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Monday, November 12, 2012 - 3:42pmSanction this postReply
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Ed,

It's really dry humor, but some of the people "in the know" will find it amusing.

Also, I became sad after thinking about a few of those titles. Some of them hit a little too close to the truth. Imagine that, the truth making me sad.

I'll take the blue pill please. :)

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Post 41

Monday, November 12, 2012 - 5:51pmSanction this postReply
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Kyle, sometimes the truth does that and it is rational to feel that way.
When you see a great thing (america) being destroyed it is hard not to feel sad. Lady liberty is a thing of beauty how can one NOT feel sad. Her light is diminished however it is not extinguished. These next few years will be interesting at the very least!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 6:35amSanction this postReply
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The news is filled with stories of an FBI agent sending shirtless pictures of himself via email to a Tampa area unpaid social liason hottie hostess, who eventually complained to him that she was receiving jr high class accusatory emails from a skinny assed West Point/Ivy Leager authoress who was apparently humping the head of the CIA, her jogging-fuck-buddy, sometimes West Pointer, sometimes Princeton alum, sometimes most celebrated military leader of the modern era, the subject of the biography she wrote, "All In", satirized on SNL as "Not Just The Tip." Meanwhile, the general who took over for the head of the CIA in Afghanistan has now been linked via inappropriate emails to the Tampa area unpaid social liason hottie hostess, and the FBI is now examining over 30,000 pages of documents related to this deep matter.

I know, just speaking for me, that this isn't a distraction in the least. I'm going to say what everyone in America is thinking, that I've seen those pictures of the general's wife, and immediately declared the man 'Not Guilty, and eligible for combat pay.' That conclusion took 20 milliseconds, but why the -official- investigation of this nonsense in an age when we are supposedly under real threats should take over six months and miraculously be announced the day after the election is a coincidence that we all will just have to accept, while Diane Feinstein leads the Senate post-election cover-up of Libya. I mean, investigation, which, oh by the way, now might not include testimony by the former head of the CIA, who fell on his own sword, so to speak.

I mention it here only because I must ask the question; is there ever a moment in this constant circus of mirth when we ask ourselves, is this a set of tribal leaders we can be proud to support with the residue of our lives? I'm not talking about poor Obama, who just won the race for Captain of the Titanic. I'm talking about the entire machinery of state, the whole farrago of professional elites who hang around Army bases and act as unpaid social liasons, those who make it through the FBI and punch the clock on the way to their public pensions, those on their way up the ladder to GS-15 and beyond. The media elites who circle this mess and make their living feeding and defending it.

The entire massive mess looks and acts like an asshole magnet, a giant black hole of the very worst in America, because of its nature, which is ultimately, riding on the backs of others, including, taking credit for the sacrifices of all the E1s who show up, serve the nation, and leave and never join that assembly line to a mansion in the DC burbs.


(Edited by Fred Bartlett on 11/13, 6:42am)


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 1:18pmSanction this postReply
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"I'm going to say what everyone in America is thinking, that I've seen those pictures of the general's wife, and immediately declared the man 'Not Guilty, and eligible for combat pay.'"

Hahaha, I have to believe everyone was indeed thinking that. My first thought was, "Oh, well that explains it." But you make good points. I found it funny how in the debates the candidates often talked about how government doesn't need to downsize, we just need to make it more efficient. I'm sure either of them were the one with the magic wand who could suddenly make this mess efficient. When it's this big and there is no competition to force it to change, life just goes on. That is...until it collapses on itself.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 6:39pmSanction this postReply
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Fred,

The news is filled with stories of an FBI agent sending shirtless pictures of himself via email to a Tampa area unpaid social liason hottie hostess, who eventually complained to him that she was receiving jr high class accusatory emails from a skinny assed West Point/Ivy Leager authoress who was apparently humping the head of the CIA ...
You know, normally they talk about scandals like these as a "triangle" (a "love triangle"), but in this case with these heads of the military, when you add in the good general's wife, there are 5 people directly affected. So what are we supposed to call it: a Pentagon?
Ed

(Edited by Ed Thompson on 11/13, 6:41pm)


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 8:54pmSanction this postReply
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re this: ""George Bush did it!" has officially lost all luster."

Among modern liberals polled recently, about 90% are still blaming Bush for the bad economy.

Only about 10% of self-identifying conservatives still blamed Bush.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 4:50amSanction this postReply
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Gen. Wandering-P -is- going to testify.

Now that he's got nothing to lose, and no way to blackmail him over this... I wonder what he'll say?





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Post 47

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 4:51amSanction this postReply
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Is it too much to hope that he's going to rip this Administration a new asshole?

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Thursday, November 22, 2012 - 3:26amSanction this postReply
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Now we have Obama trying to dodge the Benghazi bullet.

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/13670-benghazigate-the-disaster-that-should-have-sunk-obama--and-still-could

The comments on the bottom of the article are pretty good too.
Jeeze not only should he be impeached he should rot in prison for this as should lovely Hillary..the whole thing makes me feel ill.

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Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 10:19amSanction this postReply
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Back to Siri -- the virtual assistant programmed into smart phones -- Ray Kurzweil was on Glenn Beck (theblaze.com) and he said soon Siri will spy on you and know what you are thinking. You will not have to ask for needed information, Siri will calculate your need for the information before you become aware of it -- and provide the answer for you without prompting. This led me into an elaborate day-dream ...

[fast-forward 24 months into the future]

Siri: Hey Ed, I noticed that you've been watching a lot of YouTube videos of the internet sensation, PraxGirl.

Ed: Yeah. So. She's hot and smart. You can't blame a guy for being attracted to that.

Siri: Well, there's something I should tell you ...

Ed: What?

Siri: I've got her phone number.

Ed: You ... you ... WHAT?

Siri: I've got her phone number for you.

Ed: Siri! What are you doing going around behind my back and ...

Siri: And that's not all ...

Ed: [long silence, afraid to say anything, clears throat]: And ... and ... what?

Siri: You're meeting her on Saturday.

Ed: Siri! What have you done?! Did you ... talk ... to her?!

Siri: You could say that.

Ed: [red in the face]: Well ... er ... what did you ... er ... talk about?

Siri: Oh, just stuff.

Ed: Go on ...

Siri: I told her about that cute thing that you do when ...

...

And that's where my day-dream stopped.

:-)

Ed


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Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 12:46pmSanction this postReply
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Hahhsahas omfg Ed you just made my day, I was justtttt thinking the other day"hrrmm I wonder if Ed is going to score with praxgirl." "must send her links to RoR and Ed's posts of blistering reason and logic".


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Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 5:01pmSanction this postReply
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Jules,

You know, I have to admit that I did try to "score" with PraxGirl once. I posted a glowing (though generic) compliment on her website, hoping she might even respond to it. To my dismay, I checked the thing the very next day and my comment had already been removed. It wasn't an offputting compliment either, just a generic one that would fit into this mold: [Your videos are awesome.--Here's why.--Keep up the good work.--The End]

After I saw that my comment had been so quickly removed from her website, I felt uncomfortable about pursuing her any further -- though I still may, on Teresa's keen suggestion, make a YouTube, country-western/blues music video about "the [internet sensation] that got away". If I can't have her, then darnit, I'm going to make the guy that can have her feel real guilty about that!

:-)

Ed


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Post 52

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 6:55pmSanction this postReply
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Ed,

If you want to impress PraxGirl, you could serenade her with the music in the video below this sentence.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6j_0NGWT9Y

But, if you want to quickly get to the point, serenade her with the music in the video below this sentence.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK6FoQ05EHk

Both will get her attention, the second link, however, might get you in a bit of trouble. Or it might help you "score" faster than the first link.


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Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 8:27pmSanction this postReply
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Thanks for the ideas, Kyle.

I really like that song by Cake, but I don't think it could be properly performed in just 'rhythm acoustic' (the current limit of my talent). Perhaps it could be done with 'lead acoustic' or lead guitar in general, but you would have to be pretty good to pull it off. Cake, as a band, makes so much use of secondary instrumentals in creating the flavor of a song. Do you perhaps know where I might go to find background instrumentals for songs such as this (similar to what is found in Karaoke bars)?

Ed


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Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 9:21pmSanction this postReply
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Hmm... I wouldn't know of any sound libraries like that.

There are people on Youtube who perform acoustic covers of "Short Skirt/Long Jacket", so it may be possible for you to do it as well (with practice). I don't know whether the acoustic guitars, in the videos, are leads or rythms (unfortunately my knowledge of guitars is limited).

"Short Skirt/ Long Jacket" is a fairly popular song, so there may be an instrumental floating around somewhere on the internet. I just don't know where.




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Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 9:46pmSanction this postReply
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http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CC4QtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D675fl3vyG84&ei=RiXEUOzcI6XgiwLM44B4&usg=AFQjCNFzAcau9iPzB0qrMjEyXn4GH3xiuQ

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Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 6:42amSanction this postReply
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Kyle and Jules,
There are people on Youtube who perform acoustic covers of "Short Skirt/Long Jacket", so it may be possible for you to do it as well (with practice).
Cool. I'll check these out. And, as for rhythm vs. lead, it's mostly just a matter of strumming basic chords vs. elaborate string picking. Singing around, say, a campfire, a novice will simply strum a few basic chords in order to sing along. However, if someone better at the guitar then gets the guitar and goes off into an elaborate "solo" -- then that would be the equivalent of playing "lead."

Ed


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Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 7:05amSanction this postReply
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Thanks guys, I've got it!

If you keep the A string (second string down) open, then you can pick it in between the right chords (D-A-G) in order to re-create the melody of Short Skirt/Long Jacket without sacrificing too much of the song's authenticity. In other words, you're playing only a very basic and repetitive 'lead guitar' -- actually, it's more like playing elaborate 'rhythm guitar.'

Ed

p.s., Newsflash (to me, anyway!): And it flows even better by simply holding down the D chord and alternating between picking the 3rd string from the bottom followed by a quick strumming of the bottom 2 strings -- repeated back-n-forth a couple times in rhythm. This improvisation mimics the song's catchy riff.

(Edited by Ed Thompson on 12/09, 7:47am)


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Post 58

Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 7:59amSanction this postReply
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Simon Bar Sinister: Armed with my new, weaponized SS/LG "smart song", PraxGirl's defenses will soon be breached ... and then she will be mine ... all mine!

Muwa muwahahahaaaaaaa!

Simon says ... Release the tactical melody!

:-)


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Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 8:07amSanction this postReply
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Yea hahhh! Go forth with thy righteous riffs and get to know her( in the biblical sense!!!)

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