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The debates

So if you read my blog below you know I think the political ads are annoying. They are annoying!!! They don't contribute any credible information, ever. At least with the debates, you get it from the candidate's mouth. But even then who knows. Question - in the debate like the one a week ago... is it typical for the presidents to get so hostile with each other? I realize it was townhall but I was sort of surprised by how much interaction the candidates had with each other and I was like ummm are they supposed to be doing this?!?!?!?
I also realize that they covered these pretty thoroughly during the townhall style debate but let me ask... would it not have made more sense to allocate an entire debate (or possibly a second debate as the first one covered it heavily as well) to the economy as opposed to foreign policy? Let's get real, foreign policy's important but what's happening here at home is more critical on a day-to-day basis for US citizens than what's happening overseas. I'm sure to those who have friends/family serving overseas, that sounds awful... but it's the truth. Neither candidate has convinced me that they have an airtight plan for helping our economy bounce back to where it was 6-7 years ago. Yes, I'm undecided. Yes, I know, put your judging glasses on (geez alex this close to the election you're still undecided how can this be?!) Because... neither candidate has convinced me that they're the better choice. I can examin the record of the current president closely to judge whether or not I want to vote for him, but how do I know the alternative will actually be much better or worse? How do I know that with certainty? I don't. Neither do you. And you won't unless he takes office and you still won't for at least a year or two following that.
 
Just sayin... no matter how much you think you got it figured out, you don't :)   K. thx. bye.
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Already sick of them on TV!

You know what... I feel strongly about a lot of the political issues in our country but you know what I feel even more strongly about? How disruptive those political ads are on television! It's not JUST that they're airing, no, that's fine, it's their content. Negative, negative, negative. Buzz kill! It's like you're watching a great episode of Modern Family or whatever you like, commercials come on and of course first thing is a political ad. Is it a message of inspiration, hope, etc? No way. It's always taking a dump on the competition. And it's really sad to me that crapping all over the other candidate is how we campaign in this country. Instead of focusing on the great things we might do, we instill fear in people about the other guy. Boo. Not sayin' we should wipe them from the media... heck no! Part of running a campaign is getting the message out but this year in particular, it just feels like every single message is all about instilling fear. Maybe that's how it has always been and I'm just starting to pay closer attention but meh. Makes me sad. Do you feel the same way?

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Grandpa's got some moves!

There's an even funnier video like this on my Facebook page but naughty language so I won't post it here :)   But meanwhile...
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Ke$ha - Get Sleazy 2.0 (f/Wiz Khalifa, Andre 3000, T.I. and Lil Wayne)

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Do you think Braun should lose his MVP award?

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Nice legs

From this week's episode of Gossip Girl. Do Blake Lively's legs look hairy to you? I realize she has net leggings on (or whatever they're called), but uhh... still... awkward?
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Thinking about buying Packer stock?

There might be some strings attached! And it's not the same thing as buying what we think of as stock that's going to give you a sweet financial return. According to a story I read in Yahoo Sports today, stock in the Packers isn't an investment. It doesn't rise or fall like something you'd buy from a broker. Buying Packer stock only gets you a certificate of ownership, nominal voting rights, and the ability to tell your friends that you own a sliver of the Packers. And yeah, the purchase comes with a TON of rules. You can see the 12 pages of rules and restrictions at http://packersowner.com.
 


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House From Home Alone -- Want it?

Doesn't the house look different on the inside? More modern, right? It's on the market for $1.95 million, reduced from the original asking price of $2.5 million. Any takers? Neither of those seems really high for a house that was used in a movie as big as Home Alone!
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The Most Shoplifted Items During the Holidays

Filet mignon.... really?! How do you even go about stealing that? Kinda hard to miss someone walking out of the store with a piece of steak right?

1. Filet mignon

So many people are tucking choice cuts of meats under their jackets that supermarkets are now considered the stores with the most theft.

2. Jameson

Those with an unquenchable thirst for booze just help themselves to a free bottle of expensive liquor.

3. Electric tools
Apparently the the most common items men nab are electric toothbrushes and power tools. At least they’re fighting cavities.

4. iPhone 4
Electronics like smartphones and video games are high risk items, and one research group claims 100,000 laptops are stolen annually from big box stores.

5. Gillette Mach 4

Anyone who uses non-disposable razors knows they’re pretty expensive, so in tough financial times people don’t want to pay for them anymore.

6. Axe
The men’s deodorant and body wash we love to hate are often stolen in mass quantities and resold at flea markets and corner stores. Dial is popular amongst thieves too.

7. Polo Ralph Lauren
Clothing theft is up 31 percent since 2009. It’s hard to look good in a bad economy, so some score fresh threads the illegal way.

8. Let’s Rock Elmo
The Sesame Street toy topped the Toys’R’Us "Hot Toys" list this year, so parents are stealing this must-have toy for their kids if they can’t afford it.

9. Chanel No. 5

Who wouldn’t love a bottle of this popular woman’s fragrance? Expensive perfumes make up nearly four percent of loss in stores that carry them.

10. Nikes

As Ad Week points out, some shoppers wear flip-flops into a store, try on a pair of sneakers, and walk out wearing them. Sneaker heads will do whatever it takes to score the kicks on their wish list.


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Q&A From Match.com

Liked this Q&A about how to charm (and how not to charm females).

Q: What is the number-one mistake that men make when trying to impress women?

A: When men feel insecure, they sometimes compensate by acting arrogantly or being grandiose. As much as bragging about your car, house or big bank account might initially get a woman’s attention, it will soon thereafter be a major turn-off. Women like confidence and security, but they know that when those qualities are real, a man doesn’t have to throw them around for show to impress anyone.

Q: What else would you warn men away from doing?

A: Another thing healthy women find unappealing is when a man is too needy, i.e., grabbing for too much of her attention and affection. That kind of behavior communicates that there is not much else going on for him in terms of friendships or intimate relations.

Q: But don’t many women want to be “needed” by men?

A: Sure, but there’s a fine line between “needing” a woman and being “needy.” No self-respecting lady wants to be the man’s “everything” in life! It is simply too much of a burden — and an impossible one to fulfill. If you want to find a loving, well-rounded, happy female partner, you need to be loving, well-rounded, and happy on your own and in your own unique ways as a man.

Q: How much does a man’s physical appearance count in terms of charming a woman?

A: Women value men who take care of themselves, just as men admire the same quality in women. If he eats well, exercises, and takes a little time to think about what he is wearing, it shows he has self-respect and honors the body that was given to him. The subtext of this behavior is: “I like myself enough to present myself well and make sure I have the energy to live life to the fullest.”

Q: OK, what would you say is the one way a man can charm any woman? What’s his best bet on that front?

A: First and foremost, nearly any woman loves an attentive man who values her thoughts, opinions, and feelings. You’ve probably heard it numerous times, but it’s the truth: Women want to feel heard and considered seriously by men. It’s not that a woman is just looking for someone to agree with her; she wants to know that how she approaches life has an impact on him, she she also wants to know that her ideas have been taken in and digested… hence, she matters and makes a difference in his life.

Q: May I play devil’s advocate and ask why then are so many women seemingly charmed by jerks?

A: Often, it’s a function of one’s personal psychology. Much of that kind of attraction has to do with being drawn to what hasn’t yet been worked out from someone’s childhood wounds or painful experiences. People are often attracted to the very thing that will bring up their old issues; it’s the wisdom of the unconscious pushing us to confront the things that need to be addressed and healed in our personal lives. In this case, the old “it’s not you, it’s me” excuse actually does come into play quite a bit.

Q: Interesting! Last question: There are some men that women are just instantly drawn to... what’s their secret?

A: There is nothing more magnetic to love than love itself. When a man loves his life, his friends, and his job, he is incredibly magnetic. Additionally, when he is as nice to the janitor as he is to the CEO of his company, he shows heart... and most women are always drawn to kind men; I believe it’s human nature. Ultimately, a man who is genuinely — and that’s the key: genuinely — attentive, considerate, kind and chivalrous will always be able to captivate a woman.
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