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Friday, February 27, 2009

global warming data called 'ancient astrology'

back on myspace, i cursed the environmentalists with every ounce of bandwidth my computer would allow. i vehemently oppose global warming because there is not enought significant, credible data to back it up. plus, it makes absolutely no sense from a scientific perspective because some things essential to the global warming theory do not hold up (carbon is too heavy to float up and eat the ozone layer, and here's the big kicker: global temperature has actually gone DOWN). but the environmental cartel will not stop trying to brainwash us good people and until they snap out of it, i will not stop cursing them either.

this article came from wnd.com

At the very moment President Obama is committing the U.S. to a leadership role in combating so-called "global warming" and "climate change," scientists are breaking with the hypothesis that temperatures around the world are on a steady increase for the foreseeable future.

A new report from Japan's Energy Commission reveals that Japanese scientists are rejecting U.N. and Western-backed theories of climate change.

Three out of five researchers do not agree with the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's hypothesis that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are primarily responsible for warming patterns, the UK's Register reports.

One scientist likened computer climate modeling to ancient astrology, while others criticized the U.S. for lacking ground temperature data to support its claims. Several contributors said the mid-20th century warming trend has ended.

The Japan Society of Energy and Resources, or JSER, a government advisory panel, issued a report condemning worldwide pressure to accept "global warming" propaganda. Government-funded science in the West supports the idea that man-made industry is largely to blame for "climate change," but only one of the Japanese scientists agrees with that hypothesis.
The Register commissioned a translation of JSER's report.


Three of the five scientists affirmed that changes in climate patterns are driven by natural cycles and are not impacted by humans.

Kanya Kusano, program director and group leader for the Earth Simulator at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science & Technology, called climate research conducted by global warming scientists "immature" and much like ancient astrology.

"Climate models are still in the phase of reliance on trial and error experiential models. There are still no successful precedents," Kusano wrote. "[The IPCC's] conclusion that from now on atmospheric temperatures are likely to show a continuous, monotonic increase, should be perceived as an unprovable hypothesis."

Shunichi Akasofu, head of the International Arctic Research Center in Alaska, used historical data to defy assertions that recent temperatures are irregular:

"We should be cautious," he said. "IPCC's theory that atmospheric temperature has risen since 2000 in correspondence with CO2 is nothing but a hypothesis."

Akasofu said the alleged post-2000 warming trend is hypothetical.

"Before anyone noticed, this hypothesis has been substituted for truth," he wrote. "The opinion that great disaster will really happen must be broken."

Meanwhile, a climatologist and professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, told a packed auditorium at Dartmouth College last week that computer climate change models have regularly projected higher temperatures than have actually occurred, Fox News reported.
Patrick Michaels, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, said scientific models are flawed and literature on climate trends has been overwhelmingly pessimistic.


Michaels holds A.B. and S.M. degrees in biological sciences and plant ecology and a Ph.D. in ecological climatology. He is an active participant in the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

He blamed what he called a "small inbred community" of scientists who peer review global warming research.

"The discussion surrounding global warming has become wildly extreme," he said. "You either believe it's the end of the world unless we do something about it right now, or you're a denier."
Nonetheless, President Obama
plans to include in his 2010 budget the introduction of a massive energy cap-and-trade system designed to raise $300 billion a year for the federal government in a bid to get industry to curtail emissions of so-called "greenhouse gases." The plan would force companies to buy permits from the government for greenhouse gas emissions above a certain cap.

Within one week of taking office, he began reversing the climate policies of the Bush administration.

"The days of Washington dragging its heels are over," Obama said at the White House in January. "My administration will not deny facts, we will be guided by them."

Former Vice President Al Gore recently urged immediate action to halt global warming, calling it a "five-alarm fire that has to be addressed immediately."

"We need to start in January making significant changes," he told the Associated Press. "This year coming up is the most important opportunity the world has ever had to make progress in really solving the climate crisis."

Just weeks ago, he appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, imploring Congress to take "decisive action" to reduce greenhouse gases – on the same day that one-third of the nation was gripped in unrelenting snow and ice storms.

As WND reported, world temperatures dropped to levels not seen since 2000. The year 2008 has been documented as the coolest year of this century.

fuck the environmentalists. as long as those leeches are still around, i'll still keep cursing them.
tamtam

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

mr. jindal's speech

dear readers,

here is the speech mr. priyush 'bobby' jindal gave as a response to president obama's speech. while i did not watch the speech itself, i got a transcript of it. obama's speech was empty-lies that were written to sound conservative; mr. jindal's speech was good, and can be backed up with a voting record.

i predict a bright future for mr. jindal. here is his speech below

Editor's Note: Here is the text of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's remarks on behalf of the Republican Party, as he responded to President Obama's address.

Good evening, and happy Mardi Gras. I'm Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana.

Tonight, we've witnessed a great moment in the history of our republic. In the very chamber where Congress once voted to abolish slavery, our first African-American president stepped forward to address the state of our union.

With his speech tonight, the president completed a redemptive journey that took our nation from Independence Hall to Gettysburg to the lunch counter and now finally the Oval Office.

Regardless of party, all Americans are moved by the president's personal story, the son of an American mother and a Kenyan father who grew up to become leader of the free world.

Like the president's father, my own parents came to this country from a distant land. When they arrived in Baton Rouge, my mother was already four-and-a-half-months pregnant. I was what folks in the insurance industry now call a pre-existing condition.

To find work, my dad picked up the yellow pages and started calling local businesses. Even after landing a job, he still couldn't afford to pay for my delivery, so he worked out an installment plan with the doctor. Fortunately for me, he never missed a payment.

As I grew up, my mom and dad taught me the values that attracted them to this country, and they instilled in me an immigrant's wonder at the greatness of America.

As I -- as a child, I remember going to the grocery store with my dad. Growing up in India, he had seen extreme poverty. As we walked through the aisles, looking at the endless variety on the shelves, he would tell me, "Bobby, Americans can do anything."

I still believe that to this day: Americans can do anything. When we pull together, there's no challenge we can't overcome.

As the president made clear this evening, we're now in a time of challenge. Many of you listening tonight have lost jobs; others have seen your college and your retirement savings dwindle. Many of you are worried about losing your health care and your homes. You're looking to your elected leaders in Washington for solutions.

Republicans are ready to work with the new president to provide these solutions. Here in my state of Louisiana, we don't care what party you belong to if you have good ideas to make life better for our people. We need more of that attitude from both Democrats and Republicans in our nation's capital.

All of us want our economy to recover and our nation to prosper. So where we agree, Republicans must be the president's strongest partners. And where we disagree, Republicans have a responsibility to be candid and offer better ideas for a path forward.

Today in Washington, some are promising that government will rescue us from the economic storms raging all around us. Those of us who lived through Hurricane Katrina, we have our doubts.

Let me tell you a story. During Katrina, I visited Sheriff Harry Lee, a Democrat and a good friend of mine. When I walk into his makeshift office, I had never seen him so angry. He was literally yelling into the phone. "Well, I'm the sheriff, and if you don't like it, you can come and arrest me." I asked him, "Sheriff, what's got you so mad?" He told me that he put out a call for volunteers to come with their boats to rescue people who were trapped on their rooftops by the floodwaters. The boats were all lined up and ready to go. And then some bureaucrat showed up and told him they couldn't go out in the water unless they had proof of insurance and registration.

And I told him, "Sheriff, that's ridiculous." Before I knew it, he was yelling in the phone. "Congressman Jindal's here, and he says you can come and arrest him, too." Well, Harry just told those boaters ignore the bureaucrats and go start rescuing people.

There's a lesson in this experience: The strength of America is not found in our government. It is found in the compassionate hearts and the enterprising spirit of our citizens.

We're grateful for the support we've received from across the nation for our ongoing recovery efforts. This spirit got Louisiana through the hurricanes, and this spirit will get our nation through the storms we face today.

To solve our current problems, Washington must lead. But the way to lead is not to raise taxes, not to just put more money and power in the hands of Washington politicians. The way to lead is by empowering you, the American people, because we believe that Americans can do anything.

That's why Republicans put forward plans to create jobs by lowering income tax rates for working families, cutting taxes for small businesses, strengthening incentives for businesses to invest in new equipment and to hire new workers, and stabilizing home values by creating a new tax credit for homebuyers. These plans would cost less and create more jobs.

But Democratic leaders in Congress, they rejected this approach. Instead of trusting us to make decisions with our own money, they passed the largest government spending bill in history, with a price tag of more than $1 trillion with interest.

While some of the projects in the bill make sense, their legislation is larded with wasteful spending. It includes $300 million to buy new cars for the government, $8 billion for high-speed rail projects, such as a magnetic levitation line from Las Vegas to Disneyland (NYSE:DCQ) (NYSE:DIS) , and $140 million for something called volcano monitoring.Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington, D.C.Democratic leaders say their legislation will grow the economy. What it will do is grow the government, increase our taxes down the line, and saddle future generations with debt.

Who amongst us would ask our children for a loan so we could spend money we do not have on things we do -- we do not need? That is precisely what the Democrats in Congress just did. It's irresponsible. And it's no way to strengthen our economy, create jobs, or build a prosperous future for our children.

In Louisiana, we took a different approach. Since I became governor, we cut more than 250 earmarks from our state budget. To create jobs for our citizens, we cut taxes six times, including the largest income tax cut in the history of our state. We passed those tax cuts with bipartisan majorities.Republicans and Democrats put aside their differences. We worked together to make sure our people could keep more of what they earn. If it can be done in Baton Rouge, surely it can be done in Washington, D.C.

To strengthen our economy, we need urgent action to keep energy prices down. All of us remember what it felt like to pay $4 at the pump. And unless we act now, those prices will return.

To stop that from happening, we need to increase conservation, increase energy efficiency, increase the use of alternative and renewable fuels, increase our use of nuclear power, and increase drilling for oil and gas here at home.

We believe that Americans can do anything. And if we unleash the innovative spirit of our citizens, we can achieve energy independence.

To strengthen our economy, we also need to address the crisis in health care. Republicans believe in a simple principle: No American should have to worry about losing their health care coverage, period. We stand for universal access to affordable health care coverage.

What we oppose is universal government-run health care. Health care decisions should be made by doctors and patients, not by government bureaucrats.

We believe Americans can do anything. And if we put aside partisan politics and work together, we can make our system of private medicine affordable and accessible for every one of our citizens.

To strengthen our economy, we also need to make sure that every child in America gets the best possible education. After Hurricane Katrina, we reinvented the New Orleans school system, opening dozens of new charter schools and creating a new scholarship program that is giving parents the chance to send their children to private or parochial schools of their choice.

We believe that with the proper education the children of America can do anything. And it shouldn't take a devastating storm to bring this kind of innovation to education in our country.

To strengthen our economy, we must promote confidence in America by ensuring ours is the most ethical and transparent system in the world. In my home state, there used to be saying: At any given time, half of Louisiana was said to be half underwater and the other half under indictment.

Nobody says that anymore. Last year, we passed some of the strongest ethics laws in the nation. And today, Louisiana has turned her back on the corruption of the past.

We need to bring transparency to Washington, D.C., so we can rid our capital of corruption and ensure that we never see the passage of another trillion-dollar spending bill that Congress hasn't even read and the American people haven't even seen.

As we take these steps, we must remember, for all of our troubles at home, dangerous enemies still seek our destruction. Now is no time to dismantle the defenses that have protected this country for hundreds of years or to make deep cuts in funding for our troops.

America's fighting men and women can do anything. If we give them the resources they need, they will stay on the offensive, defeat our enemies, and protect us from harm.

In all these areas, Republicans want to work with President Obama. We appreciate his message of hope, but sometimes it seems like we look for hope in different places.

Democratic leaders in Washington, they place their hope in the federal government. We place our hope in you, the American people.

In the end, it comes down to an honest and fundamental disagreement about the proper role of government. We oppose the national Democratic view that says the way to strengthen our country is to increase dependence on government. We believe the way to strengthen our country is to restrain spending in Washington, to empower individuals and small businesses to grow our economy and create jobs.

In recent years, these distinctions in philosophy became less clear. Our party got away from its principles. You elected Republicans to champion limited government, fiscal discipline, and personal responsibility.

Instead, Republicans went along with earmarks and big government spending in Washington. Republicans lost your trust, and rightly so.

Tonight, on behalf of our leaders in Congress and my fellow Republican governors, I say this: Our party is determined to regain your trust. We will do so by standing up for the principles that we share, the principles you elected us to fight for, the principles that built this in the greatest, most prosperous country on Earth.

You know, a few weeks ago, the president warned that our country is facing a crisis that he said, in quotes, "we may not be able to reverse." You know, our troubles are real, to be sure, but don't let anyone tell you that we cannot recover. Don't let anyone tell you that America's best days are behind her.

This is the nation that cast off the scourge of slavery, overcame the Great Depression, prevailed in two World Wars, won the struggle for civil rights, defeated the Soviet menace, and responded with determined courage to the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The American spirit has triumphed over almost every form of adversity known to man, and the American spirit will triumph again.

We can have confidence in our future because, amid all of today's challenges, we also count many blessings. We have the most innovative citizens, the most abundant resources, the most resilient economy, the most powerful military, and the freest political system in the history of the world.

My fellow citizens, never forget: We are Americans. And like my dad said years ago, Americans can do anything.

Thank you for listening. God bless you. God bless Louisiana. And God bless America.

good luck, mr. jindal!
tamtam

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

cells bells

hey everyone!

check out my new white sox blog: cell's bells!

http://tamtam-cellsbells.blogspot.com/

new blog?

hey everyone,

since i'll be writing alot about the white sox this season, i was thinking i'd create a separate blog just for them. i'll still continue to write on this blog, but i'll create a special sox blog, cuz i kinda want this blog to cover more topics other then sports.

only trouble im having with this idea is what to name the new blog. i admit, im not too creative with names. i was thinking 'a view from the south', a referance to me being physically stuck here in tucson, the location of which side of chicago the sox are on, and a play on the phrase 'a view from above'. its a bit wordy, but it was better then the ripoff 'southside sox', which is the name of another sox blog on sbnation, which i frequent alot.

other possible names were 'palehose princess' (carl skanburg's 'palehose' comics were the inspiration for this 1), 'snakepit sox' (yet another AZ reference), 'cell's bells' (us cellular field w/ ac/dc thrown in), and thats all i can remember for now.

now that i think about it, 'cell's bells' doesnt sound like a bad name for the blog. certainly more catchy and shorter than 'a view from the south'.

peace out!
tamtam

Monday, February 23, 2009

wednesday's projected lineup

hey-

just cleared the twitter from joe cowley at the chicago sun times 'bout 2 hrs ago:
Starters for the Cactus League opener will be Owens, Dye, Quentin in the OF, Fields, Ramirez, Getz and Broussard in the infield.
starting pitcher:
Jim Thome will DH and Pierzynski will catch Clayton Richard.
GO WHITE SOX!!
tamtam

Sunday, February 22, 2009

sox vs angels, opening day predictions

dear readers,

instead of watching the oscars, like everyone else right now, im blogging about sports. although, now that im on it, let me be honest in that i didnt think americans liked indian movies all that much, but when i saw the bit that i did, 'slumdog millionare' was practically sweeping the board! for those of you who don't know, 'slumdog millionare' is an indian movie. well, its not authentically indian cuz this film was more like a collaboration between the american and indian movie industries. this isnt the 1st time america and india have joined up to make a movie; 'gandhi', about the life of mohandas 'mahatma' gandhi was, i think, the 1st time hollywood and bollywood worked together to make a movie.

but enough about indian movies, and onto sports. the 1st spring training game is on wednesday. its gonna be sox vs. angels, and im pretty sure its taking place at camelback ranch. i'm practically dying from excitement over here in AZ!! i've been dilligently scanning the tv listings for wednesday, and it doesnt appear that im gonna get the game (or any other baseball game, for that matter!), but then again, thats in 3 days so stuff could change till then.

naturally, i will cast my fate with my beloved white sox. im confident that they will win game 1. i can't find the starters for game 1 (and i probably won't know till wednesday), but i bet it'll be buhrle cuz he's 1st on the pitching rotation. buhrle's one of our best, wait, he IS our best pitcher. i trust that he will do a good job. i expect him to go 7 or 8 innings, have octavio do setup, and jenks will close out the game for us. like i said, i dont know the stats side of sports (or find it remotely interesting for that matter), so i'll keep things nice and general. i predict at least a solo HR from jim thome, and 1, if not more, from carlos quentin (who's team picture day mugshot continues to remain elusive >:[ ). alexei will get at least 1 steal, probably in the 4th or 5th, and dayan will get a double in the 6th. aj will likely have a down day, going 1 for 3, and paulie will hit some singles.

like i said, these are merely predictions. i don't expect the game to follow exactly as i predicted, but it would be good if it did (and just a wee bit creepy as well, given how specific i went on some players).

good night, and GO WHITE SOX!!!

tamtam

Friday, February 20, 2009

picture day

dear readers,

today was picture day for all the baseball players. the white sox' mugshots are slowly coming up on yahoo sports, and though not all the players have been uploaded, so far they're looking good.

jd (shown left), jeff marquez (below and on the right side of the blog-sorry, having some formatting problems here!), and the ever adorable pidgeon-toed octavio dotel (lovingly referred to by me as 'octavius do-tell'-thank 'dj' darren jackson for coming up with that one; shown below and left) looked cute in their mugshots, however, like always, there are always a few anomolies.


such an example was bartolo colon. until i saw bartolo colon's mugshot, i didnt realize how fat he really was (plus, he needed to shave). its like this: you just know picture day is not the right time to be photographed. until mom fixes your hair and reminds you to smile, you just know that something's gonna come up and the pic won't come out nice. yeah, that tub-o-lard you see below is the infamous bartolo colon. not that i dont have anything against the big fella, but given that this pic is goin up on the white sox website and soon enough it will adorn entries on countless sports blogs all over the blogosphere, make at least a half-ass attempt to look nice.

speaking of half-assing looking nice for the team pic, i wonder if q (that would be carlos quentin-that hungry fella who's biting his bat in the picture below) remembered to smile for his team pic. normally he does not and that bugs me cuz he's got a really cute smile (plus he's a total cutie when he smiles). this year he's got some reasons to smile in his team pic-he's a happy newlywed, he's virtually cemented his legacy here in chicago, and he's got good dental work (im a dentist's kid-the first thing i look at is people's teeth!!). if he didnt, im gonna whup him (just kidding-i wouldnt whup my favorite baseball player-he's huge and i would likely die from that fight)!! i promise that when his mugshot goes live, i'll post it here too.

speaking of q, his bff brian anderson (lovingly called 'ba'; and i can honestly call ba q's bff cuz everywhere q goes, ba's always with him: wedding, some bar with john danks and a woman who looked suspicously like q's new bride) went live. to be honest, he looks like he's getting the shocker or something else up an unmentionable orfice. just not comfortable at all. but then again, i heard ba gets more ass then a toilet seat so why should this be a surprise? ---------->


there were also some surprises. paulie shaved his goatee! i knew from pictures that paulie had shaved his beard, but i didnt think it was permanent! he doesnt look bad w/o the beard, but to be honest, it looks...different. might take a little getting used to.

now its aj's turn. i cant go an entry about the white sox without a piece of aj. i call this man my dad's twin cuz if you saw a picture of my dad 30 yrs ago and aj today, you would see a frightening resemblance. i know aj went bleach blonde again-i saw that in spring training videos. im a little torn between which picture i should upload of aj-the one where he looks like he's about to kill someone (see below)
or the more friendly one. (see below)i guess i'll upload both.

jim thome was looking jolly. didnt appear that he slept much cuz his eyes are all bloodshot. or...it could just be the dry arizona air. judge for yourself cuz i dont figure thome to be a drinker. -------->

now to the pitchers: first on my hitlist is the great bobby jenks (see left). he's earned a reputation as an untouchable (almost) closer who will shut down the opposing batters. unfortunately, dying your beard bleach blonde for the team photo probably wasnt the smartest thing. it appears that a dust mop has settled on our closers' chin and it aint goin anywhere anytime soon.

the second target on my pitcher list is ehren wassermann. this guy was a rookie last year and was injured most of the time, if my memory serves me right. normally, i wouldnt care 1 way or another about this guy, but when i saw his picture, i knew there was some material there. to be honest, i feel a little bad for poking fun of his picture cuz he looks absolutely terrified in it, but it was sitting there, ripe for poking with my sarcastic pen (well, keyboard more like), screaming 'pick me!' so i did. at least its nicer than joba chamberlain's now-infamous up-my-nose team mugshot (or as someone on 'big league stew' commented 'joba being asked: "how's life now that johnny damon has moved into your garage?"').

i guess i'll be signing off for the night. if carlos quentin's picture doesnt go live by midnight tonight, i'll put it up for sure tomorrow. i'll be monitoring the search engines till midnight. after that, it's goin up tomorrow. he's the only 1 im waiting on.

good night and go white sox!!
tamtam
**update**-looks like q's picture isnt coming up. I CANT FIND IT ANYWHERE!!!! looks like you guys will just have to wait a little longer >:[

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

spring training jitters

dear readers,

i know, im a nerd. i get giddy at the thought of spring training. i always eagerly look forward to spring training each year, and this year is no exception. however, this is my first year away from home and since im doing bad in 1 of my classes (calculus is a real kicker), i desperately need something to cheer me up, or if not cheer me up, at least give me something to look forward to. i hate calculus with the passion of a carlos quentin at-bat

sorry. i had to do that.

one week till the 1st game. i wonder who its gonna be against. i hope the sox come out swinging, but im still mad that they opted out of tucson and high-tailed north to phoenix. there's alotta people from IL down here in tucson, and that translates to lots of sox fans!! plus, tucson electric park is just a bus ride away on the tucson bus system. oh well, i can still go to baseball games on the weekends at tucson electic park cuz the diamondbacks are still there, but being from chicago, i like the sox better. i'll still get my baseball fix, but it wont be with the team i wanted to see. i hope the cheap-seats at tucson electic park are cheap (i'm thinking $10-$15 at most, but i've never been there before so i dont know). i can't be goin every weekend if i cant afford it.

thats a story in progress.

ARRGGGHHH!!!!! the wait is excruciating!!!
tamtam

Monday, February 16, 2009

scoping the desert, part II

dear readers,

yesterday, i went to check out 2 more sites for biology. of course, none of the sites are close to school (well, one is) cuz if there were any sites w/in walking distance of campus, everyone would go there. since i couldn't get a ride, i took the bus. my roommate, who is also taking biology, asked to come along, and it was a good thing cuz i could use a traveling companion, especially on a seedy venue like a bus.

once we got to our 1st site, a large hilly desert basin right beside pima west, we walked around and took observations. i was sore and my feet were already horribly blistered from the expedition the day before at reid park, but as we walked into the basin, we saw loose-gravel trails crisscrossing it. we were sure to stay on the trail cuz in isolated places like basins, you dont know whats living in there. because its kinda isolated, the basin was quiet, and beautiful. the desert can be real pretty if you know where to go or where to look. we saw a lotta dead plants though. i cant imagine what that place looks like during a rainstorm-it must turn into a swimming pool when it rains.

after waiting for almost an hour, the bus came and took us to santa cruz river park. that wasnt nearly as nice as pima, but it had pine trees and a large river alongside it. the river was empty (of course), but it was filled with junk!! aside from wet patches, there were shoes, backpacks, pillows, plastic bottles, and even large dropcloths under the speedway bridge. i also saw footprints in the soft soil. they weren't recent or anything, but it reminded me of pictures of those tunnels and border passages that smugglers use to smuggle illegals into the us from places like mexico. i told my roommate that i wouldnt be surprised if illegals were using the dry riverbed as a passage to get here to tucson. i mean, if you saw the amount of junk in the riverbed, you would say the same thing. you could make the arguement that people throwing stuff from speedway or gangs dumping things or random things from I-10 that make it far enough to land in the river could explain the garbage in the riverbed, and for all i know that could be the case, but we were there to observe, not to judge the pollution.

unfortunately, the bus stops are kinda far apart, so we had to walk alot. we dodged vicious dogs, hobos, and cars that dont stop for anything. it kinda made me miss chicago a little cuz i did that alot back home. naturally, we were exhausted when we came back to our dingy dormroom.

the crowds on the bus are a whole 'nother subject. once we figured out which direction we were going and what our route numbers would be, the people on the buses were largely minorities or teenagers. on the way back, the driver picked up what appeared to be a gang, including some pothead who filled the bus with the smell of marijuana and carried a half-burned blunt in his hand. luckly, they didnt bother us, but im glad i wasnt alone. i dont think i could have made that trip alone, so im glad that my roommate came with me. plus, the trip was a good bonding experiance for me and my roommate.

would i do this again? yeah. i liked walking around in the desert. naturally i prefer to have the safety of a car to get there, but i must make do with what i have. im glad it wasnt sunny yesterday. saturday was sunny, and started to turn my naturally greenish-brown hair blonde-which i only noticed yesterday as i was combing my hair and saw the color contrast. i imagine i'll look like marilyn monroe once im done with this whole project cuz of all the time i'll be spending outdoors.

that was my day in the desert.
tamtam

Saturday, February 14, 2009

valentines day

dear readers,

since its valentines day, i thought id do an entry just for this auspicious occasion.

perhaps you're wondering what my plans are for today. perhaps there are some of you who wonder if i even have somebody special to celebrate valentines day with. well, i spent the day at a tucson park observing the landscape and wildlife cuz my sadistic bio lab teacher threw a shitload of assignments at us for the weekend-one of which is a semester project. the 1st phase of the project is to scout out sites in tucson and take observations. i have to visit 3 sites, and i went to 1 today. i'll check out the other 2 tomorrow. after the park, i went to the mall. it was the most dead mall id ever seen. only like 4 stores were open. everything else was barracaded and empty. really quite sad to see.

now for the million-dollar question: do i have anyone to celebrate valentines day with? the answer is... NO!! 'why?' may you ask. well, part of it has to do with my upbringing, part of it is my choice (or fault), and part of it has to do with the availability of guys at my school. besides, i dont consider myself to be bitter about it. i just put up with it, like everything else.

besides, i, in my cynical view, have come to look at valentines day as just another shopping holiday. this time of year, the stores overflow with flowers, chocolates and other heart-themed candies, cards, and tons of cheesy teddy bears with 'i love you' hearts (did you know that the valentine heart we all know is actually the inverted shape of a woman's ass? i only found this out yesterday!!). come on now! valentines day is all about being with your sweetie (or with something you love alot-me, i love my computer more then any human ever should-wait, no, my brother can beat me on that one). like mothers day, christmas, and easter, its all been commercialized. oh well. i'm probably more inclined to support the business aspect of things cuz moneys what makes the economy grow-and we all know a growing economy means more money in our pockets!!

that being said, have a happy valentines day!!
tamtam

Friday, February 13, 2009

the price of free speech

dear readers,


as you may have heard, or perhaps not, congress is interested in pursuing an order that would ultimately chase us conservatives off the air and possibly into jail, depending on the state we live in, cuz we dont agree with the majority ruling party.

not only is this wrong, its illegal. under the first amendment, all forms of symbolic and spoken speech so long as they don't incite violence, are protected. the founding fathers made that a guaranteed right because they faced shit and persecution from the british monarchy for speaking out against the crown. it seems that we have once again come around full-circle. though free speech has been an age-old struggle, only in modern times has the censorship become as extreme as it is (see china for example). the right of free speech has been the goal and cornerstone of a solid democracy wherever there is one, and to take that right away is almost a sure-fire regression of all the things that modern democracy has stood for.

besides, conservative radio is very lucrative. thats why theres so many so many stations are dominated by conservative shows as opposed to liberal (or as they're referred to nowadays: 'progressive'). if you saw the electoral map after the 2008 election, you saw that most of america is overwhelmingly conservative. because of that, conservative radio flourishes while liberal radio shows are restricted mainly to the cities cuz thats were all the liberals are. aside from that, its all about the money. people who advertise on the radio are more apt to advertise on stations that carry conservative shows because they make more money that way (more listeners=more people hear about the product=more buyers=more profit). its just that simple. the laws of economics spare no one-and rewriting them to fit your idealogy only makes things worse for everyone else (yeah, im calling out you liberals and everyone who supports these massive gov't payoffs that are being passed thru congress).

opposition is not a bad thing-it keeps those politicians in touch with reality. i know you can't please everybody, but when you take a vow to uphold and defend the constitution as law, how about actually DOING that!! but then again, when the majority of drones are in office, they can do whatever they want.
seriously-the freedom doctorine (or whatever pseudonyms it may come under) is a scary thing for us as a country. if talk radio can be censored, then print and the internet are next. well, the newspapers are already in the tank for the left (and the likes of sam zell are wondering why their circulation numbers are down), but the internet belongs to no one. the internet will be a little harder cuz its worldwide, but if china and iran can do it, then its possible for our government to attempt something similar. we know it can be done, and thats the scary part! call me a fearmonger, a reactionary, overreactive, whatever, but truth be told-when you're rotting in a gulag somewhere because you spoke up and said that you thought the government was spending too much money, don't say i didnt warn you.


it used to be a good thing to live in america. now, thanks to the liberals, its all on the verge of destruction. all that america has stood for will be gone unless we on the right can rise up and say ENOUGH!! we will not be crushed like roaches cuz we disagree with the left!!! we conservatives stick to things that work, like free speech, low taxes, tax breaks wherever possible, and LIMITED GOV'T. all those things have been proven to work-if you knew your history, you would know that. all those things made america the beacon of the free world and inspired democracies all over the world. to take those things away would mean the ultimate fall from grace: here is the world's greatest super power crashing down like a tree without roots. i dont know when that will be, but i hope we as americans can wake up and bombard our representatives in congress to not pass the freedom doctorine before its too late.
from az with love,
tamtam

Thursday, February 12, 2009

spring training


dear readers,

spring training is just around the corner~and im super excited!! although yeah, im a total nerd cuz i love sports, but this time of year, baseball runs my life. although im a little disappointed cuz i was hoping to see my beloved white sox here in tucson (before they opted out of their contract and high-tailed north to phoenix >:[ ) and the thought of going to tucson electric park for spring training games (when i could~im in college, remember?) was one of the reasons i made the choice to come to the u of a where im currently a student. unfortunately now, i'll have to brave a 2-hr drive north to phoenix to go to camelback ranch, but thats ok. i have wgn in my dorm room so i can watch the games on tv if they're on. also, come spring break, i'll have to check the schedule to make sure that there are some homegames so that i can go to at least 1 game. no trip to phoenix is ever complete without going to a baseball game (we used to just come to phoenix on vacation during the summer, right when baseball was in season).



i guess i have some predictions for spring training, although let me be upfront: i have very little knowledge or expertise on the stats/math side of sports. i predict that the sox will be ok-not spectacular-just ok, but once the season starts, the sox are gonna be good. provided they can be healthy, i think the sox stand a pretty good chance of winning the AL central again and maybe advancing to the world series :), but thats for the regular season, and this is merely preseason. i think dayan viciendo will prove his salt to ozzie and company, and i have good hopes for the rest of the newcomers to the southside. i also look forward to more 'palehose' comic strips from the great carl skanburg in this upcoming season.

im as giddy as a schoolgirl at the thought of spring training! im so excited!

GO WHITE SOX!!!

tamtam

all about me

dear readers,

i just finished my 3rd test in 3 days. i'm exhausted, so thats why i havent written for a few days. i suppose you'll want to know more about me. well, first of all, i'm conservative.

as a conservative, i believe that our government is too big and greedy, AND i don't believe in global warming either. my outright denial of global warming gained me alot of notoriety on myspace, and if i feel like it, i'll post some of my most controversial myspace entries on global warming.

as a conservative, i also am strongly pro-life. as an orthodox christian, i believe that life begins at conception and ends at death. this may seem strange, given my age and social demographic (young, white, from a semi-middle class background, college-educated), but im different and proud of it.

maybe you're wondering what i aim to do with my life. aside from pissing off the democrats and liberals, i aim to become a pharmacist. i'm already a pharmacy technician and i want to go the next step up. its a lucrative sleeper career. not too many people know about pharmacy's hidden benefits.

my favorite sports are football and baseball. my favorite football team is the chicago bears, but i have favorite players on other teams as well.
my favorite baseball team is the chicago white sox. not only are they good, but i love the players on the team itself. my favorite sox players are carlos quentin, aj pierzynski, mark burhle, i used to like little nicky swisher too but he's no longer with the team, and alexei ramirez. i know its obvious that i really have a thing for chicago sports, but because chicago is my home city, i'm partial to my city's sports teams.
yeah, i really love carlos quentin :). he's hot and really really good at baseball. only too bad he's married and i'm such an uptight person cuz i would bang him in a heartbeat :D. dont worry, its merely wishful thinking-im not a homewrecker hooker groupie.
thats all for now. if i think of other things, i'll post them here
bye!
tamtam

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

greetings

hi everyone!

my name is tamara, im new to blogspot, and i look forward to writing more posts in the future.

with regards to blogging itself, i have some experiance. i write a blog regularly on myspace, but i'm looking to expand my audience, as well as doing other blog-related customization things that myspace won't allow you to do.

if you want to view my myspace blog, the link can be found here:

http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=246139933

happy reading!

tamtam