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What?  Jesus and Goldman??  Why now?  Well, they decided to bring up the subject:

"The injunction of Jesus to love others as ourselves is an endorsement of self-interest," Goldman’s Griffiths said Oct. 20, his voice echoing around the gold-mosaic walls of St. Paul’s Cathedral, whose 365-feet-high dome towers over the City, London’s financial district. "We have to tolerate the inequality as a way to achieving greater prosperity and opportunity for all."  (emphasis added)

Testify!  (no, really)

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Dear Sir:

I regret to inform you that your upcoming re-election chances may have been compromised.  You see, we don't think we have the votes to elect you, and therefore we are compelled to vote against you.

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The first response of any threatened animal is to intimidate the threat.

the card companies are going after those people with sterling credit. Banks are expected to look at reviving annual fees, curtailing cash-back and other rewards programs and charging interest immediately on a purchase instead of allowing a grace period of weeks, according to bank officials and trade groups.

The whole article is here.

Featuring quotes from unnamed bank officials & trade groups, American Bankers Association, Nilson Report, industry consultants, etc.  I get it.

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EDIT:  This is a repeat from Moody Loner's diary.

I see at as relevant to DailyKos only because it's verified just how many D&D nerds are members of this site. . .

Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Dave Arneson is dead at 61.  This follows the death of E. Gary Gygax in March 2008.

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Sun Dec 28, 2008 at 06:12 PM PST

Romeo & Juliet, meet Doki and Nabi

by Dragonchild

Newgrounds is an on-line, amateur Flash animation community website.  It's somewhat obscure and often quite. . . amateurish, but has given a few animators a launch pad for their careers, including the animator for "Weird" Al Yankovic's music video, "Virus Alert" (the Newgrounds logo is actually inserted for a split second at 2:05).

"There She Is!" seemingly started out as a silly, psychotic love story by Korean animator SamBakZa that somehow morphed into a poignant tale on interracial relationships.  On the other hand, the signs (literally, they're signs) of bigotry were always there, from the beginning.  And why not?  The Koreans would know about senseless racial tensions; their country was ripped in two.  Fifty years later, families are still separated.  Among animators, South Korea and Japan routinely work together, but the countries overall still can't get along.  The "otaku" (Asian anime/video game) community, for all its reputation for being disgusting perverts, are actually a laid-back bunch and quite vocal in their works about their disdain for bigotry.


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Mon Nov 24, 2008 at 06:36 AM PST

DailyKos Civics Test Survey

by Dragonchild

I suppose this will only result in wingnuts declaring civics is liberally biased, but let's have some fun:  I daresay Kossacks score higher than the general public.

How'd you do on the frontpaged civics test?  Be honest!  Poll after the flip.


How'd you score on the civics test?

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Tue Nov 04, 2008 at 09:27 PM PST

Fire and Brimstone

by Dragonchild

Stream of consciousness.

I'm surrounded by Republicans at work.  By policy of the company that owns the offices we rent out, the lobby TV is always turned to Fox News with the volume turned up.  So today the tension was particularly high.  As the election drew to a close, the pitch got more and more shrill until the hyperbole was as bad as you've ever heard it:  Obama was a tax-happy, military-gutting terrorist who will destroy America.  Biting my tongue was particularly stressful today.  It's not wise to offend your boss, so I was as diplomatic as possible.

"I have a bold prediction.  Tomorrow, on November 5th, fire and brimstone will not fall from the sky."

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Sun Sep 07, 2008 at 06:34 PM PDT

Obama's Midwest Undoing

by Dragonchild

I find my new career in application engineering (glorifed sales support) fascinating at times.  The product my company makes, electrical power supplies, can go into practically anything, and thus my travel takes me everywhere -- from downtrodden neighborhoods in Pittsburgh to high-tech corridors in Huntsville.  I cover an area from Wisconsin to upstate New York  to Florida to New Mexico.  I schmooze with people from large conglomerates to entrepreneurs working out of their own garages.  And often, we talk politics.  Yet everywhere I go, the problem with Obama is the same, and it's killing him:

"The guy says he'll do everything.  He'll walk on water."

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Courtesy of Fark:

What can Hillary's body language tell us about how she really feels about Obama? It's not news it's CNN. Bonus: The comments are made of win

Are they ever!  Join the fun beyond the jump!

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No links, no sources, no quotes.

This diary is a bit different because everything you need to understand it is a little bit of creativity and a rudimentary familiarity with media election coverage.

Imagine how you'd apply for a job, then imagine how the media would skewer you if you ran for President.  How different would the conversations be?


If I ran for President, I'd. . .

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FYI: Those those not familiar with the title's acronyms, it's "shut the fuck up" and "get back to work".

Hunter crossed the line.

I usually like Hunter's tirades laced with dark humor, but "A Slogan for John McCain" was over 1000 words of wasted frontpage space.

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Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 08:33 AM PDT

A hilarious look at health "care"

by Dragonchild

Laughter is the best medicine.  If you've ever had a nightmarish experience with our health "care" system, this might be an amusing anecdote for you.


What do you think of our health care system?

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