1. Tuesday, February 22, 2005

    part two of the exclusive interview with annika 

    xxxx annika xxxxx: So, what do you think about the Pres smoking Wead?

    dumbtp: didnt we know Bush’s past?

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Haha, i wonder if he inhaled

    dumbtp: i think hed admit that he inhaled lots of things

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Doh!

    dumbtp: which would make weed not so huge

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Well the tapes are pretty ambiguous about cocaine
    xxxx annika xxxxx: Of course, JFK was rumored to have done lots of shit in the White House

    dumbtp: of course

    xxxx annika xxxxx: But then he had that back pain going on

    dumbtp: i have two things to say about the weed

    xxxx annika xxxxx: yes?

    dumbtp: one: if you do drugs and you see that even with them in your past you can become President of the USA, quit pretending that theyre so bad for “kids”

    two, the Republicans are either geniuses at dodging scandals, and/or the myth of a liberal press is just that

    xxxx annika xxxxx: That’s exactly what i have been saying about weed
    xxxx annika xxxxx: that’s what is so stupid about this whole war on potsmokers
    xxxx annika xxxxx: they keep telling kids how evil weed is and all the bad things that will happen to them if they try it
    xxxx annika xxxxx: and then, theyre hangin out and some friend hands them a joint and nothing bad happens
    xxxx annika xxxxx: and they think, what the fuck, it was all a bunch of shit

    dumbtp: and then one guy becomes a great president, and the other guy becomes a two-term president

    xxxx annika xxxxx: exactly,
    xxxx annika xxxxx: so then when some really bad drug, like meth comes along
    xxxx annika xxxxx: how likely is that same kid to believe the warnings
    xxxx annika xxxxx: in my opinion, all this scare tactic shit about weed is counter productive

    dumbtp: and if we just legalized it and taxed it, we’d save social securty, balance the budget, fix heath care, and give the kids a decent edjumacation

    xxxx annika xxxxx: because it weakens the necessary warnings against using the bad shit

    dumbtp: that too

    xxxx annika xxxxx: exactly

    dumbtp: have you been to eastern europe?

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Yes, i loved it

    dumbtp: all my friends moved to prauge after college except me
    dumbtp: im such a loser

    xxxx annika xxxxx: i would love to be an expatriate, living in Bulgaria or Czech Republic
    xxxx annika xxxxx: Prague is the second most beautiful city in the world

    dumbtp: thats what everyone says

    xxxx annika xxxxx: beautiful people too

    dumbtp: so you agree that paris is #1

    xxxx annika xxxxx: very romantic, which was a surprise to me
    xxxx annika xxxxx: oh, no, San Francisco is!!!

    dumbtp: ahahahaha. lil paris

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Paris maybe number three

    dumbtp: why do the conservatives try to make france out to be their enemy?

    xxxx annika xxxxx: It’s fun to bash on France because they’re easy targets
    xxxx annika xxxxx: That’s why i do it, but i’ll be honest with you
    xxxx annika xxxxx: In Gulf War I, the French contribution was significant
    xxxx annika xxxxx: they sent a whole division, along with ships and planes, and performed well, as i understand
    xxxx annika xxxxx: Of course they got their ass kicked by the Germans in WWII, but come on
    xxxx annika xxxxx: that was the Germans, at the height of their power.
    xxxx annika xxxxx: using tactics no one had ever seen before
    xxxx annika xxxxx: And in WWI, the French held the Central Powers off for four years, so they’re not total surrender monkeys
    xxxx annika xxxxx: but i thought that Parisians were as haughty as advertised, when i was there

    dumbtp: the way dubya sold this last war in iraq, can you blame the french for not being into it? harldy any one joined us.

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Well, two things about that
    xxxx annika xxxxx: Its not in Europe’s interest to join us
    xxxx annika xxxxx: And also, we didn’t need them
    xxxx annika xxxxx: Europe looks upon the use of military power a lot differently than we do
    xxxx annika xxxxx: For them, military power was the source of lots of trouble, and they’ve happily done away with it through integration, and the EU
    xxxx annika xxxxx: But they forget that the unity of the EU was made possible because of the Cold War
    xxxx annika xxxxx: and the fact that the United States had their back for fifty years
    xxxx annika xxxxx: so they had the luxury of negotiating away their differences, and then believing that negotiation was superior to the big stick approach
    xxxx annika xxxxx: but it’s not
    xxxx annika xxxxx: they just forgot that it was not they who had the big stick, it was us, and the Soviets

    dumbtp: theres two parts to the big stick though
    dumbtp: theres the talk softly part
    dumbtp: and the stick

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Yes, the carrot

    dumbtp: “youre either with us, or youre against us” is not talking softly
    dumbtp: particularily in the wake of 9/11
    dumbtp: when you dont have to say things like that

    xxxx annika xxxxx: No it is not, nor is the recent rhetoric regarding Iran and Syria
    xxxx annika xxxxx: Especially when we’re not in much of a position to start a third front, but whatareyagonnado?

    dumbtp: so what parts of this administration are you in agreement with?

    xxxx annika xxxxx: foreign policywise, i’m pretty much in total agreement
    xxxx annika xxxxx: even down to troop levels in Iraq, which puts me really out there
    xxxx annika xxxxx: But domestically, i’m not too happy

    dumbtp: so we should be in the business of nation building in your opinion?

    xxxx annika xxxxx: yes, i do
    xxxx annika xxxxx: funny huh

    dumbtp: no, at least youre honest
    dumbtp: is africa next?

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Africa is a big challenge
    xxxx annika xxxxx: Did you hear that they found some new fossils in east Africa that date back to 200,000 years ago?

    dumbtp: no

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Yes that’s 50,000 years older than the previous estimate

    dumbtp: wow

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Homo Sapiens, not some earlier species
    xxxx annika xxxxx: So Africa is where it all began, and we should pay
    more attention to it, i think

    dumbtp: and that people are being slaughtered?

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Yes, its terrible
    xxxx annika xxxxx: i’m not an expert on that part of the world, i wish i knew what could be done about it, then i would run for president, or UN secretary or something

    dumbtp: thats not our jobs
    dumbtp: our jobs are to keep people in check
    dumbtp: as bloggers, that is
    dumbtp: so if this administration says that we went to iraq for wmd
    dumbtp: and then changes it to say that we’re there for humanitarian reasons
    dumbtp: and Freedom
    dumbtp: then we need to say, cool, africa needs some freedom

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Okay, that’s my biggest criticism of Bush, actually
    xxxx annika xxxxx: his maddening inarticulateness (is that a word?)

    dumbtp: dont ask me, i had to take 2.5 years of junior college

    xxxx annika xxxxx: We did not go to Iraq for wmd
    xxxx annika xxxxx: lol
    xxxx annika xxxxx: but Bush, and his administration did such a horrible job of articulating the argument for war
    xxxx annika xxxxx: that they let it evolve into an argument about wmd, and not the real reasons
    xxxx annika xxxxx: which are the doctrine of pre-emption, and the neocon dream of installing democracies for national security reasons
    xxxx annika xxxxx: wmd was just an excuse to try to get the UN to go along with us
    xxxx annika xxxxx: which they never were going to anyway, and so it was a bad move to focus on wmd… as they existed at the time
    xxxx annika xxxxx: the focus should have been on wmd as they mightexist in the future, with Saddam Hussein still in power and after the UN inspectors had left… that was the danger

    dumbtp: how is that dangerous enough to go to war though?

    xxxx annika xxxxx: that’s certainly a legitimate criticism

    dumbtp: didnt we have a score to settle with some al queda motherfuckers?

    xxxx annika xxxxx: is pre-emption a good strategy?

    dumbtp: no, not really

    xxxx annika xxxxx: that was a rhetorical question, lol

    dumbtp: ahahaah
    dumbtp: sorry, im slow

    xxxx annika xxxxx: no really, the related question, is one Kerry brought up in the debates, which i thought he could have won on, if he had not shot himself in the foot with his 87 billion comment
    xxxx annika xxxxx: the question being, why aren

    dumbtp: poor john

    xxxx annika xxxxx: aren’t we going after Al Qaeda first?
    xxxx annika xxxxx: i see the wisdom in the president’s plan, but hell, i don’t know how it’s going to play out
    xxxx annika xxxxx: i don’t know if it will ultimately be right
    xxxx annika xxxxx: i’m hopeful though, and i think things are beginning to look up

    dumbtp: i hope youre right

    xxxx annika xxxxx: for years, the US was criticized for propping up dictators to further our own national interest
    xxxx annika xxxxx: esp. in Central and South America
    xxxx annika xxxxx: and these dictators were bad men, but they were our bad men
    xxxx annika xxxxx: the “neocon” way is totally different
    xxxx annika xxxxx: now the US is not propping up friendly dictators, instead we try to bring friendly democracies to the places we need them
    xxxx annika xxxxx: i think that’s a step in the right direction, as long as we’re messing in other people’s business, it’s better that we’re no longer putting in dictators
    xxxx annika xxxxx: end of rant

    dumbtp: now that youre single, will you put your pic on your blog?

    xxxx annika xxxxx: i used to throw my pics all over the place, when i first started
    xxxx annika xxxxx: i even had my pic on my banner
    xxxx annika xxxxx: and in my photo album

    dumbtp: i think i remember that

    xxxx annika xxxxx: no, really?

    dumbtp: cute petite blonde?
    dumbtp: very fair

    xxxx annika xxxxx: You’re like such a blog idol of mine, i can’t believe you knew i existed

    dumbtp: ahahahaha

    xxxx annika xxxxx: if i saw you in a bar, i’d be too starstruck to approach you
    xxxx annika xxxxx: i’d be like, “You know who that is, that’s Tony Pierce”

    dumbtp: youre not put off by my slams on the right?

    xxxx annika xxxxx: i love your slams on the right, actually

    dumbtp: i told you you were smart

    xxxx annika xxxxx: cause, you do it intelligently

    dumbtp: why thank you

    xxxx annika xxxxx: even if i disagree, its still a blast to read
    xxxx annika xxxxx: you know what i loved the best about the busblog, that really made me a lifelong fan, tho?

    dumbtp: do tell
    dumbtp: my nude galleries?

    xxxx annika xxxxx: no really, im serious, this is not just ass-kissing
    xxxx annika xxxxx: lol
    xxxx annika xxxxx: No, the way you were so cool about the Wil Wheaton thing
    xxxx annika xxxxx: i was very very impressed with that

    dumbtp: well, im not usually a jealous man
    dumbtp: its not a feeling i like
    dumbtp: and all of that was based on my jealousy over something as lame as blog poularity
    dumbtp: he was the one who was cool about all of that

    xxxx annika xxxxx: i admire a person who is introspective and honest with themself

    dumbtp: youre very kind

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Have you ever corresponded with Wil Wheaton other than that
    xxxx annika xxxxx: i could see you two hanging out

    dumbtp: yes we had a lovely lunch a few months back

    xxxx annika xxxxx: no way

    dumbtp: kat from dirtyfez was there too

    xxxx annika xxxxx: i would talk about Star Trek the whole time
    xxxx annika xxxxx: he’d hate me

    dumbtp: i dont think so
    dumbtp: here’s the post i wrote about meeting them
    dumbtp: he seemed really open to talk about anything

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Dang, now i look like i don’t read your blog
    xxxx annika xxxxx: i hate that

    dumbtp: i write so much, theres no way anyone can keep up
    dumbtp: some people have stopped trying
    dumbtp: youre a trekkie?

    xxxx annika xxxxx: i hate it when another blogger lets me think that they don’t hang on every word i write
    xxxx annika xxxxx: Yah, a little
    xxxx annika xxxxx: im not an expert like BigHominid, who posted seventy trivia questions on his blog, of which i got like 3 correct
    xxxx annika xxxxx: but i have TNG seasons one and two on DVD, and i have been to a convention

    dumbtp: did you dress up?

    xxxx annika xxxxx: no comment

    dumbtp: ahahahaha
    dumbtp: i may be the only one who hasnt seen even one episode of TNG

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Oh my my

    dumbtp: and here i thought i was so in touch with american culture

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Well, it’s an acquired taste

    dumbtp: ok we have 9 minutes before tip off
    dumbtp: poetry
    dumbtp: who are your faves?

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Edna
    xxxx annika xxxxx: WCW
    xxxx annika xxxxx: i like Gary Snyder lately

    dumbtp: interesting

    xxxx annika xxxxx: ee cummings

    dumbtp: are you kidding me
    dumbtp: what about bukowski?

    xxxx annika xxxxx: frank ohara, and ferlinghetti
    xxxx annika xxxxx: bukowski was a genius

    dumbtp: you little tease

    xxxx annika xxxxx: i know you like him
    xxxx annika xxxxx: i’ve read his stories more, tho
    xxxx annika xxxxx: not as familiar w/ his poetry

    dumbtp: his poems are so amazing
    dumbtp: because its like hes not even trying
    dumbtp: idiot savantism

    xxxx annika xxxxx: i posted one on a recent wednesday

    dumbtp: “oh i think i will drink a beer, wipe my ass and knock out three poems tonight cuz im too hungover to write a proper story.”

    xxxx annika xxxxx: You are the next bukowski, you know it
    xxxx annika xxxxx: only bigger

    dumbtp: not with a virgin girlfriend im not!

    xxxx annika xxxxx: haha

    dumbtp: i think part of his myth was his reckless drinking, im so sober in comparison

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Truly, but you have equal talent

    dumbtp: im applying for grad school, so maybe they can help me believe that

    xxxx annika xxxxx: i’ll be a reference, lol

    xxxx annika xxxxx: you know the best book on la?

    dumbtp: please tell!

    xxxx annika xxxxx: the day of the locust,

    xxxx annika xxxxx: hands down
    dumbtp: people say that!
    dumbtp: i have never read it!!!
    xxxx annika xxxxx: read it now
    xxxx annika xxxxx: its short
    xxxx annika xxxxx: okay, end on a good note sweetie, it’s 5:00

    dumbtp: this was such a joy for me
    dumbtp: thank you so much for doing this
    dumbtp: im glad you werent defensive
    dumbtp: and trusted me

    xxxx annika xxxxx: Thank you , the joy was all mine

    dumbtp: im glad youre finally being recognized on the blogosphere
    dumbtp: im glad it happened with your pics down
    dumbtp: this way we both know it was for who you are
    dumbtp: not what you look like

    xxxx annika xxxxx: haha, me too, esp the nekkid ones
    xxxx annika xxxxx: just kiddin

    dumbtp: kings or lakers?

    xxxx annika xxxxx: lakers, totally

    <3 annika <3