund
AAABest Bail Bonds
Mr. and Mrs. Curtis "Booger" Armstrong

*obligatory stupid rap song to accompany action movie end credits*

From the "Z" to the "O" to the double "R" "O",
He's the dude in the mask from the barrio.
With his horse and his mask and his big old sword,
He'll cut your butt from a '52 Ford.

Now, I don't know about the rest of you, but is a Zorro movie without the Scarlet Pimpernel, Rita Rudner, Puddles the Chimp and President Van Buren played by Robert Evans really worth seeing?

I think not.

(Thank you SNPP...)
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I get up to wash my face, when I come back to bed someone's taken my place...

I really have no idea what to say about this link. It came to me from exmormon, which is slightly upsetting because that is supposed to be a no-proselytizing community, and I responded as gently as I could. Still, it's hard for me because I read the about page out loud to alienus, and we laughed so hard my tummy hurts.

I know this is BS. My friends who are theists would say this is BS. Yet, what drives me up the wall, is there is a strong resemblance to this crap and what Christianity sells. The same rationality that leads all of us to reject that the Sun is vibrating towards the twelfth dimension is the same rationality that I used to determine that a rabbi who ran afoul of the Romans 2000 years ago did not magically take on all my sins through ritual and symbolic cannibalism every Sunday. Once your brain works, you see idiocy as idiocy. If you see through one, why not the other?

See, I'm an atheist. But so is EVERYONE. The difference is, I'm honest and consistent. See, all my Theist friends, they're atheists about every sect and religion they're not a part of. I know Mormons who make fun of Catholics, and vice versa, referring to each other's rituals as voodoo. And they all make fun of the New Agers, who are certainly rational thinkers when it comes to more traditional religions.

Consistency. Can we please be consistent and non-hypocritical about our beliefs? Is it really that hard?

In the end though, it comes down to the fact that people are going to want to believe what they want to believe. They will believe what makes them feel good and right and strong, regardless of all the evidence to the contrary. The self-congratulatory tone of that page, as if they held the only truth and were the only rational ones was just sickening. But is it any different from saying that you're the chosen people, or sending out thousands of young boys to convert people to the one true religion? Even I have that superior tone about me while writing this post, but I'm going to admit something right now. I could be wrong. I admit the possibility of error, and I study, and I look, and I am more than willing to hear out evidence that could shred my beliefs. But if you come at me with BS, I will call it such, cause it's not truth.

I don't claim to own the truth, and I don't claim it as my own. And as such, I expect the same courtesy. I don't want to hear about how this is my truth and your truth and it's all good truth. 'cause for something to be true, other things have to be false. Hypotheses have to be falsifiable. It's called the scientific method, and it really can be applied to all things. And i know there are moral relativists and pomos in my audience who are reading this and asking themselves why can't I just let people believe what they want. And I think it's mostly because I believe in the power of words and I know that if you put yourself out in the world, then you're subject to criticism. If you mislabel and misuse words like truth, then you should be called on it, and if you can't take it, well, go be a hermit, where you can stay in your little safety bubble and never have your truth popped.

I guess some people just feel they have to have some unique insight into truth that the rest of the world doesn't have. Look at the Trinity. It's not supposed to make sense, but if you take that leap of faith, you're in, and that's what's appealing. You're in, you're part of the group, and look at you, you have the truth, you own it, and the rest of the world is just wrong. But it's not rational. I don't claim to know it all, I just try and look at the evidence, and if it's false, I move on.

This post has gone on way longer than I intended it to, and I've probably pissed off and insulted 75% of my friends page, which wasn't my intent. Still, I'd like to hope that maybe, just maybe, I made someone think.
I can kill you with my brain

No revolutionary cause to claim myself...

"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." - Elie Wiesel

I would never sit back while someone unfairly pushed other people around, even if it was just on the Internet. People are people, even if we only see them electronically.

So, I'm quitting real_philosophy. I know it won't make a difference to them, because I lurk. The few times I've posted, I've been personally attacked, and flooded with idiocy. It's rude and overwhelming, and it's what's kept me silent on a lot of things.

Still, what the mods have done over the past day is utterly repulsive, and I do not want to be a part of it, and that is why I am quitting. I'm also dropping the one mod on my friends list, which I feel bad about, but I can't be friends with this person anymore, because this is the second time he's remained neutral in an injustice, and I have nothing but disgust for that sort of behavior. I'd be more than willing to talk this out, but I am not going to initiate the conversation.

Peace out.