Desert Cat's Paradise
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." - Proverbs 27:12.
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
"I thought it would be more fun..."Comments
Uh huh. :D
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Sunday, August 29, 2004
I'm speechless...just... ...speechless...Comments
The Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute
Ladies, you do NOT have to go on feeling this way. Dr. Hailparn can completely resculpt and rejuvenate the vagina with a one-hour laser procedure:
Um...reconstruction of th...
Via The Utterly True Adventures of a Pathological Liar
"Darling, is it REAL or did you have it reconstructed 'cause you thought I'd want it?"
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200,000 in N.Y. Protest Bush (washingtonpost.com)Comments
Better watch out Moonbats! Maybe Dick Cheney will launch some more cruise missiles at New York or something...
"I have numerous protesters on the road. Do you want me to take them out?"
"Take them out."
video via SondraK
I kid! I kid!
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Friday, August 27, 2004
Neanderpundit has a great adaptation of a Monty Python classic!Comments
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Knee-jerk hypocrisy: SpeedbumpComments
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The Republican Convention will be starting next week. If you were thinking about donating to George W. Bush's reelection, now is the last minute. Due to campaign laws, Bush cannot receive campaign contributions after accepting the nomination at the convention.Comments
The link below will take you directly to the donation form at GeorgeWBush.com:
GeorgeWBush.com :: Donate
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Ok, I know this site is going to get hammered today. But possibly some who arrive are confused as to what the above noted is all about. This post:Classic Quote of the Week Award is in reference to my comment in THIS post, which referred back to THIS post.Comments
Now Rodger muddied the waters a bit more by adding that hilarious cartoon atop the "award".
Funny place. I can't get enough of SondraK's site lately, ever since Rodger has been on his posting spree...
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Thursday, August 26, 2004Comments
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Brian B interprets Bob Dole's phone conversation with John Kerry:Comments
Memento Moron: Remember, Thou Art Stupid: Apparently Viagra Works
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In God We Trust -- Everyone Else Keep Your Hands Where I Can See Them.Comments
This post could have been written by me--it is awfully awfully close to the way I see it.
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In a kind of cruel and sick way, I find this to be incredibly hilarious!Comments
SondraK.com: More fun from Abu Ghraib
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Rumor has it that Kerry's lawyers are threatening to sue anyone posting THIS photo of Kerry on the web.Comments
Oh, and the campaign desperately wants to keep this book:
JOHN KERRY'S "THE NEW SOLDIER" out of the hands of the curious.
To top it off, Orrin Hatch would like to make me a criminal for posting a link to that "illegal" online book.
UPDATE: HERE is the source of the lawsuit threat rumor--appears to be true, at least in that Ted Sampley's organization has been threatened with a suit by a photographer friend of John Kerry, who claims copyright ownership of the photo. Thanks to Little Miss Attila for the update!
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From here: ScrappleFace: Bush Campaign Shift: Now, It's a One-Man RaceComments
"Kerry & Edwards stop into a MacDonalds during a campaign tour, and one of the clercks is so excited to see them that she drops a cup of hot coffee on the counter, and some of the coffee splashes on Kerry's sleeve. John Edwards immediatly files a personal injury lawsuit, and John Kerry applies for a purple heart!"
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In the eyes of Alice Cooper, all the rock stars campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry are guilty of one thing: treason. The shock-rock legend, a staunch Republican who attends NBA games in Phoenix with Arizona Senator John McCain, was disgusted when he learned of plans by BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, JOHN MELLENCAMP, R.E.M. and other bands to hold a series of concerts aimed at unseating U.S. President George W. Bush.
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Debra Saunders: A taste of their own medicineComments
Team Kerry wants President Bush to denounce an advertising campaign by an independent group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which has criticized Sen. John Kerry's Vietnam record.
Their own medicine, indeed! Heh.
Go read the rest of the article (link at top).
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Wednesday, August 25, 2004
SondraK.com: Exclusive: From our source in FallujahComments
This is way cool! Insurgents go boom!
I love coming across these video snippets from actual combat.
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NewsMax Uncovers Kerry's Ties to Anti-Bush GroupsComments
Don't just dismiss the source, refute the allegation!
Thing is, it'll be tough to do since the pile of evidence is so mountainous. So you poor Demos are stuck in the same position yet again--having nothing to defend with except smear campaign attacks against your opponents...
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Tuesday, August 24, 2004
This internet radio station is so perfect, I could listen to it for hours, (and I do).Comments
The Cosmic Island
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Harsh title, but read on:Comments
Vets reject appeal to end Kerry blitz
Oh really, Mr. President?
It would be too easy to agree with you, since you have been the target of a much larger 527 campaign.
This is a First Amendment issue. As was "campaign finance reform". Which you signed. (Cursed be your name for that!)
What is with you politicians?! You think you ought to be immune from criticism? What in the name of Sam Hill do you think the First Amendment is about anyway?
The press has become bitterly partisan, yet there are no limits on their speech. Why should any other group with strongly held views on political issues be restricted from airing their views?
If this country cannot handle listening to divergent viewpoints, however strident, without the "system" being harmed, then maybe this country cannot handle democracy. Maybe the "system" isn't really about democracy after all? Maybe that's what "campaign finance reform" and the inevitable coming effort to restrict 527 groups is all about, eh?
After all, the California recall illuminated just how uncomfortable wide open democracy is for "system" politicians. You entrenched incumbents and other political elitists and journalists squirmed in your seats as you watched the rabble oust their hated governor, didn't you? (Yes, George Will, I'm talking to you.)
If I buy a newspaper, I can publish what I want in my editorials, right? Where's the difference between that and buying ad space in print, radio, or TV to express my political opinion? And the blogosphere? Will bloggers be the eventual targets of the statist free speech squelchers? What is "The Press", really? And why would there be some elite class called "The Press" that have rights that do not extend to the people? I certainly don't believe that was the Founder's intent.
Maybe Vox is right. Maybe there is only one party--the statist Republicrat party, intent on shutting out any voice that is outside the "system".
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Michael Novak: NRO:Comments
When John Kerry called the Swift Boat Vets for Truth "liars" on August 19, he ignored a point articulated afterwards by his spokeswoman, Stephanie Cutter: "When somebody's attacking your military record, you reach a boiling point, and he reached a boiling point last night," Cutter explained. "When you go and fight in a war, when you spill blood for your country, your instinct is to fight back and defend your record."
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Truth is Victim in Kerry Offensive
What I would like to know is why the Kerry campaign is choosing to smear these decorated veterans instead of spending the same amount of energy refuting their charges.
There is a simple way to do this. The same thing that was demanded of Bush over and over. Release your Navy records, Mr. Kerry, and let the world judge for itself. We have all of Bush's military records in the public domain now. Let's see yours!
I think we all know why he won't do that. Hypocrisy, yes. But the truth is probably on the side of the Swift Boat Vets, and Kerry's military record would damn him. The "shrapnel" in his ass is probably rice from the stock of rice he blew up, injuring himself in the process.
Prove them wrong, Mr. Kerry! You have the means to do so. Smearing them with feces, you get covered in feces yourself.
Do it! Release your records!
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Sunday, August 22, 2004
US court: Software can't commit piracyComments
Truly decentralised peer-to-peer (P2P) software can't be held accountable for its misuse, according to a US federal appeals court.
The decision, by the 9th US Circuit Court in Los Angeles, threw a major brick in the path of entertainment companies which have been trying to have the courts shut down companies running the P2P networks.
The court indicated that the goals of the entertainment industry were better reached by legislation than litigation, but fired what could be read as a warning shot at a number of very ambitious restraint of technology efforts currently gathering steam in the Congress.
In the concluding paragraphs of the decision, Justice Sidney R. Thomas wrote:
"From the advent of the player piano, every new means of
reproducing sound has struck a dissonant chord with musical
copyright owners, often resulting in federal litigation. This
appeal is the latest reprise of that recurring conflict, and one
of a continuing series of lawsuits between the recording
industry and distributors of file-sharing computer software."
"[W]e live in a quicksilver technological
environment with courts ill-suited to fix the flow of
internet innovation....The introduction of new technology is always disruptive to old markets and particularly to those copyright owners whose works are sold through well-established distribution mechanisms," the court wrote. "Yet history has shown that time and market forces often provide equilibrium in balancing interests, whether the new technology be a player piano, a copier, a tape recorder, a video recorder, a personal computer, a karaoke machine or an MP3 player. Thus, it is prudent for courts to exercise caution before restructuring liability theories for the purpose of addressing specific market abuses, despite their apparent present magnitude."
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Saturday, August 21, 2004
Who Let The Dog(s) Out?!!Comments
Didn't they have her caged in back somewhere? Please, put her back! Sheesh!
I mean yeah, it helps the Republicans every time she opens her mouth, but still... Lordy that woman is a flake!
WorldNetDaily--Teresa: John not qualified to be president
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Friday, August 20, 2004
Now, almost two years after he voted for the war in Iraq and seven months after switching positions to declare himself the anti-war candidate, my opponent has found a new nuance. He now agrees it was the right decision to go into Iraq. See, after months of questioning my motives and even my credibility, the Senator from Massachusetts now agrees with me.... I want to thank him for clearing that up. But there are still 76 days left in the campaign for him to change his mind.
Love it! Love it! :D
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I have been peripherally aware of Michelle Malkin over the last few months. Ms. Malkin is a blogger, a columnist and an author. Vox, as a libertarian, seems to have some issues with her, accusing her of being more of a Republican cheerleader than a principled conservative. I have seen mentions of her elsewhere.Comments
But Chris Matthews has just catapulted her to fame by his disgraceful treatment of her on "Hardball" (spitball?) last night. The incident caught Rush's attention, and he had Ms. Malkin on his show this morning to give her an opportunity to discuss her new book and the points that she couldn't make due to Matthews apoplexy.
From her conversation with Rush, she strikes me as very articulate and intelligent.
Her site is jammed tight now, as twenty million listeners attempt to access it simultaneously (probably exploding Sitemeter in the process) and I can't get in to read it. But I'll likely be adding her site to the blogroll soon.
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Thursday, August 19, 2004Comments
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US News--Transcript of Kerry Speech to VFWComments
"And now, with so much at stake in the struggle against Al Qaeda the American people want to hear, in plain words the answer to a simple question. How are we going to get the terrorists before they get us? Just what is our strategy - not just for striking back against the terrorists, but for defeating their aims, destroying their movement, discrediting their cause, and bringing old and new friends to our side? What is our long-term strategy for making America safer?"
Note the highlighted text. A short while ago Kerry stated that he would strike back against our enemies when we are attacked, leading many to ask if he intended to sit around doing nothing while threats against this country gathered. He seems to have addressed that question here. Translation: " I too am in favor of the use preemptive action, just like Bush."
"Anybody But Bush"-ies, how can you vote for a man who is incapable of differentiating himself in any meaningful way from the incumbent? With all the energy you have expended denouncing Bush's efforts in the war on terror?
Go ahead. Flip that lever for Kerry. You might as well flip the lever for Bush, for all the difference it will make to you and your big issue.
Kerry would do it "better". BS! How? He has his big "secret plans" that he just can't tell us peons about? With his french looks, he'll charm our allies into marching into Iraq just as he pulls our troops out? It's laughable!
All BS, no substance.
I can't even keep up with the BS emanating from Kerry anymore. I've passed up the opportunity to make hay on at least a half dozen occasions over the last couple of weeks. It just wears me out listening to the bull, the contortions, the pathological flip-flops, the weaselly worming around the truth, the "magic thinking", the complete failure to address his critics charges head on, etc. etc. ad nauseum.
Back at the beginning of August on the George Stephanopolous show, Kerry asserted that he could bring troops home from around the world, specifically including the Korean Peninsula, because of his unique diplomatic abilities. Three weeks later, Rumsfeld unveils a plan that has long been in the works to reduce troop deployments in Germany and Korea, and Kerry has a cow! He criticized the proposed troop reduction from Korea, saying it was dangerous, saying the plan was hastily thrown together, and then in virtually the next sentence complaining that it would take ten years to accomplish. He carped about it being a "unilateral" withdrawal (they are US troops--we need to get permission?), but then just today the South Koreans announced that they had agreed to the plan.
Now Kerry appears to have five different versions of the truth regarding his claim that he was illegally inside Cambodia on Christmas Day 1968. Five versions of a story that Kerry claimed was SEARED into his memory.
It's crap like this...
Rush is fleeing the country for a couple of weeks because he can't take it anymore. I just flee from blogging when it gets too deep and "ripe".
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Tuesday, August 17, 2004
This is perfect!Comments
A quote destined for posterity from Acidman. I'm laughing out loud!
Kerry operates with a finger in the wind. He HAS no convictions. Like Bill Clinton, he could stick a dog turd in his mouth and grin while he ate it as long as the cameras were rolling, catching that smile. George Bush would say, "That's a dog turd. I ain't gonna eat THAT!" and he wouldn't. That's the difference I see between those two men.
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Grassfire.org has a new pamphlet out, exposing how Michael Moore Misleads. I've lifted the interesting analysis below from a recent e-mail they sent me.Comments
So much for Bush's so-called seven minutes of paralysis. Apparently (according to Kerry's own words) Kerry and Daschle and other Democrats in Congress sat around for 40 minutes in a stupor, completely unable to think.
Not after the first plane hit the WTC. But after the second plane hit! After it was obvious to the rest of the country (and, I might add, the President) that the first plane was not an accident.
Kerry (member of the Senate Intelligence Committee) sat there immobile, unable to think, until he heard the boom of the third plane hitting the Pentagon 40 minutes later.
We continue to be amazed at how political leaders are reading
Har! Mikey Mooreon, you shoulda checked to see what your boys were doing first, eh?
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Monday, August 16, 2004
I came home from work today to find :This Book on my counter--a gift from Dadcat. Thanks!Comments
This should be an interesting read. Jacob Sullum (editor of "Reason" magazine) is also a syndicated columnist. I have read a couple of his articles published on WorldNetDaily, and what I read was good. Here is an excerpt from the jacket cover:
"After decades of a futile war on drugs, Saying Yes makes public what many Americans discuss only in private: Drug use as it is described by politicians and propagandists is dramatically different from drug use as it is experienced by the silent majority of users: the decent, respectable people who, despite their politically incorrect choice of intoxicants, earn a living and meet their responsibilities."
So, um...if I'm still posting sparsely for the next couple of days, you know why.
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Saturday, August 14, 2004
New Scientist: Cannabis extract shrinks brain tumours?Comments
Cannabis extracts may shrink brain tumours and other cancers by blocking the growth of the blood vessels which feed them, suggests a new study.
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Thursday, August 12, 2004
...sometimes just isn't there.Comments
I just purchased Unreal Tournament 2004. Between that and my coursework, I've been pretty occupied the last couple of days. Sorry.
Check out my "Daily Territory" list. There's always good stuff there, especially Rodger over at SondraK's site. I don't know where he gets all that, but if I were to do anything, I'd probably just go linking to it. Funny stuff! Seriously. Go.
Now, I hear the Tournament calling...
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Tuesday, August 10, 2004
This is a story related to me by a friend of someone I know. I'm passing it along to you as an interesting (and possibly fictional) account:Comments
Oh. My. God!
Sunday evening I picked two nice fat Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms and one smaller mushroom from where they were growing. The larger had fully open caps about 1-1/2" diameter, with about a 3" stem each. I have no idea how much they weighed. About 6 pm I blended together the three mushrooms with a fresh peach, some rice milk and a couple tablespoons of sugar. I consumed the smoothie over the course of about twenty minutes.
I have previously consumed approximately this quantity of P. cubensis with only mild effects, so I was not expecting what was about to transpire. In fact, nothing I have ever read or heard prepared me for what was about to happen.
I knew within five minutes of the first sip that these were potent. Within half an hour I grinned at D. and said I needed to lie down. She has no experience with these things, and that became critical later. When I lay down, things began to build up. Small geometrics with bright primary colors around the edges began to rush around behind my closed eyelids. There was no particular form or pattern to them at first, but they gradually became more intense. Amazing sound sequences began to play in my ears, identical in style to the "space music" genre (now I know where that genre draws its inspiration...). For a time the music became the most interesting and engaging thing to pay attention to. But at the same time, my body began to experience vibrating sensations, like my whole body was one big vibrator, and images of angels and demons and powerful creatures kept racing through my head along with the geometries. The sounds were the big thing though. They kept ramping up in the intensity of the riffs and sequences, like they were building up to some huge explosion, and I began to find them to be absurdly funny. I burst out laughing a few times.
D. had come in the room to check on me, asked me if I was okay. I flashed her thumbs up and "ok". She checked my pulse and breathing and said "I hope you're enjoying yourself". I said, "Oh, I am." She left for the grocery store.
Something seemed pleased that she had left, that she couldn't help me now if something went wrong. I rebuked that and said nothing could go wrong, since there is no lethal dose anywhere close to what I had consumed. I also thought it best that she not be there as I peaked, since she didn't really understand. But I was nowhere near peak yet.
I got up to use the bathroom and then moved to living room. My living room is decorated in a Mexican style, with wall hangings, plates, draperies and pillows decorated with various Mexican patterns and images. There are halogen track lights and pottery wall sconces that light the room. There are also several large plants in the room, including a palm tree and a dragon tree. It was astounding! Everything was suffused with a golden aura--the lights were amazing--and the Mexican motif, especially the geometric patterns in the draperies seemed to come alive. I think maybe those geometries could be a replica of what ancient Mexican shamen saw under the spell of these mushrooms. Something definitely clicked with those geometries.
Behind my closed eyelids, the colors and geometries became gradually more intense, more fantastical. At one point I couldn't take it all and began laughing. I was laughing and giggling uncontrollably, like I had just heard the funniest joke or watched a hilarious video. Waves of indescribable pleasure were washing and vibrating over my body. It felt sort of like an orgasm that never stopped happening, (although it was not overtly sexual in any way). I'd be caught up in the most stunning, fantastical CEV's--incredible scenes of beauty flashing by at high speed--moving so fast I can barely remember anything about them, except that it was all composed of the most intense colors imaginable...and colors never before seen or imagined! And I'd be laughing hysterically at it all.
I'd come around to consensual reality again and open my eyes, astounded again at the golden glow--now also suffused with purple and pink overtones--the astounding lights that had multicolored coronas around them and the fantastic aliveness of everything. Then it would repeat again and I'd fall into hysterical laughter while incredible visions crashed over me, over and over, wave after wave of indescribable beauty. This went on for at least three hours.
D. came home from the store during this time. I tried to supress my giggling and laughter, because she didn't understand (she is tolerant of my experimentation, but not particularly sympathetic to it, and has no interest herself). But it was to no avail. If I tried to stop laughing, I'd burst out twice as hard a second later. D. told me later that I was "giggling like a little girl". I believe it.
About 10 pm, D. came in the room and started conversing with me. I had finally gained control of my laughter by then. The visuals were still astounding. I tried to tell her that if this was a preview of heaven, then we had no idea what we had in store. She was talking about a new kitten, what to name it, coming up with names for me to think about. I was in no mental state to make a judgement about the names, but her voice triggered even more intense visuals, so I kept up conversation with her just to be able to watch them.
But things started to turn south when she started to blow some negative energy up my arse. I told her I was sorry that she wasn't experiencing this with me, that I wasn't able to share this experience with her. She said she had no desire to, that she thought it was "disgusting" that I thought I needed to get "high", and on mushrooms of all things! I said, "Well that's your loss then." She said, "So be it, or maybe its not a loss at all."
I got up to the bathroom then and when I returned, she continued with the negative energy. She started talking about one of the cats that possibly had an injured paw, and demanded that I take a look at it. I told her that I was in no condition to look at it now and would look at it later. (It was not a critical issue--someone has had a small seep of blood from one of their paws for some time--we just hadn't figured out whom yet.)
But suddenly the colors went black. I don't mean they stopped. I mean they suddenly went all black. As if to make the point, they reappeared, only to fade to electric blue-grey and then black. Everything took on a deathly, sinister appearance.
At that point I nearly lost control. I nearly freaked out. Panic hit me so hard that I knew in half a second I was likely lose all contact with consensual reality and go screaming and thrashing about. I said "No, Jesus!", calling on the name of my God. I managed to hang on. I did not under any circumstances want to scare D. with anything I did. I knew I needed to get alone, pronto! D. had momentarily left the room. When she came in the room, I asked her if it was past her usual bed time. She said gruffly, "What do you care?" I said, "Please, you are making this very difficult. I need to go get rid of the rest of this now."
I locked myself in the bathroom, and tried to purge. I couldn't bring anything up.
I felt like I was going to pass out. I decided I'd damn well better unlock the bathroom in case I did. Meanwhile D. had gone to bed, which was a good thing.
Sweat was pouring out of me, off my head, completely drenching my clothing within minutes. My pulse was weak but racing. "Death" threatened me with death. I thought I was going to die. I felt certain that if I passed out, I'd be gone. I felt myself fading. I stood up and looked in the mirror. My skin was pale and clammy, but my eyes scared the hell out of me. The pupils were huge! They were all pupil and almost no iris--just two huge black orbs. I began pleading with Jesus for my life.
The thought entered my mind, "now would be the time to get some help, before it's too late and I die". But I quickly contemplated what all the implications of calling 911 would be. Police crawling all over the house looking for whatever they could find, terrorizing D. and the cats, possibly charging me with something. EMT's giving me stuff that could just as easily kill me as save me (I remembered that much. I also remembered that there is nothing to take to come down from psilocybin early.) It would have been bad. I told myself again that psilocybin is not fatal at anything close to what I consumed. But I knew there was a strong possibility that the mushrooms came from a culture that may have been contaminated by black mold during germination. And I felt certain that was causing this distress.
A voice told me "If you don't want to die, you need to get your ass up off that floor and go take some charcoal." I had received that message less emphatically a few moments earlier. I got up and went to the closet where I had a bag of horticultural charcoal. This is the pea-sized gritty stuff used to "sweeten" soil mixtures. It is not designed for human consumption. But I took a cupful, mixed in some water at the kitchen sink, and took a huge gulp. I had to chew the damn stuff up to be able to swallow any of it. Ugh of Ughs! I noted with some relief that I was able to move around and act reasonably competently while doing this. But the voice told me I was not out of the woods quite yet. There was also a scene running through my mind of a 911 emergency, with voices saying things like "toxic poisoning", and other scary things. I stayed at the sink for a while, then moved back to the bathroom.
I was still thinking it was over for me. I still felt like at any time I could lose control and freak out intensely, pass out and die on the bathroom floor. To keep that from happening, I prayed intensely, promised never never again to do this, recited bible passages that I had memorized--anything to stay focused enough to maintain consciousness and a connection to reality and to my Source of strength and life. After a while I felt like I was finally starting to stabilize. The charcoal was beginning to do its job of absorbing the remaining stuff in my stomach. I finally was able to purge, and finally began to believe I'd survive. After more time and more prayer I purged a couple more times, bringing up the full load of what was left.
By 12 am I was mostly down and reasonably stable.
Sitting in the living room again, I had a conversation with Xochipilli. He asked me what I thought of it, whether my God could do the same for me.
"Do for me?" I asked. "He has already done for me so much more. He holds the power of life and death in His hands, and has granted to me life. What have you done but show me something most incredible and astounding?"
He said, "This is power."
"Power...where are your followers then? If this gives them power, where are they? Conquered by those who followed Him". I indicated Jesus. "If you were able to give your followers power, they would not have been conquerable." I told him that he was stretching it to be a (G)od. I told him he should just be satisfied being a powerful and beautiful plant entity, and nothing more, and to acknowledge his own creator. He seemed to sulk and pout a bit, but did not seem to be angry at me.
I had a fitful few hours of sleep, occasionally interrupted by intense thirst and some continued nausea. A couple times I awoke suddely, short of breath. I woke up in the morning feeling a little bad--nausea, headache, and I was still not completely down. I also had some concern about possible panic reactions. I still did not have complete control of my world. But I got through that day okay, if a bit fuzzily. Things still had a warm glow to them, especially out in the sunshine. Now after a full and restful night's sleep, I feel just fine.
I feel calm, serene, and more peaceful than I have for many months. This is what I was after originally. The little mushroom has been a wonderful therapeutic for me in the past. But this time I got quite a bit more than I was expecting. I figure I had about three to five times more than I needed, which is funny because just based on the quantity of mushroom it was the same as other times. I certainly never want to go through this again, at least not the bad trip part. I will never, ever eat a mushroom again that I am not certain about it's safety. I will have on hand some pharmaceutical grade powdered activated carbon and a big bottle of syrup of Ipecac.
But if I could dial back the good parts to about a third of that intensity, it would have been perfect--perfectly astounding!
Kids, you never told me the half of it!
And that's all he said. ;)
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Boston.com / News / Politics / Presidential candidates / john kerry / Kerry says he'd still vote to authorize Iraq warComments
"GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. -- John F. Kerry for the first time yesterday said he still would have voted to give President Bush the authority to go to war in Iraq, even if he had known in October 2002 that US intelligence was flawed, that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction, and that there was no connection between Saddam Hussein and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001."
So what in the name of Sam Hill is all this noise from the Left about?!
Moore-ons, your boy just kicked you in the nuts.
Kerry went on to ask his own (non-)questions:
And unlike Bush, who never mentioned Kerry by name during his New Hampshire campaign stop, the Massachusetts senator said, ''My question to President Bush is: Why did he rush to war without a plan to win the peace? Why did he rush to war on faulty intelligence and not do the hard work necessary to give America the truth? Why did he mislead America about how he would go to war? Why has he not brought other countries to the table in order to support American troops in the way that we deserve it and relieve a pressure from the American people?
These aren't even questions, so much as they are distortions. Anyone could answer them:
There was no "rush" to war. Fourteen months were wasted at the UN, with much harrumphing and waving of papers by France, Germany, Russia and other third-world tinpot obstructionist dicatorships. Fourteen months were wasted placating Democrats in Congress, conducting another debate and holding another vote authorizing force. Fourteen months were spent assembling a coalition of dozens of nations, including intense lobbying of allied nations. The coalition just did not happen to include Kerry's favorite country. Oh damn well!
As for a "plan to win the peace", that is nothing more than a red herring. No one can anticipate every contingency. One of the marks of great leadership is the ability to adapt to the situation on the ground. And at this, the US military and this administration has performed admirably. We are "winning the peace" at a far faster rate than we were able to do so in Germany and Japan postwar.
This so-called "intelligence failure" was worldwide, if in fact it really was a failure. The British, the Russians, the Egyptians, the United Nations all were fully convince that Saddam Hussein had active WMD programs and/or the capability to reconstitute his WMD programs as soon as the pressure was off. Saddam had fourteen months to hide, dissipate, ship out to friendly countries evidence of his WMD programs. Search my archives for the many many stories I have linked to supporting the claims that his WMD programs were very real.
And I have no idea what he is talking about misleading America about how we would go to war. Fourteen months of talk talk talk talk talk talk, at the UN, in Congress, with our allies, and FINALLY some action, and Kerry wants to claim we were misled somehow?! I call BS on that question!
Now that he has admitted that his vote would not have changed, despite everything he knows now, he is sunk. He hasn't a leg to stand on. He has nothing substantial with which to differentiate himself from Bush on this issue. All he has left is carping and sniping and claiming (without any proof whatsoever) that he could do it all better.
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Vox Day reports here on the Patriot Act being used for the first time to prosecute "crimes" unrelated to the war on terror.Comments
As he notes, no country that bans the unreported transport of personal wealth can reasonably consider itself to be free.
I would add that, without a ban on the transport of cash, it would be more difficult to impose the "mark of the beast" on the world. Expect to eventually see the transport of anything more than pocket change, maybe anything over $100 to be banned.
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Saturday, August 07, 2004
Yeah! I like saying that!
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Friday, August 06, 2004
This is incredible! You cannot be both an independent, objective journalist and be working in an official capacity of the Kerry campaign! And the results of this unholy buggery show in the recent bogus story in the Boston Globe. The commander in question has just issued a statement through Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, vigorously critical of the distortions in this article:Comments
ANTI-KERRY VETS HANG TOUGH
Fri Aug 06 2004 13:37:12 ET
Credit: MATT DRUDGE // DRUDGE REPORT 2004
As Rush just stated, this is one of the results of "Campaign Finance Reform". The partisan press can run daily Kerry campaign ads, thinly disguised as news stories, while ordinary citizens are prohibited from exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech 60 days before a general election and 30 days before a primary election.
Senator John McCain, you ought to hang your head in shame! You will not get my vote again, and I will urge my fellow Arizonans to vote against you as well.
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Thursday, August 05, 2004
Press Bias is Turning ToxicComments
Why was this story deep-sixed by the press? Why is it only now that this story is unearthed by a historian in Great Britain? Why does the mainstream press seem to think the American people don't have a right to know? It's left to Newsmax to dig it up for us. Why are we force-fed sh*t from Michael Moore while the real story goes unreported?
The cause of democracy in this country is undermined by this kind of toxic bias in the press.
NewsMax.com: Inside Cover Story:
"Saddam Hussein had an active nuclear weapons development program at the time of the U.S. invasion in March 2003, chief U.S. weapons inspector Charles Duelfer has told Congress.
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Wednesday, August 04, 2004
"Citizens of Iowa, Theresa and I thank you for your Generous Hospitality. We appreciate these Tokens of Appreciation you have so Generously Provided to us. We will Cherish these tokens Forever!"
Theresa: "John, what ARE those things the peasants gave us anyway?"
Kerry: "F**K if I know..."
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Tuesday, August 03, 2004
In a random check for banned substances, three were found in Lance Armstrong's hotel room that are banned by the French: toothpaste, deodorant, and soap!Comments
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Oops, wrong convention...Comments
USATODAY.com - So why did Bush, not Kerry, get the bounce?
"WASHINGTON--There was a bounce after last week's Democratic National Convention.
Hee hee hee **snrk!** hee hee! Ah, I've been following this with glee since Friday. The press is in such agony over this story.
Ain't it great?
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Monday, August 02, 2004
Anyone spot the huge irony in this drawing? SondraK.com: Today's Learning AdventureComments
Every time I go to Sondra K's site I spot half a dozen things I want to link to or mention. I can't do that with everything. She'll think I'm stalking her or something.
So just go there and read it all, ok?
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It is far easier to keep doing something the way you've always done it, no matter how much you hate doing it, than it is to make a positive change.Comments
The human tendency to resist change (even desired change) cannot be overstated.
The power to change does not come from that which is commonly assumed. Most people think that to make a change, one must summon their willpower and apply it to make the necessary changes. But willpower is vastly overrated, at least that which most people refer to as "willpower". Willpower is the "silly putty" of the human psyche. It bends, it stretches, it can be twisted into silly shapes, it can be used to stick thin sheets of paper to a wall or temporarily stick two objects together. But use it for any serious purpose and it snaps apart, lets go, and cowers in a blob in the bottom of its egg.
Intent is what is required. Intent operates at a much deeper level than willpower. Intent is not the plaything of the mind that willpower is. For most people, summoning intent is nearly impossible. Whereas willpower is a bandaid stuck to the top of a structure, intent is composed of its foundation blocks. When you truly intend something, it affects every aspect of your being that is built upon it. Therefore it is not something that is easily moved.
However for real change to occur, it is required that real change is intended. Intent is summoned by making an irrevocable decision. When one makes an irrevocable decision, one alters one's intent. And when one's intent has changed, everything built on that intent changes.
And therein lies the rub. Since the human tendency to resist change is so strong, most people go to extreme lengths to avoid making irrevocable decisions. And so the vicious cycle continues.
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SondraK.com: This part's a slam dunk tooComments
Click and see what he means...
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