May 24th, 2008


Things must really be circling around the flush ...

The high point of my day was discovering that the "Deals" up by The Girls' dojo had, over the past week, been re-branded as a Dollar Tree. We were SO excited. Heck, there was a clown ... she gave them balloons.


Yes, I am rather enthused about the change ... ever since they (it's all the same company) started screwing around with the Deals concept (their bags used to go on about how everything was a dollar, but then they started having $2.00 stuff, an $5.00 stuff, and $8.00 stuff, and $10.00 stuff, and even $20.00 stuff), the store up there was getting to be like one of the old "off brand" five & dimes (the ones without the selection of a Kresge's or the panache of Woolworth's) back in the 60's, only with 1/5th of it turned into a grocery store.

I want to go in to a dollar store and have everything I pick up be a dollar (or 2-for-a-dollar, or 4-for-a dollar, or whatever). I love being able to get stuff that over at Walgreens is $2.69 for a buck. Heck, I really love being able to get stuff that at Best Buy is $8.95 for a buck (gotta love those dollar store USB cables!).

I am, however, painfully aware of how pitiful my life must be at this point when this stuff makes that much of a difference in my day.

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Just in case you were wondering ....

Why, yes, I did watch the Libertarian Party debate on CSPAN tonight (or most of it).

My main take-away? I don't trust Mike Gravel for squat! I know that's not particularly a useful "overriding impression" from the proceedings, but there it is.

Most of the others were your "typical" L.P. sorts, one guy who you suspect has a large collection of mint Star Wars figures, another who probably got audited once and has blood feud with the government, another who's #1 issue is the 2nd Amendment (not that there's anything wrong with that, mind you), etc. However, of the 7 candidates participating, Wayne Allyn Root hit most of my hot buttons.

I hate to say that I'm not going to vote Republican in November, but when it comes right down to it, John McCain is simply the least unsavory Democrat running. I'd really like McCain if he was the Democratic nominee (I wouldn't vote for him, but he wouldn't disgust me the way that Clinton and Obama do), however, I'm with Ann Coulter on just not being able to get behind him.

I'd had a number of questions about Root, but if the Wikipedia entry on him is accurate:
He is a fiscal conservative in the mode of his heroes Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater. He is socially tolerant, believing that most social issues should be determined on the state and local level.
... he sounds pretty good.

I still don't know, however ... the prospect of doing something (not voting for McCain) that in some small way would lead towards having either another Clinton or an Obama presidency would make me feel so tainted, when I'd so obviously (10,000 times over) prefer to vote for somebody like Root. At least I didn't have that problem in the G.O.P. primary, when I could proudly vote for Ron Paul with no regrets.

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