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Movie Quotes – Day 266

Nothing is worse than having an itch you can never scratch! — Blade Runner

You have to accept that some things are beyond your control, that there are some wrongs that you cannot right, and that there are some goals you will not attain.  That’s a fact of life, not an excuse.  Recognizing that, though, should spur you to doing all you can.  Maybe you can’t feed every hungry person in the world, but you can make sure that those around you never go without.  You may not ever be the best shooter or the best artist or the best musician in your group, but you can still put in the hours and take what improvement you can make.  You will never rid the world of injustice, but you can stand up to it whenever you encounter it.

Knowing that you are not omnipotent or omniscient doesn’t relieve you from doing the right thing.  You just have to do the best you can with what you have.


  • Today’s German word of the day is Schadenfreude.  And boy, did I have to work hard to not bust out laughing at a really inappropriate time today.
  • Irish Woman and I took the kids for a canoe float down at the park.  I like to call it “You paddle, I’ll pull”.
    • Next time, I’ll check to make sure the water’s a little deeper.
  • Came home to find a 20 pound bag of chestnuts on our doorstep.  I love our neighbors.
    • Now I have to look up how to process and use them.
  • It is good when you have to do work in front of your manager’s manager and everything goes right.
  • It is also good that when something goes wrong, it is not within your sphere of responsibility or influence.
  • Things that go through your mind as you clean out a closet – “When did I buy a telescope?”
  • One of the beta readers pointed out a simple grammatical mistake which, according to the word processor’s find function, I committed no less than 218 times.  Yeah, my 9th grade English teacher is up in heaven weeping right now.
  • It’s not every day that someone calls out of the blue and asks for your resume, but Irish Woman got that call last night.  This could be interesting.

Today’s Earworm

Movie Quotes – Day 265

This is my house, I have to defend it. – Home Alone

Nobody but you is going to keep what you have and what you cherish safe.  We can’t afford to put police on every block, in front of every house.  If you’re not going to secure and defend your property, your life, who is?

Today’s Earworm

This one’s for my alpha and beta readers.


Questionnaire VI

OK, yesterday’s entry finished up what I would like to hear from my elected officials before I go into the voting booth.

Was there anything I missed?


Update – As requested by Freiheit, here are links to all of the segments:






Movie Quotes – Day 264

We don’t like what we don’t understand, in fact it scares us, and this monster is mysterious at least… — Beauty and the Beast

When we are confronted with something new or the unknown, our natural inclination is to be wary, if not fearful.   Things that are out of the ordinary can mean danger, or they can mean that something wonderful is about to happen.  Be on your guard, but also be willing to learn from the new, the novel, and the unexpected.

Movie Quotes – Day 263

And a man in my position can’t afford to be made to look ridiculous. – The Godfather

One thing about being a dad is that dignity has nothing to do with it.  You can be the most badass Airborne Ranger on the planet, but when your little girl wants to have a tea party, you put on the tiara.  When your little boy wants to be Yoda for Halloween, you find a Luke Skywalker costume that fits and carry him on your back.  You will make faces and play peek-a-boo with a baby because baby smiles are the best thing in the world.

And you know what?  You’re not being ridiculous.  You’re just being a dad.  We’re the goofy parent, and we should revel in that role.

Laugh for the Day

My platoon sergeant had this one under the plexiglass on his desk when I was a private.  It still makes me giggle.


Questionnaire V

Other Issues

  1. In your opinion, is it appropriate for police, federal, state, or local, armed with more than their sidearms, to monitor or disrupt peaceful demonstrations or gatherings?
  2. In your opinion, is it appropriate for the government, at any level, to gather information on the day-to-day business and communications of citizens, in or out of the country, without a warrant?
  3. Please select one of the following sentences that best describes your stance on the death penalty:
    1. It should be abolished.
    2. The rare use of it right now is about right.
    3. The number of crimes for which a person can be sentenced to death should be expanded, and executions should happen more quickly after conviction.
  4. In your opinion, is it appropriate for the government, at any level, to use eminent domain in order to take property from one citizen in order to give it to another private citizen so that it can be used commercially?
  5. In your opinion, is it the business of the government, at any level, to regulate which intoxicating substances, such as marijuana, cocaine, alcohol, and heroin, adults over the age of 21 consume, assuming that they cause no harm to others by so doing?
  6. In your opinion, is it the appropriate for the federal government to dictate to states which intoxicating substances the state wishes to regulate within its borders?
  7. In your opinion, is appropriate to require possession of a valid, government issued photo ID in order to vote?  If so, would you support spending programs to provide these ID’s to people who cannot afford to get one on their own?
  8. In your opinion, is it appropriate for the government to get involved in the business dealings of any private-sector company, for any purpose?
  9. In 50 words or less, please describe the powers and responsibilities of the office you are seeking.
  10. In 50 words or less, please describe the powers of the executive branch of the government.
  11. In 50 words or less, please describe the powers of the legislative branch of government.
  12. In 50 words or less, please describe the powers of the judicial branch of government.
  13. In 50 words or less, please describe the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, including where you think the limits to this power should be.
  14. Do you feel it is appropriate for the executive branch to issue orders that further a goal when the legislative branch does not act toward that goal?
  15. Do you feel it is appropriate for the government to dictate whom a citizen can marry?
  16. In 50 words or less, please describe a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States that you disagree with and why.
  17. In 50 words or less, please describe a federal statute that you would most like to see repealed, and why.  Please do not re-use a statute that was previously discussed in this survey.
  18. In 50 words or less, please describe a federal executive order that you would most like to see rescinded, and why.
  19. In 50 words or less, please define “social justice”.
  20. Please select one of the following sentences that most closely resembles your opinion of what should be done about illegal immigration:
    1. Seal the border, enforce current laws, send illegal immigrants home.
    2. Loosen legal immigration standards, provide a path to legalization for those who are currently here illegally.
    3. Legalize those who are already here, welcome those who want to come.
  21. Do you support lifetime limits on the amount of government support a citizen can receive through programs such as SNAP and WIC?
  22. Do you believe it is within the government’s power to restrict the amount of money a person or organization can give to a political candidate or cause?  If not, do you support efforts to amend the Constitution to allow it?
  23. Do you believe that it is appropriate for police agencies to seize the property of a citizen based on suspicion of a crime, even if no crime is proven?

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