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Jesus Christ, this thing is still here. How about that.

Yes we can

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Figures. A moment like this, and words fail me. I don't think this will sound in any way elegant. Granted, I'm still only half conscious.

I'm happy; I'm hopeful. And I'm feeling something else, something I haven't experienced in full for a very long time. It feels strange even now to put it into words: I'm proud to be an American.

Wow, how about that.

To everyone who helped make this victory happen, thank you. We did it. To everyone who is feeling even a little bit joyful this morning, enjoy it. Savor it. This was a huge step, a paradigm shift, but it's just that -- a step. There's still a long, long road ahead. To those who feel fearful, despondent, even angry this morning, take a deep breath. It's going to be OK. No one knows for certain the specific course and change the future will hold, but I think history will bear me out on this one: We've reached a turning point, and it will be for the better.

I don't think I ever felt more proud for a political candidate, and for myself in my support of that candidate, than I did last night watching President-Elect Barack Obama speak in Chicago. I hardly stopped smiling. I was moved in a way I've seldom experienced.

To President-Elect Obama: Congratulations. A lot of us were pulling for you, and still are. Continue to make us proud.

To Senator John McCain: You fought hard. At times, you fought dirty. I disliked and disagreed with much of what you and your running mate said, and the manner in which you said it. But I have to hand it to you -- your speech last night was the classiest, most statesmanlike address I've ever heard you give. You accepted defeat with a poise and dignity that I thought you had lost. You struck the right note. I just hope your supporters really heard it.

Insanity

I received the following observation from a lady who works a short distance from me:

"You always have a perk in your step. You're perky."

That is one of the most ridiculous things anyone has ever said about me.

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Rainbows and pixies!

Listening to the newest Celtic Woman album, "A New Journey." Very pretty stuff, although as usual, Celtic Woman gets a bit too precious at times, and I wait for unicorns and rainbows to shoot out of my iPod, followed by a cute little pixie, who giggles before shooting me in the forehead with a tiny bow and arrow.

Ah. Now, a cover of "Over the Rainbow." Pixies! Pixies all over the goddamn place!

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"Highlander: The Source" is the worst movie I have seen in years. As I sit here, still reeling from last night's horror, I cannot think of another movie that was worse. I'm sure there are others out there, but this pain is still too fresh.

I'm a Highlander fan, but I'm not rabid about it. The franchise's signal-to-noise ratio is problematic for me, but if you have the patience to do some sifting, there are some gems in there. So, I looked upon this latest Highlander movie with wary interest. On the one hand, it's a new Highlander movie. On the other hand... it's a new Highlander movie. If you're experienced with the franchise, you know what I'm talking about.

Regardless, fastening my eyeballs onto this piece of trash was a critical error. Never, ever watch this movie. If you've never seen anything connected to the Highlander franchise, never watch this, or you'll want to kill yourself with a butter knife whenever someone mentions the Highlander or Immortals. If you're a Highlander fan, you absolutely, positively must NOT watch this. You will die a little inside.

I'll touch on some of the main reasons: Terrible acting across the board, ridiculous story, pathetic special effects, utterly uninteresting fight scenes. Yes, the fight scenes suck. Highlander's never been about Oscar-grade acting or water-tight storylines, but at least the fights were fun to watch. Here, not so much.

Yes, the film plays hell with franchise continuity, but that doesn't count, because so does everything else that's been produced.

I can't even recommend this as a "so bad it's good" movie, or a "I want to watch a train wreck" experience. Dr. Forrester should have shown this movie to the folk on the Satellite of Love -- it would have ruined them utterly.

There are a number of reasons why I should've known this movie was going to suck:

1. It's a Highlander movie.
2. It's a made-for-TV Highlander movie.
3. It's a made-for-TV Highlander movie that debuted on the Sci-Fi Channel.

It has virtually no redeeming features, whatsoever. The only thing of which I even remotely approved was that the prime villain, the Guardian, wore a large metal neck protector. It's a mystery that other Immortals don't do this. However, it inexplicably vanishes after the first fight in the first 10 minutes of the movie, so, so much for that.

As though the movie needed something else to piss on, it does one more thing that is utterly unforgiveable:

It killed the theme song. Killed it dead.

It features a music video montage-like scene slap in the middle of the movie for no good reason, featuring a hideous hard/lite rock cover of Queen's "Princes of the Universe." Think of your least favorite, most derivative, unimaginative "hard pop" band, and imagine them trying to perform that song. Or, just puncture your ear drums with ballpoint pens.

It is, without question, the worst slap in the face to Highlander fans, ever. It is worse -- far worse -- than "Highlander II: The Quickening." Let me say that again: It is worse than Highlander 2. Take a moment to let that sink in.

You have zero empathy for the characters, including those who are familiar to you: Duncan, Joe Dawson and Methos. Duncan comes off as a sulky prick, Joe's barely more than gruff window dressing who utters cliches, and Methos is an impotent hanger-on who just stands around looking alarmed and occasionally making snide remarks that barely dent the surface.

The only emotional response I had -- aside from revulsion -- was when Duncan's sword got broken. The Sword. The custom-made katana that's been there from the first movie up until now. This happens an instant before another "tragedy" occurs, one that, strictly speaking, is intended to have a deep, profoundly sad impact on fans of the series, but it doesn't. During this second tragedy, I kept thinking "The Sword is broken! Damn!" Duncan spends the rest of the movie fighting with a couple knives that came from -- well, I don't know where they came from. Perhaps he kept them up his ass along with his ability to evoke a sympathetic character.

Let the franchise die, already. If this is the best that can be done, it doesn't deserve to live.

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Which Major Arcana Tarot Card Are You?
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You scored as XIII: Death

Death is probably the most well known Tarot card - and also the most misunderstood. Most Tarot novices would consider Death to be a bad card, especially given its connection with the number thirteen. In fact this card rarely indicates literal death.Without "death" there can be no change, only eventual stagnation. The "death" of the child allows for the "birth" of the adult. This change is not always easy. The appearance of Death in a Tarot reading can indicate pain and short term loss, however it also represents hope for a new future.


XIII: Death


94%

II - The High Priestess


81%

IV - The Emperor


63%

VI: The Lovers


63%

XVI: The Tower


50%

I - Magician


50%

0 - The Fool


50%

III - The Empress


44%

XI: Justice


44%

XIX: The Sun


44%

VIII - Strength


38%

XV: The Devil


31%

X - Wheel of Fortune


13%





Lord, I will in the world go run over all,
And cruelly outsearch both great and small;
Every man will I beset that liveth beastly
Out of God’s laws, and dreadeth not folly;
He that loveth riches I will strike with my dart,
His sight to blind, and from heaven to depart,
Except that alms be his good friend,
In hell for to dwell, world without end.
Lo, yonder I see Everyman walking;
Full little he thinketh on my coming;
His mind is on fleshly lust and his treasure,
And great pain it shall cause him to endure
Before the Lord Heaven King.

-Death, "Everyman"

I did so enjoy playing Death in "Everyman" back in college. And I looked rather bad-ass in a black, flowing robe, if I do say so myself.

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It could be worse, I suppose



AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) — The scene of the Clinton press corps' less than ideal filing center in the Berger Activity Center men's locker room. (Photo Credit: Sasha Johnson/CNN)

Updated 8:53 p.m. with a statement from Sen. Clinton's campaign: "These accommodations should in no way be taken as a commentary on the quality of our media coverage," said Clinton spokesman Doug Hattaway.

This sort of photo is almost too good to be true for a site like Wonkette: "When reporters asked for food, Clinton staffers suggested they eat shit."

To Ralph Nader: Go away and never come back

Please, Ralph. Knock it off. Yes, consumer advocate, champion of the people, valuable contributions blah blah blah whatever. But you know damn well what effect your candidacy has had in the past. You and those who voted for you did an excellent job of helping to hand the 2000 election to Bush. Nice one, there. I'm sure your family is very proud. It's certainly worked out well for us.

Obama dismissed Nader as a perennial presidential campaigner. "He thought that there was no difference between Al Gore and George Bush and eight years later I think people realize that Ralph did not know what he was talking about," Obama added.

Huckabee uttered this strangely awkward sentence: "I think it always would probably pull votes away from the Democrats, not the Republicans."

I think what he's trying to say is "Doesn't hurt us one damn bit, so, woohoo! Go, Nader!"

I wonder how many Republicans will donate to his campaign this time around in order to weaken Democratic support.

Yes we can--er, will! What?

Classy.

Main Entry: classy 
Pronunciation: \ˈkla-sē\
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): class·i·er; class·i·est
Date: 1891
: having or showing class: as a: elegant, stylish <a classy clientele> b: having or reflecting high standards of personal behavior <a classy guy> <a classy gesture> c: admirably skillful and graceful <a classy outfielder>
— class·i·ness noun





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