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Published on February 24, 2004 by in All Posts

Nader. AAARGH! OK, so I made mention of this in my last post (below), but it deserves more attention. I was reading a posting on Fark here when this occured to me. Do people ever leave their houses!? Do they ever wonder what their comfortable little world looks like from the street, or their neighbor’s house? My point is, there is so much complaining and mud slinging going on by Democrats, and yet they were thrilled by Ross Perot. What if Steve Forbes decided to run instead of Ralph Nader? The sides would be reversed and the democrats would be thrilled while the republicans cried foul and smeared him. This is EXACTLY THE PROBLEM WITH THE TWO PARTY SYSTEM! It creates an atmosphere of us versus them, it polarizes us. We see things in either-or, black-white, with-against. And people do not even realize how shallow and myopic this is! It is simple: Tell us what is best for us and we will react accordingly. Tell us what is bad for us and we will react accordingly. We want to belong to your group, so we will vote and think how you want us to. It is like the two major parties are competing Pavlovian overlords ringing the bells that they think will make a slim majority of us salivate. Does anyone else feel a little manipulated?

Here’s a thought: What if all of those people who do not vote are not just lazy? What if they are abstaining? I for one was not planning to vote this year, out of disgust with either option for different reasons. Now I will vote. For Nader. Just to piss most of you off. And he is not stealing my vote from anyone. He is getting a disillusioned citizen involved rather than further disaffecting him. THAT is what is important. Not who can take the most Halliburton or Lockheed money to spend on pork barrel projects. I say screw the two party system, and screw all of those people who live and breathe it. It is restrictive and does nothing but give two guys a 50-50 shot.

Let the mud slinging begin. I shall observe with an amused look on my face.

 
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Published on February 24, 2004 by in All Posts

The Passion I just read an article in the NY Daily News about Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Christ that kind of annoyed me. They are calling the movie anti-semitic. Now don’t get me wrong, I have no doubt that the movie portrays Jewish people as bad, they were instrumental in the crucifixion, after all. However, this is like saying that a movie about the Crusades or the Spanish Inquisition is anti-christian. It would not be. They would simply be historical portrayals. Granted there may be some artistic license, but what was Gibson supposed to do? Have the Pharisees say, “Gee, sorry, we are going to have to torture and kill you now. Please don’t hate us, we aren’t bad people.” No. This is not to say that all Jewish people are responsible for the crucifixion. The romans had a hand in it and so did some of His own people. However, you cannot relate the actions of 2000 years ago to the situation today. This would be like watching Clan of the Cave Bear and saying all men are pigs and treat women like crap. It may have been true but it is not true now. Anyway, I was just a little irked by the tone of that article, the way the writer failed to acknowledge the fact that the movie portrays events as recorded in the Christian scripture. If the author does not like it, she should write an article bashing the bible as anti-semitic. I may feel differently after seeing the movie, so stay tuned.

On another note: Ralph Nader entered the election again. You go Ralphie! You call atention to the inadequacies of the two-party system, boy! *snap* *snap* *head bob*

 
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Published on February 19, 2004 by in All Posts

Celebrity Poker Showdown: Since I am kind of a loser and never hang out with anyone cool, I am about to drop a name that I hope will make you think to yourself, “Self, that Ammon is a cool guy. I think I will buy him sweets and shiny trinkets.” I was playing poker last night in a live game to hone my live game skills (Yes, I won), and I looked over at the next table to see Paul Rudd intently focused on a game. That’s right, I saw a celebrity. Now I am not one to gush and hoo and haw, but I really like him as an actor and I had seen a hilarious interview with him on The Daily Show the night before. So as I left I made a joke to him about his appearance on the show and got a laugh out of him. And I do believe it was a genuine laugh, not one of those “OK, you frighten me please go away now you leering rubbernecker” laughs. I was elated. OK, I wasn’t, but it is still cool to see and say hi to someone you respect. It is strange how celebrity affects people, and I always thought that I was not one of them. After all, I work two floors below Tim Robbins (another actor I regard highly) and ride the elevator with him frequently so I figured I am used to it. Not so. I guess I am just one of the starstruck groupies that I hate so much. OK, I exaggerate. But it is cool, ain’t it?

 
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Published on February 18, 2004 by in All Posts

Study! So my reading list is as follows…

Zen and the Art of Poker

Play Poker Like the Pros

Inside the Poker Mind

Caro’s Book of Poker Tells

Tournament Poker for Advanced Players

Poker Tournament Strategies

I am beginning to get very nervous for this poker tournament. My biggest fear is coming in last. My goal right now is to finish “in the money,” which will require placing in the top 90 out of about 750. I think I have a reasonable shot at that, as long as I can keep myself under control and well disciplined. I am sure you are all (both?) tired of hearing about this, but it weighs heavily on my mind lately. I will try to blog updates from the ship, too.

 
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Published on February 13, 2004 by in All Posts

Popularity Contest: So I looked at my website referral logs today. Three people found my site by typing “Ammon Brown” in a search engine. Twenty-nine found it by typing in “Jared Vallejo”. Twenty nine. Why do you people insist on finding MY site with HIS name. How embarassing for me. You bunch of jerks.

 
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Published on February 12, 2004 by in All Posts

A Student of the Game Practice and study. Practice and study. I spent $100 on poker books yesterday. I bought books on strategy, tournament strategy, psychology, mathematics, and game theory. I want to be prepared for this tournament. I made the remark to a friend today that I am studying harder for this than I did for the GMAT! I am constantly looking for tournaments I can play to get more and more practice. I had my home game last night, which did not go well. I made the mistake of inviting a girl from our office and her husband. She took $15 off of me over the course of the evening. I told her next time I will just give her $15 and she can kick me in the nuts and we will call it even. Save us a few hours, too. Mike, Vin, and Tara were the big winners. I was struggling, catching bad cards and worse flops, if that means anything to you. I am pretty much singleminded right now, so there is not much else going on. Boring, I know.

 
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Published on February 8, 2004 by in All Posts

Gambling is a vice. With that said, I am a DAMN GOOD GAMBLER! Poker is not really gambling to me, but I just WON a $9000 cruise package to go on the Party Poker Million III Cruise! Out of 750 contestants I finished FIRST! I qualified online for $25 and ran it up to $9000! I might even make the final table, be on the World Poker Tour on the Travel Cannel and possibly win a MILLION dollars! OK, counting my chickens too soon. Today I played from 3:30 PM until 12:30 AM to win this thing. I just got lucky cards, I guess. YEEEEEEAHHHHH!!!!

And the winner is…

 
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