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Location: 40 dgrs. 48' 26.34" N, 96 dgrs. 40' 05.96" W, United States

Liberal bicycle commuter, political junkie, policy junkie, free thinker, I've got too many titles. All in all I'll leave it with a quote from the late Senator Paul Wellstone of Minn. "Politics is not about big money and power games, it's about the improvment of peoples lives."

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July 15, 2006

Some of you may have been wondering why my blog has not been updated recently. Currently I'm very very busy with work. I work 7 days a week and often twice in the same day. Ordinarily this would not be a big deal but the company I work for is so busy that my off duty time has been greatly reduced. At this point in time it's important that I use my time at home very wisely and not spending a whole lot of time screwing around on the web.

For now I'm going to discontinue updating this blog. Thanks for checking it out.
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June 27, 2006

Fight the urge people suppress a natural need

For anyone out there really torn if they should stay "pure" until marriage or follow your true feelings and go get lit at the local bar and take home some sweet love, this article might help you to make that decision (or at least guilt you into suppressing a natural human feeling.) I absolutely love reading about abstinence only programs because they are put on such a pedestal, paid for by our government and last but not least a total dismal failure.

I was watching this news program not too long ago about this purity pledge convention where all of these dads haul their daughters to this big room and they chant this little pledge to stay pure. The weird thing was that all of these girls from ages 6 to 16 or so were all dressed in this get up that was all white and submissive looking (very weird and not unlike my neighborhood on a Sunday morning.) After they took the pledge they received a little "purity ring" (how sweet.) I find it really funny that all of these people pushing no sex until marriage say how the programs are such a huge success, but in reality study after study has shown that well over half of the girls taking the pledge are getting laid in less than a year (are they wearing the ring at that time?)

OK, to each their own, if that is what you believe in I don't have a problem with it. Although when you lie about it and distort the facts then I have a problem. Tell the truth and do not misrepresent the facts and you can preach your idea all day, just don't lie. For instance, many of these abstinence only programs put out that condoms are 31% infective at preventing HIV/AIDS. That is a bold face lie aimed at scaring young people into not having sex. Anyway, promote what you want just don't distort facts, that I have a problem with.
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June 24, 2006


Lately I've been thinking about a 29" rigid mountain bike. I've rode one a couple times and they seem really nice on my old and rotting 33 year old body. So I'm down at Monkey Wrench (do you think they named the shop after the monkeys with the flaming red asses? just a thought) and Nate said I could take one of his personal bikes for a day and check it out, see what it's all about. He's got a couple ti 29's and I don't know if I want to throw down that kind of coin but never the less I'm going to check it out and do a bit of research. I'm not doing anything soon but I think I would like to build one up for good times. I think Surly makes a 29 that probably isn't to earth shattering expensive to get into so we'll see.
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FUCT at Union Station

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Gas is going up

I'm fairly spit on the announcement that our gas tax is going to be hiked again. First and foremost I don't really give a crap because my wife and I buy sooo little gas. What's more in my mind I guess I believe that gas should be far more expensive so maybe we can get people out of their cars more and at the same time urge them to buy a more reasonable vehicle when it comes to fuel economy. I'll say this, taxing fuel is one way to only tax those who use the roads. As a bicyclist I use the roads but I do not cause any wear and tear on them in the least so this tax won't and shouldn't apply to me. Now on the other hand living in one of the most expensive states that you can live in as far as taxes go I think that it's crap that they continually have to soak the consumer here. I find it so interesting how people absolutely flee this state upon retirement to live some place cheaper and our state government doesn't get it.
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June 22, 2006

D.C. pride parade

I believe that this float that was sponsored by a gym or something. Lots of "buff" guys (did I just say buff?) As the float passed us someone made the comment "what a waste." Looking around I could only deduct that comment was muttered by my wife. So in retaliation I said "oh yeah, well there are chicks there too and they look pretty hot, what a waste." My rebuttal sucked because I had to be in defense mode so I think my wife kind of won that one.
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Santorum better start burning the midnight oil

It sounds as though Rick Santorum is not doing very well in the most recent poll. Down by 14 points to your Democratic challenger, that's a heck of a gap Rick. Now it goes without saying that there are probably many reasons Ricky is stumbling in the polls. Maybe one reason would be his comments on homosexuality and privacy rights. See Rick puts homosexuals in the same group as pedophiles, zoophilia (hey there little billy goat you sure do have a pretty mouth), and folks who enjoy incest. What's more, Santorum feels that it is the state's right to knock down the door of a gay couple and arrest them for making sweeet love. Santorum made these comments back in 2003 so lets be realistic, his poll numbers probably are not a reflection of his "I'm a little bigot" comments. Although I'm sure that there are some that still remember 2003 and may do a bit of voter revenge.

I'm really taken aback by the hatred for certain segments of society. You know what, if your reading this and totally disagree with the homosexual lifestyle, that's fine. I'm not here to tell you that you are wrong, it's your belief. What I do have a problem with is when people start hating others because they are different (had a little problem with that a few decades ago... result, lots of people were turned into charcoal.) Every time I think about gay bashing and the hatred of homosexuals I always think of the two gals that live up the street who have to be the nicest couple around. They are lesbians, are they bad people, are they rotten to the core? It just kills me, these ladies are so nice but yet people look at one thing about them and hate them for it.

So in the end it looks like Rick Santorum is going to be struggling a bit. Although there is lots of time between now and November my bet is on the Democrat (not that that would be light years better, both parties suck.)
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June 20, 2006

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Nature saying up yours

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My recent read

I just finished reading The Death of Innocents. This book was written by Sister Helen Prejean and dealt with the issue of the death penalty (yes that is correct I read a book written by a religious icon, I told you that I was open.) More specifically prejean wrote about specific death penalty cases where the evidence was less than accurate to say the least and how our justice system works to avoid the nasties of a retrial. I'll say this, Supreme Court Justice Scalia our favorite conservative on the bench, he's ones sick son of a bitch.

I myself am totally against the death penalty I find the idea of a state executing it's citizens rather 19th century. I don't want to hear any "an for an eye" crap either. As human beings we are by nature flawed and our justice system well that takes flawed to a whole new level. That being said, the idea that we have in the past and will in the future execute innocent people is to me is about as immoral as you can get.

Anyway, take a look at the book if you want it's an interesting read. If your local get a hold of me and I'll loan it out to you or any other books we have.
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Dead troop = luggage?

I find it interesting that when one walks up a jetway into the concourse and looks out the window at the jet he just came in on that you would see a dead soldier being rolled down the conveyor belt what's more, this is taking place in driving rain just to be tossed into the back of a station wagon right in front of his family standing there watching. Remember folks when troops returning home in bags really had the ol' welcoming home via military transport. Not anymore, well not since 2,500 Americans are killed, guess it would be a bit expensive to transport them in military planes. I believe this individual was the 18 year old from Beatrice that was killed in Iraq.

Oh Donald... you sick human being, no actually your a monster. Would you please resign? I really don't find you to be qualified to run our defense department when you ship dead troops as luggage. You know I guess this all comes down to the thought that "oh those troops are working so hard, doing such a good job but when your dead your worthless to us."

I'm disgusted that our nation ships dead troops next to my dirty laundry in my suitcase.
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June 18, 2006



Sam, who's that sexy guy, Congressman Kucinich, Elizebeth Kucinich
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Sam's new Nigel Smythe bag, expensive but very smart. I put a set of Ruffy Tuffy tires on it as well.
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Yep, that's right folks... that's a Bob Jackson lugged messenger bike. Crappy picture because I saw her ride up from a distance and started that way and by the time I got there she was on her way out so I got what I could. (Dupont Circle area.)
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