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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby RedShoes » Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:22 pm

verbal gymnastics wrote:Why have the random thoughts dried up?


Because you haven't been around as much lately, VG! ;)

My random thought of the day:
All other economic woes aside, I'm bummed that the Canadian dollar is doing so horribly right now. Our Seattle trip is suddenly a lot more expensive than when we first booked the flight, and my US debt is now going to take that much longer to pay off. Boo!

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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby always dancing » Fri Oct 24, 2008 3:01 pm

My random thought of the day --- Can 45 year old Jamie Moyer win a baseball game in the World Series tonight?

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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby oily slick » Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:14 pm

always dancing wrote:My random thought of the day --- Can 45 year old Jamie Moyer win a baseball game in the World Series tonight?


and the answer to that is no he cannot. it will not happen. write that down. now tomorrow night, maybe.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby always dancing » Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:52 pm

Sorry getting ahead of myself.

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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby ice nine » Fri Oct 24, 2008 8:45 pm

How do we know that all this economic turmoil the world is in right now is not economic terrorism. What better way to bring down a society than attacking it's infrastructure? Bringing down a building(s) is destructive, but bringing down a whole economy is just as destructive.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby verbal gymnastics » Sat Oct 25, 2008 7:45 am

RedShoes wrote:
verbal gymnastics wrote:Why have the random thoughts dried up?


Because you haven't been around as much lately, VG! ;)


My random thoughts are carefully thought out to make them look spontaneous and thus getting the love and respect of my fellow Board Members.:lol:

It doesn't seem to be working though.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby ice nine » Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:33 pm

Andrew Gold's 'Oh, What A Lonely Boy' mysteriously popped into my head the other day out of nowhere. I further remembered my dad taking me to my first concert, Linda Ronstadt/AG, in the 70's
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Wed Oct 29, 2008 7:21 pm

Brilliant!


From the same era/vintage as:

Check out 0.30-0.40 - his face is priceless!
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby ice nine » Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:45 pm

That was great, Otis.
The guy has a future in 1970 porn movies. Who are they? 'I may not be too bright, but I can hold you tight.'

Nevermind....Got it
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Otis Westinghouse » Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:19 am

A colleague of mine went to a Greek island for a week of songwriting tuition a few years ago, and Dean Friedman was the tutor! Can you imagine? 'OK, so today we're working on conversational duets...'
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby oily slick » Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:45 pm

i think hank williams jr is fuckin' sara palin.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby mood swung » Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:09 pm

now, THAT'S random.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby RedShoes » Fri Oct 31, 2008 11:25 am

Don't ever convince your boss to hire a friend, no matter how desperate that friend may be for a job.

It's just not a good idea.

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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Goody2Shoes » Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:50 pm

mood swung wrote:now, THAT'S random.


Nah, I don't think it's so random.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby Mr. Average » Sat Nov 01, 2008 1:36 pm

Racism in the United States has never been more evident than it is now when compared to the last 30 years of my life.

And not practiced in the way that conventional wisdom would predict. When literally millions of votes are being cast because of the content of melanin in the epithelial cells of the skin (based on actual exit poll testimonials of the voters, NOT based on a presumption), that is action based on color, not principle. Of al people Howard Stern has been active revealing the truth behind the statement above.

Obama is a smart guy with a great intellect. I think his intelligence will damage the country and international relations beyond comprehension, both as a function of a hidden agenda (you'll find out soon enough) and maybe moreso based on naivete'.

Half of my best friends and coworkers are voting for/have voted for Obama based on their take on his principles, and we have had great, thoughtful discussions about it. I love their thinking and their positive idealism. I simply disagre with the principles.

But to vote based soley on the color of the skin is a form of racism that is rampant, and I genuinely believe that this election will be characterised by a sort of reverese racism that we have never seen. Call it retaliatory voting, call it restitution hope, call it whatever you want. I am not so naive as to think that there are millions that will vote with me that will use the same criteria. Equally sickening.

For obvious reasons, the racial divide that we will soon experience in America will bring this country back to the 60's in terms of undoing the tremendous advanaces that have been madein the last 50 years. It is a really sad time.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby BlueChair » Sat Nov 01, 2008 2:00 pm

Disclaimer: As a Canadian, I have had my perspective on the United States shot down time and again. However, as a neighbour and frequent visitor of the United States, and as a husband of an American, I feel like I can share some of my observations.

Do you really think Obama is going to win this election solely on race? The truth is, John McCain has run a terrible campaign. He and Palin have resorted to fear mongering and name calling and that, not race, is what has gotten a lot of independents, first-time voters, and even Republicans on board with Obama/Biden.

People are voting for Obama because they see him as a breath of fresh air. Not only is he charismatic and intelligent, but people truly believe he would make a terrific president.

Obviously nothing is ever a sure thing. But Obama has a lot more to say about what he plans to do than McCain, who keeps warning people that Obama would do very bad things, like implement socialism or pal around with terrorists.




If we're going to talk about racism, why don't we look at the 23% of Texans who continue to believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim. Not to mention the fact that it's made to be an issue, even when it shouldn't be (Colin Powell, a Republican, has cited this as one of the main reasons he is throwing his support to Obama). Or how about the fringe Hilary supporters who vocally oppose Obama because he is an "inadequate black male."





The scariest thing, to me, about this election, is that it has revealed the amount of racism that still exists in your country. Some of the comments I have seen on television have sickened me. And it's not the type of reverse racism you're citing... it's the same damn racism that plagued your country during the 1950s and 1960s.



One more thing:

Too intelligent to be president? Is that even possible? Don't you want the best and brightest America has to offer running your country, or would you rather a hockey mom, Joe the Plumber type figure?
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby alexv » Sat Nov 01, 2008 4:20 pm

Blue and Mr. A, I have a different take on the election, I think that Obama's triumph next week (he will win, as I have been predicting here for quite some time now, thank you very much) is the end result of the extraordinary improvement in race relations in our country over the last 50 years. Blue looks to the 50s and 60s as the bad old days of racism, when making his comparison to today. I think that's probably the result of his solid Canadian educational system having impressed upon him images of sit-ins, dog attacks, race riots etc. and his viewing them as evidence of the worst days of racism. Exactly the opposite was happening. The 50s and 60s mark the beginning of the great shift in race relations in our country. Brown v. Board of Education, MLK, the Civil Rights Act, black power, Michael Jordan, Ophrah....Obama. The fact that we have a black Presidential candidate who is not just a token candidate (as Jesse Jackson was), but a real, viable contender, judged by the same standards as his opponent, and capable of winning is proof positive that race will never be viewed the same in our country. Does it mean that 23% of Texas yahoos won't go around making statements that frazzle the sensitivities of sensitive Canadians? No. Or that a sizable minority of Americans (white and black) won't continue to betray racial biases? No. Racism will never go away completely. Not in America, not in Timbuktu and not even in...Canada. But it seems to me undeniable that race relations have improved dramatically in our country and that is a wonderful thing. I'm not saying folks should rely on personal experiences in coming to these conclusions, but I am struck by how much the younger generations of Americans that I deal with view race in completely different ways than mine and prior generations. It's just not that big a deal to them.

A further point, I am always struck by this idea that there is something in the american psyche that generates a level of racism that exceeds that found elsewhere in the world. Complete bullshit. America/Americans are racist in the same way that Canadians and everyone else in the world are racists. When folks generalize about America's racist past they should stop first to think about precisely who these "racist Americans" are. America is a land of immigrants. The folks who spout racist bile in our country are the sons and daughters and recent descedants of Cubans, Italians, Germans, Greeks, Palestinians, Jamaicans, Trinidanians, Scots, Puerto Ricans, Swedes, Dominicans, Dutch...etc. who came here and became "Americans". Every example listed above is intentionally noted because over the years these "Americans" have at one point or another betrayed various degrees of racial biases in my presence. Did they all become racists in America? Are you serious. Is someone going to seriously argue that Europeans are not "racists"? or that they are somehow less "racist" than "Americans? Please.

Racism is universal. America has had a peculiar history in this regard because of slavery (not an American creation) which resulted in large numbers of African Americans becoming American. I would wager anything that our friendly Canadian neighbors, if faced with similar historical circumstances and similarly large numbers of African Americans in their midst would have a racist history no different than the USs, unless perhaps there is genetic anti-racist gene present in the Great White North that I am not clued in on.

Mr. A, I am one of those people who is taking race into account when casting a Presidential election vote. It is not reverse racism. It is a joyful act. I love the fact that this extraordinarily well-qualified candidate is African American. It validates my faith in this country. It proves to me that we are on the right path. If he were running against a white candidate of equal standing, I see nothing wrong with the AA getting the nod on account of race. An African American presidency is a transcending political result for a reason. Nevertheless, please rest assured that I am also voting for O in protest against the policies of a party towards whose views I generally gravitate but which I fear has lost its way, temporarily. It is a vote agains the conduct of the war and the selection of a moron as a Vp candidate. It is not racism to vote for an African American and take his race into account. It would be racist to not vote for an African American because of his race, or to vote for a white candidate (facing a black opponent) because of his race. Remember, racism in our country is present among both races, but has harmed only one.

End of random rant thought

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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby so lacklustre » Sat Nov 01, 2008 6:57 pm

Someone mentioned that they prefer my insulting style posts, rather than reviews of concerts that take a great deal of effort. Here is my unrandom ode to keep you going.

Disclaimer - I have never claimed to be a poet.

Mr Average is a 100% fuckwit
He babbles on with his mouth full of horseshit
A blind Republican who is deaf in both ears
He spouts forth even more rubbish as the election day nears

He suggests 'reverse racism' as the main winner of votes
Does he think that the coloureds still come on banana boats?
He isn't too intelligent to be on this board
But his fascist remarks certainly don't strike a chord

Half of his best friends have voted for Obama
(does he mean the goldfish or his big fat mama?)
He claims there will soon be a new racial divide
But his right wing hatred is something he just cannot hide

His posts are steeped in hatred most vile
His kind of thinking sets America back a mile
To claim that the US's international relations could get any worse
Shows how stupid he is (that's the end of the verse)
signed with love and vicious kisses

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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby bambooneedle » Sat Nov 01, 2008 7:25 pm

Feeling big?

You suck...

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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby migdd » Sat Nov 01, 2008 9:26 pm

bambooneedle wrote:Feeling big?

You suck...


Who are you refering to, bbn?

From the heart of racism in America (the deep South) that has been living with our African-American brother longer than any other part of North America - thank God Obama WILL be President in 2009!

btw, thanks solack.

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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby migdd » Sat Nov 01, 2008 9:44 pm

Oh and by the way, racism is not an intellectual concept. It is something felt (or not) in one's heart. Invite someone of another race into your life and into your heart and then you'll know the folly of the term.

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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby BlueChair » Sat Nov 01, 2008 10:54 pm

Some great comments by alexv, and some great humour by so lack.

I don't want to create any illusion that Canada doesn't have its fair share of racism. It certainly does. I only bring up my Canadianess to remind everyone that I am simply an observer and not a participant in this election process.
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby bambooneedle » Sun Nov 02, 2008 2:06 am

migdd wrote:Who are you refering to, bbn?


The aptly named one.

Sorry, that doesn't help clarify :lol: , but I was referring to So Lacklustre.

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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby ice nine » Sun Nov 02, 2008 7:27 pm

Who do you think Martha Stewart will vote for? Oh wait.......
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Re: Random Thoughts

Postby oily slick » Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:30 pm

i think hank williams jr is fuckin' martha stewart.
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