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09:55pm 09/12/2010
  Remember when people used to post things on here? Now I click on my friends page and it is completely blank.  
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02:11pm 24/10/2009
  I have found the path that is right for me. Not referring to career goals, or social ambitions...but rather, the way to live. All I must do now if go down the path. It is not as easy as it may seem. The end does not justify the means.  
01:33am 06/07/2009
  It seems that I'm changing. I'm not getting pleasure out of things that I used to. I'm becoming bored of many people around me who are so seemingly one dimensional. People who haven't changed since I met them and are too stubborn to do so. Perhaps this is what they call "growing up."  
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12:51am 23/01/2009
  I got accepted into school today. I'll finally be a full time student in the fall. Better late than never!  
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Have you been selected for Jury Duty?   
03:43pm 24/12/2008
  If you've ever been summoned for jury duty, as I have, you know what a nuisance it is to receive that letter in the mail. I've even heard many different people discuss tactics which would help them avoid being selected such as saying that you're a racist, etc. You may not understand, as I didn't, how important you, the juror are in the justice system.

    Perhaps you have heard that it is your duty as a juror to interpret the facts while the judge will interpret the law. This is FALSE. As a juror, you have the right to interpret both the facts and the law. This right is constitutionally protected and don't let some judge on a power trip tell you otherwise.

    As a juror, you have the right to disagree with the law and make your decisions based on that just as well as facts. This power can be used for evil, as any power can. You may have heard of instances of an all white jury acquitting a white defendant of hate crimes. Cases such as this are extremely rare. The jury selection process aims to form a well rounded jury.

    There have even been instances where people have been purposely not selected for a jury because they are members of the Fully Informed Jury Association. The powers that be do not want you to know that you have these rights.

For more information visit http://www.fija.org

The jury has the right to judge both the law as well as the fact in controversy.

John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States

01:23pm 20/12/2008
  From an article about Bush's exit interviews:

One of the president's most interesting sound bites came during his interview with FOX News. He said: "I didn't compromise my soul to be a popular guy." The quote is an acknowledgment that the president is well aware that he's about as popular as taxes and chicken pox. Bush went on to say that he would have liked to have been more popular, but he's proud that he didn't sacrifice his integrity.

Are you kidding? You're the president of the United States. Your job is to be the hand of the people. If the people do not like you it is because you arent serving the people, you're serving yourself.  Look what your integrity has done to this country!

04:19pm 10/12/2008
  Hey....remember that community that some of us started called thecommon ? Well...I've been posting to it, and will be making a point to keep posting to it...so if you are interested, check it out. It's about political things, if you didn't know.
08:22pm 21/11/2008
  In times of change, the Patriot is a scarce man; brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a Patriot.

                                                            -Mark Twain
01:13pm 21/10/2008
  For a long time, I had maintained that I would not vote in the coming election out of my complete lack of faith in the system. I then watched the debates, as they happened. I don't know how many there have been...but I watched the last one and the vice presidential one. There were some things I didn't like about the Obama/Biden campaign, but overall I greatly preferred them to McCain/Palin. The thing that probably most irritated me about the debates was that the two sides casually talk about the issues like they're really not passionate about what they are saying. There is no anger or any emotional response. They just sit there like robots and calmly smile and just say what they feel like...they don't even answer the questions. Political correctness is so frustrating to me. There is just no heart.

I can understand why there are people who would vote McCain. They are the rich people who want to get richer. Obviously, I am not one of these people so the goals of this campaign do not interest me in the slightest.  Then we have Obama, who I believe will probably win. Not because of who he is or what he has done, but because of the Bush presidency and the general disdain among Americans.

They both voted for the bailout plan.  As we've discussed, the bailout is an unfair act, forcing taxpayers to pay for the mistakes of big business. Not only big business, but the government as well....but then again, big business and government are one in the same.  The advocation for deregulation, which was a "centerpiece" of the attacks of the democrats against the republicans was initiated by whom? Well....you might be surprised to find out that Bill Clinton, a democrat, set these wheels in motion in 1999. They dismantled laws that had been in place since the stock market crash of 1929. Laws that were put in place to protect the citizens from another depression. One important thing to note here is that this bailout plan was passed without any public hearings at all! 700 billion is a lot of money, even spread out over all of the citizens of America. This is not a government run for the people and by the people. We have taxation without representation. As long as we allow a two party system (and yes, we do have control over it) things will never change. I'll bet that 99% of people do not know anything about any third party candidates at all. I'm sure this is because people just think "oh...well, there is no way they can win...so it is a waste of a vote." This is true because WE make it so. Third party candidates do not steal votes away from the prominent ones because no candidate has the right to your vote. Votes must be earned. The only act of power that we have is our vote. Do not be so quick to squander it and perpetuate the failing system.

I urge any of you who have read this far to make an informed decision this election. I don't care who you vote for...John McCain, Barack Obama, Bob Barr, Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney, or Charles Baldwin. Vote for the person who best represents your values. You might be surprised to find that it isn't who you thought. Just get out there and research all of the candidates. The only bad decision is an uneducated one.

I'm Erik Weissinger and I approve this message.
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Magic Circle Festival: Bad Arolsen, Germany   
12:10pm 14/07/2008
  Just got back from an amazing trip with Ravage to the Manowar fest in Germany. I will try to recap as much as I can remember :P

After landing in Cologne, and after going the wrong way and getting lost...we finally end up in Bad Arolsen. We get there and park with the other fans. We walk to the backstage area to find out whats going on with the Battle of the Bands stuff. We needed to call a man named Roland, who would set us up. Roland gave us all our BotB passes, complete with a neon pink wristband which read "Titty Twister Tent" haha. We also were assigned a room in a complex which was gated off from everything else, and had security. Kinda felt pretty cool :P We didnt know we'd be getting a room..so what we did was we just locked all of our belongings up in it and camped outside on the grass.
    The first day was a little too fun for me...I ended up drinking way too much, buying a drinking horn and leather pants. The horn could hold two beers, so of course I had to buy them two at a time so I could fill my horn. What a mess. I think this was the night of no bands playing...just the mainstage soundcheck and the first round of battle of the bands for the video submission contestants, of which Ravage was not a part of. I dont remember much of this night....apparently I left the battle of the bands near its commencement and went back to the tent, and passed out half in and half out of the tent. Nick and Amber came and found me like that...and I guess I had really needed to go to the bathroom...so I just stood up and then Amber goes "Nick, Nick....Erik is going to pee....get him out of here." Nick picked me up by my waist and put me outside. They were real troopers that night. Amber cleaned up any stray urine that was in the tent...haha. I thank you both and apologize profusely. :P

    I woke up the next morning at like 5am and threw up in the bushes near the tent. I went back to bed and woke up hours later, threw up again outside the tent. No good. Felt very icky. We then went into the nearby town of Mereninghousen(sp?)  to look for food. Amber and I were feeling disgusting, so were complaining the entire time about walking around and stuff. As luck would have it, everything was closed from like 12-2 for lunch breaks. We ended up going into a restaurant and were placed at a table. Someone comes over and asks what we would like. George immediately goes "Well for starters, we'll take some menus." George provided nearly all of the comedy for the trip. I seriously have never laughed so hard for so many straight days. It was awesome. The waiter said he could make us anything. He began to list what they had, and I think Nick just ordered the first thing he said for all of us, which was pork with garlic herb butter and fries...which they call pommes...just like in French, but the Germans pronounce the es at the end to make it sound like pomm-ess.
    This was the first day of bands playing. The battle of the bands semi-finals were also after Alice Cooper. The crowd was really into Ravage, and for that they advanced on to the finals. Kadavrik, a band I liked, did not advance to the finals. Those guys were really nice. They are a german band. They introduced themselves to us immediately upon entering the backstage area, and no other band did that.
    The next day we wandered into the town of Bad Arolsen and got some food at what we dubbed "Cafe Manowar" since they had a manowar flag hanging outside. The place was run by a couple of middle aged ladies who were very kind. They sat us at a big dining room table in a room just for us and fed us until we burst. It was great. We went to the castle in town, which was pretty neat. It was a baroque era castle...so it wasnt very old compared to other European castles. Still cool, though. Back at the fest, W.A.S.P and Doro played and then Manowar. Unfortunately we had to hang back and not drink because the battle of the bands finals were after Manowar. During Bridge of Death we all retreated to the events hall to prepare for the show. They then began to play Warriors of the World...and I had to excuse myself and go rock out to it outside...and then I came back in.
    The Finals had a bad vibe going from the beginning. As soon as fans started pouring in they immediately started chanting for Sex Gepard, which was a local band who in my opinion, and many other people's...were awful. They were a very gimmicky crappy sounding group with two half naked girls dancing on stage during the set..pouring alcohol on each other and handing out inflatable boobs. There was supposed to be no props and no stage show during the BotB....but they somehow ignored that...and Udo (Mr. Metal) who was the emcee..let it slide too. Whatever. Even while Ravage was playing, the fans were cheering for Sex Gepard. One fan also called Ravage rednecks because we are from the USA. Ignorant :P Amber got really pissed off...and I did too...but there is nothing you can do about that shit. I filmed both performances, so maybe when they surface...you'll get to see and hear some of that.

    The voting part of that night eliminated Ravage, and Snake Eyes, who were a pretty good band from England. It was down to Sex Gepard and Cassock, a Norwegian ac/dc style rock band with a female singer. After numerous voting redos, Cassock won and got to play the mainstage at noon the next morning.

I forgot to mention...the night before Roland came on to the mainstage and told the fans that Def Leppard and Whitesnake dropped off the fest the day before they were supposed to go on. Whatever...I didnt really care. I only cared that the only thing they did to make up for it was start the last day of the fest at noon rather than 10:15....kinda felt ripped off.

Anyway, Manowar was amazing both nights..although I dont know much from the first three albums so I couldnt really get into the first night. The second night was better for me.

I left out a lot of things that happened...but I'll let the pictures and the videos tell the rest.
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05:09pm 13/11/2007
  I still dont have the internet at the new place. I just got the modem in the mail today, so maybe by next week. I'm sitting in a cafe right now. Not much is going on...been busy with school and work and stuff. One thing that is really starting to get to me is that I can't play my guitar in my new place. The building is just too sound conductive. I can still play with headphones and stuff....but, meh. I'm not going to make it to McCabe's for Thanksgiving...Jess and I are going to Philly...although, I plan on coming to Malden very soon. I'm going to call Chris when I figure out a day to come down. If anyone else wants to hang out, that'd be cool. Jess and I are going to Vail in January :P Don't ask me why. Her dad is taking us with her brother. Should be fun :D  
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This is for Dommy   
02:23pm 09/09/2007
  Today at Starbucks, someone paid for their stuff with their debit card and their first name was ALUCARD!   
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04:23pm 06/09/2007
mood: Pumped
So yesterday I had my first classes in 4 years. I'm very excited to be back in school....now that I want to be there. So..either Malden High or Salem State fucked up...but I applied for full time admission last NOVEMBER. I asked Malden High to send my transcript 4 times...and 2 of those times they said they never got my request...the other two, Salem State said they never received it. You can imagine how frustrating that is. So I am taking 2 classes this semester to pass the time. Biology 131: Introduction to Organisms and French 101. Awesome. Also, while I was waiting in line in the registrars office..I heard someone in the financial aid office say that just because you got a letter saying that you arent eligible for a MassGrant doesnt mean you arent eligible for financial aid. Too bad I found that out after I paid for my classes. I'm glad it's just two classes. Next time, I'll know better. Financial aid is so tricky. I thought all I had to do was fill out a FAFSA...but I guess there is more to it. I'll figure it out one day.
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12:57pm 21/08/2007
  I'm moving in two months. Bye byes. Not far away though, unfortunately..so don't worry :)  
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I've done it!   
02:50pm 19/08/2007
  I have just finished the Silmarilion!  
03:53pm 15/08/2007
mood: sad
You Are An ISFP

The Artist

You are a gifted artist or musician (though your talents may be dormant right now).
You enjoy spending your free time in nature, and you are good with animals and children.
Simply put, you enjoy beauty in all its forms and live for the simple pleasures in life.
Gentle, sensitive, and compassionate - you are good at recognizing people's unspoken needs.

In love, you are quiet and sweet yet very passionate. You love easily.
You have an underlying love for all living things, and it's easy for you to accept someone into your heart.

At work, you do best in an unconventional position. You express yourself well and can work with almost anyone.
You would make a good veterinarian, pediatrician, or composer.

How you see yourself: Sympathetic, kind, and communicative

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Incompetent, insecure, and overly sensitive
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01:05pm 15/08/2007
mood: chipper
I am pretty much obsessed with icanhascheezburger.com

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02:05pm 10/08/2007
  Today seems to be a hint at the next, and best, season...fall. I can't wait. You know what they say about fall...

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The time has finally come...   
04:30pm 01/08/2007
  I have my driving test on Tuesday  
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03:09pm 20/07/2007
  I'd like to see Evanescence, but I'm not going to the Family Values tour to see them :/  
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