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It can't be coincidence that +Brandon Downey will once again be in Austin for ROT Biker Rally. This means something. This is important. 
The Republic of Texas Biker Rally will bring thousands of motorcyclists to Austin and close roads. Check out where here.
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I’m no Bachmann apologist, but I am concerned about a troubling trend in which political women are critiqued as crackpots and lambasted as lunatics.
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+Brandon Downey suggested a photo he took would make a good motivational poster, so I obliged.
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Weight Loss and What Trainers Don't Prepare You For. July 20th, 2011. I've been working out hard and watching my diet for several months now, and I am doing well. I enjoy exercise and it's...
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I've got a pic of them drinking apple juice out of my beer glasses - because as a single dad it often happens that all the clean glasses at my house are beer glasses - that I was afraid to post on Facebook because some people might think I was letting them drink beer. But with the power of Circles to control who can see it, I just might post it on G+.
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+Adam Gurri Posted this once, but can't find it now. Relevant to recent discussion.
Pacifism and the War, the essay of George Orwell. First published: August-September 1942 by/in Partisan Review, GB, London
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+Adam Gurri I agree about becoming more pacifist since identifying as libertarian as well
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When my daughter asked if girls could be pirates, I said “Of course they can.” I chose those words because I want her to live in a world where that shouldn’t even be a question. What I wanted to say.....
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Yeah, that is the better solution. Not whether a girl should wear a tiara or not, but why don't boys?
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In the entire first year of our daughter's life, we left the house together without her exactly once, when she was two months old. It didn't end as I would have expected.
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I feel like I should wait until I'm 40.
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When I was in severe pain from a broken tooth, Dr. Rhodes and his staff were extraordinarily nice and concerned with my comfort. Even as a new patient, they worked me in for an appointment that afternoon, and the actual tooth extraction was completely pain-free. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who has even a little fear of the dentist.
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My wife and I stayed here while visiting family, and I doubt we'll ever bother with it again. Have you ever been to a High School theatre production? Do you remember how everyone knew most of their lines and where to stand, but otherwise showed no skill or talent? The RSA Battle House is the luxury hotel equivalent of a high school play. Among its faults: 1. The staff. We pulled up to the door and were greeted by the 'valets' (in reality, a host of surly, unkempt teenage boys in poorly fitting uniforms and dirty sneakers) who did manage to get our luggage out of the car, but never bothered to speak to us. As we walked in, I tried to make conversation and asked when the hotel opened, "Man, I don't know," replied the bell-hop. There was no one at the desk, so we stood around for a few minutes waiting to be checked in. I've never experienced this at the cheapest motel, so I wouldn't expect to experience it at a luxury hotel. Finally, someone arrived and we were checked in. I asked about the crib I'd reserved for our infant daughter, and the woman assured me it was set up. Guess what wasn't set up when we arrived in our room? That's right, no crib. Okay, fine. I asked the bellhop to get it for me. He leaves and comes back half an hour later with the portable crib, then asks me how to set it up! We struggle with it for a few minutes, and then discover that its broken. He says he'll be right back with another one, and then never returns. I called the front desk to ask for a replacement, but none ever arrived. Needless to say, I did not feel the luxury at this point. The next morning we ordered room service. It arrived in a timely fashion, but there was only one set of silverware. The woman that brought the cart apologized and said, "It's okay though, there's a spoon and a fork." I thought she was kidding, but she wasn't. I asked her to bring another set, and then she disappeared and never returned. This is not luxury hotel service. This isn't even airport motel service. 2. The room. We chose a tower room, which I believe is one of the more expensive rooms. The room itself was okay, but the fixtures were cheap and made the room look bad. For example, the bathroom window was outfitted with a $7 mini-blind that made it look like a hospital room, not a luxury hotel. Instead of real frosted glass, the window had some sort of plastic contact paper over it. It just looked cheap. The room was clean enough, but the garden tub was dirty enough that I didn't want to get into it. I considered asking for someone to come up and clean it, but after everything else I just gave up. 3. The view. Our room shared a balcony with another room, which was also irritating since the people in that room spent much of the night partying and at one point shook our door to see if it would open. I didn't really mind the shared balcony because the view was fairly awful. Mobile has some beautiful buildings, and of course the river can be pretty, but we couldn't see any of this from our room. All we could see were the tops of a few buildings and some parking garages. The room rates are pretty cheap compared to some cities, but they're outrageous for Mobile considering the poor excuse for 'luxury' they offer.
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