Thursday, August 19, 2010

Just Hanging Out

16 comments:

  1. Hear ye, hear ye, Howard is most firstly.

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  2. Yes, but I am truly disappointed by his reported comments on the Sufi mosque in NYC:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/18/dean-stands-by-mosque-rem_n_687049.html

    Oh, well.

    On brighter notes, a very happy if slightly belated birthday, Demetrius!

    And thanks for the Apple cake, listener. Last night I did a full defragmentation of the hard drive on our old Mac (first ever, and it really needed it), tonight I am cloning its hard drive to an external drive. Will migrate programs and data from the external drive to the new Mac on the recommendation of the Apple tech rep, who said it would work better. (We're skipping ahead two full versions of the operating system, so some minor problems are to be expected.)

    Definitely Ally needs a different dentist. Many years ago my mother, for the sake of convenience, took me to a dentist in our home town rather than the one we usually went to in a city about three hours' drive away. The new dentist said I needed lots of fillings, and she didn't trust him. We went to our regular dentist, and he said maybe a couple of fillings, no more.

    We will visit Naomi this weekend, and take her out to lunch on Saturday as a birthday celebration.

    Now to unload the old computer desk. TTFN

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  3. Ally update at baby~~

    http://eatapyzch.blogspot.com/

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=allys

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  4. How did Alan respond to the Ally update before the link to it was posted? LOL!

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  5. You're welcome, Alan.

    Oh, is that a cake? I thought it was solid chocolate!

    I still need to move some stuff off my MacBook so that memory is small enough to be backed up!
    And i have an ailing fan. Bad scenario.

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  6. What do you object to, particularly, in Dean's remarks, Alan?

    I can see how one phrase could be taken badly if out of context. Otherwise, I think his remarks aren't shocking, given that Howard Dean is and always was a moderate. It's not wrong to wish that people would honour the fallen by simply coming together and working something out. That is, not overly-politicise what gets built at the site of the NY attacks.

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  7. Bill Thomasson8/19/2010 11:43:00 AM

    listener ~

    In response to your comments at baby: The dentist was talking about decay, not discoloration. But I agree that a second opinion is in order. This dentist did not seem very flexible in his opinions, and that could affect his treatment recommendations.

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  8. Think he was reading back threads, and picked up on the last one, in which case he would have seen the new update posted, 'cause I had an "emergency" between posting the update, and getting the notification posted, lol!

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  9. I don't really understand what Howard is saying here.

    Also, I resent the expression "Ground Zero mosque" used in the article. The center is to be located some two blocks away, not at the World Trade Center site. I hate how the media, even the ones like HuffPost that are supposed to be Lefty or Progressive or whatever, just unquestioningly buy into the language, with all its baggage, the RW puts out. It's not a "Ground Zero mosque." It's a Muslim cultural center to be built in lower Manhattan. It's no different than a Jewish cultural center, or a Catholic cultural center. And as I see it, the people who oppose it are bigots, pure and simple. It's not PC to be anti-Jewish or anti-Catholic, but it's perfectly all right to be anti-Muslim. It's revolting to see how many politicians are climbing over each other to show their anti-Muslim credentials. It's just like the mayor of Teeneck said: Muslims aren't a powerful voting bloc, so they're easy to push around.

    I hate this! My parents are both on the RW side of this one. It just absolutely makes me sick! I mean, this isn't someplace like Serbia where there have been wars between Christians and Muslims for centuries. This is America! We're all supposed to be the same. We're all supposed to be brothers and sisters, regardless of race, color or creed. So why is it that in the Twenty-first Century, politicians and talking heads and talk radio loudmouths can totally create an issue where there is none strictly on the basis of religion, or rather the misunderstanding and hatred of a minority religion? It's just not right. It's not American. I think Mayor Blumburg is absolutely right and much to be admired about this whole thing.

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  10. This has been building for a while. It hit my Canadian blog around March or April. The righties there were outraged, and I had to spend a good deal of time even finding out what the H. they were talking about. . . . Arshad had a good email from DFA today on the subject. . . .

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  11. Alan, that's funny about doing the first and only defrag of an Apple. I did the first defrag of a windows 98 the week I got it (2003), and it took *days*. . . .

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  12. Thank-you, Cat! I've been so busy with so many things that I did not know the cultural center ISN'T being built where the towers stood. I very much appreciate knowing this. I'm all for it, then. I know it's wildly impractical, but I wish we could just rebuild the Trade Center there. Not exactly as it was, since that turned out to be a dangerous design. But by reclaiming the space with the intent of the space those who destroyed the towers win a little less.

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  13. Ah, that explains it. Thanks! I was thinking he'd developed special powers! LOL!

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  14. Err. Glad my rant was helpful.

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  15. Ooh! Special Deaniac powers.

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