Tuesday, November 07, 2006

isn't a 24-hour curfew more accurately a lockdown, or placing everyone under house arrest?

an order establishing a specific time in the evening after which certain regualations apply, esp. that no civilians or other specified group of unauthorized persons may be outdoors or that places of public assembly must be closed.
a regulation requring a person to be home at a certain prescribed time, as imposed by a parent on a child
the time at which a daily curfew starts
all the definitions imply that there is a start and end time, not that it lasts the entire day. Calling it a curfew suggests something more peaceable than saying that Baghdad is locked down because of a concern about violence.

one day until the election, one more day. one more day until dawn breaks over the United States (I realize that dawn breaks over the US everday, but this is a metaphor...)

Haggard - 5020; up from 2160 on friday
kerry - 3830; up from 3540
boehner - 279; up from 207
and here's a new one: army times; 608
"army times" referring to the story that the army/navy/air force times all called for the resignation of defense sec. rumsfeld....however, we find that this huge story, is still almost 10 times smaller than the gay sex scandal of an evangelical and 5 times smaller than kerry's botched joke....the state of our nation...

the weekend was relaxed - lauren and moshi were in town, which made for a full, dog infested house and lots of fun. saturday night we hit up one of jen's friend's sex toy party, and i won't lie and say that we didn't buy anything. the woman who was running the party annoyed me for repeatedly talking about how this or that product would attract the men....jamie was a hero for pointing out " that's not going to work for everyone here!" after the sex toys, we partook of some buffalo wild wings and more beer - briefly considered going to novak's but after finding that mostly people were going to attitudes, we decided to enjoy some mr. and mrs. smith w/ pjs, instead. and it was a very nice night. sunday was all day football - a great way to relax even if the rams do suck.

i like this map:http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/countymaplinearlarge.png it uses red, blue and shades of purple to show the percentages of voters voting for either side. red = strong republican win, blue = strong democratic win, and purple shows a win by a slight majority. As you can see, our nation is not a red nation, but instead it is a decidedly purple nation. this http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/countycartlinearlarge.png is a cartogram. A cartogram resizes by population - see how little true red there is. for more info like this go here: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/. point is, this map: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/statemapredbluelarge.png is not particularly accurate.

Here's some more cartograms - for the world, covering a wide range of subjects.

a restaurant that serves nothing http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/80076.stm



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