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April 7th, 2004

on coffee, books, war, religion, and life @ 09:40 am

A few months ago before I started becoming involved with Chai Alpha and socializing I remember complaining about how I couldn't stay awake late and how I got up at 5 or 6 every morning. Since I got home I've been sleeping in until like 9 or 10 every morning. Lately, I've been seeing this is a problem, not because I've been sleeping in: this, I think is a good thing. But more because I feel like I'm missing something in the day. So today I got up at about 7, mostlyso I can go to sleep earlier tonight and get up before 8 to watch Dr. Condelesa Rice speak on the 9/11 commission. Should be an interesting thing.

So I'm awake, and I figured since I have some time (lately on Monday Wednesday or Friday I've had 0 time to do anything but classes) I would write. And that's mostly why I haven't written much over the past few days. I've either had no time to write or nothing to write about. THis morning however, barring the fact that it isa Wednesday, I DO have things to write about. I'll cut it in case you don't want to read it, but I must write this down.

First, on coffee, it is good, definitely helps me get up early. Its rainy outside, making me want to go back to sleep but I know I have a group meeting this morning and I need to be alert so I can convince the others to work. Its just thundering now and I am so lucky :) that I don't have to walk to class and just have to dial a ten digit number to teleport me to Fayetteville. Have been emailing some in the middle of writing this entry, and now its pouring.

Anyway, here goes with my major issues; forget the everyday bs, none of it has been exciting enough to write abou.


I've now successfully sold both of my hardcover books. I think for the whole thing it cost me maybe 5 or 6 dollars. I'm excited, and can't wait to completely read them all. I've started reading Richard Clark's book, and though I've read the first chapter only, I have been impressed by both how well it was written and also how well he speaks about his thoughts. Karen Hughes, the ex-chief counsellor to Bush, spoke on Larry King Live on CNN last night (more on that in a bit), and she talks about how it is a distorted view of things. Depending on your frame of reference, it WOULD seem distorted. We'll see how I feel when I finish the book.


The war is getting completely out of cntrol. I'm not sure what the answer is, its not to get our troops out of there now, but worry that the fact that the growing anti American sentiment will continue to spread and more people will die pointlessly. I just hope I will hear more about the positive things that people in the administration talk about existing. From what I can tell, the only thing positive that's happened as of late is that Saddam was captured. Arg. And listening to Karen Hughes on Larry King only made my blood boil. She couldn't stop going on about how this uprising was nly caused by "a few radicals", and then hearing right after the show was over that the twelve people killed yesterday was probably more caused by the Suni muslim factions was kind of interesting. I wondered if this could have been caused by liberal CNN, but according to them, this realization came from the pentagon. Its all about spin and politicians and loyalists to politicians, regardless fo side, are champions of spin.

And finally.

I listened for the first time to a morning program on Air America Radio. Usually, I enjoy the more moderate leftwing programs, but this program I listened to was so far left, it was scary. To oppose the religious right and their political ideas is one thing, but to oppose religion altogether and to make fun of it kind of annoys me. Being liberal to me means being open minded to people's ideas and beliefs, but these people this morning seemed to me that they were so open minded that they were close minded to religion. I just think that if you're going to disagree with religion, let people believe in it and don't make fun of it. DOn't for example, make fun of the Republicans by fake praying in a "morning devotional" that John Carey will win.

Well, I suppose I should end this thing and eat some breakfast. Since I've gotten up early, I've had enough time to get hungry enough to want to eat breakfast. Sleeping in gives me no time to get hungry for breakfast, but only allows me to just make lunch. More sooner rather than later :).
 
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From:saurid
Date:April 7th, 2004 12:13 pm (UTC)
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mmm...chai
*drools...
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From:puppybraille
Date:April 7th, 2004 01:55 pm (UTC)
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I'm pretty liberal in some ways, but not in a lot of other ways.
What frustrates me with many but *not* all conservatives is that they act like people who are different (homosexual, different religions etc.) are the route of evil.
But what bugs me about liberals is that they often hate all religion, especially Christians of which I am one.

Okay, sorry for the soap box!
Hugs!
Nickie
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From:djner
Date:April 7th, 2004 03:05 pm (UTC)
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Not all liberals hate religion, I'm one of them :). ts extreme liberal atheists who you're probably talking about; there aren't too many of them thankfully. Liberals tend to accept anything and have an open mind, at least that's what it means to be liberal. Liberals tend to think outside the box, and to accept, even if its not something (religion) they believe in. Conservatives, in at least my view tend to limit themselves to their comfort zone and to religions they believe in. Now politically, liberals will not prosribe to beliefs that they don't believe in, but I'm talking more socially here.
From:caneprints
Date:April 7th, 2004 02:12 pm (UTC)
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Hi Ner. I think I'm quite a bit more conservative than you are, but I consider myself a centrist and an agnostic. One cool thing about being a centrist is that you can yell at both sides at the same time. I criticise the religious right because they sometimes try to force religion (specifically their religion) down everybody's throat, but I also criticise the left because they tend to want to stifle religious freedom or any public expression of faith. As an agnostic, and as someone who grew up in a moderately religious family/community, I don't feel that anyone should be made to pray or have religious beliefs forced down their throat if they don't want to. On the other hand, as I have written about in my journal, atheists have a strange anger at anything that even suggests religious belief and seem to want to squash it. The one religion I wish everybody would subscribe to is centrism and the religion of common sense. In other words, I think that the thing that most threatens our society, and the world in general, is extremism on both sides.
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From:djner
Date:April 7th, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC)
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I agree with you; remember reading about C.S. Louis and what hhe believed. He used to be an atheist, and found like you did that atheists tend to have to work harder at not believing than people who believe in something; a philosophical confusion I know ...
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From:rmahorney
Date:April 8th, 2004 04:44 pm (UTC)

satisfy my curiosity

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How do you do that cut business?
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From:djner
Date:April 8th, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC)

Re: satisfy my curiosity

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YOU DO THE FOLLOWING.
<LJ-CUT TEXT="BLAH TEXT">
THEN YOU TYPE THE TEXT, BLAH BLAH BLAH.
Then you do </lj-cut>
That's how you do it. Does that make sense. NOw I had to do special codes so the thing would dsplay correctly so don't try to tell people in a comment this without knowing proper html coding, but if you type it, just the way I've said, then it should work. Note: case doesn't matter. Oh yeah, people use it mostly to cut down articles etc. that they post, cut up long entries etc. They're supposed to be nestable but I haven't gotten that to work yet.
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From:rmahorney
Date:April 9th, 2004 09:41 pm (UTC)

Re: satisfy my curiosity

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Assuming the text to be cut goes between the quotes?
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From:djner
Date:April 10th, 2004 02:58 pm (UTC)

Re: satisfy my curiosity

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Yes, put the text in the quotes as the lj cut text, like whatever you want to go in the link that people click.
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From:rmahorney
Date:April 10th, 2004 03:03 pm (UTC)

Re: satisfy my curiosity

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Actually that business with the quotes didn't work. The bleeding code kept coming up on the page and not as a link. As you will see though from looking at my journal I did manage to get it working without fiddling about with the quotes.
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From:djner
Date:April 10th, 2004 04:18 pm (UTC)

Re: satisfy my curiosity

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you just need to lj-cut text="blah" with the less than and greater than signs at the beginningand end of the thing. There's also help in the lj support faq somewhere that gives you more details

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