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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

I've been sayin...

It takes the Turks to really recognize the right combination of partying and academics:
#1 Party School
#5 Best College Library
West Virginia has best US university ... for a good party

Remember the whole Librarian/Libertarian thing from freshman year? Yup...I'm still at the library, and we're going to throw a party for everyone on the Owens wing in celebration of our pair of top 10 designations. Goes to show that beer and books are not mutually exclusive!

Look forward to more Paul Santos posts as we gear up for Election 08. You know I have an opinion on how things are shaping up, so stay tuned.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Race and Religion in America

Excerpt from term paper, by Paul Santos

The year is 2004. The month is October. And the day is Thursday. Our country should no longer be thinking about race as a "dangerous topic," but unfortunately we do. There was a time when "race" meant only a sprinting contest. Today, it means something much, much different. Many people don't even think of the sprinting contest part. They think only of "race" as in human variations in evolution. In the dictionary, the word "race" actually has 17 unique definitions, and therefore unique interpretations. One of the more obscure definitions of "race" is, and I quote, "a distinguishing or characteristic quality, such as the flavor of a wine." Clearly, our country has avoided straight talk about this topic, and are paying for this today.

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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Santos' Squawkbox: October 2004

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The Problem With Voting

A lot of people have been discussing the positive aspects of voting. I'd like to take a moment to shed some light on the "dark side" of the democratic process--the side that the media is afraid to point their cameras at, or write about in their newspapers and magazines and othe printed material. The shadows of elections are rarely covered by radio reports with their microphones, or internet news agencies and their keyboards. With the current economy, I think that a lot of news people (in any of the aforementioned media outlets) are literally fearful for their jobs, and abstain (in a non-sexual way) to cover what's REALLY happening.

Issue Number 1: Voting Happens In Places You Wouldn't Expect
Ever thought about *WHERE* you'll vote this year? Usually, you imagine voting in a large room with marble floors and tall columns reaching up, two, maybe three stories. And there is stained glass, with the afternoon sun casting colors across the freshly-mopped floor. You notice that there is Latin engraved into the seal in the center of the floor. To the North and East are doors, and they appear unlocked.

Well, WAKE UP CALL. Chances are, you won't be voting in some beautiful insitution of democratic splendor. I've heard that some people vote in schools (with kids running around!!!), in dingy public services offices, and even FIREHOUSES. Tell me, what would happen if there was a fire on November 2, somewhere near our university, and someone was in the middle of voting? Do you really think you'd vote for John Kerry in the midst of a fire? Of course not--that's an easy vote for Bush, automatic. Let's start thinking about this issue.Comments welcome.

Issue Number 2: You Can't Vote if you aren't American
Obvious? Not really. Tourists have to pay the same tolls on our roads. They have to pay the same taxes on our food. And they have to serve in the same jails if they commit a crime in our country. Can you imagine being an American in, say, Australia, and you were visiting with a friend on election day. The friend says to you, "Hey, I'm going to vote AND YOU CAN'T COME." Can you even picture that? Of course not. No other civilized country, on this earth anyway, would be as disrespectful as our country is to its tourists. Tourists are a real source of income for our country. I have heard stastics that our national tourism income is in the BILLIONS (that's right, with a B) of dollars. Simply put, Tourism is good for our economy, and therefore for the American worker. John Kerry will fight for the tourists' right to vote, and there's one more reason to vote for JFK II. Comments

Issue Number 3: Don't Make a Mistake Because You Can't Fix It
In simple terms, there is no "UNDO" button an hour after you've gone to the polls. Be warned...know that if you make a mistake, the mistake shall be cast, and counted among all other votes that are not mistakes. One of the things that I hope gets instituted soon is some sort of system that would enable you to dial a 1-800 number to modify your vote. So, at the polls you would get a unique number identifying your ticket (maybe it's your SS#). When you get home, and realized that you made a mistake, you could dial the number, punch in your unique code, and change your vote. Could you then change it AGAIN, if you thought that your change was a mistake? Probably not. We have to draw the line somewhere.Comments

Issue Number 4: Don't Go to the Polls if You're Hungry
To me, voting is a lot like donating blood. It's the right thing to do, and it will help people, especially if you have O- blood type. The big difference, though, is that after you donate blood, you get to have orange juice and cookies. At the voting booth, however, you get nothing. You'll wait in line forever, then you wait in line again, and then you actually vote. After all that, it would be nice to have a cookie for the ride home or something. They should appreciate that we're even there, helping out by donating our votes to the country. It would be interesting to get some companies involved to donate food to the polling places.Comments

Issue Number 5: You Can't Know Everything
I know you've heard that many times throughout your life: "Paul, you can't know everything!" is like a broken record in my life. This couldn't be more true come Election Day. I'll tell it point blank:You're going to have to make a lot of guesses on the ballot.You're going to see a lot of names you haven't heard before, and you're going to be voting for governmental positions that you couldn't even have imagined. Plan on NOT knowing anything (that's the only thing you can be sure of!).Comments

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Santos' Squawkbox: September 2004

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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

The #3 #5 Paul Santos On Earth

It's about time. So many years of my youth were cast in obscurity, living with my step-dad in little old Spencer. Well, no more. Paul Santos is ranked as the third fifth most popular Paul Santos on earth, as listed by Google. For all those non-believers who said that I'd never get anywhere, humm deez.

Monday, September 27, 2004

What You Don't Know About Paul Santos CAN Hurt You

I've noticed a lot of misconceptions about my character and my history, especially as we begin these final, mudslinging weeks prior to the Presidential Elections in the United States. Many of these misconceptions can lead to not only injured feelings, but also injured limbs, so allow me to take a moment to "clear the air", if you will:

Myth #1: Paul Santos is a Libertarian
False. Paul Santos is a LIBRARIAN. Big difference. When I'm not partying at DTD, I'm either not studying, or working at Evansdale Library in the Circulation Department. My position as a librarian in no way affects my political standing.

Myth #2: If you take the letters that make up the name "Paul Santos", you can spell "Nap Ass Lout"
True. There are thousands of anagrams that can be gleaned from my name.

Myth #3: Paul Santos always plays the Norse because Norsemen gain favor the fastest
False. False. False. I am sick and tired of people looking for excuses as to why I waxed their asses in the AoM tournament. For the last time, Norsemen probably gain favor the SLOWEST of all cultures. Norse have to fight or hunt to gain favor! It's true that Hersirs gain favor very slowly by just being on the map. However, if you are only using myth units, they gain no favor at all for fighting. Get off deez nutz.

Myth #4: Paul Santos is a tool of the Democratic Party
Not quite False, and not entirely True. I wouldn't describe myself so much as "a tool," but as a simple machine. Like a lever, inclined plane, wheel, screw, wedge, or pulley. If you still don't get it, take this quiz. Paul Santos has also been known to support causes "owned" by the Republican party, and will be extremely vocal about his stance. Patriotism is his most proud cause, and Paul Santos seeks to enlighten members of all parties (including the Republicans) of the merits of true Patriotism.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

The Spanish Prisoner (1998)

Mystery. Intrigue. Young secretaries. Government agencies. No, I'm not talking about the latest scandal in the White House, I'm talking about the film "The Spanish Prisoner," starring many people that you've never heard of, save for a very serious Steve Martin ("The Jerk," "The Jerk," and "The Jerk", to name but a few of his classics). Written and directed with Hitchcockian flair by David Mamet ("Heist", "State and Main", and most recently, "Spartan" with Val Kilmer), The Spanish Prisoner tells the story of a brilliant economist who has created "The Process," a mathematical equation that will guarantee his company vast sums of money. Things start to take a turn for the worse when he's caught in a web of intrigue, where nothing seems to be what it appears. It's an entertaining movie if you enjoy a good thrill, and if you're content with not knowing the full story until the credits roll.

The lead actor is actually bland enough to be believable in his role as the economist, and Steve Martin's mysterious character lights up the story. Mamet's direction recalls the subtle hand of Hitchcock, eliciting moments from "North by Northwest," or "Strangers on a Train." The plot did hinge on one too many coincidences and too-fortunate turn of events, but as a study in crafting a false world that seems all too real, it's a masterful stroke. For those who are looking for a more concrete, yet still exciting story of subterfuge and danger, rent Mamet's "The Heist," starring Gene Hackman and Ricky Jay.

 4 out of 5 Hersirs