1/26/2006 04:32:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Republican primary candidate wants to eliminate property taxes by heavily taxing games the government deems "violent." Just out of curiousity, will he also suggest a tax on violent movies,violent TV shows and violent books? Probably not, and not because he doesn't want to. But because he knows he can get away with stereotyping gaming as "evil" but movies well that's a little tougher...Even in Texas

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I figure I can replace the battery on my old 3g iPod for less and I don’t need video (that’s what i got a PSP for).

|W|P|113830633737545572|W|P|screw it, just fix my old one|W|P|1/25/2006 08:12:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Chicago Tribune | White House snubs Katrina probes
Wow there's a surprise! The administration fucks up royally, and then instead of fixing it, they squelch any investigations. This shouldn't be a surprise as it was done after Sept.11 as well. The don't want us to know how incompetent they are. Is there any other real excuse for not helping with the investigation? Also, here is a nice quote from the story
“Michael Brown, the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, had been advised by agency lawyers not to say whether he had spoken to President Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney or to comment on the substance of any conversations with any other high-level White House officials.”

If that ain't a stone wall I don't know what is...

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|W|P|113819836809854681|W|P|White House snubs Katrina probes|W|P|1/25/2006 07:51:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|
As you can see from the picture, this morning Alberto Gonzales spoke to a group of future law students at Georgetown. They stood and turned their backs to him and held this sign. It was a brave and noble dissent, and I hope to see more of it. No one intereupted him, no one threw pig blood or any other crazy crap. Just true strong dissent. Thanks Georgetown law students, you speak for the majority of Americans.

follow the link here.

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|W|P|113819728778451874|W|P|Student lawyers protest Attorney General|W|P|1/24/2006 11:21:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|

Emily and Carter
Originally uploaded by knots.
Check out some of Ashley's best friend Jessica's surprise wedding. Jessic and Todds wedding was litterally blown away by Katrina so Todd actually surprised her by grabbing her from work, dragging her home to be surprised by her family and friends! Then everyone went to the Oe Miss chapel and the got hitched.Check it out here.
|W|P|113816646386374324|W|P|New Photo set @ Flcikr|W|P|1/24/2006 11:04:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|I have a love/ hate relationship with Google. On one hand the are a very groovy company. Full of Ideas and good intentions (i.e. earning the public trust through the recent NSA flap over search engines) but at the same time, they are simply janky ad agents. And few industries are more full of shit than ad agencies. This is another example of the bottom line making the rules. Google sees the world's largest emerging market and realizes it can't lose it to MSN, Yahoo, et all and still be competitive in the 21st century. It simply MUST have China as a market to dump adsense on.

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|W|P|113816547497398816|W|P|Google Agrees to Censor Results in China|W|P|1/23/2006 06:52:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Just when you thought the Religious Right couldn't get any nuttier... This time, they want to stop young, preteen girls from being inoculated against HPV, a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer. Why would they do this? Because it might make young girl promiscuous. So would Orlando Bloom but no one's trying to kill that dude...

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|W|P|113806394279041355|W|P|Religious Right trying to kill Cervical Cancer vaccine|W|P|1/22/2006 09:46:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|World's fluffiest bunny
Holy crap just LOOK At this thing! And I thought the Westminster dog show was koooky!

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|W|P|113798797731163073|W|P|please stop this..|W|P|1/21/2006 06:58:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Mardi Gras goes on Alot was made in the national media recently about if NOLA should hold mardi gras in the wake of Katrina. Well most of my thought about Katrina are well know to my friends if not you can read it here and here but I haven't really discussed it much since. I have to try to explain to you yankee bastards why Mardi Gras must and will go on. to understand New Orleans is to know a small sliver of the soul of the south. It's a poorly kept secret that NOLA is the wildest place this side of Vegas. But less understood is the real SOUL of the city. I know it fairly well, but clearly I'm not an expert. But I understand why Mardi Gras has to go on. And here it is... You can't stop a party in NOLA. I've been at all nighter in NOLA with thousands of people that have danced past daybreak and burst open the doors of the theater onto Canale street and danced right down to the river to have chicory coffee and make love in the sunshine in Jackson square. I've been surrounded by Hippies at Jazzfest who danced while their girlfriends were busted by the cops. On Sunday morning I've seen bars bursting with people right next to a Pentecostal church. It is the way of the city, it is the way of the Creole people who's ancestors help make New Orleans different from all the other cities in the south. And if you take the dance away from them, all they can do is cry. A quick NOLA story. I learned awhile ago were the name “Jazz” came from. It is a reference to the New Orleans whore houses that were often called Jasmine houses because of the heavy perfume in the red light district. Eventually the bands who go work at the brothels would write “JASMINE” on the kick drum, which often got shortened to “Jas” or “Jass” sometimes it would just have “ass” with the J scratched out. Eventually morphing into “Jazz” don't forget them

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|W|P|113789150090524079|W|P|what people don't understand about Mardi Gras the Gulf Coast|W|P|1/20/2006 09:27:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|

memphis4
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There is a new set of photos on my Flickr page of the Memphis Garbage workers strike that brought Dr King to Memphis many years ago. go check it out here.. Look at the faces on the protesters...
|W|P|113777084219126929|W|P|the signs pretty much tell the story|W|P|1/19/2006 05:32:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|The US Government is taking legal action to gain access to Googles vast database of internet searches in an historic clash over privacy.
The Bush Administration has asked a federal judge to order the worlds most popular internet search engine to hand over the records of all Google searches.

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|W|P|113771357638480364|W|P|Google will fight Bush Administration|W|P|1/19/2006 12:09:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|So according to Aljazeera.net Bin Laden is offering us a truce. I find this fascinating in a lot of ways. First, I personally don't think a war on an abstract noun is a winable proposal. So the concept of a truce with Islamic fundamentalism is a attractive concept. But in reality, he is offering us nothing. Simply he is stating 'leave the Muslim world, and we will leave the western world alone'. He's going to have to do more than that...

Truth is, this is really what most Americans want. To get out of other people's countries and have them get out of ours.

Obviously, we can't trust this guy. But they can't trust George Bush any more than we can trust Bin Laden. So it seems to me that first we need to impeach Bush as first remedy and then offer Al Queda a simple deal. We have removed our leader (such as he is) and sent him o criminal proceedings. Now turn over Bin Ladden and we will deal with you on a truce. We'll pull out of Mecca and Mesopotamia, we'll lean on Israel to go with the Sharon peace plan, and we will put Bin Laden on trial in international court. If Bin Laden truly wants prosperity for his people, he must sacrifice himself. If we truly want peace with the Muslim world, we must sacrifice ours. That is a deal I think we could accept.

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|W|P|113769516695929603|W|P|My take on a truce|W|P|1/19/2006 11:30:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|

my sister is a priest and she has been the pastor at St Stephens church in Pearl Rive NY for a while. I haven’t seen hr church or her deliver a service (the only time I’ve seen her in “the collar” was when she married me). So I have to admit I’m an absolute ass for not visiting sooner, but I just have no good way of affording a trip right now. But perhaps a regular reminder here will help me.

|W|P|113769181326995737|W|P|I want to see my sister's church|W|P|1/18/2006 05:38:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|OMG sombody get me this for my birthday!|W|P|113762753922165892|W|P|The Pong Clock !|W|P|1/17/2006 01:40:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|When Kevin Herbert has a particularly intractable programming problem, or finds himself pondering a big career decision, he deploys a powerful mind expanding tool -- LSD-25.

read more | digg story|W|P|113752680510336287|W|P|LSD: The Geek's Wonder Drug?|W|P|1/13/2006 01:39:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|I have been trying since October to get registered for school this semester. I have hit roadblocks at every turn. For some reason, it has been the most difficult string of circumstances. First, no transcripts, then I couldn't register online, then I was told that I wasn't admitted, then I was told I had a hold from my advisor. Finally when I tried to register. All the classes I had lined up to match my work schedule were closed. In the end, any reasons for me not being in school this semester are only mine and no one else's. I have always made excuses for things, but the truth is, all my shortcomings are the results of my own behavior. All the cop-outs are mine. I'm really afraid that my window is closing. I only have a few more years to try to finish school. Now that I've put Ashley through, I really want to complete it. I just am not confident enough in my abilities. The only thing I haven't failed at is being a father. And truth is, I'm so determined to not be a failure for HER that I doubt it's possible for me to fail Emmy. I simply WON'T. She deserves that at minimum. I've been a bad friend, bad student, bad employee, bad son, bad brother, and a hell of a lot more trouble for my wife than I'm worth. I simply can't be a bad father on top of that heap of shit I've built over 28 years.|W|P|113718128328319490|W|P|repeat failure|W|P|1/15/2006 05:17:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Pastor Susan|W|P|Sweetie, first of all. . . if I had to choose the most important thing to succeed at, I would pick "dad." So you are alread ahead of the game. Secondly, (bossy big sister says) take CLEP tests __ almost every college accepts them, they are easy to pass, and you can probably CLEP more courses than you could possibly pass in a semester. I CLEPped 60 credits for Seton Hall. Maybe it's a sign (I know, I am lame, but i believe this stuff) so maybe it's a sign that you need a new plan. I love you, I love you, and I wouldn't want any other brother.1/09/2006 09:12:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P| |W|P|113686285577472050|W|P|it's Peanut Butter Jelly time|W|P|1/10/2006 09:15:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Pastor Susan|W|P|You are a genius! A twisted, wonderful genius -- just like peanut butter and jelly -- insidiously delicious.1/09/2006 02:06:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|Informed Comment has a great story about the possablilty of Al-Queda in Iraq having over played thier hand with the guerrilla groups in Irag. It seems in summmary that Zarqawi has bombed too randomly, and the Iraqi's won't be aligned with it. At least this is some movement to squeeze out the last reason Bush has to stay in Iraq. Namely, the “Al-Qaeda in Mesopotamis”.

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|W|P|113683716646322693|W|P|faction fracture|W|P|1/08/2006 03:11:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|TRIO Plus as of the new year Trio (digital cable's third gayest network)has gone off the air. I shed one solitary tear for you Trio. I shall miss Tivoing the Tupac and Biggie documentary. But fear not weary internet traveler, because Trip is movin to the old interweb. Trio is now officially "brilliant but cancelled"|W|P|113675466508276031|W|P|TRIO "brilliant but canceled"|W|P|1/07/2006 11:19:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|O'Grady's PowerPage - Your Mobile Technology Destination
Apple to enter My small corner of the Market. As rumors go, this on is a doozy. I'm not sure how much weight to put into it (the source and timing seems flaky). Also, Apple is often a company that like to let rumors stew for a while. But I do think this is a very curious idea. No keyboard and mouse? Could we be close to the idea of Apple entering the AV market, with it's own Mac Media center? There have been a group of great guys working on a open source Mac media center project called Center Stage but I could certainly see apple swooping in for the kill on this. I'll be staying tuned for announcements from Macworld next week. So should shareholders.

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|W|P|113669758402892182|W|P|Mac plasma? Or the further adventures of the Mac Media Center|W|P|1/07/2006 10:24:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|
CNN.com - U.S. says bomb hit wrong house in Iraq - Jan 5, 2006

Sure we all know in the back of our heads that war isn't pretty. It's messy, bloody, and cruel. I doubt people think it is candy and flowers. but if you believe in your soul that this war must go on in this way, then you must be willing to accept that things like this will happen. And if you can accept that, then you must know that every person who survives something like this will learn to burn with a hatred for us that won't be ended until he dies or we do. War is cyclical in that way. Just remember that.

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|W|P|113669425766276309|W|P|this is what war is|W|P|1/07/2006 08:43:00 AM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|
A few years ago I showed my father a quarterly magazine called Wax Poetics. It's a terrific academic style journal for obscure R&B, hip hop, jazz and soul. The have recently been presented with the Utne independent press award in the arts category. My father, who was involved in publishing most of his life, and I were initially concerned about how long a life span the mag would have. It has a tiny niche of customers and very high publishing quality, 2 things that often lead to a quick exit from store shelves. But several years later, they are moving to a bimonthly format, starting a record label, and seem fairly secure. I am absolutely stunned as well as very pleased. If you get a chance hop on over to their website at Wax Poetics and check out the write up on David Porter's “into the real thing” and even hear a Mp3 from the album. Mr. Porter is one of my customers. And a better Soul songwriter are few and far between. Anyway, check them out, they deserve it.

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|W|P|113664502167148092|W|P|Hooray for good indie publishing|W|P|1/02/2006 10:22:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P|I am currently messin' around with a new web browser that some of you might be interested in. No, it's not Opera (which does have that cool Torrent integration) and it's not Firefox (but if you are a non techie web user you should be using Firefox) it's anew little browser called Flock. Flock is a cool new take on web/life integration. The idea is that, photo sharing, blogging and bookmarking should all be social on the web. Already all of these ideas exist. I use Del.icio.us so that i can keep track of my surf habits among different computers and browsers already. I use Flickr to store and share my photos with family and friends. And I use Ecto for my desktop blogging (in fact I'm using it right now). But why shouldn't all these functions be rolled into the browser? This is the gap that Flock wants to fill. I don't recommend this for newbies or my parents. The build is not even into beta yet, it's only a developer build, so there will be hiccups. But the concept is sound, the design is nice and finally someone is doing something more original with the browser than just making it work (thanks Mozilla). Kudos to the hippies over at Flock, I salute you.

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|W|P|113626228809675395|W|P|What the Flock?|W|P|1/02/2006 05:55:00 PM|W|P|Ed Arnold|W|P| This must be my like, 5th or 6th “sorry for not posting post” but I have been deralict in my blogging duties, while my sister has been very prolific over at the blog for her church which you can find here. Among the more interesting posts, my sister berides her parishiners for not drinking more iced tea. Which I find absolutly hilarious. Also, the church got a new copy machine. You may insert dog barking sounds as needed (a la Arsenio).
But it's been a rough month of December on this branch of the Arnold clan. Mostly due to good things, Graduation, Busy work schedule, a visit to Gulfport for the girls and all the medical hoops your truely has had to jump through. But here we sit, hapily on the positive side of 2006 and things are looking up. Ashley is looking for substitute work and I'm going back to school on the 16th of this month to get my IT degree. Yes, I will be the annoying office computer guy. We hope to send out thank you notes for all the great gifts you have sent Emily for Christmas this year. Big ups to the big sis for the Muppet show season one DVD, thanks to ex-brother in law Chri for the Amazon gift card, Emily scored may books and a CD from the interenet super store. Thanks all!! Happy New Year.|W|P|113624613252833823|W|P|All Apologies|W|P|1/05/2006 03:22:00 PM|W|P|Blogger Pastor Susan|W|P|can you believe people don't know hoow to make iced tea?! Please. Glad you liked the Muppets and happy you are back -- tried to combine blog and back, but then you get "black: and happy you are black just doesn't sound okay. anyhow, thanks for the plug for the church blog. Lots of love