RED

May. 13th, 2010 12:49 pm
kragore: (Spider)
This shit makes me see Red:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL/05/13/travel.with.pets/index.html?hpt=C2

Everytime some assclown passes off their little Fluffy somewhere claiming it's a "Service Animal", they have completely and utterly disrespected and shat upon those people who actually DO need a service animal.

Do I want to be able to bring Mr. McWoofyPants with me more places? Sure.
But I'm not going to stuff Mr. Dog into a red vest and claim he's a service animal to abuse the rules.

There's a special level in hell for people who think that there's no problem pulling that shit, and they should be forced to walk a day in Alistair's shoes so that they know what NEEDING a dog feels like.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/04/us/04dogs.html?scp=1&sq=sunday%20april%204%20puppies%20behind%20bars&st=cse

Everytime - EVERYTIME - some selfish ... prick... dresses up Fido as a service animal when he's not, they undermine EVERY PERSON who can't get a seat at a table with their REAL service animal. They disrespect and take advantage of those who have real and serious conditions, including veterans.

*STEAMS*
kragore: (Politics)
I do not care WHO is standing there in front of you,
Man, Woman
Gay, Straight
Dem or Rep
Striped or Spotted.

That is your PRESIDENT, and the office should command your respect.

I hope you are embarrassed and ashamed, Rep. Wilson. I hope your family is ashamed, and your party. Your much polished "apology" didn't reflect too much genuine remorse to me.

But congratulations. You managed, with your vitriol, to turn the conversation from the true point of the matter we should be paying attention, (health care and insurance reform,) to your elementary outburst. Nice piece of media manipulation.
Was that the point all along, Rep. Wilson? Were you just waiting for something to shout about, so as to redirect the spotlight?




I wish I could be done with it, stick my head in the sand and wait for this to blow over. But with a family member with a traumatic brain injury, who lives far below the poverty line, I can't afford not to know where this is going.
kragore: (Spider)
can't sleep
watching the Iran twitters. addictive.
contemplating the changing ramifications of journalism, technology.
twitters from rooftops. video shot from phones. instant upload. Instant feed. Instant news
when younger, news came printed on paper, over TV. took time for news from around the world to reach
Now, news only takes as much time to reach the other side of the world as it takes to make it.
ABC, CNN not breaking news - No anchors, just people - twitter and facebook breaking news
braking not the right word. slamming news. grabbing the world by the hair and screaming the news down our throats
with Twitter, are we all now Living Gonzo Journalism?
Somewhere, an insane man's eyes gleam from behind a typewriter, a bottle of wild turkey in one hand.

We are suddenly all living in the perfect gonzo world
And it smells like crazy and booze.

Ah Ha!

Nov. 4th, 2008 08:48 am
kragore: (Politics)
Got a bunch of you turning the grey matter over, and thus was born the point of the thing. :)


I guess I see it differently. This isn't Fluffy or Rex. To someone, it's their livestock. #A24, or #43L. Like cows or pigs. Just a heck of a lot more pretty and graceful, and suitable, eventually, to be pet material.

Would this even be an issue if it was opossum racing? Would we pass a law to outlaw all accountants because some of them screw up the books?

Just something to think about.



Carry on, good citizens! Make your voices heard today!
Go vote yes!
Go vote for Mr. T for President, if you'd like!

Just go do it. :)
- K.
kragore: (Spider)
If you elected to save the child, you might want to think long and hard before ticking off yes on Question #3 tomorrow.

Does the industry need more regulation? Yes. Should there be stricter rules and painfully high penalties for breaking them?
"You betcha!"

But to dissolve jobs, in this economy, on people for whom this is their lifestyle? Who generally have very few skills to begin with? Irresponsible.


And it won't stop with dogs. This passes and in 5 years you can kiss the remaining horse tracks goodbye too. And you might be able to imagine that this will directly affect me through my sister.

- K.

Disclaimer - Yes. I wear a pendant of a greyhound around my neck daily. Yes, I desire to eventually own a greyhound. Yes, I love my dog (who is not a greyhound.) But that doesn't negate the fact that he is a dog, not a human being. And those crying yes to Q3 blur the "human in a fur suit/animal" line pretty badly in my opinion.
kragore: (Politics)
It's a little dated, but the base message is still relevant.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOLMVQa0KD8


Exercise your politics muscle. Get off your ass and vote.

-K.
kragore: (Spider)
http://somehedgehog.livejournal.com/245807.html

Really, someone should create an animation of this...
- K.
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1) Quality of life - how do you measure it? Honestly? Is it having enough cake to buy that Flat-Screen-Uber-TV-Monitor-Microwave Combo, or is it something different, something more?

2) Do you want your drinking buddy to run the country, or someone who's more intelligent, more educated, more experianced than you? (ie, better than you?)
When did we devolve into a society that panders, even in it's politics, to the lowest common denominator?

(These questions brought to you by the letter L, cranky clients, and the number 23.)

- k.

DUCK!

Oct. 2nd, 2008 10:10 am
kragore: (Default)
If you liked the Llama song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqXX6kuk_XQ
kragore: (Spider)
Every morning, I gradually wake up to NPR. (Gradually because of the various slaps to the snooze button.)

This morning, there was a person, in my bedroom, talking about typography. And politics. And what the typography of the campaigns said about the campaigns.
I found myself agreeing in my sleep - Optima is sooooo 80's. Johnny Mac (their nickname, not mine,) is soooo 80's. Dated font. Dated man. Personally like the font, but - It says weddings and funerals to me. Personally like the man, but don't want him or his running mate "I' can be a big boy too!" running the country.

Gotham - clean, American. Beautiful font. Strong, simple. Love Gotham. Birthed by draftsmen, refined by typographers. Solid font - solid president? What does it say? what does it meeeeean?


It was at this point that I realized I wasn't sleeping, they this was an actual discussion. This rattled me enough that I only had two snoozes this morning.

Mr Dog didn't seem to mind.
kragore: (Politics)
"Sarah Palin's views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song 'Barracuda' no longer be used to promote her image. The song 'Barracuda' was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The 'barracuda' represented the business.) While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there's irony in Republican strategists' choice to make use of it there."

To check out the rest of the article:
http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2008/09/heart-responds.html


Ahh, little back-water barracuda, (and her handlers,) you are playing with sharks now. After the mixed response to Obama's use of Brooks and Dunn's Only in America, ya'll should have realized you must vet even your music.
Using the mindset "It's easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission" speaks volumes.

- K.
kragore: (Spider)
Watching the rerun of the Shrub's address to the Republican's convention...
Usually the man looks strangely built to me, but in this address, he looks like he's about to burst into tears.

The nonsensical crap that's spewing from his mouth is making my ears buzz, but I am amused that the Leader of the Known World looks like he's about to weep on national television...

Oh, oh... now I get to listen to an actor schpeal forth his opinion. I liked you more on Law and Order, Fred -You had better writers.


It's interesting to watch the Palin fiasco unfold... I wonder how long before the backlash. Right now I hear a lot of "Fat lot of good her abstinence program did," and "if she can't lead her own family, how's she supposed to lead a country" but I wonder...

Crazy things loose afoot in our country these days.
I smell frightening times ahead, no matter which ways the cards fall.

- K.


EDIT - And I find this even more Interesting... from a friend of a friend:
http://www.andrys.com/palin-kilkenny.html
kragore: (Spider)
McCain has gone with Palin.

"Look! Look! I whipped a *Girl* out from under my hat! Vote for me! She's a *Girl!*"

Yes, and if you pause to actually *LOOK* at her, she's anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, and open to drilling the hell out of Alaska. Responsibly, of course.

"But she has Boobies! I'm so diverse! I got the Girl!"

Yea. Good job. You managed to find someone to appeal to all those disillusioned Hillary folks. Not with her stands, of course, but because she's got breasts.





I hate politics because I love politics.
I try and try to stay away and it sucks me in every time.
It's the psychological manipulation of it all... I love observing how the herd reacts.
It will be interesting to watch this new twist.
- K.

Arrrgh!

Jan. 4th, 2008 09:38 am
kragore: (Default)
Listening to a coworker rattle on about how likable Huckabee is...

I don't care about how freaking likable he is!
Let's take a look at his positions: )
kragore: (Default)
Damn you, Huckabee....
I like *you*, but I don't like your positions...

*sigh*
- k.

Inspired

Oct. 25th, 2006 01:09 pm
kragore: (Default)
(inspired by a recent post of Illustrator's)


I grew up in a news based household - we got the daily paper, we always watched the 6 pm local news and the 7 pm national news with Peter Jennings.
I gre up listening to Mr. Jennings, and I was much saddened when he passed away. A voice from my childhood had been extinguished, and with it, a voice that I felt I could trust.

When I moved out, and to college, I lost that news schedule - the world became too complicated, I had too many choices for where to get my news. Everyone seemed to contradict each other, so eventually I threw up my hands in apathy and ignored the news. I walked away, and hoped the world wouldn't follow me. I spent a great deal of time ignoring the news. If I didn't know about it, It didn't affect me.


Then I met this man named Spider. And desire for news started to tickle the back of my head.

Then I met a man named Hunter. Crazy as a fruit bat, and you had to take his writing with a grain of salt, (or a grain of "insert choice of illegal substance here.") But in reading his accounts of old news, it gave strength to the desire to know what was going on.

After that I was introduced to a man named John, and his good friend Steve. They give me news of the day, but they make it stand on it's head - they say what we're all thinking, and spin it in a way that we can laugh through the tears of frustration that today's news often gives us.


Just recently, I met a man named Keith. (This is ironic in my world.) This man has given me back the news, and given it a dept of passion that hadn't existed in my news, no, in my politics, to date. His commentaries are thoughtful, well spoken, and direct. I urge anyone looking to find someone who seems to speak honestly, to watch this guy, listen, and maybe remember waht he has to say later.
For more, please see http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677/

The times, they sure are interesting, if nothing else.

- k.
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As far as I knew, (and that was little, because I am female, and so had no reason to pay attention to such things,) when a young man reached the age of 18, they had to hie themselves down to their local post office and sign up for the draft..
err... "Selective Service," if you want to put a pretty marketing spin on things.

Well, we knew that that was bound to happen to LittleBrother, as this month is his 18th. Death, taxes, and selective service,- all are bound to happen.

A letter arrived in the mail with his card. But he doesn't have to do anything. Dosn't actually have to sign up anywhere. He's pre-approved, as it were.
Make sure this information is correct, sign on the dotted line, congrats, we know where you are!

It struck me as off.. something you used to be compelled to go do, be an active participant in, now is automated. You don't even have the *illusion* of a choice anymore. (To choose to sign up, or choose to not, and risk punishment.) It just is, it has been decided, keep it safe, and when we need bodies to throw in front of the fanatics, we'll let you know.

hrrmp.
- k.
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But I think in this case, they deserve a piece of my pie.

If you're pissed about S. Dakota, please see:

http://kathrynt.livejournal.com/366823.html

- K.

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