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TheMercenary 02-16-2009 07:38 PM

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Originally Posted by TheMercenary (Post 535357)
What is a shadow-minister? sounds spooky.

Anyone?

Aliantha 02-16-2009 07:41 PM

It's the opposition partys minister who is supposed to stay informed on what the ruling partys minister is doing. So for every minister, there's a shadow minister and it basically means what it sounds like. They shadow them and point out their faults and mistakes.

Problem is, shadow ministers are shadow ministers because their party wasn't good enough to win the election...so they probably have some faults and mistakes of their own.

TheMercenary 02-16-2009 07:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Aliantha (Post 535410)
It's the opposition partys minister who is supposed to stay informed on what the ruling partys minister is doing. So for every minister, there's a shadow minister and it basically means what it sounds like. They shadow them and point out their faults and mistakes.

Problem is, shadow ministers are shadow ministers because their party wasn't good enough to win the election...so they probably have some faults and mistakes of their own.

Do they actually have power or authority? or are they just a ball boy.

monster 02-16-2009 08:01 PM

No power -they're the opposition, the party that's not in power.

The shadow treasurer is the person who would be treasurer if the government today fell and the opposition took power.

monster 02-16-2009 08:04 PM

You'd think somone so vocal about political systems would have a grasp on this simple concept use in so many English-speaking nations :rolleyes:

:p

TheMercenary 02-16-2009 08:08 PM

We have minority leaders, but they have some formal power, just not in the Executive Branch. I admit to much ignorance about the Parliamentary system of Government in many countries. I have more interest in the dictatorships and or socialist policy of European government.

ZenGum 02-16-2009 08:37 PM

One point to Ali - she has moved to foreign affairs, not defence.

monster 02-16-2009 08:55 PM

happy, I went to take the test to be a 2010 census worker this evening. I got 100%. Apparently not everyone does, so I'm quite proud of myself :D

DanaC 02-16-2009 09:15 PM

Shadow ministers may not have formal power, as such, but there are advantages that go with the role. The official opposition (as monster described they're basically a parallel cabinet in waiting) has access to resources and a level of... *thinks* ... 'regard', within the system which the minority parties (even the Lib Dems, the third wheel of British party politics) do not get.

footfootfoot 02-16-2009 09:33 PM

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Originally Posted by monster (Post 535437)
happy, I went to take the test to be a 2010 census worker this evening. I got 100%. Apparently not everyone does, so I'm quite proud of myself :D

Did you have to bring your own Chianti?

monster 02-16-2009 10:02 PM

no. no whine was allowed. Didn't stop somene storming out, though

footfootfoot 02-16-2009 10:04 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVlkZVAw8Gc

BigV 02-18-2009 11:46 PM

Hey batter batter Hey batter batter SWING! Get out the rye bread and the mustard, Grandma, it's Grand Salami time!!!

WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Ken Griffey Jr returns to the Seattle Mariners. Hell. Ken Griffey Jr *IS* the Seattle Mariners!

Shawnee123 02-19-2009 09:45 AM

A Cincinnati Reds legacy.

TheMercenary 02-19-2009 05:27 PM

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Originally Posted by BigV (Post 536160)
Hey batter batter Hey batter batter SWING! Get out the rye bread and the mustard, Grandma, it's Grand Salami time!!!

WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Ken Griffey Jr returns to the Seattle Mariners. Hell. Ken Griffey Jr *IS* the Seattle Mariners!

Just goes to show you that there really is no such thing as loyalty in sports anymore. Highest bidder wins. I am not complaining about it, just an observation.

Cicero 02-23-2009 03:16 PM

I woke up and my hair was perfect. Like in the movies. It was fantastic!

Clodfobble 02-23-2009 04:19 PM

My car died in the grocery store parking lot. The ring connector to the battery had snapped, but miraculously, with a bit of wiggling, the car still started again. I drove it carefully to the mechanic down the road, hoping to God it wouldn't suddenly die in the street and wondering if my brakes would still work if it did.

They replaced the little ring on the spot, free of charge. Didn't even have to unload the kids.

DanaC 02-23-2009 06:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Clodfobble (Post 538071)
My car died in the grocery store parking lot. The ring connector to the battery had snapped, but miraculously, with a bit of wiggling, the car still started again. I drove it carefully to the mechanic down the road, hoping to God it wouldn't suddenly die in the street and wondering if my brakes would still work if it did.

They replaced the little ring on the spot, free of charge. Didn't even have to unload the kids.

Are you and Jinx actually the same people but in mirror worlds? That's the exact opposite of her experience today...

Trilby 02-24-2009 09:18 AM

It's Mardi Gras!

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Glinda 02-24-2009 11:08 AM

I'ts Two free tacos at Jack in the Box Day!

Hang in there, Jack!

capnhowdy 02-24-2009 01:26 PM

I took a personal today for absolutely no reason except I wanted to fuck off. Sometimes a salary job is great. Like today. Grilled lemon pepper chicken and a box of white wine.

Hope I don't need a sick day tomorrow.

DanaC 02-24-2009 02:52 PM

Who is Off?

capnhowdy 02-24-2009 02:56 PM

The girl I know that doesn't capitalize the first letter in her name.

Cicero 02-24-2009 02:58 PM

lol. Good job capn! I myself, have been called in. Maybe me and the good capn are playing the opposite game?

capnhowdy 02-24-2009 03:18 PM

I can relate to being called in.

If I get a call-in this eve, I'll have to call a cab.

:guinness:

Pie 02-24-2009 03:35 PM

Took the morning off to get my car registered at the MVA.

It's DONE. No more waiting in lines! I think I can do whatever I need to do from here on out via the web.

Decca 02-25-2009 12:31 PM

Things are looking up.

Aliantha 02-25-2009 04:04 PM

My cousins wife gave birth to twin boys yesterday evening. Angus and George. 5lb12 and 6lb12. Good sizes for twins three weeks early. :)

I'm going to send flowers.

Aliantha 02-25-2009 04:06 PM

Another thing that's making me happy is that I felt sick most of the night and kept waking up, but now I feel great. I feel like I could even vaccuum the house!

capnhowdy 02-26-2009 07:13 AM

You can't vacuum sitting down with your feet up.

Trilby 02-26-2009 08:05 AM

This quote:

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." - Emerson

I like anything that has "hobgoblin" in it. :D

Queen of the Ryche 02-26-2009 03:23 PM

Case's paintings make me happy! Been away for a couple of years, and just finally found them here for the first time! Beautiful work, neighbor!

capnhowdy 02-26-2009 03:42 PM

74 degrees here today with a light breeze.

also we change the time Sunday week. This is good.

Aliantha 02-26-2009 03:44 PM

What's making me happy today?

Nothing so far. I woke up grumpy. :(

capnhowdy 02-26-2009 03:54 PM

Be happy that you woke up, Ali.

Aliantha 02-26-2009 03:56 PM

lol...I should be, but there's this tired part of me that wishes I was still in the land of nod. ;)

I'm happy that my kids and husband have left for the day so I have peace and quiet now.

dar512 02-26-2009 03:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Aliantha (Post 539117)
What's making me happy today?

Nothing so far. I woke up grumpy. :(

You should have let him sleep in. ;)

Aliantha 02-26-2009 03:59 PM

haha...nice one dar. :D

Perry Winkle 02-26-2009 05:10 PM

Accepted an offer at the State of Montana DoA. Woohoo! I'm employed again, after only about a month of looking... Either I'm extremely lucky or the economy isn't quite as shit as the alarmism makes it seem.

Aliantha 02-26-2009 05:13 PM

good for you PW. :) Maybe you're just exactly what they were looking for.

Pie 02-26-2009 06:44 PM

Or maybe you're just that good, Perry!
Way to go! :thumb:

capnhowdy 02-26-2009 07:30 PM

Proud for ya, Perry Winkle.

ZenGum 02-26-2009 08:20 PM

Yet another cellar prediction comes true!

kerosene 02-26-2009 08:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Queen of the Ryche (Post 539101)
Case's paintings make me happy! Been away for a couple of years, and just finally found them here for the first time! Beautiful work, neighbor!

Thank you! :blush:

Where in CO are you?

DanaC 02-26-2009 08:25 PM

Perry, that's Brilliant. With a capital 'B'. How fantastic are you? eh? eh?

Good show old fruit, well done.

kerosene 02-26-2009 08:28 PM

Fantastic news, Perry! Are you happy about moving to Montana? (Or maybe you already live there?)

Tiki 02-26-2009 11:32 PM

Today I am happy because I decided a couple of days ago that I don't have to be in love with the guy I have been in love with for the last year or so

and also I am still young enough that I don't have to sweat the idea of being alone the rest of my life or anything. I can take a year or even two out from dating and be fine.

xoxoxoBruce 02-26-2009 11:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Perry Winkle (Post 539142)
Accepted an offer at the State of Montana DoA.

Dental floss inspector?

Griff 02-27-2009 05:01 AM

Department of Aliens, Grey Division I believe. Congrats!

sweetwater 02-27-2009 12:31 PM

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Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 539242)
Dental floss inspector?

:lol:

Perry Winkle 02-27-2009 12:47 PM

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Originally Posted by case (Post 539202)
Fantastic news, Perry! Are you happy about moving to Montana? (Or maybe you already live there?)

I've been here for about a month. I like it pretty well. It's much more tolerable now that I have a job. After I buy a car I'll be like a pig in shit.

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Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 539242)
Dental floss inspector?

Pretty much. Senior Web Developer, actually. It's all to do with stringy stuff.

capnhowdy 02-28-2009 01:35 AM

Senior?
So much for the ground level entry program. Times have changed.

xoxoxoBruce 02-28-2009 02:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Perry Winkle (Post 539360)
Pretty much. Senior Web Developer, actually. It's all to do with stringy stuff.

Oh, so you won't be hanging with Frank Zappa then. :(

Perry Winkle 02-28-2009 11:50 AM

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Originally Posted by capnhowdy (Post 539473)
Senior?
So much for the ground level entry program. Times have changed.

Well, I've been programming in some capacity since I was 12-13 and I've been programming professionally (mostly part time) since early 2002. Senior is a stretch in my mind, but I'll take it.

What's making me happy today?

My entire life. It's all good. Even the rough spots.

slang 02-28-2009 01:16 PM

Amazon-dot-com

Great deals and online service. Free shipping in many cases as well.

It makes me very happy today. :)

Chocolatl 03-04-2009 05:36 PM

I've had an exhausting couple of days, and I feel like I could just sleep for a thousand years to get away from all this stress. Trying to find things to cheer myself up with.

So the things that are making me happy today are:
-I am scheduled to graduate magna cum laude in May
-First wedding anniversary is next weekend
-Going to visit my brother in two weeks
-Taking a much needed vacation with my husband in April

There. That helps.

Aliantha 03-04-2009 05:37 PM

Wow...it's been a year already! time has flown by hasn't it?

Congratulations. :)

Queen of the Ryche 03-05-2009 11:48 AM

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Originally Posted by case (Post 539199)
Thank you! :blush:

Where in CO are you?

My house is in A-Town, my work is in D-Town, my heart is in Evergreen, the Harley takes me everywhere! (Including your neck of the woods - if you've got anything on display up that way I'd love to see it in person.)

Sundae 03-05-2009 11:56 AM

Won a recipe book!
Was only a promotional thing, and it did have a message from La Palin, but it is my first win and I am delighted!

Yay me!

HungLikeJesus 03-05-2009 12:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Queen of the Ryche (Post 541730)
My house is in A-Town, my work is in D-Town, my heart is in Evergreen, the Harley takes me everywhere! (Including your neck of the woods - if you've got anything on display up that way I'd love to see it in person.)

It sounds like you're not too far from me. I'm halfway between E and C, about a mile from the new roundabout, where the elk and the buffalo play.

I imagine you spend some time at Cactus Jack's or Little Bear.


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