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Writer's Block: Meow vs. Arf

My Little Parthena

Cats or dogs-- which do you prefer, and why?

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I love both cats and dogs. However, cats have a slight edge since they're more suited to my lifestyle. It's a little easier for me to take care of a cat than to do the same for a dog.

And Another 0.8 Bites the Dust!

Huzzah!Code Lyoko
0.8 since I didn't quite lose a full pound this week.  But it's still another step closer.  \o/

Also, best night's sleep I've had in a while last night.  I just feel bad I cut out on Lina early.

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I know I haven't updated this blog in forever, but you wanna know something?

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8/28 Restoring Honor Rally

My Little Parthena
I don't care if you agree or disagree with Mr. Beck's views on politics.  I don't care if you think he's a genius or if you think he's a crackpot.

If you didn't see today's Restoring Honor rally (which was showed live on C-Span), find someplace to watch a recording of it.  It was beautifully done, and I believe the good Dr. King would've been in attendance if not one of the speakers were he alive today.

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Why isn't marijuana legal when tobacco is?

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Don't normally answer these things, but the question made my head bang against the keyboard.  A lot of answers even more so.

First of all, why do you want marijuana legalized anyway?  Someone--the government--would have to enforce regulation of it, taxing it, etc.  (Say it with me now:  Bigger government!)  A lot of the people who want marijuana legalized claim to hate our "imperialistic and evil" government, but they want government poking their noses into their weed.  Does not compute.

Second of all, those who say marijuana is less harmful than tobacco must have already fried their brains long ago.  Yes, tobacco's nicotine has been known to cause cancer, but people can still drive while smoking a cigarette.  Marijuana slows down your reaction time, making you just as dangerous on the road as if you're drunk driving.  Plus, fun research fact, this study last year shows that marijuana (1) damages your DNA and (2) increases your risk of cancer among other problems.  More studies will probably have to be done in the future concerning this, but let that mull over in your mind a bit.

Third of all, relating back my first point, the statement that the government is making oodles of money off of cigarette taxes is a flat-out lie.  If they make so much cash off of it, why do they keep having to raise the tax?  Simple.  The tax actually does the reverse!  It encourages people to quit because they get sick and tired of paying so much for a pack of cigarettes.  Not to mention all the laws surrounding where you can and cannot smoke.  Trying to tax and regulate marijuana will have the same effect.  Plus, as stated above, a lot of people who want marijuana legalized claim to hate our government, yet legalizing marijuana would lead to taxes on getting joints which--surprise!--funds the government.

It's Like Sherlock Holmes...On Crack

Huzzah!Code Lyoko
My love for Detective Conan has been renewed since I've been able to watch the latest episodes again.  Hurrah!  :D  I'm probably a bit behind everyone else, but at least I can see the delicious crack again.

Also, I've been re-watching the older episodes with my sister since she's still way behind in the crack.  It's amazing to see what you missed the first time around.  Like we think we spotted Kaitou Kid disguised in the Haido Hotel while Conan was heading to the roof!

We just finished up through the first appearance of Kaitou Kid.  We are both in agreement after watching it again:  It was love at first sight.  Some of Conan's reactions to Kid were just too eyebrow raising to just be our imaginations.

Nostalgia

My Little Parthena
I was going through my portable hard drive and found a whole bunch of chat logs from, like, a bazillion years ago.  (Okay, it was more like five.)  Most of them were related to Kids Next Door and I got nostalgic.  So I've been re-watching the episodes online.

I forgot how much fun this series was.  I need to write stuff for it again.

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Life Update + Mini-Rant

Don't Vex Me!Brain
So I'm still unemployed.  Had an interview this past week that seemed to go fine, but have heard nothing back on it yet.  Have another possible upcoming interview, and I'm hoping I get a positive response from the employer.

However, I want to say one thing to people who claim that they hate their jobs so much that they want to quit:  Shut the hell up.

You don't re-work your finances on a week-by-week basis depending upon bills and unemployment checks.

You don't feel ashamed as you log into the unemployment website to claim your weeks in order to get those checks.

You don't lie awake at night, cataloging and re-cataloging all of your skills to see where you can find work even if you don't have a degree in it.

You don't scan through site after site, looking for new job postings that grow increasingly fewer and fewer.

You don't feel worthless each time family members who don't even live with you have to help you make the payments necessary to keep food on the table and a roof over your head.

I would gladly take your shitty job in a heartbeat to escape the shame, the depression, and the anxiety of having to spend money without being able to earn any, thereby mooching off of others who also have bills to pay.  But before you go quitting, make sure you've got a solid deal waiting for you.