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ONLINE AUCTION: Breast Cancer 3-Day Fundraiser

Get Involved! - Rise to Your Higher Self
Posted by Fluffy_the_Great on 2008/8/29 11:51:33 (929 reads)

Polar Express Gift Set

This is a Polar Express gift set. It includes the hardback book written by Chris Van Allsburg, a CD of the story, a cassette tape of the story, and a souvenir bell from Santa's sleigh.

Opening bid: $25.00
Auction closes: 8:00pm CDT, Thursday, September 4, 2008

Local bids only (DFW area). Items will be delivered to winner.
Remember to bid by choosing this post's "comment". If you have any questions about the item, please send those to me at jcs (at) whosplayin (dot) com

All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Thank you and happy bidding.






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In an effort to help team Cruisin' Caddys raise $6,600 for their Breast Cancer 3-Day walk, whosplayin (dot) com is sponsoring an online auction. Bidding on items will be done by commenting on the item's blog posting. Please register with whosplayin (dot) com to ensure that your bid will be automatically posted and not have to be approved. If you choose not to register and still want to bid on an item, your bid or "comment" will have to be approved by an administrator.

How do I bid on an item?
1. Register with Whosplayin (dot) com
2. Log into your account so that your bid will be recognized as yours
3. Post your bid on the item by "commenting" on the item's blog post (remember to answer the super easy question before clicking "post")
4. If you win the item, you will be contacted via email and directed to the 3-day website to complete the transaction via credit card. Cash or check payment will be received at the time of delivery.

If you have any questions, please email jcs (at) whosplayin (dot) com

Please help us make this a great fundraiser!

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Opinions from an 8 year old pundant

Zen by Jen
Posted by Fluffy_the_Great on 2008/8/28 22:22:41 (1136 reads)

At my house tonight, three members of my family waited anxiously for Obama to give his historic speech. One of us three didn't make it and crashed during the opening video. But from the two that were left, well...

Ike, my 8 year old had this to say regarding Mr. Obama's speech:

"I don't agree with everything he said. I disagree that parents should tell their kids when to turn the TV off," he giggled.

And as Obama was discussing health care and his mom dealing with insurance while ill, Ike inquired, "Mom, why would someone vote to make it hard to get sick people well? They must be hypnotized or stupid or something."

Hypnotized. Or stupid. Or something.
Maybe lost.

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A President We Need

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Posted by Fluffy_the_Great on 2008/8/28 20:47:37 (833 reads)

"We need a President that puts Barney Smith in front of Smith Barney."
- Every day American, Barney Smith


I LOVE IT!
Obama!

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Empty Texas Presidential Ballot?

The Nimrods Never Cease to Amaze Me
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/8/28 9:00:30 (2860 reads)

Well, this is interesting. It seems that the State of Texas' deadline for certification for November's Presidential Ballot has passed without either candidate or their running mate being certified.

Easter Lemming has more...

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Questions about Neighborhood Drilling

Oil and Gas
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/8/27 23:00:00 (1342 reads)

At this point in our neighborhood's dealings with possible gas drilling, it seems that at every turn, we have more questions than we have answers. As I write this, it's late and I'm tired, but I thought I'd take a moment to post some questions that have been sent by folks through the email list and/or this website.

1. Do we actually want drilling for natural gas to occur in our neighborhood? In order to answer this we need to get our hands on additional information. I think we should all know what impact drilling will have in Lewisville so we need to ask ourselves some of these questions.


a) how many trees will be replaced/killed/replanted?
b) how many animals will be killed/replaced?
c) what is 3 or 5 decibel level sound like at 400 ft or whatever the easement will be?
d) how much additional traffic including construction traffic will be running up and down our streets?
e) how long will construction take and what affect will it cause on our community (i.e. construction, drilling, pipelines, road closures, etc)?
f) how much light pollution will the rigs cause since we're in the flight path?
g) what are the risks (spills, explosions, collapses, foundations, earthquakes, fires, etc)?
h) what will be left when the wells run dry?
i) I'm sure I'm missing more which is why we should continue our investigation and ask others who have first hand knowledge about this in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
j) what is the price we are willing to sell at to accommodate for these sacrifices?


2. What % of our community must accept their offer in order for drilling to occur? If we get to this point then we all might as well agree and at least make some $$ out of this. What % has already signed?

3. What will the affect be on the City of Lewisville? We should talk to the city officials (if someone hasn't already) to find out what their opinion is on this company, drilling, planned sites, taxes, etc. Has anyone tried to contact them and if so are they willing to speak with the group?

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Lets talk about gas.

Oil and Gas
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/8/26 20:20:00 (1053 reads)

Three things have happened today that make me think I need to clarify where I stand on the proposed Barnett Shale gas wells here in Lewisville.

The first thing was that this article came out for Wednesday's Lewisville Leader in which I was quoted saying that Cherokee Horn was making a "low-ball offer". I said that, and I stand behind that, based on what I know about the Barnett Shale at this point.

The second thing was that I've been told that some folks have hesitated to join our Willowgrove Yahoo Email Group because they first wanted to know where we stood.

The third thing was that I received an email from someone who got one of our flyers, but has already signed. This email basically accused me / us of spreading misinformation.

I am not the leader.
There is a small core group of concerned individuals around the neighborhoods who have independently and simultaneously begun efforts to organize the neighborhood. Early on, we hooked up and decided that it would be best to work together. We don't have a leader, just a group of organizers and volunteers, that I have tentatively referred to as a "steering committee". Before we start to bargain on behalf of our members, but after we have achieved a significant number of members, we should choose some leadership in a democratic manner. That's the only way we can hope to have some legitimacy at the bargaining table.

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Thoughts on Michelle Obama's Speech

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/8/25 23:36:35 (1857 reads)

So, here I am in Scottsdale, AZ in a hotel, getting ready to turn in for the night, but I thought first I'd share some thoughts on the Michelle Obama speech at the Democratic National Convention.

As I watched tonight, first the video about Michelle, then her brother's introduction, then her speech, I must say that I was just very moved. Mamask8z and I texted each other at various points tonight, in enthusiasm for the message and the narrative that was presented.

I looked to see if maybe the video of the speech was online, and it wasn't yet, but maybe I can post it later if I can find it.

Basically, the narrative of Michelle and Barack Obama underscores how uniquely American their unlikely journey truly is, especially when contrasted with the stories of John and Cindy McCain.

Michelle and Barack were both raised in struggling, working class families. They both got ivy league law degrees, and made something of themselves through hard work and determination. They have sacrificed personal gain for public service, and given of themselves to raise their daughters just as their parents sacrificed for them.

How is that not the epitome of the American Dream? To achieve more than one's parents could have dreamed? To give back to one's country, and to do well by doing good?

What inspires me the most about Michelle and Obama is their relationships with their girls. To be able to balance a career, as well as public service, and still be so devoted to raising their daughters to grow up to be fine women who will never for a minute doubt their parents' love and pride in them.

I think it speaks to the larger message of the Obama movement, which is deeply rooted in hard work and personal responsibility. It is a movement that recognizes that good government can provide some solutions, but that when we work for what we want, both individually, and as a society, we can achieve.

And as inspired as I am, I am reminded of my own shortcomings as a father. Though I have no doubt my sons know that I love them dearly, I have to be honest with myself and ask whether they know how proud I am of them, even though they sometimes disappoint me. I have to wonder whether they know how much I value them, even though I can't always spend as much time with them as they would like, or be there for their first day back to school from summer break.

Thank you, Obamas for reminding me, not so much through elegant oratory, but by the example of the way you have lived your lives, the true family value of valuing your family. I am inspired to do better.

Have a listen to one of Michelle's previous videos:

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Hillary Supporters Betray Democrats - WTF?!

Zen by Jen
Posted by Fluffy_the_Great on 2008/8/25 11:31:26 (1281 reads)

I'M SO PISSED! 27% of Hillary supporters voting for McCain

Remember this spring? There were primaries and caucuses in which Hillary received an estimated 18 million votes. Hillary did not get the required number of votes to clinch the nomination; whereas, Barack Obama did. Therefore Barack Obama is the presumptive Democratic nominee for U.S. President. We all know this story... Yada, yada, yada, so forth, let's get on with it. Moving on.

What I don't understand is how, per CNN 5 minutes ago, "27% of Hillary supporters will be voting for John McCain." WTF? I mean, REALLY!!! What are they thinking??? What is WRONG with these people?!

Are they still so stuck in their misguided and self-serving belief that Hillary was ENTITLED to the Presidential nomination, and are still so sore that she couldn't pull it off?

Do these pro-Hillary/anti-Obama delusionals realize they are traitors to their own ideals - the ideals of the Democratic Party? Do they realize their sour grapes are putting the COUNTRY at risk?! What has happened to their rationality? They are running on pure spiteful emotion - there couldn't possibly be any logic to it, it makes no sense! WHY support the opposing point of view?

IF you are one of these Democratic Party and Ideals Traitors, please tell me why. Please tell me why it is that you would rather put the SUPREME COURT in jeopardy than to vote for the man that beat your beloved Hillary. Tell me why it is you would vote a Democratic canditate into Congress, hoping to send them to Washington to "do the right thing - vote the right way" and then give veto power to yet another republican President. Tell me WHY you would rather have *AT LEAST* 4 MORE YEARS OF BUSH BULLSHIT than to do the right damn thing and vote for your ideals.

Tell me, I need to know. I NEED to understand. Or maybe it's you that needs to understand what you're really doing and to whom you are doing it. The rest of us, your country men and women, your Democratic family, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, your kids and grandkids... WE, the ones that would suffer if your vote pushed the election over to McCain. WE, including yourself, would suffer under McCain's administration because of your less than inspired vote. WE are the ones you hurt - not Obama.

(It reminds me of rabid things my mom used to do to get back at me for one thing or another. Oh, I'll show you, Mr. Obama when I vote for McCain and he continues with Bush Bullshit Policies! -Geez!)

Just think about it. You are not hurting Obama. Think about what you're doing! Please. Think about who you're betraying.

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Online Auction Fundraiser Concluded

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Posted by Fluffy_the_Great on 2008/8/25 8:44:19 (842 reads)

Thank you to all those who bid for the 1-hour massage and the 1-Hour Spanish tutoring. Both items were won by Patsy. Remember, if you didn't get a chance to bid and would like to contribute, please donate at http://08.the3day.org/goto/JenSouthwell

Watch for more auctions coming soon.

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Thoughts on Sunday Morning

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/8/24 11:06:21 (982 reads)

Ah, it's Sunday Morning. Time for another brain dump.

Neighborhood drilling
My week has been somewhat consumed with my reaction to the proposal for gas drilling in the Barnett Shale in my neighborhood. We've been organizing and had a couple of neighborhood meetings. I'm absolutely thrilled to have the chance to meet some of my neighbors for the first time. I guess I wish it were under better circumstances. I must admit that the thought of the money excites me a bit, but I'm really, really hesitant about the environmental issues it's going to bring. I wrote about it earlier this week, so I won't go over it again here.

The Job
I'm going to Scottsdale again this coming week. Hopefully, I'll have the chance to get a bit more mentoring and training. No problems with the technical part, but still trying to learn the business. I've had some frustrations with little things, and I'm afraid it sounds like bitching, but I just feel a bit like I'm trying to work with my hands tied. For instance, my desk and chair are just not ergonomic. I don't have a keyboard drawer, so my wrists hurt a bit from reaching too high. My monitors have lower resolution than I'm used to, so I don't have enough room on my screens to view all of the windows I'm working in. I replaced my company-issued mouse with a new trackball, but this silly thing has no scrolling wheel like the one I use in my personal office. So even though it's easier on my wrist, ergonomically, it's frustrating to use. I don't have a headset on my phone, so it's been difficult to be on the phone and computer at the same time.

Like I said, it's little stuff. I'll get it fixed.

Politics - Obama and Biden
The big news was that Obama picked his running mate. I liked Biden early on because of his performance in the debates, and I wasn't in favor of Evan Bayh due to his support of a new war on Iran. So, I'm pleased that he chose Biden.

I know it doesn't quite fit the narrative of change to pick a guy who has been in the Senate so long, but I think it's a trade-off that is necessary to make sure that the team has a strong player on the foreign policy front.

I really appreciate Obama placing so much value on seeking wise counsel. He has said that he's not looking for someone that agrees with him on every issue, but rather someone to challenge him and compliment his skill set. I think that by having Obama as the visionary, and Biden as a navigator, we would have a very good chance of getting good policy implemented.

Electorally, I don't know how well it does him. I've sort of given up on that sort of punditry.

I'm looking forward to watching the Democratic Convention this coming week.

School Starts
This coming week is the first week of school. Mamask8z and I will be glad to get them out of the house. Be careful in those school zones, ok?

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