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    Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
    3:19 pm
    Gaming Stuff For Sale
    Getting rid of all of my Munchkin sets. I haven't done demos in a long while and I play the game nearly never so it's time to clear off some shelf space...

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260461987431&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

    Take a gander.
    Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
    9:27 am
    Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
    11:21 am
    The Birk Economic Recovery Plan
    The Birk Economic Recovery Plan

    An outstanding plan!
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    I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG.

    Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a We Deserve It Dividend.

    To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bona fide U.S. Citizens 18+. Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up.

    So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billion that equals $425,000.00. My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend.

    Of course, it would NOT be tax free. So let's assume a tax rate of 30%. Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes. That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam. But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket. A husband and wife has $595,000.00.

    What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?

    Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved.

    Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads

    Put away money for college - it'll be there

    Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs.

    Buy a new car - create jobs

    Invest in the market - capital drives growth

    Pay for your parent's medical insurance - health care improves

    Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else

    Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces.

    If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!

    As for AIG - liquidate it. Sell off its parts. Let American General go back to being American General. Sell off the real estate. Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

    Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't.

    Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work." But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party!

    How do you spell Economic Boom?

    I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion We Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC. And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.

    Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest.

    Kindest personal regards,

    Birk

    T. J. Birkenmeier, A Creative Guy & Citizen

    PS: Feel free to pass this along to your pals as it's either good for a laugh or a tear or a very sobering thought on how to best use $85 Billion!!
    Friday, September 5th, 2008
    8:35 am
    Saturday, August 23rd, 2008
    10:00 pm
    You Can Dance
    You can dance, every dance with the guy
    Who gives you the eye, let him hold you tight
    You can smile, every smile for the man
    Who held your hand beneath the pale moonlight
    But don't forget who's takin' you home
    And in whose arms you're gonna be
    So darlin' save the last dance for me

    Oh I know that the music's fine
    Like sparkling wine, go and have your fun
    Laugh and sing, but while we're apart
    Don't give your heart to anyone
    But don't forget who's takin' you home
    And in whose arms you're gonna be
    So darlin' save the last dance for me

    Baby don't you know I love you so
    Can't you feel it when we touch
    I will never never let you go
    I love you oh so much

    You can dance, go and carry on
    Till the night is gone
    And it's time to go
    If he asks if you're all alone
    Can he walk you home,you must tell him no
    'Cause don't forget who's taking you home
    And in whose arms you're gonna be
    Save the last dance for me

    'Cause don't forget who's taking you home
    And in whose arms you're gonna be
    So darling,save the last dance for me
    Save the last dance for me
    Save the last dance, the very last dance for me.
    Friday, August 15th, 2008
    12:14 am
    Melancholy
    I Hate To Say ItCollapse )

    Current Mood: melancholy
    Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
    8:20 am
    One of my fave Buffy quotes...
    Anya: If you wanna pay e-every bill here, and every bill coming, and have enough to start a nice college fund for Dawn, start charging.
    Buffy: For what?
    Anya: Slaying vampires. I mean, you're providing a valuable service to the whole community. I say cash in!
    Buffy: Well, that's an idea... *you* would have. Any other suggestions?
    Anya: Well, I mean, it's-it's not *so* crazy.
    Dawn: Yes it is! You can't charge innocent people for saving their lives.
    Anya: Spider-Man does.
    Dawn: He does not.
    Anya: Does too!
    Dawn: Does no- Xander?
    Xander: Action is his reward.
    Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
    11:18 am
    This just gives me joy


    No man-crush or anything, just a sweet sweet arrangement of an iconic childhood favorite tune.

    Current Mood: jubilant
    9:40 am
    Thursday, July 17th, 2008
    8:59 am
    Finally a Steven Segal movie worth watching!
    Steven Segal is... COCKPUNCHER!


    Current Mood: amused
    8:35 am
    Just when...
    You think the current administration might just calm down before they are evicted...

    Our friend wickedthought lays it out.

    Current Mood: pissed off
    Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
    11:05 pm
    Best WTF on NBC news
    "Eye-opening Facts on the Dangers of Texting While Driving!"
    10:40 am
    LMFAO!
    This is now one of my favorite Star Wars parodies.
    http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/63248/detail/

    Current Mood: amused
    Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
    11:35 am
    Shine On
    Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.
    Shine on you crazy diamond.
    Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.
    Shine on you crazy diamond.
    You were caught on the cross fire of childhood and stardom,
    Blown on the steel breeze.
    Come on you target for faraway laughter, come on you stranger,
    You legend, you martyr, and shine!

    You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.
    Shine on you crazy diamond.
    Treatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light.
    Shine on you crazy diamond.
    Well you wore out your welcome with random precision,
    Rode on the steel breeze.
    Come on you raver, you seer of visions, come on you painter,
    You piper, you prisoner, and shine!

    Nobody knows where you are, how near or how far.
    Shine on you crazy diamond.
    Pile on many more layers and i'll be joining you there.
    Shine on you crazy diamond.
    And we'll bask in the shadow of yesterday's triumph,
    And sail on the steel breeze.
    Come on you boy child, you winner and loser,
    Come on you miner for truth and delusion, and shine!

    Current Mood: relaxed
    Monday, June 30th, 2008
    9:22 am
    NOVA, the Human Rocket
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nova_(comics)
    Photobucket

    I've known this character for years. Since shortly after he first showed up in comics up through the New Warriors and the Avengers and all through the current incarnation as part of the Annihilation saga.

    But it never occurred to me. His secret identity is Richard Rider.

    Dick Rider.

    Wow.

    Current Mood: amused
    Friday, June 20th, 2008
    8:52 am
    LMAO!
    Cut to save my F-List.

    Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election EarlyCollapse )

    Current Mood: cynical
    Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
    9:42 pm
    Thursday, April 17th, 2008
    1:56 pm
    Some days you just feel like saying:

    "NUMFAR! Do the dance of joy!"

    Current Mood: cheerful
    Friday, April 11th, 2008
    9:40 am
    Let Me Put You On Game


    LyricsCollapse )

    Current Mood: Dark
    Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
    9:00 am
    Hat's Off
    Anyone who knows me already knows that I've got a good bit of love in my heart for 8-'s music and several of the groups that made those years bearable for me. This morning, I'd like to show some love for Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, better known as the Pet Shop Boys:

    What Have I Done To Deserve This
    Opportunities (Let's Make Lot's Of Money)
    Always On My Mind
    It's A Sin
    West End Girls
    Domino Dancing
    Rent

    Enjoy.
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