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Tuesday, January 31, 2006


So happy to see Justice Alito in his spiffy new robes. Shh! Time for the State of the Union!

Update: Just popped on over to RWN and apparently great minds think alike!

-- Alito in his fancy new robe. You gotta love it...
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Monday, January 30, 2006

sharp edges > joyce

So after splitting the tip of my pinky toe open on a sharp corner of our bed frame last night, I have came to the conclusion that we can no longer purchase furniture with corners. In the future everything must be round. I also have many bruises on my legs due to my tendency to run into the corners (which are actually rounded, but still corners and therefore evil) of our glass coffee table. See? Corners = evil.

Also evil? Car doors. Or else I'm just a huge klutz (which, let's face it, I am).
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Sunday, January 29, 2006

smog-filled day in the neighborhood

It's nice and hot and sunny in LA today but this also means that the smog is out in full force. It looks gross outside. Makes me want to move back to the Bay Area. This is another reason I'm actually excited about living out in Stanislaus for awhile. Fresh air!
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Saturday, January 28, 2006

warning: this post is not politically correct, it's just honest

So it looks like Hillary isn't polling particularly well eh? I can't say I'm surprised. This merely confirms something I've been telling Paul for months now: America will never elect a liberal woman to the presidency. We may even still be some ways off from electing a conservative woman, but we are probably never, ever going to elect a liberal woman to the White House.

Why? you ask. Well, to put it bluntly, men, and even most women, don't trust an emotional woman to run the country. Which is pretty much what liberal women are. I'm no expert on the subject, but I can't think of a single liberal woman elected to lead a European country. Even Europeans don't trust liberal women with their highest office(s)! But I can think of a couple conservative European women who have received that high honor.

This is because conservative women conduct themselves in a way that people like to see their leaders conduct themselves. They are even, calm, rational and completely logical. They will rarely, if ever, base their points on purely emotional appeals. They are sensible. They don't nag you, they simply tell you and you KNOW you better behave.

Lucky for us Republicans, Hillary is capable of being as naggy, shrieky and nonsensical as any depressed 15-year old girl on the first day of her period. And who wants one of those running the country? This is probably also why both men and women tend to prefer a male boss to a female one.

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more on the terrorist victory in Palestine

Yesterday was Q&A Friday at RightWingNews and one of the questions asked was about the election of Hamas and what it means for Israel and Palestine.

Hopefully, having Hamas in charge will be such a jolt to the international community, Israel, and the US, that they'll stop giving the bloodthirsty savages in the disputed territories a free pass and start requiring them to act like civilized human beings in order to get aid, political support, and sympathy.

Furthermore, this is probably good news for Israel. They now have new options available to them militarily since the Palestinian government can now be held directly responsible for terrorist attacks, there will be less international support for the Palestinians, Hamas will be put under considerable pressure to moderate their stand against Israel, and maybe support for transferring the Palestinians to the surrounding countries will even pick up, even if that's still not all likely at this point.

Go read the whole answer if you're interested.

The conflict between Israel and Palestine is something that has interested me for the past few years. Being a student at UCLA for four years left me with a lot of questions, such as, why is it so many liberals are so eager to hop on the Palestinian band wagon and completely ignore the Israeli side of the story.

If you study the origination of the conflict, the clear "bad guys" are the imperialists who controlled the territory and then promised it back to everyone. The "Palestinians" were not at fault at the beginning and neither were the Israelis at fault at the beginning. But if you take a look at the history since then, and you do have to look at it honestly, you can't be like Noam Chomsky who leaves out certain facts in his papers (like leaving out the fact that the Yom Kippur War started because of a surprise attack by Arabs during a religious holiday for the Jews), the Israelis have certainly been harsh in their responses, but, in general, they have been responses. It seems like the left would like Israel to simply roll over and take it.

[moonbat on]Attacked during a sacred religious holiday? How dare you defend yourselves and almost wipe out the Egyptian army in the process?! Evil Jews. And Republicans are Nazis.[moonbat off]

I think it was in Why Nations go to War by John G. Stoessinger...the author discussed the Israel-Palestine conflict and he said something like...well I'm not as eloquent as him but the gist of it was that neither side was to blame at the beginning but now both sides have done some unthinkable things that the other side refuses to forgive and so it goes on...

I'm not going to claim that Israel is innocent in all of this, because I do not believe they are. But, what I will say, is that one side in this conflict teaches its preschoolers that killing Jews is fabulous and as long as that continues on there can be no peace in the Middle East. One side celebrates the murder of innocent Israeli children, a celebration that does not occur in Israel when innocent Palestinians are used as shields by their terrorist leaders. Israel may not be perfect but anyone who can't see that it is the more reasonable and civilized party in this matter lives in candyland.

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victory is mine!

I am blogging from my new laptop which I obtained almost entirely without incident! Sure, I sat in an hour and a half's worth of traffic for it. Sure, I almost had to completely lose it to the man in charge of pickups when he told me I hadn't put in a request to pick it up at will call (which, for the record, I actually did TWICE). Sure, it would be nice if the man in charge of pickups knew how to type with more than one finger since using the computer is a vital part of his job. But, the important thing is that I made it back in one piece and with no real reason to fly completely off the handle. (Unlike the girl behind me who arrived around 6:30pm only to be told that even though she was originally told to arrive between 6pm and 8pm her package actually wouldn't be arriving until 8pm and she could either wait around or come back. I especially felt her pain when I heard she had also just driven over from the westside. For those of you non-LA folk, driving from the westside into downtown on a Friday night is like venturing into the seventh circle of hell...it's not exactly a trip you want to make twice in one night.)

I need a mouse so I can play DotA on this thing.

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Friday, January 27, 2006

my ups man is lazy

Despite my optimistic thinking I succeeded in getting very little done today. Other than a trip to Costco with the no-longer-so-little sister, I have done zip. And in about fifteen minutes, I will be embarking on what is certain to be a long and frustrating journey downtown to the UPS center (in the middle of ghetto downtown LA). Yay. Pray that I don't get mugged since the box I will be carrying out of the center will undoubtedly have DELL stamped all over it in big, blue, unmistakable letters.

The things I'll do to get my laptop on Friday instead of Monday. Sigh.

In the meantime I want to ramble on for a bit about relationships. Why are so many people so unhappy in so many relationships? I've been talking to a variety of people about their "relationship drama" lately and I've noticed certain trends. 1) A lot of nice guys are attracted to women who are manipulative, high-maintenance and enjoy messing with peoples (guys) heads. 2) A lot of nice girls are attracted to guys who can't commit and aren't sure what they want. And sometimes the guys they are attracted to are just plain jerks.

This seems to be why no one is happy in their relationships or quasi-relationships. All the right people are attracted to all the wrong people and so everyone just becomes more and more cynical and jaded...It's sad. I hate seeing people I care about so unhappy.

Ugh, time to go fight my way into downtown. If I don't blog in 24 hours - call the police.

wingless was still breathing at 4:53 PM - 1 comments

why palestine is not northern ireland

During my time at UCLA I wrote a lot of papers. One of them was on the conflict in Northern Ireland. Now that Hamas has apparently won a majority in the Palestinian parliament I've been hearing a lot of references to the fact that Sinn Fein was once a terrorist organization and yet now Gerry Adams is a statesman...but there are important distinctions to be made that I haven't heard anyone talk about.

For one, the IRA/Sinn Fein made a point of not targeting purely civilian targets. Sure there were a lot of questionable "soft" targets (such as a government census taker) but for the most part they attempted to strike government targets and leadership. Also, the IRA was known for warning about attacks before they occurred so that oftentimes when bombs did go off in public places, those places had been evacuated and few to no injuries occurred. This is, of course, not to say that the IRA/Sinn Fein didn't kill any innocent civilians in their terrorist attacks, they certainly did, but to point out that quite often their attacks were not meant to take as many lives as possible, but simply to prove that they could if they were not taken seriously. On the other hand, Hamas has shown over and over again that their goal is to kill as many Israelis as possible with every single attack. They are not trying to prove a point, they are trying to murder any Jew they can, no matter how old or young.

Another glaring difference is the fact that the IRA and Sinn Fein never denied the right of Britain to exist. They fought for their own freedom and not for the total destruction of England. Hamas has made clear that they do not believe Israel has the right to exist and that they will not recognize the Jewish state. That is why it was possible for Gerry Adams to become a statesman and why I do not think it will be possible for Hamas leaders to do the same.

If you take a look at the histories of both organization it quickly becomes clear that though they share shallow similarities, the are actually very different in terms of their stated goals and use of terror.

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a day in the fabulous life of

It being Friday and all, I had planned to spend my one free morning of the week cramming in a bit of extra studying. What did I end up doing instead? I have no idea, but certainly nothing productive. I think I've spent the last two and half hours playing Spider Solitaire and Minesweeper and surfing through some sites I used to read but haven't in awhile. It's inching up on noon and I am seriously contemplating a nap. Because 12 hours of sleep last night just wasn't enough.

Just kidding. Kind of. Seriously though, time to hit the books.

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

confirm Alito

I made it home from class yesterday in time to hear President Bush's press conference regarding Judge Alito's former law clerks and I thought it was a really great speech that hit a lot of important points. I guess what basically happened was President Bush met with all 54 of Judge Alito's former law clerks and collected a lot of really awesome quotes from them that I think proves undeniably what kind of judge Samuel Alito is. Here's a sample:

Another former clerk here today says this: "I am a Democrat who always voted Democrat, except when I vote for a Green candidate . . . but Judge Alito was not interested in the ideology of his clerks. He didn't decide cases based on ideology."

President Bush also made note of the fact that, "Judge Alito has earned broad support from his fellow judges on the 3rd Circuit. Seven of them took the extraordinary step of testifying on his behalf before the Senate Judiciary Committee."

Of course, I'm sure the Democrats will still almost to a person vote against him (I think Senator Ben Nelson is still the only brave D saying he will vote for Alito?). Does it matter that Republicans voted for Ginsburg based on her qualifications rather than ideology? Of course not. Does this prove that Republicans and Democrats are not the same, and that in fact Republicans are the better party and more loyal to the Constitution as it was written (not as the Democrats would like for it to have been written)? Yes, it definitely does.

Democrats like Hillary and Harry can get all shrieky and spout off all the lies they want. Any clear-thinking American will trust the bipartisan group of judges and lawyers who have actually worked with Judge Alito, and have seen firsthand how the man decides each case before him, over partisan ideological hacks in the Senate Democratic leadership any day.

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Sunday, January 22, 2006

classic liberal thinking brought to you by the L word

"Sometimes when you're drawn to play music there's nothing that can stop you, not even that bond between a mother and a child."

Again, not surprised. The drive to become a musician, trumping a mother's instincts to be with her child as it grows up. Only a liberal.

Edit: I wanted to go into a bit more detail regarding the situation that brought about this statement because the more I think about it the more ridiculous it is. Kit Porter (who is the straight sister of one of the lesbians) is complaining to the "manny" (male nanny) about how her son grew up to be a "fundamentalist" (he is against homosexuality and doesn't believe in gay adoptions *gasp*) because she abandoned him as a baby (he was raised by his father and "bible-thumping" grandparents) in order to pursue her music career. At least she is honest enough to say she doesn't have a leg to stand on since she didn't even raise him. But I mean, he turned out to be a sexy, black, conservative doctor so I'd say his grandparents did something right. Only in a liberal show would a woman complain that her son turned out to be a highly intelligent, traditional man and all she had to do with that was abandoning him as a child. Honestly. She should just be happy he didn't grow up to some crackhead drug dealer.

wingless was still breathing at 10:43 PM - 1 comments

L word update

So the third season of The L Word is on its third episode. It is funnier than the second season but I am not impressed. First off, way too political. And just guess what the political leanings are of a bunch of LA power-lesbians. No, I'm not too surprised about that. But another unfortunate development is the horribly mannish looking boyfriend that my former favorite character has picked up. Can you say ew?
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hello, still breathing here

So far I have failed miserably in terms of my resolution to post consistently. But, I did buy myself a brand spanking new Dell XPSM140 after much stress and heartache and comparison shopping.

What I really wanted was the new Alienware Sentia m3400 because including all the upgrades (1GB RAM, Pentium M, built in webcam and 1yr warranty) it would have only come out to about $1100 after rebates. AND it only weighs (supposedly) 4.5lbs! Unfortunately, after reading up on the reviews, it appears as though Alienware has some notoriously bad customer service and often forces you to go for weeks at a time sans laptop if you actually want to use the warranty. One guy had his laptop for over two years so it wasn't even covered by warranty anymore, the latches on his notebook broke so he called Alienware to order replacements (which he figured would cost $10 and he'd pop them in himself), instead they told him he needed to send it in to them (pay for shipping himself, of course) and they would fix it for him in 10-12 days. He tried to go directly to the manufacturer and they told him since he'd bought it from Alienware they couldn't sell him any parts directly. Lots of horror stories like that, even one person's laptop catching FIRE and the company refused to give her a new one, instead insisting they would "fix" it and taking ages to do it. Plus they've got some ridiculous 15% restocking fee if they happen to send you a defective computer and you need to return it. All in all, it sounds like Alienware computers can be good but if you get a lemon (and there seem to be quite a lot of them considering how many horror stories there are and the fact that it's a relatively small company) then you're pretty much screwed. Not what I like to hear when I'm investing a good chunk of my hard earned money into something.

So Dell it is. In a couple weeks I may be blogging remotely from a Starbucks or Coffee Bean or somewhere equally exciting.

Time for church! We haven't gone in like three weeks, naught naughty.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

did he really just say that?

Neil Cavuto just interviewed Ann Coulter and Bob Bechtel. The interview was supposed to be about how Hillary Clinton took advantage of MLK day to compare Senate Democrats to...slaves on the plantation or something. At the end of the interview Bob Bechtel says to Ann, "Well your party just recently discovered slavery!"

Um...up until now I thought Bob was a relatively non-moonbat Democrat (after all he did denounce what Howard Dean said about us losing the Iraq war) but is he seriously forgetting that Lincoln was a Republican? He needs to sit down and watch the History Channel special that is running on Lincoln right now. Yeesh, talk about rewriting history, Bob.

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

happy birthday john hawkins!

Today is John Hawkins' birthday and since he is one of my favorite bloggers (his is actually the only blog I make a point of reading on a daily basis) and all he wanted for his 35th birthday was people to click his ads...I'm linking him so you all can go over to his site, learn something new and click some ads!

P.S. I got a 96% on my first Accounting test! Yay going back to school!

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Monday, January 09, 2006


My computer has a virus. I think I accidentally opened an email I shouldn't have and now I have a massive scary infection so I'm on Paul's computer. We're going to reformat my hd or something but I'm also thinking of getting a laptop since I'll most likely be going back to school full-time in the fall. Any suggestions?
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Friday, January 06, 2006

if this doesn't make you angry, nothing will

I first heard this story on Special Report with Brit Hume yesterday, but I missed most of the details and only got the general idea of what exactly happened. Luckily John Hawkins had a short piece about it so I was able to find out a bit more...

There was outrage Wednesday when a Vermont judge handed out a 60-day jail sentence to a man who raped a little girl many,many times over a four-year span starting when she was seven.

The judge said he no longer believes in punishment and is more concerned about rehabilitation.

Um...if this guy rapes another little girl can we throw this judge in jail for accessory or something? Because giving a child rapist 60 days in jail should be a crime.

This makes me think of an interview O'Reilly did with someone who was against Jessica's Law because we should respect judges and their judgement. Yeah, right. There is no good argument against mandatory sentencing and this case proves it.

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Thursday, January 05, 2006

i've said it before and i'll say it again...

I think this proves yet again that we have a lot to learn about freedom and courage from the Iraqi's. (By "we" I mean those of us state-side civilians, in particular, those people carping on about how the war wasn't worth it and we should pull out now).

In Ramadi, a U.S. spokesman said dozens were killed when a homicide bomber attacked a line of about 1,000 police recruits. Marine Capt. Jeffrey S. Pool initially put the death toll at about 30, but Mohammed al-Ani, a doctor at Ramadi General Hospital, later said 56 people were killed and 60 injured.

The attack took place at a police screening center in Ramadi, an insurgent stronghold 70 miles west of Baghdad. Pool said recruits later got back in line to continue the screening process.
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accounting 101

So even though class started on Tuesday, I finally made it to class today without any mishaps. No ridicluous lines at the administration/financial aid/businss office (like Tuesday) and no power outage to reset my alarm clock before it went off (like yesterday). Yes, I performed the amazing feat of making it to class.

Initial thoughts? My professor is cool, a former Air Force and private sector accountant, he was stationed in France for two and a half years so he thought it was pretty cool that I'm planning to do a Master's program which involves studying in France. Also, he thinks I'm "adorable" which I take as a good sign. Unlike a lot of my professors at UCLA, he seems to genuinely care whether or not we understand the material and he goes over all the steps in great detail and reviews them several times to make sure everyone gets it. The class isn't going to be as math-scary as I thought, yay. (But I'm still scared about the Business Finance which I'm mainly studying on my own ><).

This class is not only my first accounting class, it's also the first time I've ever (in my WHOLE entire life) been the only asian kid in my class. It's also definitely the most diverse class I've ever been in, which I think is pretty awesome.

This is like a whole new chapter in the book of Joyce. Maybe I should redesign.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

the l word

So, a new year, a new addiction to add to the old ones. I started watching The L Word. Other than the irritating leftist politics that is occassionally thrown into the show (but since it is a Showtime series about lesbians what did I expect) it's actually really good. If the world of lesbians was really the way it is in the show, I'd be a lesbian any day cause those ladies are HOT.

But anyway, even though it's about lesbians, the show is really just about relationships and life and most of all, friendship. It's sort of a more dramatic lesbian version of Sex and the City.

Like Sex and the City most of the relationships are failed ones. It got me to thinking about my own relationships and how lucky I am to have found what I've found. As my mom the therapist always says, people have patterns and usually they don't break until we get help. Maybe she says that because she is a therapist in need of clients but I think there has to be some truth to it because what else would change us? If we go through each relationship making the same mistakes and never learning, why would we suddenly change without any outside intervention right?

There's this one character in particular who I feel for. I think I could have been her in another life. In fact, I could have been her in this life if not for Paul. She's the writer, lost in her own head, abandoned in a lot of ways when it comes to love...she ends up on the bathroom floor with a razor blade.

Before and after Eric and I broke up I felt like that a lot. So lost, so alone, confused, hurt, empty...mostly empty. In a lot of ways being with him was like being alone. Part of it was the physical distance that separated us, but part of it was emotional too. Sometimes I'm not sure if it was him I was in love with or just the idea of him. I loved being with someone who had such a sense of duty...patriotism. But I don't know if I really loved being with him. Because truthfully we were bad for each other. I wanted everything he couldn't give and he didn't want what I wanted to give.

But I can't really blame it on the guys I've been with. For the pain of the relationships, that is. I admit it, I am an especially needy gal and I went for guys who couldn't deal with it. In fact, I'm surprised they put up with me for as long as they did. I'm surprised Paul puts up with me now. If my friend had a girlfriend like me I'd tell them to dump her and quick. So maybe I should try to change huh? Maybe I should go back into therapy or something.

Or maybe I should just quit rambling already and go to bed.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

everything sparkles in the light of a new year

I've been listening to "In The Light" on repeat in the car lately and I realized it's kind of a perfect "new year" song because new year's are all about changing for the better right? Over the last year, since I chose to rededicate my life to the Lord I've often had the thoughts expressed in the song. What is going on inside of me? Why do I continue to be a slave to behaviors I hate?

Sometimes it's hard for me to remember that being "good" will always be a struggle. Even though I see people like my little sister and it seems so easy for her, I know she has her own demons to wrestle - but maybe she is just a better wrestler than I am. Or just more disciplined. Same difference probably.

I keep trying to find a life
On my own, apart from You
I am the king of excuses
I've got one for every selfish thing I do

What's going on inside of me?
I despise my own behavior
This only serves to confirm my suspicions
That I'm still a man in need of a Savior

I wanna be in the light
As You are in the light
I wanna shine like the stars in the heavens
O Lord be my light and be my salvation
Cause all I want is to be in the light
All I want is to be in the light

The disease of self runs through my blood
It's a cancer fatal to my soul
Every attempt on my behalf has failed
To bring this sickness under control

Honesty becomes me
There's nothing left to lose
The secrets that did run me
In Your presence are defused
Pride has no position
And riches have no worth
The fame that once did cover me
Has been sentenced to this earth
Has been sentenced to this earth

So here's to a better new year. Maybe one where, by the grace of God, I can conquer those demons in my life.

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Sunday, January 01, 2006

happy new year!

Just popping by to wish everyone a very happy new year =) I have a wide array of resolutions but one of them is to blog more! I need to hone my writing skills for grad school. Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday!
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