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Comment Truckstop Wifi (Score 1) 4 4

You should try finding wifi at truckstops. At least, functioning wifi. As for free wifi, there are about a dozen truckstops in the USA that have free, functioning wifi.

The big truckstop chains, like T/A and Flying J, each have their own little wifi network which costs about $5 for a day or $20-$25/month (and if you buy a month's worth at one truckstop chain, of course, you're stuck trying to find that particular chain to stop at when you want to surf).

I've tried all of them - T/A, Flying J, Pilot, Love's, etc. Almost none of them function to the point of usability, and those that do are about as fast as a 14.4kbps modem, at best.

Comment Re:Musical Choices... (Score -1, Flamebait) 3709 3709

If they weren't, they should have been.

I for one welcome our new radical Marxist overlord, his terrorist benefactors, his "God Damn America" spiritual advisor, his communist pedophile mentor, and his convicted slumlord real estate broker.

Funny thing is, once upon a time Democratic presidents, while wrong on policy matters, still loved this country and were more or less good people like Truman, Kennedy and Johnson. And Kennedy was actually right more than he was wrong, what with lowering taxes and being strong on defense. I suppose that these days it's too much to ask that the president not hate this nation.

Off to the local gun shop, time to spend some of my money while I still have change left after taxes, and before the 2nd Amendment is repealed.

And now, for our new national anthem:

Soyuz nerushimy respublik svobodnykh
Splotila naveki velikaya Rus'!
Da zdravstvuyet sozdanny voley narodov
Yediny, moguchy Sovetsky Soyuz!

        Slavsya, Otechestvo nashe svobodnoye,
        Druzhby narodov nadyozhny oplot!
        Partiya Lenina -- sila narodnaya
        Nas k torzhestvu kommunizma vedyot!

Skvoz' grozy siyalo nam solntse svobody,
I Lenin veliky nam put' ozaril,
Na pravoye delo on podnyal narody,
Na trud i na podvigi nas vdokhnovil!

        Slavsya, Otechestvo nashe svobodnoye,
        Druzhby narodov nadyozhny oplot!
        Partiya Lenina -- sila narodnaya
        Nas k torzhestvu kommunizma vedyot!

V pobede bessmertnykh idey kommunizma
My vidim gryadushcheye nashey strany,
I krasnomu znameni slavnoy otchizny
My budem vsegda bezzavetno verny!

        Slavsya, Otechestvo nashe svobodnoye,
        Druzhby narodov nadyozhny oplot!
        Partiya Lenina -- sila narodnaya
        Nas k torzhestvu kommunizma vedyot!

Comment Re:Oh... one more question (Score 1) 3709 3709

It's been effectively swept under the carpet by the Obama Press Corps - namely, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, etc. If you mention that stuff now, you are a tin-foil-hat-wearing nutjob, and agents from the Department of Mental Hygiene will be along shortly to escort you to a re-education center where you will be taught true love for your messiah and saviour, Barry O.

An Inconvenient Truth 1033 1033

There's a movie teaser line that you may have seen recently, that goes like this: "What if you had to tell someone the most important thing in the world, but you knew they'd never believe you?" The answer is "I'd try." The teaser's actually for another movie, but that's the story that's told in the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth": it starts with a man who, after talking with scientists and senators, can't get anyone to listen to what he thinks is the most important thing in the world. It comes out on DVD today.

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Journal Journal: Turned in my amateur status today... 3 3

..and went pro. We did a civil ceremony at the courthouse, but the judge also happens to be an Episcopal priest. So I guess nobody can say "we're not *really* married because we got married at the courthouse."

I imagine it'll take a while to get used to the ring, and to calling Gail "my wife" instead of "my fiancee".

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Journal Journal: Taco Soup Recipe


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilis
  • 1 can navy beans
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 can southwestern style black beans
  • 1 can chili beans with green chiles
  • 1 can white shoe peg corn
  • 1 package powdered taco seasoning mix
  • 3-4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried and ground African Birdseye peppers (optional)
  • Shredded cheese (optional)
  • Tortilla chips (optional)
Christmas Cheer

Journal Journal: Christmas...

With all the bull-manure marketing blitz this time of hear, and people worrying about the credit card bills they'll get in January because they thought they just HAD to spend $5,000 on electronics for Little Johnny and a necklace for Cousin Jenny, and people getting offended at hearing the word "Christmas", and people salivating over their forthcoming Christmas bonuses, it's occurred to me that maybe some people need a reminder of why we celebrate December 25, so here goes:

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Journal Journal: I finally decided enough was enough... 4 4

I finally had enough at work and am in job-search mode.

I currently work at a new-and-used bookstore in the East Ridge TN/Ringgold GA area. My boss is the most annoying, unconsciously selfish person I have ever met, with the possible exception of a former boss of mine from when I was in college. Interestingly, both of these top two are from Northern California. Though I hate to stereotype, I have to wonder if that might have something to do with it.

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Journal Journal: Barbecued Baby Back Ribs Recipe 2 2

I had to share this with some folks, because this recipe makes the best damn ribs I've ever had. There are a few very important bits to remember when you set out to barbecue. First, cook low and slow. That means low temperatures and long cooking times. Second, the smoke is half the flavor. You cannot get barbecue flavor by sticking raw meat in an oven. You can finish the meat in the oven, but start it on a smoky fire - the smoke flavor gets into the meat best when the smoke hits raw mea

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Journal Journal: A simple script (adapted from vandan's spam blacklist)

Here's something I picked up in my /. travels, posted by vandan today. I modified it a little, but it still does basically the same thing. The blacklist is a text file in which each line is an IP address. I keep it in /etc/blacklist. Very simple, very small, and in the words of the original author, it works :)


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