poon_dawg

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    • Justice Department Scandal

      in Forums > Justice Department Scandal | Follow this topic

      poon_dawg

      I would have posted this in the P&CE Blog, but there are so many facets to this that I thought a new thread was warranted. It seems to me that the politicization of the Department of Justice will have long-lasting effects that will negatively impact the DOJ. Not only were well-qualified candidates passed up from positions ranging in importance from interns to senior, career prosecutors, but lesser-qualified candidates were given jobs on a purely political basis. I know that all presidents want to leave a mark on the government before they leave, but as the link points out, Bush has taken it to a whole new level.

      Also, I think that this thread covers the contempt charges against Karl Rove. Will this lead anywhere? I don't think that the Democrats have the testicular fortitude required to put Rove in jail, but goddamn if I wouldn't love to see him in handcuffs. It is saddening that the vote to find Rove in contempt went along party lines--unless my understanding of the law is wrong, if you are subpoenaed to appear before Congress and you don't appear, you are, by definition, in contempt of Congress. The ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee said "we should consider bipartisan legislation to reduce the price of gas, reduce crime and secure the borders," instead of dealing with matters that are, oh, say, important to the Judiciary Committee such as finding out as much information as possible about a scandal that will damage the reputation and the credibility of the Department of Justice. I can't say that I would expect a Democrat to say anything different in the same situation, but come on...this is one of the most far-reaching scandals in recent history, with Rove's fingerprints on everything involved: Don Siegelman, the US Attorney firing scandal, the partisan and potentially illegal hiring practices in the DOJ (from previous link), etc. I think the least that the Judiciary Committee can do is to have him testify before them while under oath.

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    • College Update

      12 years ago

      poon_dawg

      It has been a long time since I posted in my journal (three months?!?), but I feel like doing it tonight because it is a special occasion: I got into the University of Southern California! I'm waiting to hear if I got invited to the Thematic Option program (the honors program). Now I'm just waiting to hear from UPenn, Princeton, UNC Chapel Hill, and Stanford (no chance in hell I'm getting in there, lol ;-) ). I will hear on Wednesday if I am a National Merit Finalist, so I'm looking forward to that. --UPDATE-- I am a National Merit Finalist! $17,000 per year if I choose USC. Very nice! High five!!

      Also, in Speech and Debate news, my partner and I have been doing well. We broke to the octo-finals in the ASU Southwest Regional Championships, broke to the quarter-finals in our last tournament, and got first place in the 4-A Arizona Winter Trophy tournament. Overall, it has been a great few months, though I did get my first "B" in any class in High School this last semester. Fucking calculus.

    • Victory!

      12 years ago

      poon_dawg

      How sweet it is...

    • Greatest Game Ever Played

      12 years ago

      poon_dawg

      Or the best fourth quarter, at least.

      Tonight (homecoming!) was probably the most intense football game I've ever experienced. So our team is down 10-0 with 6:00 left in the fourth quarter and our QB has had the worst night of his career. Four ints. or something like that. And not just interceptions, but bad interceptions. The ones that make you say "WHAT THE FUCK WERE YOU THINKING!?!?!?!" such as when he was being sacked and he just lobbed it in the air.

      So anyways, we are down 10-0 and something just snaps. The Birdcage (our (in)famous student section, which constantly pisses off the administration) is now in full force, the loudest I've ever heard it. So we get the kickoff and our QB basically takes it down the field himself. He's like a white Michael Vick with his legs. We score on a beautiful pass and now it's time for the onside kick. I didn't think it was possible, but the crowd got even louder than before. The kick is perfect...a high bouncer...and right off the hands of the other team and into ours! We have the ball with 4:00 to go on their 40, and we drive for a running TD with 2:50 left. Our D, which hadn't played up to its usual standards, lets them get down to our 25, but at this point, they're down 14-10, so they have to get the TD. 0:04 left, the birdcage now pressing the sideline...we have left the stands, people! The pressure, the snap, the pass, right in the end zone, but it's knocked down! Firebirds win!

      The Birdcage storms the field, the first time in history a crowd has ever stormed the field after a win at our school. The raw emotion was just so tremendous, I've never been part of something like that, and probably never will be again. And thus goes the greatest game ever played.

    • DM Gone

      12 years ago

      poon_dawg

      It's almost too much to believe. The guy was an asshole, to be sure, but now the PCE Forum is like a Coyote and Roadrunner episode without the Coyote. Sure, he fails every time, but god damn if it wasn't entertaining.

    • NMSF

      13 years ago

      poon_dawg

      No, not NSFW, but NMSF. I recently became a National Merit Semifinalist, and I guess that's about it. Oh, and I never realized how much of a difference waking up at 6:30 can make, and not in a good way. Every time zero hour is cancelled and I get to sleep to 7:30, I swear that Jesus walks into my room when I wake up. Trufax.

    • Snakes on a muthafuckin plane!

      13 years ago

      poon_dawg

      A small part of me has died today. I realized something when I exited the theater, fresh from the prescreening of Snakes on a Plane (SoaP) at the cinema at which I work, that I may never again see another film that rocks this hard. If you are looking for a deep introspective look at the horrors of airborne terrorism and reptilian exploitation, look somewhere else, and don't complain about it. If you are like me, and I would assume you are since you are reading my review, and are looking for a solid hour and a half of ass-kickery, then congratulations. You just hit the jackpot with SoaP. I can honestly say that the film lived up to my every expectation. I was so pumped by the end of the movie that I threw my shoes across the (empty) theater in a fit of ecstasy. I kid you not.

      Boiled down to its very essence, SoaP is the pretty much the essence of all that is manly. Think of it like an anti-chick flick. If you enjoy any of the following, then this movie is for you: gruesome deaths, breasts, cheesy physical humor, Samuel L. Jackson, or venomous reptiles. If not, then you clearly have a vagina, but may still manage to enjoy SoaP.

      Plot is pretty thin, something generic about a kid (Nathan Phillips) who witnessed a mob murder and has to be transported to L.A. to testify in court, but I doubt anyone will mind. We know the basic story. There is a plane in the air that has both venomous snakes and Samuel L. Jackson on board. Samuel L. Jackson defeat snakes in a number of thoroughly awesome ways, which I will not reveal as to not diminish their awesomeness, and simultaneously deals with whiny, stereotypical frightened passengers. Trust me though, seeing the snakes rampaging through the plane and wreaking havoc on said stereotypical passengers is indeed sweet.

      The acting is as solid as one could hope for from this cast. Jackson takes front and center stage, obviously. He saw the called the pitch, took a beefy swing and hit one into the upper decks. As for the rest of the cast, they did a decent job. Keenan Thompson actually doesn't suck, Nathan Phillips was solid enough, and Julianna Margulies did a fine job.

      Honestly, I can think of no reason not to see Snakes on a Plane. Sure, the critics will lambaste it left and right. There's no doubt about that. However, coming from someone who is ready to accept the film for what it is, I can honestly recommend it to anyone who can appreciate its nostalgic, cheese-ball appeal.

      All things considered, Snakes on a Plane will undoubtedly be the most enjoyable, and the most unlikely blockbuster of the summer. A solid ten out of ten.


      No, I did not write this review (stolen from IMDb), but I honestly could not have said it any better. This movie is in-fucking-credible.

    • Stem Cells

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      poon_dawg

      So the President cast his first veto in order to block federal funding from going to help research on embryonic stem cells. What effect do you think this will have on America's standing as a scientific superpower in the years ahead? What are your opinions on embryonic stem cell research?

      I believe that stem cells are the medicine of the future, and we need to begin funding research immediately.

      Oh, and the basics of stem cells, just in case you didn't know. Also, here's some info on frozen embryo adoption. Enjoy.

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    • 5

      13 years ago

      poon_dawg

      I got a 5 on APUSH. It was cool, and I did a dance. I can't believe it has been as long as it has since I posted in here, but I've been really busy with France and what not. Oh, and I got an 800 on the writing portion of the SAT. Good times.

    • Why We Fight

      13 years ago

      poon_dawg

      In the past two nights, I have seen two great movies: Thank You for Smoking and Why We Fight. Thank you for smoking is a hilarious comedy about a tobacco lobbyist and Why We Fight is about America's military-industrial complex. Though the first film is really funny, the latter is almost completely depressing. It's sad to see how far this country has fallen, in terms of corporate interference in our government and now even in war.

      And if you haven't heard the song I Fought in a War by Damien Rice, download/buy it now. It's amazing.

  • About Me

  • Comments (17)

    • acidblack

      11 years ago

      Neoma would like your vote.

    • Neoma

      11 years ago

      Summarizing you.

    • Kschenke

      12 years ago

      "Although at the beginning he states that the book is not an anti-war book, it is quite clearly an extremely anti-war book."

      You wrote this in the Vonnegut forum a few years ago. I just wanted to tell you that in Huck Finn, Twain does something similar. He writes a warning that if anyone tries to find inner meaning or plot in the book, they will be shot. Of course, Huck Finn is all about that.

    • Neoma

      13 years ago

      gayrickybob.ytmnd.com/

    • dyskordian

      13 years ago

      Are you watching?

      edit

      Never mind it now over. smiley2.gif

      Post edited 4/06/06 7:13PM

    • Neoma

      13 years ago

      MSN: Greenbulb1@hotmail.com
      AIM: Neoma Zinger

    • Neoma

      13 years ago

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      Dance- Colbert, dance!

    • glassxblower

      13 years ago

      Thanks for the picture comment.. Or comments? I don't remember. It was a few days ago.
      But I'm pretty sure you might've been the only person who commented on the Evil Puppy that actually realized it was from Conan. Which is kind of sad, I guess. But hey. Good job!

    • Randally5

      14 years ago

      Congrats Poon_Dawg, you've been awarded the Forum Badass Award for contirbutions to the Polititcal Forums

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    • DrGonzo

      14 years ago

      well, i'm cking in on every one to see how they are... so


      how goes it?

    • Kschenke

      14 years ago

      good description of Slaughterhouse in the forum.. +1 zing

    • poon_dawg

      14 years ago

      OOOOOO! I'm sooooo scared!

    • PlasmaSnake

      14 years ago

      you have made an enemy.

    • Tall_Bastard

      14 years ago

      I scored 150.

    • jun

      14 years ago

      HA 73!

    • adunakhor

      14 years ago

      Yes, I think we are going to the Super Bowl this year. With the additions of Kendrell Bell, Carlos Hall, Sammy Knight, Patrick Surtain, and Derrick Johnson, I don't see how the defense could do anything but improve - and then the Chiefs will truly be a force to be reckoned with. The only teams in our way are Indy and NE.

    • texas982

      14 years ago

      Sweet, so you can say stuff like "I'm an independent! I hate everyone!"

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