Night's Shadow: Sister Broadsword of Enlightenment
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Date:2009-03-24 15:54

I forgot about this site!

I'll have to update more soon- I'm attending school and job hunting.

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Date:2008-10-02 21:44
Subject:Thrown Into Being

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Date:2008-10-02 20:58
Subject:below post

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Date:2008-10-02 20:52
Mood: bouncy

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Date:2008-09-25 12:50

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Date:2008-09-25 12:47
Subject:Regarding this bailout:
Mood: annoyed

Here are a few solutions that will have immediate,
positive economic impact:

(1) Banks re-work the loans of folks in trouble to the following terms:
a. Loan payments are flipped back to the original payment for 30 years.
b. A ballonn payment is added at the end of 30 years.

Benefits: Families keep their homes with less of a financial struggle. Foreclosures are stemmed.
Banks do not have to find buyers because they are receiving payment on the loans.

(2) Upon government takeover or bailout of a company, the CEO and top executives are summarily fired with a week's pay of the lowest paid employee of the company.
If you screwed things up so badly that the government has to save your business from failing, your contract is VOID. No golden parachutes for executives, they should get the same treatment that those at the bottom of their company get when they don't perform on the job.

Benefit: CEOS and execs FINALLY held accountable for their stupidity.

(3) Instead of bailing out banks for 700 billion dollars, take 12% of that amount (85 billion) and do the following:

a. Divide among All LEGAL American citizens over 18. Send with a statement on which the following is shown:
1) Withhold 30% in income tax off the top. This gives the government 25 billion in tax income right off the bat. Individuals are left with apprximately 295,000.00 and married couples 595,000.00.
2) Deduct for mortgage amounts owed, if any, student loans, if any and child support owed, if any.
3) Withhold state income tax if applicable. This provides income to the states.

Mortgages are paid, folks in foreclosure can pay the bank and keep the house, which they would have free and clear.
Banks get their money and don't have to lay workers off due to losses. They remain solvent.
They will be able to loan to businesses and credit-worthy individuals.
Students in college can complete their education free of debt.
Graduates struggling with lots of student loan debt will see it paid off and have a bit of a nest egg while they look for a good job with their newly earned degrees.
Retirees will have a source of income other than dwindling pensions. Their anxieties will be eased and they can enjoy their golden years.
People who have been putting off major purchases or repairs to their homes due to fnancial woes can make those repairs, fix their cars, etc. which pours money into the economy. This creates a need for more workers, unemployment will then drop and the cycle continues.
Single parents with deadbeat spouses will finally see some well-deserved support for their kids.
Married couples could put away for their children's college education and their retirement.

(4) Scrap (repeal) Sarbanes-Oxley and write a law with teeth that forces corporate accountablility.

(5) Eliminate the capital gains tax for three years for businesses.

(6) After the three years are up, tax according to the percentage of product manufactured in the U.S., i.e. companies that manufacture their entire product in the U.S. pay no tax, those that make half pay 50%, etc.

(7) Apply the same tax to other corporations: if all employees are in the U.S. no tax, 50% = 50% of the tax, etc.

Benefits of 4-7:
True accountability
Discourages job outsourcing
Encourages a revival of our manufacturing base which is our country's life blood.
Reduces unemployment
Revives economy

(8) Repeal Gramm-Leach-Biley and reinstate protections put in after the Great Depression.

(9) Imprison those who hire illegal immigrants. (this law is on the books but not enforced)

What do you think? Would you propose this to your representative? I have.

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Date:2008-09-24 14:00
Subject:my thoughts

I am very seriously behind this. I sent it to Rep. Bono-Mack (my rep), Speaker Pelosi, Sen. Feinstein, Sen. Boxer, and Sen. Obama. I urge everyone who likes this to pass it around as a SERIOUS alternative to the 700 billion dollar bailout plan.

I pointed out that the amount spent would be FAR less than 700 billion, in fact
it is 12% of that amount.

I pointed out that it would directly improve the economy, it would directly impact the mortgage crisis positively, both by allowing people to pay off OR pay down their mortgages significantly.

In fact, the U.S.government can deduct directly the amount of the mortgage owed or student loans owed and pay the banks from the dividend, sending the remainder to the citizen who owed the money. This could also be done with deadbeat parents.

Mortgages in danger of foreclosure would no longer be in foreclosure. Banks would no longer be in danger of losing their shirts and could lend money.

Struggling graduates with horrendous student loan debt would be able to pay the loans OFF and have a nest egg to live on while they found jobs.

American citizens would suddenly find themselves with the means to pay off their credit card and other discretionary debt. Most who are living from paycheck to paycheck would find themselves with funds left over. Those who could not afford houses would have the ability to buy them with very little debt.

Retirees would not have to worry as much about their pensions failing because they would have that money available to save, invest and live off of.

Think about how this would affect our economy.

Banks getting paid on their loans would enable them to extend credit to those who are qualified for it.

Businesses would see a boom in customer demand as people who were putting off major purchases and necessary repairs came in to have them done.

The businesses would need to hire more workers, reducing unemployment. People with jobs can pay their bills, buy needed things, put money back into the economy.

Instead of a vicious circle of spiraling debt you have a radiant circle of prosperity.

If Congress has to bail out *somebody* then they should bail out the people who deserve it-
American Citizens. We should not reward businesses for failure and we do not need to provide compensation to CEOs that are responsible for failure.

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Date:2008-09-24 14:00
Subject:a better bailout

Hi Friends,
I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.
Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a We Deserve It Dividend.

To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+.
Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman
and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up.

So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billon that equals $425,000.00.
My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend.
Of course, it would NOT be tax free.
So let's assume a tax rate of 30%.
Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes.
That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam.

But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.
A husband and wife has $595,000.00.

What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?
Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved.
Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads.
Put away money for college - it'll be there.
Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs.
Buy a new car - create jobs.
Invest in the market - capital drives growth.
Pay for your parent's medical insurance - health care improves.
Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else.

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks
who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company
that is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it...instead of trickling out
a puny $1000.00 ( "vote buy" ) economic incentive that is being proposed
by one of our candidates for President.

If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!

As for AIG - liquidate it. Sell off its parts.
Let American General go back to being American General.
Sell off the real estate.
Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't.
Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work."
But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!

How do you spell Economic Boom?
I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion.
We Deserve It Dividend more than the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC .

And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion
because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.

Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest.

Kindest personal regards,


T. J. Birkenmeier, A Creative Guy & Citizen of the Republic

PS: Feel free to pass this along to your friends as it's either good for a laugh or a tear or a very sobering thought on how to best use $85 Billion!!

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Date:2008-09-13 19:42
Subject:Cat update

Valkyrie is healing well. Her spay operation went well, no complications, no lampshade, and the scab is coming off with the fur's regrowth, all good signs.

The toms are still visiting, Blondie tried to attack one through the sliding glass door the other day.

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Date:2008-09-02 20:58
Subject:S-day and cat update
Mood: giddy

Valkyrie is in her first heat. That's my only explanation for the increased talking and visitations from toms at night.

The tom visitation is strange..... she's not an outdoor cat.

Well, Thursday is S-day. That's her appointment to (1) receive her Feline Leukemia booster and (2) get SPAYED. She is 5 months and a week or so old, and the vet said that this was a good time to do it according to her calendar.

I gave her and Blondie a bath tonight. I may have to bathe Blondie again in a few weeks. The water was approaching his color when I was done.

Bathing Valkyrie went better this time. Instead of the sink I filled the tub a few inches deep, put her in my arms and shut the shower enclosure door. Eventually she just stood there cussing at me.

Blondie, on the other hand, mewed piteously like I was shaving him and then sulked under the bed for most of the evening. I brushed him out and then he went back under the bed.. Later, after I finished my paper, he came out and went to the top of the kitty condo and glared at me while I was scratching him. The funny part is that whenever he noticed my husband looking at him the corners of his mouth would turn up into a smile.

Blondie and Val are getting along very well. He is extremely protective of his little sister.

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Date:2008-09-02 20:46
Subject:Google Chrome

Well, I jumped into the Chrome bandwagon.

Chrome is in the beta stage and it's Google's web browser.

Being a committed Firefox user, I was interested in its claims of being faster than Firefox.

It is faster. So far on all of the sites that I have tried, the only nonworking component was the NWS radar at Yuma set in "loop" mode.

The sites that regularly bog down in Flash zip right along.

My school blackboard site that runs on Java zooms along in Chrome. In Firefox, after upgrading, I had to hunt for a plugin to make the site work again.

Oh yes, i'm in my second week of class. I've gone back to school.

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Date:2008-05-28 11:10
Subject:New family member (long) (pics forthcoming)

My husband and I have welcomed a new addition to the family. Her name is Valkyrie, and she is a tortiseshell-ish longhaired kitten with red patches on her ears, face, legs and tail. She was 8 weeks old last Friday.

Our friends were adopted by a cat that they named Psycho because she would purr and snuggle up to you, then bite and claw you to ribbons. This changed as they worked with her, but she hates the dog.

While they were away on a trip she got out of the house and got laid with at least two male cats.

Psycho is a calico shorthair with fine boning and a wedge-shaped head, looks part Siamese or something.

It's possible that one dad had long hair and one short, because Valkyrie's brothers and sisters range from short almost wiry hair to long haired and fluffy.

Valkyrie is fluffy and long haired. When we got home, our older cat, Blondie, hid under the bed and sulked.
I had to haul him out and shut the bedroom door. He perked up after a few hours of petting, placing on his perches, and informing him that yes, he is still Top Cat and NOT being replaced.

We have been confining Val to a cage/den in the dining room so that she has her own space while we are at work. Naturally, she's hating it, but it's the best we can do right now. It has a blanket covering it and everything she needs inside. (keeps him out of her food as well)

Today Blondie has been trilling at her and she meows and follows him around the house.

Her New Kitty appointment with our vet is Thursday evening.

Hopefully Psycho didn't catch anything nasty to pass on to the kittens.

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Date:2008-05-27 21:27

song chart memes
more graph humor and song chart memes

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Date:2008-05-27 21:22

more cat pictures

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Date:2008-03-14 19:06
Subject:Hunting down the dead
Mood: aggravated

For the past two weeks I have been working on a genealogy project focused on my husband's side of the family.

In the process of hunting for his grandparents we found that his biological father had died in 2004. We sent out for the death certificate and placed calls to find where he was buried, and the death certificate arrived from L.A. County today.

We are going to visit the gravesite tommrrow, and will start searching fro probate records next week.... the story has become weirder and weirder the deeper we dig.

My husband's father, you see, was a police officer who ended up as the lead investigator in the Hollywood Division bust in 1983, in Los Angeles. The nature of the case and the fact that a whole shift of a whole division of the LAPD was arrested at roll call meant that he had to enter the witness security program, commonly known as the witness protection program.

Since he is dead, we can talk about it..... finally. My husband was robbed of 25 years with his father, whom he was very close to before dad went underground. No one told him that his father had died. No one bothered to look for him.

The next course of action is to dig up the probate to see if there was a will and whether or not his wishes were followed.

As far as genealogy we have his paternal grandmother's side back to the Kennedys in Ireland, his father's side is however a bit more complicated. It seems that he might be Portuguese.

That's all for now, still dealing with the creeping crud i've had for a month.

The pissed off coyote picture is for the assholes who buried my husband's father and didn't try to contact him, and for his supposed widow whom we know nothing about and I cannot find anything on. GRRR!!!!

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Date:2008-02-11 19:38
Subject:*shudder* taxes
Mood: confused

working on my taxes, taking it little by little.

turbo tax rocks.

the IRS sucks donkey dick.

and my boss seems to not be withholding CA state tax.. wtf????

whoever gets elected this year damn well better make this easier.

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Date:2008-02-05 20:30
Subject:Shame on you.
Mood: frustrated

Ok folks....

I am white, female, and that does not mean that you can automatically assume that I am a racist bitch because I do not speak Spanish.
You are making the same damned judgment that you accuse me of making.

I am not going to be apologetic because your country lost a territorial war, and I'm not going to be apologetic because there was slavery practiced in this country pre-Civil War.

I will hold you to the same standards that MY non-English speaking ancestors were held to when they came to America- Emigrate lawfully, follow the laws, and learn to speak English.

I don't care what religion you practice, this is America, we have freedom of religion here.
If you disagree with something I say, that's ok, we have freedom of speech here as well.

If you cannot abide by our laws, and learn English, and if you have entered my country illegally, you need to leave.

I don't care what country you came from, do not come to this one and break our laws, sap our system, and take advantage of our good will.

You are a slap in the face to my ancestors who emigrated legally, and to my co-worker who gained his citizenship legally last year.

Enough is enough! It's time to put an end to the mess that political correctness and apologism have created before we end up in the nightmare of doublethink and doublespeak that was presented in George Orwell's 1984.

Wake up, people!

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Date:2008-01-28 18:38
Subject:Listening to the State of the Union address..
Mood: amused, angry and annoyed.

Because, like, ya gotta find out how nuts he is this year.

Some Highlights-
No Child Left Behind is working (not! it's killing schools out here)
Pell grants for faith based schools...
Renewable Nucular Energy....
Army of Compassion....(in Iraq)
Brought up 911.....again.....
Talked about the cost of Social Secutiry and Medicare with a new plan to screw over the younger generations....
Told bad jokes only the Republicans laughed at...

Nancy Pelosi looked like she was sucking on a lemon.
Dick Cheney looked like he was ready to whap Pelosi upside the head.
At least one senator fell asleep.

Bush is pushing for war in Iran. He claims that the surge forces are beginning to come home.
All I hear about are people getting shipped out.

I expect the Dow Jones Industrials to plummet tommorrow.
I am tempted to get a transcript of this year's State of the Union address just to translate it into plain American English.

He's lying folks- his lips are moving.

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Date:2008-01-15 17:37

Blondie rolled in ....something.

He has been bathed. He's now under the bed where he thinks Mom can't find him.

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Date:2008-01-10 19:29
Subject:vet visit
Mood: accomplished

Blondie has a clean bill of health from the vet.

We will continue to work with him to shave off some pounds- he's at 17 pounds now.

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