You can’t go home again.

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No, you can’t.

But you can go back to your old blog. That’s friggin’ easy.

I came here in the first place because my old blog host was having all sort of technical problems, ones that made blogging very frustrating. Their attitude towards their customer added to the frustration. So I came here.

Here I was greeted with a much easier blog to post on and maintain. The utilities at WordPress are a breeze compared to those at Blogdrive, as the latter isn’t too forgiving of those that don’t learn the sacred code. However, I quickly got frustrated by the lack of control I had over the look of the blog. The pictures I wanted couldn’t be made to fit. While the blogroll was simpler, the rest of the sidebar wasn’t as easy to modify. I couldn’t even change the font and type size, which really started to bug me.

This morning, I started a post with a picture, which I centered. After centering the picture, I could not align the following text to the right. I’d had enough.

So I’m going to give the old site another go.

I think the decor fits me much better there, and I can go back to having polls, so the lurkers can once again participate as well. I may miss some conveniences, but I’ll enjoy having more control over what the whole thing looks like. The blogroll is no longerin alphabetical order, which I’m sure will please O’Tim no end. The order it is in is pretty much just the order in which I met and blogrolled you, so if you moved down, it’s nothing personal. No one was intentionally omitted (that wasn’t already omitted a week ago) except those no longer blogging, so if I missed you, send me a note.

I already have a new post there to greet you, and a new poll on the sidebar to the right. Hey, I’ve been busy.

Come join me here.

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Buh-bye

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AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.

Christians, like slaves and soldiers, ask no questions.

God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve.

I am such a strong admirer and supporter of George W. Bush that if he suggested eliminating the income tax or doubling it, I would vote yes on first blush.

I believe that global warming is a myth. And so, therefore, I have no conscience problems at all and I’m going to buy a Suburban next time.

If you’re not a born-again Christian, you’re a failure as a human being.

My problem is not with the intentions of the Bush presidency. My problem is where it might go under his successors.

The idea that religion and politics don’t mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.

The whole global warming thing is created to destroy America’s free enterprise system and our economic stability.

There’s been a concerted effort to steal Christmas.

 “I heard lots of good men out there who believed the Bible and who were giving Biblical support for segregation

The line I like best came from Jayne Bray of the Pro-Life Action Committee: I am personally opposed to the destruction of property, but I respect the rights of those who do it where babies are slaughtered.

I hope I will live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we won’t have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will be!

AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals. To oppose it would be like an Israelite jumping in the Red Sea to save one of Pharaoh’s charioteers.

Most of these feminists are radical, frustrated lesbians, many of them, and man-haters, and failures in their relationships with men, and who have declared war on the male gender. The Biblical condemnation of feminism has to do with its radical philosophy and goals. That’s the bottom line.

Modern U.S. Supreme Courts have raped the Constitution and raped the Christian faith and raped the churches by misinterpreting what the founders had in mind in the First Amendment of the Constitution… [W]e must fight against those radical minorities who are trying to remove God from our textbooks, Christ from our nation. We must never allow our children to forget that this is a Christian nation. We must take back what is rightfully ours.

Adios, Jerry. Don’t let the gates of Hell hit your fat, intolerant, segregationist ass as you enter.

Tom Poston 1921 – 2007

Veteran comic actor Tom Poston has died.

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When I was a kid and my eyeballs were superglued to the TV set, I saw this guy almost everywhere. He was never the star, but he was frequently a lot funnier. Not everything he was in was great, but he was great in everything. He is shown below with his lovely wife, Suzanne Pleshette. (Due to WordPress’ fucked up auto-editing, you have to click on this one.)

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Thanks for the 50 + years of great comedy, Tom. Youll be missed.

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An uncomfortable opinion.

Gawd, I hate this. I try to be fair, though, and just because I don’t like a person, that doesn’t mean I can never think they have a point. And racist, no talent fuckbrain Ted Nugent does, I believe, have a point.

And before you react emotionally, consider this. Marijuana and cocaine have both been banned for the better part of a century. Do you know anyone who has problems getting either?

Alcohol is forbidden to anyone under 21, so teenagers are unable to get beer on the weekends, right?

Do you think that if Cho had been denied a gun at the gun shop, that he NEVER could have gotten one illegally? Do you think he would have just “calmed down” if he’d had to go that route?

We all know how we’d LIKE things to be in the world. We have to deal with the way they ARE, though. And no, it isn’t easy, and it never will be.

Some things you should see.

Well, I have finals next Monday and Tuesday, so any post that may get me a third “Thinkie” will have to wait. Until then, here’s a couple things I think you should read.

First, here is an important post from The Zero Boss. It’s something that SHOULD be on the news but won’t be. The VA whackjob is selling too many news hour commercials for anything else in the world to matter. Even without him, I’m not sure it would be reported. But it’s something everyone should know about, IMO.

Secondly, Phoenix joined in on the interview game, and gave some excellent answers to my admittedly excellent questions. She really reached deep. You should go see it.

And send me some smart vibes, if you can. I can always use more during finals.

I got a “Thinkie”!!!!!

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If you read PJ’s Place– (and you do, of course, why wouldn’t you?) – then you know that she was given a Thinking Blogger Award from this fellow. This award comes with a couple of requirements. First, you have to post a link to the blog that started the whole thing.

Then, you have to pass it on five-fold.

Why has it taken me so damn long to do it? Well, I’ve been……… thinking. Yeah. I mean, three of the people I thought of right away – PJ, Paula and Jeff K. – recieved it along with ( or before) me. Giving them another would have been no more than a mutual -affection clusterfuck. They all  deserve it, though. Still, I felt obligated to pass it on in a different direction.

So here are my choices. Go see them, if you haven’t already.

O’Tim. – If you hate my blogging, go blame him. He’s the one who encouraged me to do it. Yes, it’s all his fault. While you’re over there berating him about it, though, have a look at his blog. I know few bloggers who are as willing to present multiple schools of thought on an issue as he is. And while some of his posts about local politics may make you think “so what?” he then makes it easy to remember that ALL politics are local, and that what’s happening in his neck of the woods isn’t all that different from what’s happening in yours.And this is just a great post. If you can’t relate to it now, remember it. The time will come.

The Zero Boss – I have no idea how this guy blogs so much. I’m thinking he has a sugar mama, lucky bastard. He does, though, and at least once a day he’ll have a post that really gets people talking. I’ll bet that if you spend some time checking out all of his posts for one day, you’ll feel compelled to comment about something. And if he’s proven wrong about something, he does the last thing anyone would ever expect – he admits it! I’d like to think I’d do the same thing, were I ever wrong.

Fez Monkey – His posts usually make me think, although I admit that sometimes they make me think “What the fuck is he talking about??” He does make good points, though they are frequently wrapped within thick layers of tongue-in-cheek weirdness. And I love the phrase “idiot boy-king.”

Lucy – If you’re looking for something to argue about, try here. Lucy’s great at finding topics that people have strong opinions on, and she is no exception. I agree and disagree with her about 50-50, and she can be counted upon to be gracious no matter which way it is at the moment.

Don – Just read this.

That’s enough. Y’all go think now.

An Interesting Discussion

What do you folks think of this?

I didn’t read the study, so I can’t vouch for the veracity of anything, but it made me think about my own sense of risk-assessment. What do I do that may be far more dangerous than something I avoid for fear or caution?