Sunday, November 30, 2008

BoDonkey Winding Down

You don't have many chances left to get in, but one deep run can get you up on Nadia's leaderboard.

$mokkee took my lead, so I guess I might be playing Tuesday if I get a chance.

Play The Bodog Poker Blogger Tournament Series!

Join poker bloggers from around the globe to play in the Bodog Poker Blogger Tournament Series this Tuesday December 2nd and Thursday December 4th at 9:05 PM ET.

This tournament series is comprised of 15 qualifying tournaments that run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with the final qualifier taking place on Tuesday, December 16th, 2008. At the completion of these 15 qualifying tournaments, the total points of each player will determine who will move on to the Final Tournament of Champions (TOC). Players within the top 15% of all participants on the tournament leaderboard will then receive an invitation via email to participate in the TOC on December 18th, 2008.

There is also a Last Chance Tournament to make it into the final TOC for those players that join the series late or can't make it to play all the qualifier tournaments! All that is required to play in the Last Chance tournament is that you play in 3 or more qualifying tournaments. Those players will receive an invitation to play in the Last Chance Tournament on Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 and the top 3 finishers of this tournament will win a seat to play in the final TOC!

Qualifying Tournaments Prizes

Buy-in: $10 + $1
Prize Pool is distributed as per Bodog's standard multi-table payout table.
1st place: T$109 + $25 Casino Credit ($100K Guaranteed Buy-in)
2nd place: T$75
3rd place: T$50
3 bubble players: T$11 (entry refunded)

TOC Final Tournament Prizes

Entry: Free for the Top 15% on the TLB and the top 3 Last Chance Tournament finishers.
Grand Prize: T$2,000 + $100 casino credit
2nd place: T$500
3rd place: T$250
4th place: T$100
5th place: T$50
Note: You must have a poker blog to play in the TOC

Tournament recaps and details are available at the official tournament series site at

The blogger series leaderboard is available at

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for this series at

Good luck and may the best poker blogger take this series down!

The Bodog Poker Blogger
Yahoo ID: bodogdirectory

Tune into Buddy Dank Radio for live tournament recaps and updates while you play at

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas Tree Decoration

The season is upon us - as soon as classes end, we'll probably put up our tree too.

By the way, I let Alex put up the picture. I'm sitting here coding, and let him try to do a post. Yay for tiny coding!

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Even Better Thanksgiving Video

Because the kids will love it.

Happy Thanksgiving. Was it funnier than the Charlie Brown video?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Enjoy it with a classic from Charlie Brown.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Re-posting from Railbirds - one of you might find this fun.

Do you want to assist Railbirds in taking over the world? We are looking for skilled professionals and amateurs to help us develop the site, make it look better, and extend it to other languages than English as well. All applications are equally welcome - Railbirds is going to be the BEST site for any poker content, the BIGGEST poker community in the world, and a place where EVERYBODY wants to be!

Programmers needed
We need programmers to fix bugs and to code new features for us. The site is in dire need of new tech staff, and if you have what it takes, don't hesitate to apply! Full-time positions available, as well as on-demand positions.

You need to be skilled at object-oriented php5, MVC, MySQL, XHTML, CSS, caching and htaccess rewriting.

Ideally, you'll also have knowledge of some framework, complex databases, Linux, Subversion, Samba, and (S)FTP, but these skills are not necessarily required.

Send an email to with your Railbirds user name if you want to apply or if you have any questions. Include a description of yourself, and your CV detailing your experience and skills.

Graphic artists needed
If you are a skilled graphic artist, this is for you. We need experts to create new images for every new feature, promotion, graphic update, etc. that we make here on Railbirds.

You need to be able to work quickly, and to deliver easily changable graphics in multiple formats. Choice of tools is up to you. We need designers to create designs for new features and parts of the site, as well as promotional artists to make promo images, icon sets, and many other things for us.

Knowledge of CSS and XHTML is a big merit.

Send an email to with your Railbirds user name if you want to apply or if you have any questions. Include several samples of your work, a description of yourself, and your CV detailing your experience and skills.

Beta testers needed
Are you good at spotting errors? Do you enjoy blaming tech for obvious mistakes? Is your activity on Railbirds enough to qualify you for Railoholics Anonymous? If you are, we want you to beta test for us!

Beta testers get access to all new features earlier than everybody else. They get to play around with the site - and they get lots of influence over the look and feel of new additions.

Send an email to with your Railbirds user name if you want to apply or if you have any questions. Include a short text on why you think you would be a good beta tester. No novels please.

Translators needed
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Parlez-vous Français? Czy mówisz po polsku? Railbirds is going multi-lingual!

Yes, that's right. Finally, those of you who don't have English as your first or preferred language will be able to access Railbirds in your native tongue. The site will need translation of menus, instructional texts, the FAQ, and everything else.

Send an email to with your Railbirds user name if you want to apply or if you have any questions. Include a short description of your language skills and how you would be able to participate.

Foreign language prorails needed
With new languages coming, we need people to moderate them as well. Are you a good pick? Do you log in on Railbirds a lot? Is being a prorail one of your biggest dreams?

Fluency in English and at least one other language required. Communicational skills are a must, and previous moderating experience is a welcome merit.

Send an email to with your Railbirds user name if you want to apply or if you have any questions. Include a description of your past experiences as a moderator and a short text describing yourself.

Questions? Want to apply?
If you have any questions regarding this or would like to apply, please contact RailJoe at! I would prefer to discuss things over email, not over PM, and I would be grateful if you'd oblige me in this.

I have HUGE plans for 2009 - they're absolutely 100 % magnificent! I have plans for ranking, for loads of freerolls and guaranteed tournaments, many promotions, an enormous amount of new features, and of course some long-awaited bug fixes. And much more!

Join the Railbird army today!


Maybe stocking up on non-perishables and ammo might be a bit more necessary than you thought, once hyper-inflation hits.

U.S. Prepared to Lend up to 7.4 Trillion Dollars

AFAIK, only two ways to pay for it:

1. Massive injection of capital, lots of newly printed money, and resulting inflation that would make Jimmy Carter blush.
2. Higher taxes or some other grab of nontaxed revenue - like, say, a 401(k).

This is not going to end well.

Anyone have a gulch they would like to use?

H/t Ace.

Friday, November 21, 2008

I'm taking the weekend off from any writing whatsoever. Hopefully on MOnday I'll feel recharged, or at least relieved if I'm able to finally crank out some assignments for my Thursday class.


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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Way Behind

I have 3,571 unread items in my reader aggregator, and 135 unread recent items in my e-mail.

I haven't done too many original posts over on the Examiner lately.

I've actually been working from home on occasion because the items I need to complete are items that can only be done when no one is logged in to the servers.

But I am now done with two of my classes. Only the programming class remains.

Hopefully, that means I can get some sleep soon, and begin to get the energy back into posting a bit more like I had been doing for the past couple of months on all the sites. Right now, though, I'm very tired and burnt out from many things going on all at once.

One thing I did add (for those who read this through an aggregator) was a link splice and sidebar box for Digg. It seemed like a good way to highlight stories written by other examiners or stories which I found funny but didn't have the time or energy to re-post. So, if nothing else, you'll continue to see those fresh stories, even if I don't write very much.
In the meantime, I'll be reading more stories about the Hooker Bar.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Not quite a Mastercard commercial

Tickets for Georgia Aquarium through Georgia State: $15.00 apiece.

A shuttle to the aquarium from the parking deck: $0.00.

A taxi back from the aquarium to the student center for games such as "build your own fishtank": $12.00.

A trip to the pet store to get supplies for a real fishtank: $50.00.

Giving the kids some joy and responsibility: Priceless.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Georgia Congressional Oversight Examiner: GOP searches for fresh leadership in new Congress

Georgia Congressional Oversight Examiner: GOP searches for fresh leadership in new Congress

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Someone will have vengeance

But now you'll get an extra $109 for it.

It's Payback Time! Think You Can Take Out The Infamous Sir Waffles?

On Thursday's November 20th Bodog blogger tournament, there will be a bounty on the head of the biggest donkey of them all, the notorious Sir Waffles!

Don't miss this opportunity to take revenge on or even up the score with Waffles! If you are the lucky poker blogger to knock out Waffles, you will receive a credit of T$109 to play in Bodog's $100K Guaranteed Tournament occurring each Sunday at 4 PM!

Just what is Bodog's 100K Guaranteed Tournament?
With one of the biggest overlays in the industry, the value of this tournament is literally unbeatable!
Find out more at

This blogger tournament series is open to poker bloggers worldwide and runs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 9:05 PM ET.

More details are available at the official blogger series site at

So what are you waiting for? Sign up to play this tournament at

Good luck and may the most unforgiving poker blogger stack the "worst poker player" ever and pocket T$109!

The Bodog Poker Blogger
Yahoo ID: bodogdirectory

Tune into Buddy Dank Radio for live tournament recaps and updates while you play at

Go Time

Let's see if I can survive the donkey killing fields - it looks like there will be almost 7,000 people in this thing.

FTOPS X Event #24: $120 + $9 NLHE w/Knockouts (100 to tourney, 20 for KO). Starting stack is 5,000 with blinds starting at 10/20.

I'm hoping this will be a long day.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Atlanta Games Examiner: Guitar Hero: Metallica rumored for 2009 release

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A visit from Mike Huckabee

Georgia Congressional Oversight Examiner: A visit from Mike Huckabee

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Mike Huckabee is coming to town on Sunday to stump as another big GOP gun tries to save the seat.

Early Presents

I've had my current cellphone number for six years through the same carrier. The phone unit I've had, however, has been beat up terribly through the years.

In addition, we started getting tired of the limited features available, and I wanted a phone with more fun features to use.

I've looked at iPhones and third-party dealers, but the need wasn't too great until last month when Kim's job situation went a bit kaflooie.

Yesterday, we finally fixed the problem, and decided to get a new plan with AT & T (which has the rest of our communication stuff anyway). Since we both needed new phones, we went ahead and got the last two phones they had in stock of the Samsung A767 Propel.
This was the phone as we first got it, six years ago. Smiple, did it's job, but not too sturdy and not a lot of bells and whitsles.

This is the phone we switched to, under the same plan, with several years of heavy wear, lots of tear, dropping, tossing, and chewing by two-legged and four-legged creatures. I'm still learning how to use the camera, so blame me for the meh quality. It lasted a long time, and had the ever-loving shit kicked out of it, but it mostly served us well.

This is now my new phone - with the same number as before.
This is Kim's new phone, with a brand new number.
The geek in me is very happy. I sat down with it last night to work on a deal and was actually able to type a halfway decent message with it the new phone - in my e-mail - and for some bizarre reason I was incredibly pumped.
I think it must have been the keyboard, and not the fact that there's a demo of Guitar Hero III on the phone. Or the fact that it seems really shiny and we like shiny things.

I might test out doing a post from it this weekend, or test out uploading pictures from the aquarium tonight - Georgia State is having a special aquarium night for students, staff, and family with discounted tickets, so we'll get to show the beluga whales the new toys.
Alex, though, is still too young for the phone, even though both of the kids wanted to grab them immediately.

At least it's one thing taken off the must-do list for us.
As for the color - I like green. Shut up.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Beauty of a bounty

Come play the BoDonkey tonight.

Bust the lovely lady to the right, Evelyn Ng, and win a $109 bounty.

Evelyn is one of Bodog's resident pros.

She will probably kick your ass if you do try to take her out, so watch out.

Take a shot at 9:05 PM tonight.

WPBT Details

RSVP with this guy.

1) Tourney details:
Private Blogger Tournament
Venetian Poker Room
Saturday, December 13th
$135 ($100 buy-in, $25 juice, $10 toke)

2) From what I read, folks should be around anywhere between Thursday to Monday.

3) The fun part: Some of you might have gotten some hotel offers from Vegas if you have frequent player cards, hotel numbers, or anything else. I've gotten a bunch. I'm listing them here.

  • Luxor starts from $59
  • MGM Grand 149/night, third night free for a luxury suite
  • Mandalay Bay starting from 89
  • Excalibur: $81 weekend, $29 Sun-Thu
  • Bellagio from 169/night with the third night FREE
That's just from this week.

Flights, however, still royally suck, so I'm not sure yet if I'm able to pull it off.

Odds are, I will only be able to entertain the possibility if I cash in FTOPS #24 this weekend, because I am NOT touching any other expenses to do this, that would be too irresponsible even for me.

Atlanta Moronapalooza

Saturday, Nov. 15, meet around 5:30-6:00 PM
Right Wing Tavern
251 E. Main St. Woodstock, GA

Hoping to see a bunch of you fellow morons from Ace's then.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Vengeance shall be mine

First, I donk off my chips within ten minutes to the worst break-even poker player ever.

Then, I find out he won the BoDonkey last night after I donked off said chips.

Then, I find out he won the Skillz game last night too.

This reign of waffling terror must be stopped in its tracks.

Travel plans

Next week is Study Abroad week at Georgia State. For 2007-2008, I started looking at a study abroad trip pretty late in the game - almost into March of this year before I began looking at going to China for a two-week study abroad session. It would have been a nice China tours, including one day in Beijing on the day of the Opening Ceremonies - on 8/8/08, it turned out to be bigger than any other China holidays.

I'm making plans to go next week at some point to get more information on what sessions are available. Even though I am planning on finishing in May, I am still eligible to participate in one of the programs, so it's worth a listen, if nothing else.

They will be having Globe-Trekker sessions all week, so I might make time to stop in for one on the same day as the Bill Curry meetup posted earlier. Robinson offers a lot of different trips which might be interesting: South Africa, France/Spain, France/Belgium, Hungary/Czech Republic, Modern Paris, Italy, Greece/Turkey, Buenos Aires/Rio, and Germany/Switzerland.

No trips to anywhere in Asia this time around. No special opportunities like a boat ride on the Yangtze or Rhine cruises. Jobwise, the most relevant would probably be the Rio and Buenos Aires trip given how we are trying to expand in Latin America.

Still, it's an interesting list of trips and some are worth considering, even if it doesn't count for credit any more.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

GSU Football Welcome

Join the J. Mack Robinson College of Business in welcoming Bill Curry as the College's new Distinguished Executive Fellow on November 20, 2008 at 6 PM.

The Buckhead Club
3344 Peachtree Rd.
26th floor - The Sovereign Building

Georgia State University's new head football coach, Bill Curry, will lead the Panther football team on the field. He also will share his insights on leadership as the College's Distinguished Executive Fellow.

Georgia Congressional Oversight Examiner: Georgia gets the big guns for the runoff

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The last week has bee a whirlwind for many reasons, not just the election, and as such I haven't posted nearly as much as I would have liked.

  • I started playing a lot more poker again, mostly to take my mind off other things. It's gone well, as you've seen. Tonight is another BoDonkey, with a $109 bounty on Rizen again.
  • I started meeting with a tutor for my programming class. It's OK so far, even though I wish I didn't have to get one. I've never had one before. It feels strange.
  • I clinched at least an A- in my other two classes, so I just need a C in that programming class. I am still hopeful I emerge with a B, but at least I have some breathing room if I do fall flat on my face.
  • I did not get shitfaced drunk Tuesday night while watching the results. Or Wednesday during the Mookie, or Thursday after class was cancelled and playing the Thursday BoDonkey, or Friday when the workweek ended.
  • Saturday was spent almost entirely away from the computer. We all went to Madagascar 2, then did McDonalds to get the obligatory toys. Thanks to a friend, I then went to the Velvet Room as they got a VIP table thanks to Q100. Jermaine Dupri may not recognize it anymore since its in the hinterlands of Spaghetti Junction instead of Midtown Atlanta.
  • After arriving home close to 2:30 AM, and doing a reading in church at 10:45 AM (!!!) came some writing, the Falcons game (woot!) and the Bodog 100K guarantee, which ended with the nice suckout and me yelling in the car for a few minutes. Thankfully, I had to get pie ingredients from the store, as the wife can make a mean apple pie despite what she thinks.
  • The final table of the WSOP Main Event took place. I'm not following it very rabidly this time around. I'll watch the results tonight, but I'm not watching a pirated feed or refreshing every twenty seconds this year.
  • Work has picked up a bit as we're doing more daily tracking/monitoring, which is the sort of stuff that drove me NUTS at the bank. If I weren't getting everything done, I'd probably have a bigger problem with it.
  • First, my home computer crashed on Nov. 3. Now, my DSL modem has crashed, so we've resorted to dial-up until a new modem arrives. Oh, joy. A SmartPhone is looking like a better and better idea every day.
  • We might have a gathering of the moronosphere here in Atlanta sometime soon. If you've written me, you're getting a note this afternoon about meeting up.
  • We know what we are doing now for Christmas, so I'll probably be seeing some of you northern folks very soon.
  • Bill Curry is coming to Georgia State to be our first football coach - there is a meet and greet in Buckhead on Nov. 20 which I'll be attending.

That's about all my brain can regurgitate for now. I think it's been a combination of burnout and over-extension as of late, so I need to do a better job of managing my time. I'm just glad that I don't seem to have fallen back into any sort of deeply depressed state over the past ten days or so.


On my honor, though, I promise not to post any lolcat pictures to fill space.

Georgia Congressional Oversight Examiner: Veterans\' Day celebrates armed forces while a new army is proposed

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Taking a shot downfield

I'm signed up next Sunday in FTOPS #24, but this weekend I also won a decent amount of tourney dollars on BoDog in the two blogger tournaments.

So, I am taking a shot today in Bodog's $100,000 Guaranteed tournament. It normally has an overlay, I'm hoping today is the same as well, and that my luck continues.

Come over and rail - and hopefully, I'll still be around.

Also, hopefully I will be close to done on at least one paper, probably for my Marketing class.

Update: I was so....close. I made it to 148th. I'd been grinding all day, with only two premium hands. I got QQ about 30 minutes in, but I had stepped away for a second and got times out, it was the only hand I had missed. I got A-A in the third hour with a short stack, pushed in after 1 limper, but did not get any calls.

720 people started, 90 paid, so if I made it through four hours, I'd make the money. At least, that was my estimate.

I managed to do a lot of thievery in the third and fourth hour from a short stack. I ran my stack from 875 (the starting stack was 2500) up to about 6600 - still only about 50% of the average stack, but not in too bad shape.

Two hands knocked me out. One of them, I did not even play.

I got K-Q in the BB. A loose player had pushed his short stack in for about 3000 (I had about 5600 at this point). I put him on nothing better than ace-rag, possibly king-rag, and was planning on calling...when the SB pushes over the top. He's been loose, but this might mean I'm up against an ace-rag and a medium pair, and the odds of surviving are not in my favor. I fold the hand, and both players flip up ace-rag. I should have called, because the king AND queen on the flop would have let me triple up.

The very next hand brings Presto to me in the SB. It is folded to the button (who had just come over the top with a raggy ace) who shoves in in what appears to ba a blatant steal. I call, and wait for a minute while the BB times out. Button flips up K-7 offsuit, and I think I'm OK, after a 10-2-4-10 which gives me a diamond draw and leaves the craptacular button with four outs instead of six.

River: 7 of spades.


Bye bye.

At least I can take solace in the fact that I lasted pretty long without picking up barely any premium hands over three and a half hours. I feel a little more confident going into FTOPS now.

That didn't stop me, though, from cursing in the car for about sixty seconds on my way to the store after busting out.


Thursday, November 06, 2008

BoDonkey IV tonight

First off, a summary of my win in the third BoDonkey Tuesday night.

Second, a reminder to go register for the Thursday edition, as I try and defend the title and leaderboard against the rest of you degenerates.

UPDATE: Third, I almost managed to defend it. We had 25 runners tonight, and I finished 2nd - apparently the horseshoe in my ass was working, but not well enough. $mokkee took me down in the heads-up matchup.

Still was a lot of fun. For the week, that's a 1st and 2nd in the BoDonkey and a 7th in the Mookie. Not too shabby, I guess.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Georgia Congressional Oversight Examiner: Georgia says keep the change

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Atlanta Games Examiner: FTOPS X begins this week

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One good thing about tonight

In pure frustration, I came home to work and write and do maps and chat and other (hopefully) fun stuff.

Well, I decided to fire up BoDog for the Tuesday Bodonkey. I'd even said earlier that I hadn't been planning on playing in it. I didn't even get to do my weekly pimp post!

Well, at 9:01, I decided to play, again in partial anger from the election results. Also, that I wasn't at the InterContinental in Buckhead.

Good idea, I guess.

Lesson: If I am in a bad mood, stay the fuck away from me at a table.

I also found out I won't have class Thursday night, so I can play Thursday as well.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


My map versus the real map - to be updated as states come in.

Still trying to figure out how to go tonight - I will either be home or in Buckhead, but may not be back until central polls close so don't expect any changes in the first hour to the map.

8:20: Home now, chatting here. Not heading out tonight, I couldn't make it work or fold up. Phooey. If you want to flame me, go to the link.

Georgia Congressional Oversight Examiner: Georgia turnout

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Sad Day

You know what sucks? Coming home to find that the hinge on your laptop is totally busted and the screen doesn't fold well, now turning it into a completely immobile computer because it won't fit in a briefcase or close properly.

That's fine, if you are at home.

I was not planning on being home tonight. I was planning on being out, with the kids, with coworkers and other campaign folk, and being online/chatting/posting at the same time, during the night.

Let's just say this throws a wrench into my plans.

Hopefully I can get something working tonight - after the last few months, I think I'd have some serious withdrawal if I didn't have a working computer with me.


Curse you, Gateway.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Bankrupt coal

Nice - clean coal, traditional coal, doesn't matter, we want to tax the ever-loving **** out of it.

Perfect for those voters in PA, OH, WV, VA, CO, and the midwest. Even if you bitter and clingy.

GOTV in action

On Saturday morning, I headed to Fulton County Republican Party headquarters to work their phone bank for a few hours.

While there, I did get to talk to a lot of people, all within Georgia. I decided to do that in order to feel more comfortable with making phone calls to other regions outside of the office, courtesy of the campaign phone bank.

On a bright note, I did get to spend a few minutes speaking with Rep. Tom Price (GA-6). We talked for a little while about the campaign as well as his fight, along with other House Republicans, to keep speaking despite the House being shut down and lights turned off by Nancy Pelosi. They continued to speak on drilling and gas prices, which soon shot to record highs, and action that should be taken in order to avoid reaching those highs. Soon, a couple dozen other House Republicans joined in the effort.

Here's what he had to say about this week:

"It's important that we keep fighting this current leadership. It's important that they know we will not tolerate these antics. It's important that we show them on Tuesday that we will not be ignored and that we will never stop fighting."

I didn't have my camera, so I don't have any pictures.

Phone banking is still the best way right now unless you have an audience of a few hundred thousand. To do some phone banking for any location, click here. The McCain campaign is now ahead in Missouri and within the margin of error in enough states to pull out a win - unthinkable two weeks ago - so go finish the drill.


This was the only part of Saturday Night Live I watched Saturday, as I was bringing laundry upstairs.

Funny as hell, though.


Hey, after a long day, it was funny.

Georgia Congressional Oversight Examiner: Georgia Congressional races heat up while winding down (Part 2)

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Open Letter from the Knights

This message was released over the weekend from Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus.

Though it's not said in the letter, I will say it; let's recall that Sen. Obama's first act, if elected, would be to sign this FOCA travesty. His words, not mine.

Remember that tomorrow.


Letter from Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson

It is probably fair to say that no other single activity has defined the Knights of Columbus over the past half century as much as the pro-life movement.

Following the shock of the Supreme Court's decision to preempt all state and federal laws regulating abortion in Roe v. Wade in 1973, we launched a long-term battle to fight legalized abortion. While achieving the ultimate goal of overturning Roe remains somewhere in the future, we have been able to achieve many small successes along the way:

· the Hyde Amendment, which restricts federal funding for abortions;
· the federal law banning partial birth abortions, which was finally upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in April 2007;
· the "Mexico City Policy," which has barred the use of federal taxpayers' money to pay for abortions in other countries;
· laws in 44 states that preserve a parental role when children under 18 seek abortions;· laws in 40 states that restrict late-term abortions;
· laws in 46 states that protect the right of conscience for individual health care providers;
· laws in 27 states that protect the right of conscience for institutions;
· laws in 38 states that ban partial birth abortions;
· laws in 33 states that require counseling before having an abortion;
· and laws in 16 states that provide for ultrasounds before an abortion.

All of these restrictions on abortion - all of the progress we've made over the past 35 years in trying to limit and reduce abortions in the United States - would be invalidated with the stroke of a pen if the next Congress passes, and the next president signs, the so-called "Freedom of Choice Act" (FOCA).

Before you cast your vote on Tuesday, please take the time and effort necessary to learn whether candidates for whom you might vote favor or oppose FOCA.

The House sponsors of FOCA are listed here.

The Senate sponsors of FOCA are listed here.

Obviously, if a candidate in your area is not listed among the sponsors, you may have to ask his or her campaign for their position on FOCA.

We have gathered much additional information about the Freedom of Choice Act, including links to material from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and on life issues generally on a special Knights of Columbus web page.

Remember, all that we've done together since Roe to save the lives of the unborn is at stake.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Done Again

Me likey these FTOPS satellites.

Now, I used some of the $T from the other win to play in this. So, I now have a $t of 149.

Oh look, that's enough to cover the event I REALLY wanted to play.

And it doesn't even start for another four days. Let's see if I can win any other seats.


Very cute costume

This video is not as cute as our two little munchkins, but still extremely cute.

H/t Demure Thoughts

Here we are, setting out on our holy quest for candy - Kim is not in costume yet, but she went as a witch. I am already in costume - which is not even close to the silliest costume I've ever worn.

I guess fake armor is somewhat slimming. Photo was taken by a neighbor, Tom Kells, who has a small business - Kells Photography.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Georgia Congressional Oversight Examiner: Georgia Congressional races heat up while winding down (Part 1)

Georgia Congressional Oversight Examiner: Georgia Congressional races heat up while winding down (Part 1)

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