Today is my smoking "Quit Day."

I have 3 cigarettes left, and a bunch of nicotine patches.

Heaven help us all.
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So, yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] rosetta_torture wrote in her journal that she was considering going to Miller-Motte Technical College, to study cosmetology. I applaud her for this, because it's never too late to go back to school.

Curious about the school, I went to Wikipedia to read up on it, and uh-oh... a redlink! (That means no Wikipedia article has been written yet).

Damn. Redlink.

OK, time to go to work. You see, I have a personal rule when using Wikipedia: If I try to look up a subject, and the article doesn't exist yet, then it is up to me to start the article. Simple as that. I have good research skills, I write well, and I understand Wikipedia style, so it makes sense. And I certainly have the time right now...

So, I went to the Miller-Motte website, read up on the school, and then created this article:

Miller-Motte Technical College

Fortunately, I have to do this less and less these days, as more and more of Wikipedia's blanks get filled in. But every so often...

Here's the list of Wikipedia articles I've written, or at least started.

I can has cookie now? Or even job?
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I smoked my last cigarette. I'm out.

Now the fun begins.

I'm already having mini panic attacks... but that's just psychological. The nicotene patches will ameliorate the actual physical withdrawals.

To all my friends: please be patient with me over the next few days.

And I'm going to need help. Someone, come over and distract me, please!
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( Apr. 15th, 2009 06:31 pm)
As soon as I saw the headline on Drudge, I knew it was the beginning of the end. Sure, Drudge sensationalizes comments like Gov. Rick Perry's, who was probably just making empty threats to Washington D.C..



But the cat's out of the bag. Texas mythology has long held that the Lone Star State, as a former independent republic, could return to that status if it so desired. And I'll be VERY interested to see how the threat plays to Texans' ears, as well as the rest of the country. It may just get some people thinkin'...

For well over a decade, I've been predicting that the United States could go the way of the Soviet Union, the way Canada almost went (and may still). It's difficult to hold a large country together, especially if the central government goes bankrupt -- which may yet happen to the U.S.A. If it makes economic sense, mark my words, this country WILL disintegrate.

Perry, by making his comments, has broached a taboo subject in American political discourse that has stood since the American Civil War/War of Northern Aggression: Secession.

If the right wingers and Fox News harp on this endlessly, the wedge between Red State and Blue, between Democrat and Republican, could be driven in deeper. The country is beginning to fragment in some very fundamental ways, and the election of a black man as President is shaking the nation's roots far more than many Northern Progressives realize. There's a deep discontent in the country among the Southern, white, conservative, Christian working class. They see their very way of life under threat, from blacks, from immigrants, from gays, from Wall Street, from decaying morals. They sense that Washington D.C. no longer serves their interests.

That's a very powerful motivator for breaking away.

Now, I know my friends in Texas might say there's no way it could happen. And non-Texans might be very offended that I think the United States could break apart. But hear me out:

Texas has seceded before. It could do it again. And if it makes ECONOMIC sense to do so, it will.

And if it does, watch how quick Hawai'i follows suit.
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