September 20th, 2004


Why was that difficult?

I discovered the hard way that my agent looooves to talk. My cellphone bill for last month was $224. Obviously, an upgrade to my calling plan was in order.

I called my cellphone provider, Cellular One West. It took about 10 minutes of arguing with the representative to get her to admit that yes, the change in calling plan could be applied on a prorated basis in the middle of the month, and yes, I understood that that meant that I would not get the full number of minutes the rest of this month. Why was that so hard?

I'd change providers, except that nobody else offers the kind of calling plan I need any more: nationwide calling, and nationwide roaming at no additional charge. I have to be able to call anywhere from anywhere in the US, and the big carriers have all stopped offering that - at least the big carriers that offer service to a Fairmont home address.
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Why Tom Clancy is a Republican

From alt.books.tom-clancy:

The one thing I detest about the Political Left is how they seek to apply their aesthetic to the world. Rather as Hitler, since he disliked Jews, felt it fine to exterminate them. We on the political Right try to allow people to do whatever they wish, so long as it does not do harm to others. In the U.K., a country for which I have a lot of affection, the Political Left seeks to wish to become the new nobility, ruling the peasants (I am a peasant) through the Divine Right of Kings. Here we fought a war over that issue in 1775-1783, and the good guys won. Now we have lawyers, however.

Over here we have those who hug trees (they ignore the fact that trees do not hug back) and want us to share their point of view or else. The anti-gun crowd is the same. Next it will be SUVs (yes, I own one) and french fries at McDonalds. (McDonalds does good fernch fries.)They?ve already won on the cigarette issue (evidently they do not write books).

I am a Republican because I want to live my life as I choose. I belong to the NRA because I enjoy shooting. I drive a nice car because I like nice cars. I do not trouble my neighbors because they have rights, too.

What is so hard about this?

Indeed, this says a lot of what I believe as well. My disagreements with the Republican Party are precisely about where it strays from this ideal. Yes, they're substantial, but my disagreements with the Democrat Party are even more substantial, and there's no other practical choice.
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