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September 13th, 2005

Odds and Ends

I know that over the past couple weeks I rarely posted anything besides items concerning Katrina and the disastrous handling of its aftermath. There are reasons, but none of them are particularly noteworthy. Anyway, here's a laundry list of notes and thoughts--in no particular order--to get me back up to speed before I attempt to resume more regular non-political posting.

The counters are working rather well on the zine's website. Unfortunately, when people download an issue from an external link that went directly to the PDF the counter isn't tripped. However, it is still nice to have a confirmed number of downloads for each issue. Although I know the number is actually much higher based on the data transfer usage, yesterday the 100th confirmed download of the most recent issue took place, and each of the previous four issues have been downloaded 50-70 times since I installed the counters.

The Phillies won and the Eagles lost last night. Neither event is changing my opinions about either team's postseason chances. Still, it would've been nice to see a Philly sweep of Atlanta this week (as unlikely as it was before Monday's games).

I'm finally getting over the urge to post about King Fratboy's administration and its response to Katrina and its aftermath. I figure at this point there's nothing else I can add that will convince anyone of Shrub's incompetence and utter disdain for doing anything for the poor and working class. Besides, knowing who reads this page I'm mostly preaching to the choir anyway.

Having said that, I found it really disconcerting last night to find out that my sister-in-law is practically repeating Republican talking points verbatim, thanks in part to her "libertarian" fiance. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: there are very few true libertarians in this country. The fact that they mostly vote for Republicans proves that they are more concerned with their own pocketbook than they are with protecting "libertarian" liberties and rights for all. I'm fine with someone essentially looking out solely for number one, so long as they are honest and upfront about it rather than proclaiming some sort of ideal for all.

I'd still love to find a way to pull together the funds necessary to attend the 1980 Phillies reunion in Atlantic City on October 15, but given everything that's coming up over the next six weeks--and the money that Mrs. Moose and I will have to spend as a result--I don't think there's any way I'm going to be able to make it happen. However, all the events happening until the end of next month are certainly far more important, so I'm not complaining one bit.

Those events: The Great Bloomsburg Fair, wedding anniversary, Tank's 2nd birthday, my dad's birthday, my grandmother's birthday, new tires for my car, a tune-up and new brakes for Mrs. Moose's car, & issue #6 of SF.

Veggie Booty is a god-send if you have a toddler that refuses to eat vegetables. Sadly, it does things to toddler poo that no human being should ever have to confront. Dealing with the toxic sludge now covering New Orleans is probably only slightly more unbearable.

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