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January 26th, 2009

100 words challenge [Jan. 26th, 2009|09:36 am]
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How To Learn Any Language is a really interesting post to me. After spending many years in school studying German, my verbal fluency really sucks, and one of my fantasy vacations is to live in Berlin and take language classes.

But that is secondary to my challenge: There are lists in this post of the most common words in written and spoken English. Compose a poem or short expository text using just those words. Post it as a comment to this post. I've not yet done this; I will do so as well.

EDIT: Why is 'oil' on the list of written words? It's practically the only noun naming something semi-specific aside from people.
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what is it with US Representatives Named King? [Jan. 26th, 2009|02:46 pm]
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In Iowa we have the lovely and talented Steve King, a cast-iron moron if ever there was one.

Then there's Pete King from New York's Fighting Third. His latest brilliant idea? Requiring by law that camera phones make a shutter noise.

This is called the "Camera Phone Predator Act." Who are these camera phone predators? And, if this law passes, what's going to stop them from buying a phone that predates the Act, or... I don't know ... buy a digital camera?

If you look at this guy's legislative history, he seems to specialize in non-binding resolutions and petty bullshit. He's the guy who wanted to make it illegal for Telemarketers to call between 5 and 7 PM. Sure it's annoying, but with all the real problems in the world, WTF?

He's also the brilliant guy who supported both the terrorist organization the Irish Republican Army, AND spent the last 7-odd years beating his chest about 9/11.

I'm sure there are honorable, intelligent Republican legislators left, but they're an endangered species -- they're all retired or retiring. We'll be left with just the mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging bully boys on the Republican side of the aisle. Which, though it's great to have such a wide target for ridicule, unfortunately means there's no effective check on the Democratic party's worst instincts. I much prefer it when there's a reasonable opposition keeping the majority party honest. When all you have are morons like the Kings, Steve and Pete, you don't have an opposition, you just have an ongoing embarrassment.
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