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I'm usually not on Dreamwidth -- well, I'm usually not on livejournal either -- but there is a landcom that I'm interested in playing around in, so I'm posting this just to let people know that this isn't a dead journal...

(and yes, I'll playing with the settings, so this keeps disappearing and reappearing.)

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Sep. 21st, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 22:19: Watching the news, Myr goes: I don't have the sheer "jerkiness" to be a reporter. I mean, you have to be a real jerk to ask those questions.

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Sep. 19th, 2012 12:00 pm
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Sep. 19th, 2012 01:31 am
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  • Tue, 10:17: I think I'm going to keep track of political TV ads and vote for the candidate that has the fewest...
  • Tue, 23:06: The drawback to using the internet as a main form of communication is that some messages never get seen.

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Sep. 13th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Wed, 14:11: Dear stores: why don't you have what I need? Then again, I'm spending more than enough on what you do have... #shoppingfail
  • Wed, 14:50: The gal ahead of me at Sam's Club bought six bottles of wine and six boxes of chocolate treats. That's a party I want to go to!
  • Wed, 16:44: Sitting at Barnes & Noble's looking at books and drinking coffee. Haven't done this in over a year. Can't buy a book, but still, it's nice.

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Sep. 12th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 20:47: I think, in order to stop the violence against the US Embassies, we should just ban the making of movies that criticize religion.
  • Tue, 23:14: It's Penny Parker! It's MacGyver! It's a haunted house! Life is good. And very 80's.
  • Wed, 10:59: How can people afford school supplies? $70 for a backpack?! Even at 50% off its stupidly expensive...
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"Stop saying, 'This is the most important election in the history of our nation.' It’s not. The most important election in the history of our nation was when Abraham Lincoln was elected president. Before that, we thought it was okay to own people." -- Bryan Roberts

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Sep. 11th, 2012 12:00 pm
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Sep. 10th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Mon, 11:35: I just had thee world's best Carmel Apple as an appetizer for lunch. Now I'm going to have toast with homemade ricotta and ham. #yaymyr

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Sep. 7th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 01:25: My hubby is the best ever! Thanks, Wil! Love you.

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Sep. 5th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Wed, 10:10: So now we know -- Mother Nature just hates all politicians.

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Sep. 4th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Mon, 12:06: I think Labor Day is an offensive holiday to all those who can't find a job in this depressed economy.
  • Mon, 14:59: Found a moment to sit down from the big party at our house! So nice that my room is cool and quiet!
  • Tue, 09:47: What? Out of coffee already? We drink a lot more coffee when Myr has to get up for school.
  • Tue, 11:11: I. Hate. Politics. http://t.co/VzNIiAeb
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There are a lot of reasons that I don't discuss politics online but it's mostly because almost no one ever discusses politics online. You see, the only point of any online political commentary to belittle and deride the person who is making the political commentary.

The tactics for political discussion are simple: Don't focus on the statements being made, the ideas being posited or the theories that are presented. Instead focus on the person making the statement and create the illusion that they are completely dismissible -- that they are so mentally, emotionally, educationally or even physically unsound that anything they say or do is to be ignored, humored or pitied.

It all smacks of the bullying tactics that I have lived with most of my life:
  • "You can't listen to her -- she's just a girl."
  • "She's from {insert place of choice}. What could she know?"
  • "She's just being overly emotional, women are that way after all."
  • "She's just saying that because she's {insert any religious or non-religious belief here}."
  • "You can't trust anyone who would wear that outfit."
  • "Oh, come on! She's obviously too {old/young/uneducated/blonde/busty} to have any good thoughts."
See how easy it is? Don't even adress the issue. By dismissing the person saying it, you automatically place yourself in a superior position. Hell, if you do it right, you can even make yourself seem like you only have that person's best interest at heart. "You can't take anything he says seriously. Look at him! He's just so fat and stupid! I mean, it's unhealthy for him to be that way. I'm just saying all this because he should really lose some weight." Belittle and dismiss the speaker and make yourself look kind and caring in the same sentence!

What's worse, is that online, all this is considered riotously clever and funny. Just as the school-yard bully would garner laughs when they would sing "fatty-fatty-two-by-four" or trip someone with glasses calling them "four-eyes" the internet is full of examples of people who enjoy watching a bully at work.  And it's even justified by the same sediments that a run-of-the-mill-bully would use: Well, if they can't take it they shouldn't be part of [politics/choir/football team/this school]."

In the end, I suppose, it's too threatening to acknowledge that there may be someone out there who is your equal and yet can hold an opinion that is opposite of yours. It takes courage to respect someone who holds an oposite view. It threatens the black and white view that most hold on politics -- the "there is only one right view and anyone who thinks differently must be ignorant or evil" line of thought that most hold.

This isn't done just by individuals, either. It's institutionalized.  It's like the teachers and the principals are the ones leading the bullying charge.  Just read the articles about politics and see how often the writers spend most of the space painting the speaker as so insignificant that they can dismiss what that speaker said without ever addressing the points brought up.

In Wisconsin I've been living with this crap for more than a year and I don't see it changing after the election.  The world is full of poor losers who all own poison pens and see bullying as a valid tactic to get ahead.

My tweets

Sep. 3rd, 2012 12:00 pm
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My tweets

Sep. 1st, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 23:12: Damn TNT.. why do you have to be so predictable? Your shows would be so much more enjoyable if you didn't pander. Just saying.

My tweets

Aug. 31st, 2012 12:15 pm
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  • Thu, 17:15: It's tomorrow night. It's not only a full moon, it's a BLUE MOON. Last on for three years.“@Finabair: Is tonight a full moon? Just asking.”
  • Thu, 22:35: Just got on line. Can't wait to read the commentary berating and belittling Clint Eastwood for daring to have an opinion they don't share.
  • Fri, 10:50: Opinions are not facts. Ergo, they cannot be lies. You can disagree with the person who states them, but you can't call that person a liar.

My tweets

Aug. 28th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Mon, 19:58: Recipes *should* have food stains on them. The more stains, the better the recipe!

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Aug. 26th, 2012 12:00 pm
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Aug. 25th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 19:45: There is no reason for me to be tired, yet I am.

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Aug. 24th, 2012 12:00 pm
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Aug. 22nd, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 23:22: I think that the entire world is a better place now that I've showered...

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Aug. 20th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Sun, 12:51: 1 bushel (50 lbs) tomatoes, 100 lbs potatoes, 2 pints ground tomatoes, 2 watermellons, 2 peaches. YAY! farmer's markets! #canningsoon
  • Sun, 16:41: Dear drivers: I'm not driving the speed limit to piss you off, I'm driving it because it's the law. Pissing you off is just a bonus.

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Aug. 19th, 2012 12:00 pm
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Aug. 17th, 2012 12:00 pm
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Aug. 15th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 23:26: I'm thinking there could be a wolf in our woods because that howling didn't sound like a coyote. Better keep Sadie close by...

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Aug. 14th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Mon, 17:46: RT @iowahawkblog: screaming hysterical hecklers at Ryan IA state fair speech rush stage, punch supporters, get arrested. I guess because ...

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Aug. 10th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 22:05: Go Packers! It may only be pre-season, but it's good to have the Pack Back! http://t.co/fYxrKd3b #GetGlueHD #GreenBayPackers
  • Fri, 10:27: Overheard from the plumbers installing the new toilet: Wow, I actually have to read the instructions!
  • Fri, 11:02: Let's see: 4 bookshelf alcoves, 7 shelves per alcove, 2 sides per shelf, 1 coat stain, 3 coats varnish per side. Nope. Not doing that math!

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Aug. 7th, 2012 12:00 pm
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Aug. 4th, 2012 12:00 pm
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Aug. 2nd, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Wed, 16:32: At the #wisconsinvalleyfair waiting to see the Oak Ridge Boys. Fun fun fun. :)
  • Wed, 21:26: Concert was great! Heading home. Woo-hoo. #funtimes #fair
  • Wed, 22:23: Gas climbing to $4 a gal, drought sqeezing food prices, anti-business climate - it'll be a tough winter.
  • Thu, 11:00: I'm being good and not commenting on an idiot post. It's hard, but I'm being good...

My tweets

Jul. 30th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Sun, 23:34: When I send a personal message to twitter by accident, that's when I appreciate having so few (and understanding) followers!

My tweets

Jul. 28th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 14:19: Tent up! Woo-hoo!
  • Fri, 21:49: Camping at the Arbor Vitae Campground by Woodruff and Minocqua. I love posting that because most won't have a clue how to pronounce them!

My tweets

Jul. 27th, 2012 12:00 pm
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Jul. 22nd, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Sun, 10:42: Church service at the fair. Hymns to polka music! Roosters crowing, cows mooing, people eating deep-fried cheese curds. #awesome #LCfair

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Jul. 21st, 2012 12:00 pm
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Jul. 20th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 16:36: Sitting at the fair in the 4-H Market Place making a felted heart. It's lots of fun... until you stab you thumg too many times.
  • Thu, 21:20: At the fair waiting for Wil and Myr to take their annual Farris Wheel ride. New carnaval this year, so new rides. I approve. #LCFair
  • Thu, 21:22: I love that my daughter is 19 and has never lost the sense of wonder that make a Farris Wheel ride amazing.
  • Thu, 22:46: Heading into the theatre to see Batman. Yay!
  • Thu, 22:52: Today is a good day. #awesome #batman

My tweets

Jul. 18th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 21:39: Note: the thing that I had to do for tomorrow, that thing that I had planned on working on for more than a week... I'm starting it now. :-(

My tweets

Jul. 14th, 2012 12:00 pm
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My tweets

Jul. 13th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 19:03: Last dog show practice, fair dog show is on Monday. Wow. So unprepared! Not the dogs, mind, the people!

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Jul. 12th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 00:09: Today was one of those days that was so busy it felt like two days rather than one. #tired

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Jul. 11th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Wed, 08:59: Wow! The building inspector is showing up on Monday, so we have 5 different subcontractors/crews working on the addition today! #busy

My tweets

Jul. 9th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Sun, 15:40: It's immeasurably more pleasant to varnish when it 81° out than when it's 92°. Especially when the humidity is half what it had been.
  • </u

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Jul. 8th, 2012 12:00 pm
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Jul. 7th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Sat, 09:59: @McDonalds: leaking coffee cups are a hazard. For a buck a cup, but I got stains on my clothes, a wet car and didn't get to drink any.

My tweets

Jul. 6th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 00:52: After the 100+ temps of the day, the 64 degree air I'm pulling in is almost cold. IT. IS. WONDERFUL. I'm looking forward to using a blanket!

My tweets

Jul. 5th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Thu, 11:04: I desperately covet a Dyson vacuum. Oh... and those ridiculously awesome bladeless fans.

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Jul. 4th, 2012 12:00 pm
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  • Tue, 15:15: Myr made homemade ricotta cheese. She's now creating delicious treats with toasted italian bread, ricotta cheese, sliced apples and honey.
  • Tue, 20:45: My daughter has invented the perfect desert for a hot day like this: Strawberry Ice Soup. YUM!

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Jul. 3rd, 2012 12:00 pm
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Jun. 29th, 2012 12:00 pm
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