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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Change, Hope, ENTP

Being the enthused Obama supporter that I am, I have to say I am very disappointed that President elect Barack has failed to bring the CHANGE we've all been waiting for (could that be though because we are the change we've been waiting for, meaning that the change is us, therefore we are already changed? Hmmm). As Connie might bring up, perhaps that's because Barack is a ENTP, meaning he can't make meaningful decisions because he's constantly thinking about his braintype and how it relates to what type of poodle he should have. Of course, being an ENTP has entails the concept of thinking [the T], which by itself is quite dangerous. As some random quote website once posted, "Last night I dreamed I ate a ten-pound marshmallow, and when I woke up the pillow was gone."

Now, what was I saying?

Really, this post is just for posting sake. Blogging is all about rhythm and consistency. When you go a few days without posting it becomes harder to think of something to post as time goes on. That's how blogs die (as most do). So I'm trying to break out of that. I've been doing this too long to stop now.

So fear not. Hope, change, free gas and grocery's are on the way!

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

My Excuse

No, I didn't die recently or anything, I just happen to have three tests on Monday (MUS 100, BUS 110 & COM 100) so I've been sort of busy. Typically during times like these Rex is supposed to hold down the fort by copying & pasting stuff from forwarded conspiracy emails (did you know Obama was really born in China!?!) but he got captured by some Somalian pirates yesterday so he's sort of unavailable. However, this is no reason fear, fret, worry, panic, whatever, etc. I'm sure that I'll be be able to think of something to write so the trillions of you out there who are in deep depression because this site hasn't been updated for three days can have something to feed on.

As the great John Edwards once said, "HOPE is ON the WAY!"


Monday, November 17, 2008

November 17


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Kinda spooky... even if you don't believe in Left Behind

World asked to help craft online charter for religious harmony
"A website launched Friday with the backing of technology industry and Hollywood elite urges people worldwide to help craft a framework for harmony between all religions." Read more

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Patriotic Effort - But Jets Fly Away With Win

I think I may have just saw one of the best football games of my life tonight between the New England Patriots and New York Jets [Jets win 34 to 31 in overtime]. What first looked like a boring blowout for the first two quarters ended up becoming a great game right towards the end of the second quarter when the Patriots got their act together. Even though the Patriots lost in overtime, the 18 point comeback, and the Randy Moss 4th down 16 yard touchdown catch from Matt Cassel [400 yds passing, 3TD's, 62 yds rushing] with one second left on the clock made the game worth the watch regardless of the outcome.

Due to the loss the Patriots move into second place in the division behind the Jets by one game. The Jets one game lead isn't one that is impossible to overcome [unlike if the Pats had won] because the Patriots won the first meeting between the two teams back in September. Other then Cassel and Wes Welker [7rec for 108yds], Jabbar Gaffney [7rec for 86yds, TD], Steven Gostkowski [3 for 3 one field goals], etc one player that really stoodout was the rookie linebacker Jerod Mayo. Mayo had 20 total tackles and was body-slamming someone on every single play that he was in. One of those hits including a 4th down stop in with less then 2mins left in the game that made the Jets punt and allowed for the Patriots to drive down the field for a tying touchdown. The other rookie [undrafted] linebacker, Gary Guyton also had a decent game with one tackle, one pass knocked down and a fumble recovery.

Overall, a loss is a loss. But like elections, some losses are more painful then other losses, and this loss wasn't too painful at all.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

November 12th


Monday, November 10, 2008

A Comment On Comments

Since it has recently become an issue, I thought it might be helpful if I offered a tutorial on how to properly comment on this website [and it’s free!]. I understand that not everyone that reads this site makes comments (here the number is somewhere around 97% of the readers). In fact, I’m not a comment person myself. I hardly ever comment (especially on other sites) unless I really feel like it and even then I rarely follow up on the discussion. So, if you are in that group, don’t worry, I’m one of you.

For everyone else… I have a few suggestions/guidelines/rules/regulations. First, remember, this is my website and I reserve the right to delete whatever comments I happen to dislike. As far as I am aware of, the Fairness Doctrine still has yet to be put into law so there is no rule that I have to allow for both sides of an issue to be discussed or argued. On this site, I am correct approximately 147% of the time. This is my little dictatorship, and like most dictators I don’t tolerate dissent unless I find it amusing or something along those lines. The best comments are the ones that either say how great the post/website/point/garbage I wrote is and prove further proof that I am in fact correct.

If you are still having trouble getting all of this I have a few helpful suggestions.

One – write your comment as if you were writing a glowing review for a potential best seller. For example, “thanks Silas for your wonderful post. I read it 300 times and am forwarding it to all of my friends.” Or, “once again, Silas adds valuable insight into the issue of the Palin/McCain feud. Although clearly unbiased, his lucid post unambiguously lays out the copious flaws in the selection of Sarah Palin as McCain’s vice president.” Or just the simple “dittos, you are a great Canadian” works as well.

Second – avoid lol (not terrible, but sort of overused) and rotflol. First off, do you really think I believe you when you say that you’re rolling on the floor laughing out loud? You must be a really talented person because I can hardly type when I’m lol, and I can’t even comprehend typing and rolling on the floor at the same time (if you can do it though, please consider taking a video of it and posting it on YouTube).

Third – don’t argue. If you want to debate that’s ok (sometimes). What I don’t want on my site is arguing. If you want to make insult, take out your rage, fume, etc please consider doing it somewhere else. There are programs and medication to help with that type of thing. My website is not one of those programs.

Overall, I don’t think the website really has a huge issue with the comments section. I actually don't care if people leave comments; it really doesn’t matter to me. When the content of the comments that are left are implicitly negative though that is when I feel like I need to intervene [and stuff starts to disappear…]. So in conclusion, just be thoughtful about what you write, follow the golden rule, think about how others could/are going to view it and you should be fine.


More Election Day Photos

If you're interested [you are] Michael has a post over at Grand Adventure with some great election day photos.


Saturday, November 08, 2008

Demographic Winter

View the trailer here

Friday, November 07, 2008

The Blame Game - McCain vs Palin

According to news reports, Sarah Palin is upset about the comments that some of McCain's staffers made about her following Tuesdays loss. The infighting between her staff and McCain's isn't as surprising as the fact that it is becoming so public. Either way you look at it though, it's hard to say that Palin was a good choice for vice president (as I wrote, and Aaron commented, shortly after she was picked). The whole idea that she was going to pick up Hillary voters was absurd and proved to be absolutely false and she really seemed to just be a one liner machine whenever she had a speech or interview.

So, did she inspire some support originally?

Yes. Just look at the jump in McCain's polling numbers after the GOP convention.

Did that support last?

No. Look at the Nov. 4th results.

On the other hand, I'm not sure there was anyone that would have been a good VP pick for McCain. Maybe the problem was McCain - not the VP pick...


Thursday, November 06, 2008

Post Election Party/Aftermath

Sorry that there aren't more pictures. Don't blame me! I only had the camera from around 5am to 8am before I gave it to someone else. Also, for some reason the camera really seems to be having problems with the resolution when it starts to get dark so you'll just have to bare with the fuzz. Think of it like a TV with rabbit ears that gets bad reception if that makes you feel any better.
Around 8:30pm, it was getting pretty dark, and things were shutting down so most of the poll-standers headed back to the house for the post-election, hopefully *victory* party.
One of the local guys that dropped in for the party just a short while after I think this photo was taken thought that the bottle of Cola I was holding was something other than what it really was... apparently that was an issue for other sign wavers also (talk to Josh)... Someone started a game of soccer (we lit up the field with car headlights) and I didn't even think about the results until I took a step inside about an hour later...
and saw that they weren't exactly looking all that great locally or nationally
just before Ohio and Florida go blue
The next day... time to start the clean up and reorganizing. On my way to school I grabbed a bunch of our yard signs, Peter & Aidan, Dad, etc also went on runs to collect the 400+ signs around the district. Who knows, we might need them again someday

Overall the feeling around here is actually pretty optimistic. It's one thing to be embarrassed, lose by a ton of votes, and on the other hand, it kills when you lose by the slimmest of margins (60 votes for example, leads to "if only I knocked on 30 more doors..." nightmares), but the margin we lost by was about as painless as you could get (4%, 250'sh votes). So yeah, right now things are peachy. There's things to be done, places to go, people to meet and thinking about "what if" really doesn't make any sense. Despite the loss, it was still a great experience, and well worth doing.

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Rhode Island 08 Statewide Race Results

Presidential Voting Results

  • Barack Obama (D) - 296153, 63.1%
  • John McCain (R) - 165219, 35.2%
  • Ralph Nader (I) - 4,819, 1%
  • Bod Barr (L) - 1380, 0.3%
  • Cynthia McKinney (G) - 793, 0.2%
  • Chuck Baldwin (C) - 673, 0.1%
United States Senatorial Race
  • Jake Reed (D) - 320,197, 73.4%
  • Bob Tingle (R) - 116,051, 26.6%
  • Tom Brady (WI) - 1, 0.0%
United States House of Rep. Race - District One
  • Patrick Kennedy (D) - 145052, 68.6%
  • Jon Scott (R) - 51, 302, 24.3%
  • Kenneth Capalbo (I) - 15,095, 7.1%
United States House of Rep. Race - District Two
  • James Langevin (D) - 158,196, 70.1%
  • Mark Zaccaria (R) - 67,357, 29.9%

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Medcaft Elementary School

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Richmond Elementary School

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Meadowbrook Inn

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Charlestown Elementary School

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Carolina Fire Station

Exeter Jobs Corps Academy


Psalm 112:7

He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The Results

NBC 10 News has the results. Things didn't turn out the way we or I had hoped they would but God is in control, his ways are perfect and he has a reason for everything. Sometimes it's just hard to understand those reasons right away.

In retrospect, when you look at the numbers on the statewide races, the Obama effect really killed anyone that wasn't running as a Democrat. I'm only aware of one or two Republicans left in the statehouse actually after tonight's election (and one of them ran unopposed). Considering those factors, 52% to 48% isn't anything to get depressed over, in fact, it's only 1% less then what the RI GOP minority leader (who had been in forever), Nick Gorham got in his race (which he lost).

I wanted to say a special thank you to all of you guy's that came down to help out on election day! You made it a great day no matter what the outcome was (or how many times my soccer team lost...).