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[#] Mon May 07 2007 16:35:49 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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So why would they need to monitor my every move anyway, then?  Unless it's just to provide an opportunity to abuse power?

[#] Mon May 07 2007 17:03:12 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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I donno. I don't feel that my every move is monitored.

I know that when someone is having a military security clearance, they're told that their phone lines and such may be tapped. Mail sent from soldiers is sometimes censored. I know that the package I sent Shazam when she was in basic training got through unopened (though the pringles got squashed).

Other than that, most of the data collected is either 1. to make sure that people are meeting their military obligations (not dodging the draft or reserve duty) and 2. for tax purposes. It is nice, btw, that when my passport expires, I get a letter in the mail telling me it's about to expire. 

The other big "invasion of privacy" is that upon entry to almost any closed or crowded area, any bags you carry have to be checked, and if you are carrying a weapon, you need to show your license to carry. (in some places, you're required to check your weapon with the security staff, but that's fairly rare.) 



[#] Mon May 07 2007 20:20:12 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070506/NEWS/705060682/1116

Even the States are starting to stand against a national ID......

[#] Fri May 11 2007 13:44:11 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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The only thing I have to say about this whole gov't invading privacy issue is this.

EMPANADAS!!!!!!!!!

So there! :P

[#] Fri May 11 2007 14:19:51 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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DAMN it Spell.. I hate it when you do that. Now I'm gonna be wanting Empanadas all weekend.. Where can I go up here to get some?

[#] Fri May 11 2007 14:47:56 EDT from Avalondaughter @ Uncensored

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I had a dream last night (no, it's not the wrong room, stay with me here) that I had a house on a dock, not a fancy house though, and a maid.  The maid made me this HUGE strawberry shortcake.  The biscuit was a small round cake-like thing.  It was biscuit-sized in circumference, but a good 3-4 inches tall.  She layered TWO fo those suckers wtih strawberries and covered the whole mess in fresh whipped cream.

I woke up anticipating my first bite.  What a disappointment.  I want some strawberry shortcake.



[#] Fri May 11 2007 19:52:11 EDT from 2Dog @ Uncensored

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I was near the New Mexico/Arizona border and found myself in a small town tavern.
There was a most interesting fellow there. An original Navajo native American. Sitting
next to him at the bar I struck up conversation with him. He had some fascinating stories
to tell. One was about an Indian maiden who had "betrothed" a respected tribal leader. Oddly
enough he was nicknamed shortcake by the locals for his small stature. He went on to tell of
their loving relationship and the family they raised. Then the tone changed. He explained that
on the summer equinox, with the wind howling and a storm in the distance, "shortcake" suddenly
got up and walked outside. His wife followed, alarmed. Then at the howl of a wild coyote he
simply dropped dead; leaving his wife and family on their own.

"Oh my" I said, "what did she do after that"

"Hmmmph" came the reply, *Squaw bury Shortcake".



[#] Fri May 11 2007 22:33:06 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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<< rimshot >>

By the way, when did Strawberry Shortcake start wearing PANTS ?!?! She looks completely ridiculous.

[#] Fri May 11 2007 22:43:11 EDT from Groo the Wanderer @ Uncensored

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Wow, a lot of this stuff could be great material in the P&P room.


[#] Mon May 14 2007 18:00:29 EDT from Heather @ Uncensored

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Fri 11 May 2007 10:33:06 PM EDT from IGnatius T Foobar@uncnsrd


<< rimshot >>

By the way, when did Strawberry Shortcake start wearing PANTS ?!?! She looks completely ridiculous.

 

She's the NEW Strawberry Shortcake.  All the characters were changed....and I've not seen the Purple Pieman make his comeback yet.  If you think SS has changed, check out Holly Hobbie.  Gone is the demure girl in the calico dress and bonnet!



[#] Mon May 14 2007 18:14:05 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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eeep. the new holly hobbie is completely charmless.

ugh!

but when I did an image search on strawberry shortcake, I got hungry....  



[#] Tue May 15 2007 09:50:57 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Ugh. Holly Hobbie has been desecrated by focus groups and marketing departments.

[#] Tue May 15 2007 11:15:26 EDT from nadia @ Uncensored

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yikes. you know, my sister used to have a holly hobbie blanket. holly hobbie's ribbons, i don't know which one, included the first moebius strip i ever noticed. i remember tracing the ribbon with my finger as a toddler and thinking it was totally wrong.

so you see, the focus/marketing people overlooked the educational aspects of the old holly hobbie.

[#] Tue May 15 2007 12:02:29 EDT from girthta @ Uncensored

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I had Holly Hobbie everything.

I have seen the new HH and I don't know who that is anymore... 



[#] Tue May 15 2007 14:53:11 EDT from Avalondaughter @ Uncensored

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That's just horrid.

That's not Holly Hobbie!  Really what's the point of having a modern-day Holly Hobbie?

Besides, where is Heather?  I had Holly, Amy, and Heather dolls (my Heather doll was HUGE) and the Bicentennial Holly Hobby (I wish I'd kept her because I'm told she might have been worth something).  They were cuddly and old-fashioned.  That was their point.  These dolls might as well be Bratz or Barbie. 



[#] Tue May 15 2007 21:46:43 EDT from nadia @ Uncensored

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i thought heather was in nc :)

[#] Tue May 15 2007 22:20:45 EDT from Heather @ Uncensored

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Ssshhhh!  Since the seventies I've stepped out of the toy stores and relocated to NC..under the alias heather.

 

Tue 15 May 2007 09:46:43 PM EDT from nadia@uncnsrd

i thought heather was in nc :)



[#] Tue May 15 2007 22:52:33 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Perhaps they're attempting to insult everyone's sensibilities so they can make megabucks on a new line of "classic" Holly Hobbie merchandise a few years later.

[#] Wed May 16 2007 01:42:49 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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seriously ugh.


[#] Wed May 16 2007 03:28:11 EDT from 2Dog @ Uncensored

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Heh, I remember the "Cabbage Patch Kids", but for some reason they never made me
want to rush out and eat sauerkraut, or coleslaw for that matter. (well, maybe sauerkraut & sausage)

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