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The sorting hat says that I belong in Ravenclaw!


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Said Ravenclaw, "We'll teach those whose intelligence is surest."


Ravenclaw students tend to be clever, witty, intelligent, and knowledgeable.
Notable residents include Cho Chang and Padma Patil (objects of Harry and Ron's affections), and Luna Lovegood (daughter of The Quibbler magazine's editor).

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Get Sorted Now!





Ravenclaw 81
Gryffindor 78
Hufflepuff 71
Slytherin 61
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The sorting hat says that I belong in Ravenclaw!


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Said Ravenclaw, "We'll teach those whose intelligence is surest."


Ravenclaw students tend to be clever, witty, intelligent, and knowledgeable.
Notable residents include Cho Chang and Padma Patil (objects of Harry and Ron's affections), and Luna Lovegood (daughter of The Quibbler magazine's editor).

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Take the most scientific Harry Potter
Quiz
ever created.</td>

Get Sorted Now!





Ravenclaw 81
Gryffindor 78
Hufflepuff 71
Slytherin 61
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...having trouble accessing Facebook? It won't let me log on; says "Your account is not accessible due to site maintenance", or something like that, and it's been doing that for sixteen hours now.

[EDIT] Finally got back on; had to delete all cookies and stored passwords, then request a new password from FB.
duane_kc: (I'd never belong to a club that'd have m)
...having trouble accessing Facebook? It won't let me log on; says "Your account is not accessible due to site maintenance", or something like that, and it's been doing that for sixteen hours now.

[EDIT] Finally got back on; had to delete all cookies and stored passwords, then request a new password from FB.
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Okay, usually weird dreams are just something I expect with this screwed-up mind of mine, but this one I can't shake, nor can I figure out why it's got me so damn depressed today.

I'm walking into what I recognize as the tiny town/neighborhood I grew up in, (Tecumseh, KS, for those that know it,) and there's a Civil War reenactment going on. The Confederates are losing, badly; I look closer and there are no Union troops, just dying Confederate soldiers. This seems significant for some reason. Read more... )
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Okay, usually weird dreams are just something I expect with this screwed-up mind of mine, but this one I can't shake, nor can I figure out why it's got me so damn depressed today.

I'm walking into what I recognize as the tiny town/neighborhood I grew up in, (Tecumseh, KS, for those that know it,) and there's a Civil War reenactment going on. The Confederates are losing, badly; I look closer and there are no Union troops, just dying Confederate soldiers. This seems significant for some reason. Read more... )
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I don't usually pass along the recipes I get (I'm on the Food Network mailing list), but this one, for horseradish-crusted brisket, sounds fantastic. Wish I had the capability to try it, but alas, toaster ovens just don't mix well with Dutch ovens.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/horseradish-crusted-brisket-with-carrots-recipe/index.html?nl=ROTD_120110_RecipeTitle
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I don't usually pass along the recipes I get (I'm on the Food Network mailing list), but this one, for horseradish-crusted brisket, sounds fantastic. Wish I had the capability to try it, but alas, toaster ovens just don't mix well with Dutch ovens.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/horseradish-crusted-brisket-with-carrots-recipe/index.html?nl=ROTD_120110_RecipeTitle
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I've been thinking about this subject a lot over the last couple of weeks. America has become a culture over the course of my life where bullying has become the accepted norm...and I'm tired of it.

I know what it's like to be the victim of a schoolyard bully; I was in judo lessons in *first grade* for self-defense. Funny; the bullying stopped when the simple fact was made known in the school. I've never had to use those skills but once, and that was a bully in high school.

I know what it's like to be abused by someone in a position of power. My fifth grade teacher was the kind of utter bastard I'd like to see run through a chipper/shredder these days...and his brother, the corrupt former police chief of my home town was just as bad. Never laid a finger on me, but I spent that entire year *terrified*; and worse, my parents didn't believe it until they experienced it first-hand. Had the son-of-a-bitch not been tenured, his teaching career would have ended the day he mistook Mom for one of his students and slapped her ass to get her in the classroom. Two years later, Dad paid him a personal visit to explain why my little sister wouldn't be in his classroom, after he found out about the bastard's habit of giving all the little girls "birthday spankings".

My original Cub Scout pack decided they weren't going to give me my earned awards. Why? Because I didn't attend their church. Dad reported them to the BSA Council and *started a competing pack*, just to put a stop to that.

Seeing the kind of thuggishness the TSA is perpetrating these days in the name of "security" makes me sick to my stomach. We don't have to go through this kind of utter crap to enter a hospital, or a state or Federal courthouse, or the fucking halls of Congress; Hell, the White House tours don't even have this kind of "security", so why the *fuck* should I put up with it to get on a plane? They aren't doing this for any nebulous "security"; they're doing it because they're on a power trip, plain and simple. The next step, if they're not stopped, will be mandatory strip-searches and issuing paper coveralls and booties to every aircraft passenger, because, after all, that's the only way to be *absolutely* sure no one smuggles anything aboard the flight.

So, that's it. I have had enough. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Mom and Dad raised me better. I will not allow myself, or others, to be bullied any more, have I the power to stop it. "I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." as Thomas Jefferson said. Simply put, I will not stand for bullying of any sort, anywhere, any longer.

I plan on writing my Congresscritters tonight regarding the TSA's excesses; and until they are reined in, I flatly refuse to fly anywhere, period. I will not be treated as a criminal before I'm tried and convicted in a court of law, and pay money for the privilege.

Amber, if you're reading this, let me know and I will come get you and yours this weekend. You don't have to put up with your situation if I can help in any way.

The Second American Revolution starts here. Bullies can change their ways or get the fuck out of mine. I will not tolerate it any more, anywhere I can make a difference. Who's with me?
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I've been thinking about this subject a lot over the last couple of weeks. America has become a culture over the course of my life where bullying has become the accepted norm...and I'm tired of it.

I know what it's like to be the victim of a schoolyard bully; I was in judo lessons in *first grade* for self-defense. Funny; the bullying stopped when the simple fact was made known in the school. I've never had to use those skills but once, and that was a bully in high school.

I know what it's like to be abused by someone in a position of power. My fifth grade teacher was the kind of utter bastard I'd like to see run through a chipper/shredder these days...and his brother, the corrupt former police chief of my home town was just as bad. Never laid a finger on me, but I spent that entire year *terrified*; and worse, my parents didn't believe it until they experienced it first-hand. Had the son-of-a-bitch not been tenured, his teaching career would have ended the day he mistook Mom for one of his students and slapped her ass to get her in the classroom. Two years later, Dad paid him a personal visit to explain why my little sister wouldn't be in his classroom, after he found out about the bastard's habit of giving all the little girls "birthday spankings".

My original Cub Scout pack decided they weren't going to give me my earned awards. Why? Because I didn't attend their church. Dad reported them to the BSA Council and *started a competing pack*, just to put a stop to that.

Seeing the kind of thuggishness the TSA is perpetrating these days in the name of "security" makes me sick to my stomach. We don't have to go through this kind of utter crap to enter a hospital, or a state or Federal courthouse, or the fucking halls of Congress; Hell, the White House tours don't even have this kind of "security", so why the *fuck* should I put up with it to get on a plane? They aren't doing this for any nebulous "security"; they're doing it because they're on a power trip, plain and simple. The next step, if they're not stopped, will be mandatory strip-searches and issuing paper coveralls and booties to every aircraft passenger, because, after all, that's the only way to be *absolutely* sure no one smuggles anything aboard the flight.

So, that's it. I have had enough. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Mom and Dad raised me better. I will not allow myself, or others, to be bullied any more, have I the power to stop it. "I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." as Thomas Jefferson said. Simply put, I will not stand for bullying of any sort, anywhere, any longer.

I plan on writing my Congresscritters tonight regarding the TSA's excesses; and until they are reined in, I flatly refuse to fly anywhere, period. I will not be treated as a criminal before I'm tried and convicted in a court of law, and pay money for the privilege.

Amber, if you're reading this, let me know and I will come get you and yours this weekend. You don't have to put up with your situation if I can help in any way.

The Second American Revolution starts here. Bullies can change their ways or get the fuck out of mine. I will not tolerate it any more, anywhere I can make a difference. Who's with me?

Hmmmm...

Nov. 19th, 2010 11:02 pm
duane_kc: (Ecstacy)


You Are Allspice



You are not as complex as you seem to others. You really just like to keep things simple.

People think you're something you're not. And you're getting a little sick of being misunderstood!



You enjoy the company of others, and you appreciate people from all walks of life. You love to learn about different points of view.

You seem familiar to strangers. People probably tell you that you remind them of someone else.


Hmmmm...

Nov. 19th, 2010 11:02 pm
duane_kc: (Ecstacy)


You Are Allspice



You are not as complex as you seem to others. You really just like to keep things simple.

People think you're something you're not. And you're getting a little sick of being misunderstood!



You enjoy the company of others, and you appreciate people from all walks of life. You love to learn about different points of view.

You seem familiar to strangers. People probably tell you that you remind them of someone else.


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Did you know that Back To The Future will be playing this weekend in theaters in KC? Y'know, in case you want something to do this weekend...

http://www.amctheatres.com/bttf/
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Did you know that Back To The Future will be playing this weekend in theaters in KC? Y'know, in case you want something to do this weekend...

http://www.amctheatres.com/bttf/

Spirit Day

Oct. 3rd, 2010 01:07 am
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] neo_prodigy at Spirit Day
 


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.


Spirit Day

Oct. 3rd, 2010 01:07 am
duane_kc: (Default)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] neo_prodigy at Spirit Day
 


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.


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Now with extra cut tag! Read more... )
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Now with extra cut tag! Read more... )
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(From Renstl.org)


Ahoy, mateys!

The 4th annual St. Louis Pirate Festival is sailing into St. Louis
this weekend, September 11-12.

The rumpus continues for the following two weekends on September
18-19 and September 25-26. The woodlands of Rotary Park will be
transformed into the rollicking Caribbean seaport of Fort Royal on
the island of Martinique. As you stroll through the town, youll
enjoy musicians, merchants, purveyors of food and drink, comedians,
fire performers, belly dancersand of course, lots of pirates, from
dashing rogues to scurvy knaves.

This is the fall festival brought to you by Renaissance St. Louis,
Inc., the same people who create the St. Louis Renaissance Faire. If
youve never been to the Pirate Festival, youll find it delivers the
same kind of interactive fun as the Faire, but with a distinctively
different flavorthe Golden Age of Piracy! If youve been to the
Festival before, youll experience new treats this year, including
Captn Blacks Sea Dogs original and traditional music about
pirates, and Ez N Dils unique blend of Irish music with folk,
gospel, and silly songs for the whole family.

So X marks the spot on your calendar on Saturday and Sundays,
September 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26.

Were making it even easier to bring your family and friends with
this coupon, a buy-one-get-one-free for this first weekend. Just
print it out and bring it to the entrance gate this Saturday or
Sunday. You can also find it on our website www.stlpiratefest.com
<http://www.renstl.org/docs/flyers/pf_flyer_coupon2010.pdf>

See you in Martinique!
duane_kc: (Duh!)
(From Renstl.org)


Ahoy, mateys!

The 4th annual St. Louis Pirate Festival is sailing into St. Louis
this weekend, September 11-12.

The rumpus continues for the following two weekends on September
18-19 and September 25-26. The woodlands of Rotary Park will be
transformed into the rollicking Caribbean seaport of Fort Royal on
the island of Martinique. As you stroll through the town, youll
enjoy musicians, merchants, purveyors of food and drink, comedians,
fire performers, belly dancersand of course, lots of pirates, from
dashing rogues to scurvy knaves.

This is the fall festival brought to you by Renaissance St. Louis,
Inc., the same people who create the St. Louis Renaissance Faire. If
youve never been to the Pirate Festival, youll find it delivers the
same kind of interactive fun as the Faire, but with a distinctively
different flavorthe Golden Age of Piracy! If youve been to the
Festival before, youll experience new treats this year, including
Captn Blacks Sea Dogs original and traditional music about
pirates, and Ez N Dils unique blend of Irish music with folk,
gospel, and silly songs for the whole family.

So X marks the spot on your calendar on Saturday and Sundays,
September 11-12, 18-19, and 25-26.

Were making it even easier to bring your family and friends with
this coupon, a buy-one-get-one-free for this first weekend. Just
print it out and bring it to the entrance gate this Saturday or
Sunday. You can also find it on our website www.stlpiratefest.com
<http://www.renstl.org/docs/flyers/pf_flyer_coupon2010.pdf>

See you in Martinique!
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