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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-08-21 10:52
Subject: [links] Link Salad, lunch break
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Tags:books, cars, cool, links, lj, politics, science, tech, writing
Pastor asks followers to pray for his critics to dieThat's family values. "Jesus loves you, fuck off and die." Plus now I know what an imprecatory prayer is.

The strangest Bushism yet — "I too am a dissident in Washington." WTF? The mind boggles. I can't decide whether to laugh or cry. This goes beyond out of touch with reality and somewhere deep into psychotic narcissism. To quote that master of consistency, Inigo Montoya, on lexicography, "I do not think it means what you think it means."

My favorite political quote of all time — From June 17th, 2000, on NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. It's Carl Kasell speaking at about 2:23 on this clip, attributed to Bill Maher, though I can't find confirmation of the original.

I don't how a country can be taken seriously as a democracy when all you have to do to get elected is to be a former president's idiot kid


They were talking about Bashar al-Assad's succession to the presidency in Syria, of course.

Jokes about Lucas, Prince of Darkness — Only rcovering owners of older British cars need apply.

Aerocar for sale — Another candidate for the next Genre car?

Artificial Life Likely in 3 to 10 Years — "Wet artifical life." Wow. (Thanks to yourbob.)

The economics of used book sales

LJ Book — It has finally occured to me to use the search capabilities of pdf files to locate old LJ entries I want to refer back to. This is a great tool. Can't recall who originally recommended it to me.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2007-08-21 18:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
>>"I too am a dissident in Washington."<<

I guess this means that from now on Bush is only going to be allowed to stand at least one mile away from his own speeches.
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kmckiernan
User: kmckiernan
Date: 2007-08-21 18:28 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sometimes, the only thing to do is shake the head. Digested together, the links in this post make my brain hurt.
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jeffsoesbe
User: jeffsoesbe
Date: 2007-08-21 18:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The astuteness of the political items aside, now I have a "Princess Bride" brainworm going that is re-playing all the fine quotes from the book and movie.

"Who are you?"
"No one of consequence."
"I must know!"
"Get used to disappointment."

and so on. Sigh. I'm just going to have to let that worm play itself out.
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Hugh Casey
User: hughcasey
Date: 2007-08-21 19:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
FYI, the story about the Pastor requires registration.
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Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.: curious
User: slithytove
Date: 2007-08-22 05:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:curious
BugMeNot. Use it. Love it.
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Hal
User: hal_obrien
Date: 2007-08-21 19:40 (UTC)
Subject: Persecution
"I too am a dissident in Washington." WTF?

That actually makes sense, in an odd, Bush-is-Nixon kind of way. The Nixon transcripts document just how often Dick would rail against "The Establishment," and how they kept frustrating him. It will occur to you that the president is the very embodiment of The Establishment.

Or ought to be, which is where it gets interesting. Nixon appears to have frequently seen himself as "The Westerner going up against the Eastern elites." Dubya also frequently casts himself in that role -- son of an Eastern president and grandson of an Eastern Senator be damned. Whether Dubya believes that, or whether he's just using that casting as a way to jerk off hoi polloi -- or, darker still, whether he's plugging in to the Republican propensity to see themselves as oppressed underdogs, no matter how powerful they get -- is an open set of questions.

My own favorite Bushism is when he complimented Australian prime minister John Howard as being, "almost like a Texan." As I said at the time, that's very high praise, coming as it does from the world's foremost authority on what it means to be, "almost like a Texan..."

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martyn44
User: martyn44
Date: 2007-08-21 21:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There's not a lot to be said to the pastor, except possibly Matthew, chapter 5, verses 43 and 44, and Luke, chapter 6, verses 27-28. But that Jesus, what could he know?

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User: n5red
Date: 2007-08-21 21:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Molt Taylor was an amazing designer and aviation pioneer.
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Jeanine
User: jeanineers
Date: 2007-08-21 23:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Several years ago I had a Triumph TR7. 'The shape of things to sit still in your driveway'. The dedicated staff at the british motor parts shop I visited all too frequently, wore all kinds of Lucas themed t-shirts. I miss the Triumph it was hella fun to drive when it was running.
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jimvanpelt
User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2007-08-22 00:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, my gosh! The LJ Book is exactly what I've been looking for! Very cool. Thanks, Jay.
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Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.: curious
User: slithytove
Date: 2007-08-22 05:25 (UTC)
Subject: A murrain on ye!
Keyword:curious
In the 1990s, he protested "Gay Day" at Disneyland and a 2 Live Crew concert as obscene. He also fought Buena Park city officials who tried to stop him from sheltering homeless people on church grounds.

The man just can't keep out of hot water.

I hadn't heard of 'imprecatory prayer' either. Religion is full of strange, fascinating little niches.
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