Even shorter than a blog.

22nd August 2012

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Drug screenings for all the services!

While I can understand the desire to require welfare recipients to pass
drug screenings, why pick on those less fortunate than you? Shouldn’t you
equally desire drug screenings for anyone accessing government benefits?

This would include any business working a government contract, any farmer
who takes government subsidies, or sells their crops into a production
stream which does. Any elected official, or those employed by an elected
official (including those underpaid staffers expected to work 80 hours a
week).

Before your grandparents can receive a social security check, or use
medicare to pay for their medical care, they’ll need to first go to the
clinic to make sure they’re not wasting that money on drugs.

Want to drive on the interstates? We’ll need to install toll plazas which
conduct drug screenings. Don’t want to drive on the interstates? Don’t
worry, highways and secondary roads will also require drug screenings for
you to access them.

House on fire? You’ll need to produce a clean UA in order for the fire
department to respond. Do you need to call the police to report drug
dealers on your street? I hope you’re current on your drug screenings.

If this all sounds like a ridiculous expense and intrusion of privacy,
you’re right, that is exactly what it is, and that is exactly what
requiring welfare recipients to pass a drug screening is.

The idea the welfare rolls are full of people who have never worked a day
in their life is foolish, and makes it obvious you have never known, or
talked to, a welfare recipient. Every single person on welfare I have ever
talked to desired nothing more than being able to earn enough to not
qualify for welfare, and to resume paying back into the system instead of
taking out of the system. Notice I say “resume”, that’s because most
welfare recipients are using it as the safety net it was designed to be.
They have hit on some hard times and need help getting by, so really what
you’re saying is, “You need to be drug free in order to access your own
money”. You should add requiring a drug screening in order to receive a tax
refund too.

22nd August 2012

Photoset reblogged from Spencer Lee Griffin with 19 notes

beargriffin:

eightbit:

World’s Largest Truck Stop

Yes we went an hour out of our way to hit up the World’s Largest Truck Stop. Aside from an insane number of truck accessories they also had a weird assortment of clothing - black trench coats and tee shirts of dolphins. Oh, and there was a dentist office also. What?

So happy that some east/west coat friends got to experience I-80 truckstop!

The World’s Largest Truckstop is much like gas stations named Kum And Go, I am so used to them, I forget how ridiculous they are. Thankfully those who have not been numbed to their existence help me get a glimpse at the amazingness which is Iowa’s fueling stations.

Source: eightbit

19th January 2012

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My 2-cents on SOPA/PIPA

Much has been said, and by many people who say things better than I, about SOPA and PIPA and piracy, internet censorship and more, but I use the internet, so I feel like I should say something. I find the argument of stopping piracy will protect jobs, a pretty crumby one.

When I went college (as well as in high school) I may, or may not, have pirated large amounts of music and movies. Now I am older, and I don’t (not that I ever did) pirate anything anymore, and the amount of music I purchase, and movies I attend, has not increased. In fact, I attend fewer movies, and purchase fewer movies, now then I did in college, where I had access to a very large selection of pirated movies, thanks to Strange Search.

Although all of this evidence is purely anecdotal, I think Hollywood blaming all of their woes on internet piracy, and refusing to accept any of the blame for poorly running their business, is bad enough. But to try to push through legislation which, at it’s core, is so deeply un-American, is just shameful.

4th January 2012

Link reblogged from making my world adorable, one day at a time with 4 notes

making my world adorable, one day at a time: <3 →

claireattheblog:

tonight, two of the sweetest people i have ever met, (and certainly the sweetest boys i have every met) got married.  they moved to iowa specifically because they loved each other and knew they needed to be together forever and our wonderful state agreed.  that is just the most adorable fucking thing i have ever known. 

i have never been so proud to be an iowan, as cheesy as that sounds.  in a country that will let kim kardashian enjoy the “sanctity of marriage” for 72 days, i’m glad that these wonderful boys also get to enjoy those same privileges.  on the night that many iowans were caucusing on behalf of hate and close mindedness, we were the happiest group around.

Incredibly well said.

29th November 2011

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This is the house PCI moved in order to build their acres of parking lots, and new office building. I assume they moved the house instead of demolishing it because they didn&#8217;t want to garner more wrath from the local citizenry which was already pissed off due to PCI insisting the need to close a major roadway through Cedar Rapids to build their medical mall.
Now the house sits, hovering above it&#8217;s new foundation, with a hole in it&#8217;s roof. I assume PCI is trying the tactic of demolition through dilapidation, where they don&#8217;t maintain the building they wanted to tear down, until it can be demolished due to structural deficiencies, and not because it got in the way of construction of their parking lots.
If you know differently, please let me know.
Correction: It has been brought to my attention PCI does not own this building, Green Development does. However, that doesn&#8217;t change the fact that this house was moved because it got in the way of PCI&#8217;s acres of parking lots.

This is the house PCI moved in order to build their acres of parking lots, and new office building. I assume they moved the house instead of demolishing it because they didn’t want to garner more wrath from the local citizenry which was already pissed off due to PCI insisting the need to close a major roadway through Cedar Rapids to build their medical mall.

Now the house sits, hovering above it’s new foundation, with a hole in it’s roof. I assume PCI is trying the tactic of demolition through dilapidation, where they don’t maintain the building they wanted to tear down, until it can be demolished due to structural deficiencies, and not because it got in the way of construction of their parking lots.

If you know differently, please let me know.

Correction: It has been brought to my attention PCI does not own this building, Green Development does. However, that doesn’t change the fact that this house was moved because it got in the way of PCI’s acres of parking lots.

23rd October 2011

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My understanding of national anthems.

O Canada - Out country is great and we love it.

God Save the Queen - We hope our queen will live for a long time and God will favor her.

Star-Spangled Banner - We have a flag, it has stars and stripes.

10th October 2011

Video

I feel like I’m on a soapbox, but really these things are just falling into my lap.

via mlkshk

10th October 2011

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Wear helmets folks →

I’m not one to tell others how to raise their children (at least not in recorded form,) however this is one of those issues. Make sure your kids always wear helmets whenever they’re on a bike. Even if you have the best behaved kids who will never leave the sidewalk in front of your house, make sure they are always wearing a helmet. Head injuries are serious business, even when they’re not caused by cars running over one’s head, and helmets are a very easy way to reduce the risk of head injuries.

Even if it doesn’t save their life in the case of a freak accident like this story, it will lead your children to wear helmets without thinking later in life, and helmets are like seat belts, you should wear them all of the time because you never know when you’re actually going to need them, and by the time you do know, it’s too late.

And for those followers who don’t have kids (and those of you who do), wear a helmet every time you ride a bike.

8th September 2011

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GPOABHOIASTT (Gratuitous picture of a bat hanging out in a stair tower Thursday): 
As cute and fuzzy as bats are, I think I prefer the stair towers be occupied by the homeless, I have to worry less about homeless people dropping from the ceiling onto me.

GPOABHOIASTT (Gratuitous picture of a bat hanging out in a stair tower Thursday): 

As cute and fuzzy as bats are, I think I prefer the stair towers be occupied by the homeless, I have to worry less about homeless people dropping from the ceiling onto me.

6th September 2011

Photo reblogged from Death of a Pig with 29 notes

deathofapig:

merlin:

Just sayin’.
Still. Cheaper than Whole Foods, I guess.

Iowans are totally OK with minimal in-store shucking. And if you can’t trust Iowans on corn etiquette, who can you?

If you don&#8217;t let people move the husk to look at the corn, what are you hiding? Also, for 79¢, I hope this is the best corn ever, or this photo was taken in the middle of winter.

deathofapig:

merlin:

Just sayin’.

Still. Cheaper than Whole Foods, I guess.

Iowans are totally OK with minimal in-store shucking. And if you can’t trust Iowans on corn etiquette, who can you?

If you don’t let people move the husk to look at the corn, what are you hiding? Also, for 79¢, I hope this is the best corn ever, or this photo was taken in the middle of winter.

Source: merlin

6th June 2011

Photo reblogged from "Literally Unbelievable" with 140 notes

literallyunbelievable:

:(

But wait, you told me they sent those dogs to a bigger farm, where they had even more room to run around and play with friends&#8230;

literallyunbelievable:

:(

But wait, you told me they sent those dogs to a bigger farm, where they had even more room to run around and play with friends…

3rd June 2011

Video

A pretty cool usage of images from the Cassini mission. (previously seen on my mlkshk)

Source: kottke.org

2nd June 2011

Photo

No hand hole, ass (hole) cover only

No hand hole, ass (hole) cover only

26th May 2011

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Iceland&#8217;s dirty ash hole.
And you thought Uranus jokes were funny.

Iceland’s dirty ash hole.

And you thought Uranus jokes were funny.

Source: earthobservatory.nasa.gov

15th May 2011

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Former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito commissioned sculptures in the 1960s and 70s to mark sites of WWII battles and concentration camps. Although these sites stopped being maintained due to the fall of the Soviet Union, piles of steel and concrete don&#8217;t just disappear, in fact the state of their disrepair could be argued to add to the bizarre and striking appearance of them.

(via Slate Political Gabfest)

Former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito commissioned sculptures in the 1960s and 70s to mark sites of WWII battles and concentration camps. Although these sites stopped being maintained due to the fall of the Soviet Union, piles of steel and concrete don’t just disappear, in fact the state of their disrepair could be argued to add to the bizarre and striking appearance of them.

(via Slate Political Gabfest)