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10/28/2004

Filed under: — Jaime @ 11:33 pm

You Are a Social Blogger!

Your blog is more of a semi-private affair for your friends.
It’s how you keep in touch… sharing stories, jokes, and pics.

Filed under: — Jaime @ 12:17 pm

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10/26/2004

Fully Offensive

Filed under: — Jaime @ 12:37 am

Today’s thoughts were inspired by recent postings from The Wertz Generation. Please note, only a few of the following thoughts are actually mine. Most come straight from the mouth of our fearless leader, George W. Bush. You may also note that some of the statements are very similar and from the same date. Each statement is unique, however, and the corresponding links go to different speeches.

07.04.2003
We are on the offensive against terrorists and all who support them. We will not permit any terrorist group or outlaw regime to threaten us with weapons of mass murder. We will act whenever it is necessary to protect the lives and the liberty of the American people.

08.26.2003
We are on the offensive against terror, and we will stay on the offensive against terror.

09.01.2003
We’re also committed to our freedom and to peace. And we will stay on the offensive to protect our freedom.

09.04.2003
We will remain on the offensive against terrorist killers. We will stay on the offensive.

09.05.2003
Not only must we stay on the offensive against those who would do us harm, and not only we must — must we continue to disrupt terrorist training camps to deal with dictatorial regimes who would threaten us and/or arm terrorists to threaten us, but we also must continue to promote freedom. Free societies are likely to be peaceful societies. Free societies are societies which won’t threaten their neighbors or use weapons of mass destruction. America believes that freedom is not America’s gift to the world, that freedom is God’s gift to every individual who lives in this world.

09.10.2003
We will not wait for further attacks on innocent Americans. The best way to protect the American people is to stay on the offensive, to stay on the offensive at home and to stay on the offensive overseas.

09.12.2003
As all of you know, wars are fought on the offensive, and America and our friends are staying on the offensive.

09.15.2003
It doesn’t matter how long it takes, America and many of our friends will find those who would harm the American people and bring them to justice. The only way to win the war on terror is to stay on the offensive.

10.08.2003
We must remember that the best way to deal with this enemy is to stay on the offensive. We must not tire, we must not weary, we must not be afraid. (Applause.)

This administration is leading the world to make the world more secure. We have a solemn duty, not only to our homeland, but to help others who embrace freedom. [Q: Where in the Constitution does it describe this worldly, solemn duty?]

10.09.2003
This is a new kind of war, and we must adjust. It’s a new kind of war, and America is following a new strategy. We’re not waiting for further attacks. We’re striking our enemies before they can strike us again. We’ve taken unprecedented steps to protect our homeland. And for those of you who are here who are on the front lines of homeland protection, thank you. Thank you for what you’re doing. (Applause.)

10.09.2003
We are in a different kind of war than we’re used to. We’re in a new war, and it requires a new strategy. We’re not waiting for further attacks. We’re striking our enemies before they can strike us again. We’ve taken unprecedented steps to protect our homeland, yet wars are won on the offensive. And America and our friends are staying on the offensive. (Applause.)

We are rolling back the terrorist threat, not on the fringes of its influence, but at the heart of its power.

Yet wars are won on the offensive — and our friends and America are staying on the offensive.

10.15.2003
This collection of killers is trying to shake the will of the United States. They’re trying to frighten us. They do not understand our country: we will not be frightened. (Applause.) We will stay on the offensive. We’re aggressively striking the terrorists in Iraq, defeating them there so we will not have to face them in our own country. [NOTE: the passive connection Bush is making between Iraq & 9/11]

10.16.2003
In this new kind of war, America is following a new strategy. We are not waiting for further attacks. We are striking our enemies before they can strike us again. (Applause.) We have taken unprecedented steps to protect the homeland. Yet wars are won on the offensive, and America and our friends are staying on the offensive.

10.22.2003
We cannot let up on our offensive against terror, even a bit. And we must continue to build stability and peace in the Middle East and Asia as the alternatives to hatred and fear.

10.30.2003
We must stay on the offensive against terrorists who would do harm to the American people.

11.06.2003
We determined to conduct the war against terror on the offensive. We determined to confront and undermine threats abroad before they arrive in our own cities.

We’re on the offensive. We will stay on the offensive until this scourge to civilization is removed. (Applause.)

12.01.2003
The only way to deal with these cold-blooded killers is to stay on the offensive and bring them to justice, which is precisely what America will do.

12.03.2003
We have an obligation to do everything we can to keep this country secure, to never forget the lessons of September the 11th, 2001; to find the enemy before they come again, to stay on the offensive, and to bring these killers to justice, which is what we’re going to do.

01.20.2004, State of the Union Address
America is on the offensive against the terrorists who started this war.

01.21.2004
And you just got to know, our government will do everything we can to keep us safe — keep us safe by staying on the offensive, by changing parts of the world that had embraced tyranny. We believe strongly in America that freedom is the Almighty God’s gift to every person who lives in the world, every man and woman. And America will continue to have a forward strategy of freedom to make the world more peaceful.

01.21.2004
We will never forget the lessons of September the 11th. We will stay on the offensive. We will win the war on terror, and make sure that America is secure and free.

01.22.2004
We’ll protect the homeland. The best way to protect America, however, is to go on the offensive, stay on the offensive, and bring the terrorists to justice.

01.26.2004
The most important job of my administration is to protect the American people; is to chase down those who would do us harm and bring them to justice; is to never forget the lessons of September the 11th; is to stay on the offensive — and that’s what we’re doing. (Applause.)

We’re spreading freedom, and as we do so, the world becomes more peaceful. Freedom is not America’s gift to the world. Freedom is the Almighty’s gift to each man and woman in the world.

03.02.2004
We will stay on the offensive. We will not relent.

03.18.2004
We will stay on the offensive. Whatever it takes, we will seek and find and destroy the terrorists, so that we do not have to face them in our own country.

03.20.2004
We are aggressively striking the terrorists in Iraq. We’re on the offensive. We will defeat them there so we do not have to face them in our own cities. [Note: another Iraq 9/11 tie in, this more direct]

04.05.2004
It is important to stay on the offensive, using all our resources to bring these people to justice, because al Qaeda is wounded, but not broken. They’re still dangerous. We take them seriously, because I’m convinced they still like to inflict harm on America, or Americans. It’s very important for the American President to speak clearly and mean what he says. I meant what I said.

But the best way to protect the homeland is to stay on the offense and bring these killers to justice before they hurt us again. (Applause.) Thank you.

04.20.2004
The best way to secure our homeland, the best way for us to do our duty, is to stay on the offensive against the terrorist network. We began the offense shortly after September the 11th. We’re carrying out a broad strategy, a worldwide strategy to bring the killers to justice. The best way to secure America is to bring them to justice before they hurt us again, which is precisely what the United States of America will continue to do.

04.20.2004
So the fundamental charge before us all in positions of responsibility is, how do we deal with the threat? The first thing we do is we stay on the offense. The first thing we do is we find killers before they kill us.

At home, we’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We’re a freedom nation, we’re a big nation, people come and go. And we needed to change the whole attitude about how we protect the homeland. We’ll do everything we can to stay on the offensive.

05.03.2004
The best way to protect the homeland is to go on the offensive, is to stay on the offensive, and is to bring the killers to justice. (ASIDE: In this speech he also said, “The enemy declared war on the United States of America, and war is what they got.” George W. Bush: giving terrorists what they want…)

05.04.2004
It’s to make sure that we do everything we can to protect the homeland. But the best way to protect America is to stay on the offensive and bring these killers to justice, one person at a time.

05.07.2004
But it’s necessary to do everything we can to protect the homeland. But the best way to protect the homeland is to stay on the offense and bring these killers to justice before they hurt us again. (Applause.) Thank you.

I told the American people that we would go on the offense, and we would stay on the offense; that we would do so with firm determination and resolve.

05.07.2004
But the best way to protect the homeland is to stay on the offense and bring these killers to justice before they hurt us again. (Applause.) Thank you.

I told the American people that we would go on the offense, and we would stay on the offense; that we would do so with firm determination and resolve. And that’s what I want to do.

05.18.2004
America is on the offensive, and we will stay on the offensive until the terrorists are stopped and our people are safe.

06.02.2004
With all the skill of our law enforcement, all the stealth of our special forces, and all the global reach of our air power, we will strike the terrorists before they can strike our people. The best way to protect America is to stay on the offensive.

06.18.2004
You can’t reason with these people. There’s no need to negotiate with them. Therapy is not going to work. (Laughter.) To win this war, we will stay on the offensive and bring them to justice.

07.12.2004
To protect our people, we’re staying on the offensive against threats within our own country.

09.03.2004
Our strategy is clear: we’re defending the homeland; we’re transforming our military; we’re strengthening our intelligence services. We’re staying on the offensive. We’re striking the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them here at home. (Applause.) We’re working to advance liberty in the broader Middle East because freedom will bring the hope and the peace we all long for. And we will prevail.

09.04.2004
We will stay on the offensive. We will strike the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them here at home. (Applause.) We will advance liberty in the broader Middle East because freedom will bring a future of hope and the peace we all long for. And we will prevail.

09.06.2004
Our strategy is clear: we’ll defend our homeland, we’ll transform our military, we’ll reform and strengthen our intelligence services, we will stay on the offensive. (Applause.) We will strike the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them here at home. (Applause.) We will advance liberty in the broader Middle East and around the world by staying true to our beliefs and being resolved and firm. We will prevail.

09.10.2004
Our strategy is clear: We’re defending the homeland, we’re transforming our military, we’re strengthening our intelligence services. We’re staying on the offensive. We’re striking the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them here at home. (Applause.) We will work — we will continue our work to advance freedom in the broader Middle East and around the world, and we will prevail.

09.13.2004
We’ve got a clear strategy. We’re defending the homeland. We’re transforming our military. We’re strengthening the intelligence services. We’re staying on the offensive. We’re striking the terrorists abroad, so we do not have to face them here at home. (Applause.)

We’re working to advance liberty around the world and in — most particularly, the broader Middle East, and we’re going to prevail.

09.14.2004
Our strategy is clear: we’re defending the homeland, we’re transforming our military, we’re reforming and strengthening our intelligence services; we’re staying on the offensive, we’ll strike the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them here at home.

09.14.2004
We’re staying on the offensive. We will strike the terrorists abroad so they can’t come here and hurt us. (Applause.) We will advance liberty in the broader Middle East and around the world, because freedom will bring a future of hope and peace we all long for.

09.17.2004
Since September the 11th, 2001, we’ve fought the terrorists across the earth, not for pride, not for power, but because the lives of our citizens are at stake. It’s very important for me to continue to lay out our strategy. We’ve got to lay out our strategy. We’ve got a clear strategy: we’ll continue to defend the homeland; we’ll transform our military to meet the threats of the 21st century; we’ll strengthen our intelligence services; we will stay on the offensive — it is best to strike the terrorists elsewhere, so we do not have to face them here at home.

09.22.2004
Our strategy is clear: We’re defending the homeland, we’re transforming our military, we’re strengthening our intelligence services, we’re staying on the offensive, we’re striking the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them here at home. (Applause.)

We’ll work to advance liberty in the broader Middle East and around the world. And by being steadfast and resolved, we’ll prevail.

09.23.2004
Today, because we are on the offensive against terrorist networks, the American people are safer. But this does not mean that our nation is fully secure. In a vast, free society such as ours, there is no such thing as perfect security.

09.25.2004
Our strategy is clear. We’re defending the homeland. We’re transforming our military. We’re strengthening our intelligence-gathering services. We’re staying on the offensive. We are striking the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them here at home.

09.27.2004
Our strategy is clear: We’ll defend the homeland, we will transform our military, we’ll strengthen our intelligence services, we will stay on the offensive. We will defeat the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them here at home. (Applause.) We will work to advance liberty and freedom throughout the world, and we will prevail. (Applause.)

10.01.2004
The way to defeat the terrorists is to stay on the offense and to bring them to justice.

10.01.2004
We’re reforming and strengthening our intelligence services. We’re staying on the offensive. We’ll strike the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them here at home. (Applause.) We will work to advance liberty in the broader Middle East and around the world, and we will prevail.

10.02.2004
We are staying on the offensive. We are striking the terrorists abroad so we do not have to face them here at home. (Applause.)

We will continue to spread freedom and liberty in the broader Middle East and around the world, and we will prevail.

10.02.2004
I have the solemn duty to protect the homeland, and we’ll do everything we can here at home to protect you. But the best way to protect the homeland is to stay on the offensive, fighting the terrorists overseas so we do not have to face them here in America. (Applause.)

But I understand this: to make sure our children and grandchildren grow up in a hopeful, peaceful world, this country must continue to spread freedom and liberty.

10.06.2004
To win this war, we must fight on every front. We’ll stay on the offensive against terrorist networks, striking them before they come to America to hurt us. We’ll confront governments that support terrorists and could arm them, because they’re equally guilty of terrorist murder.

10.06.2004
We have had — we have had many victories in the war on terror. And that war goes on. Our nation is safer, but not yet safe. To win this war we must fight on every front. We will stay on the offensive against terrorist networks. We will strike them overseas so we do not have to face them here at home. (Applause.) We will confront governments that support terrorists and could arm them, because they’re equally guilty of terrorist murder.

10.07.2004
We will stay on the offensive against the terrorist networks — we will defeat them overseas, so we do not have to face them here at home. (Applause.)

We will confront governments that support terrorists, and could arm them — because they’re equally guilty of terrorist murder. And our long-term victory requires confronting the ideology of hate with freedom and hope, changing the conditions that produce radicalism and suicide bombers, and finding new democratic allies in a troubled region of the world.

10.11.2004
We’re staying on the offensive. We are striking the terrorists abroad, so we do not have to face them here at home.

10.12.2004
We’re staying on the offensive. We will strike the terrorists abroad, so we do not have to face them here at home. (Applause.) We will continue to work to spread liberty and peace, and we will prevail. (Applause.)

10.14.2004
We’ll make sure that America is safe and secure by staying on the offensive. We’ll defeat the terrorists overseas so we do not face them here at home.

10.15.2004
We’ve taken unprecedented steps to protect this homeland. We have a solemn duty to do so. Yet wars are won on the offensive and America and our friends will stay on the offensive.

10.18.2004
Will we stay on the offensive against those who want to attack us –

AUDIENCE: Yes!

THE PRESIDENT: — or will we take action only after we are attacked?

AUDIENCE: No!

The best way to prevent attacks is to stay on the offense against the enemy overseas.

10.23.2004
We’re on the offensive; we will stay on the offensive. And we’re succeeding.

10.25.2004
First, I believe that America wins wars by fighting on the offensive. (Applause.) When I saw those images of the fire and death on September the 11th, I made a decision: Our country will not sit back and wait for future attacks. We will prevent those attacks by going after the enemy.

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So, Mr. Bush – what are your plans for after the election?!?

10/15/2004

Filed under: — Jaime @ 7:26 pm

All hail King Jon!

Edited to include a video (thanks to UltimateJoe!)

10/14/2004

Filed under: — Jaime @ 8:11 pm

Last night brought on a current events dream of typically warped proportions. I was in one of my high school’s gyms. There were about twenty students there. They were all wearing gym uniforms,orange shirts with red shorts. They stood in two rows, all facing in the same direction, looking toward the instructor. The instructor was barking orders at them to turn this way and that. I sat on the floor looking up at them. The instructor yelled to me to get in line like the others. I laughed and told him/her (never got a good look at the face), ‘No way.’

The teacher started to scream at me, belittling me, asking me things like ‘what’s wrong with you?’ ‘don’t you want to be like the others?’ ‘afraid you can’t you do it?’ The students joined in, ‘too good to be like the rest of us?’ ‘think you’re so special?’

I laughed at them again and told them, ‘this is how it’s supposed to work. All of you follow and one or two of us dissent. In the end you look like fools. For now, I do.’ This only angered them and they merged together and started walking toward me.

I got a little scared and yelled, ‘Don’t come near me or I will go to the media!’ I turned to look for an escape route and I saw Bill o’Reilly sitting on the floor in the same uniform as everyone else. He gave me a twisted grin and asked, ‘You called for the media?’ ‘No! I need the real media. Not you.’ He tried to insist he could help me and then I stopped him and said, ‘Wait. What are you doing in a high school gym class? You shouldn’t be here. Ewww..’

I blame this dream on Wertz’s latest America’s Debate avatar series and, of course, the O’Reilly lawsuit

10/6/2004

Filed under: — Jaime @ 4:55 pm

Cyan brought a little smile to my face with this quiz:

“WHAT RELIGION BESTS SUITS YOU?”

Pagan/Occultist
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law. Spending your entire life searching various forms of philosophy and religion, you choose to observe everything and believe little. You’re personality is one of truth seeking, nature respecting and god/goddess accepting. Lastly, you don’t judge anyone, but if annoyed, you will exact some form of revenge. You don’t believe in the Three-Fold Law.

Does anyone know what the Three-Fold Law is?

10/4/2004

Filed under: — Jaime @ 7:22 pm

I’ve had a number of dreams over the last week and haven’t had an opportunity to write them down. I am on hold with the Gwinnett County Clerk at the moment, so I have some time.

First one was a nightmare. I don’t have these often. It involved me being at a family reunion that involved my dad’s side of the family and one of my friend’s families. It was early afternoon on a Sunday after this reunion weekend. Mike and I were trying to get ready to go but things kept holding us up. I recall having trouble putting the cat cages together and also being held up by having to walk in a long narrow alley. It kept getting later and later and I was getting more and more frustrated. I simply had to get home because I had work the next day. The next thing that held us up was the fact that my dad was on the phone & I couldn’t say goodbye to him until he was. I started having a panic attack and I was screaming and crying and throwing a tantrum because we couldn’t leave. I woke up breathless and nearly crying over this.

Next one was short. I was in a futuristic, galactic bar. There were aliens of all sorts and people dressed in strange costumes. It was very crowded and I squeezed my way up to the bar. I was standing next to a very large, older human. He was telling stories and caught my interest. I stood listening to him for a minute and he leaned back. When he did, I was nearly face to face with an old friend turned enemy from high school (haven’t thought about this chick in years in conscious life). I was taken aback to see her and sort of gasped for something to say. She just looked at me with a bewitching smile and winked. All I recall.

This next one is fun in that twisted dream sort of way. I was in the mountains in what appeared to be Afghanistan. I was part of an assault team that had been sent out there to find the secret place the U.S. was bringing Saddam Hussein for his trial (yes, I realize the geography-reality problem with this). I remember that I had found a perfect hiding place that was between two mountains and high up looking down on a road. I waited there for days expecting the transport caravan to pass by. Eventually a large black bus, like the kind in which rock stars travel, started to roll down the road. I lifted my rocket launcher, aimed, and blew the bus up. I then high-tailed it out of there to get back to my team. When I got back we all went into a scramble to get hidden. That’s where this one ended.

Finally, I had one from last night (resumed typing from home)

It was simply yummy. I was living in a huge multi-pastel colored Victorian house. It seemed like a boarding house because there were a lot of people coming & going that I didn’t recognize. It was a bleak, autumn day. Like those of late November in Illinois. It started with me sheepishly walking from the Victorian house across a yard to a bigger, nicer looking, white, prarie-style house. I knew mom would be there having a meal. I was supposed to have gone to school that day but slept in. As I was walking through the muddy, leafy yard, I was working on a way to convince mom to let me stay home all day and take and absence over a tardy.

I walked up a wheel chair ramp into the back of the white house and was in a huge dining room. There were many tables there and the place was bustling with the usual activity of lunchtime diners. This place was understood by me to be as where the people from the Victorian house always came to eat. The place had a wonderful aroma of southern cooking – a mix of meats, cinnamon, onions, and other hard to discern goodies.

I saw mom nearly right away and went and sat down at her table. She gave me the guilt-inducing mom look. I quickly began my recitation of how my alarm failed to go off and why I should be allowed to stay home. She didn’t say a word to me. Just continued to give me the disapproval look for a few more seconds and then snapped, “Well, get a plate. You might as well eat.”

The next thing I remember is staring down at a white plate filled with collard greens, some kind of meat with red sauce on it, mac & cheese, a roll, beans, corn and a weird triangular shaped dish of sweet potatoes. People at the table with my mother (whom I never saw because I was staring at this plate) stated how good the sweet potatoes were & how they liked the cinnamon & sugar on them. I recall thinking the sweet potatoes didn’t taste the way these people described. I told them so and they found this to be extremely funny. After their laughter subsided, one of them handed me a container and told me to pour it on the sweet potatoes and then mash them up. I did and they turned from brown to orange and tasted very good.

Mmm…

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