January 31, 2004

"Abandon All Hope Reason Ye Who Enter Here"

I'm quoting, of course, from the new welcome mats placed outside of California. (And Georgia, let me get to that.)

New York Times: California Measure Would Align Building Rules With Feng Shui

State Assemblyman Leland Y. Yee, Democrat of San Francisco, has introduced a resolution that urges the California Building Standards Commission to adopt standards that would aid feng shui, the ancient Chinese practice of promoting health, harmony and prosperity through the environment.
I guess I shouldn't worry. Heaven will help them, I'm sure. In fact, I got a petition from the Easter Bunny in email yesterday asking me to sign it and forward it because once there are 5,000 email signatures it will be sent to the Moerae who will realign the Karmic Wheel of Destiny back in California's favor.

Thanks, G. Money Murry! Now I'm going to be pissed off about California all day. AGAIN.

I wasn't done being pissed off about Georgia yet!

CNN: Georgia considers banning 'evolution'

State School Superintendent Kathy Cox joined us via satellite from the Dark Ages on Thursday to say that the reason the proposal was made to change the word was not, as rumor would have it, to halt the damage to the self-esteem of those troglodytic, religious nuts and their children whose conceptual development has been mutilated thanks to regular brainwashing by mysticism.

Cox repeatedly referred to evolution as a "buzzword" Thursday and said the ban was proposed, in part, to alleviate pressure on teachers in socially conservative areas where parents object to its teaching.

"If teachers across this state, parents across this state say, 'This is not what we want,' then we'll change it," said Cox, a Republican elected in 2002.

To clarify: the reason for the proposal is to allow cowardly teachers to facilitate "socially conservative people" in their evasion of reality and aide them in their epistemological abuse of their children.

She also announced that the phrase "socially conservative people" will heretofore be used in place of all references to Christians, Muslims, Pagans, et al in place of "religious nuts," "paint chip eaters of mysticism," "fairy worshipers," and "anti-reason bozos." There has yet to be a discussion of what those words will refer to in the future.

But science is a democratic process in Georgia. So, if Australopithicus afarensis jesuii can rally enough votes then they will not be forced to either evolve Oops! “biologically change over time” or go extinct. Yay for them.

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January 30, 2004

Odd

Eva Duarte de Peron's lesser-known brother, Brett Duarte, just emailed me about discount viagra. Where do they get all that stuff... in Argentina of all places?

The world is a big and mysterious place, I tell ya.

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Ug. Highly NOT Recommended

I just drank a quart of chocolate milk.

Followed by a quart of orange juice.

I think I'm gonna hurl.

*irp*

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Amendment 2 and the Rights of Man

CNN: Cyanide, arsenal stirs domestic terror fear

A raid in April found nearly two pounds of a cyanide compound and other chemicals that could create enough poisonous gas to kill everyone inside a space as large as a big-chain bookstore or a small-town civic center.
I am a person who stands on principle. The second amendment states very clearly, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. " Thus, I do not see any reason to restrict the ownership of weapons of all sorts from the hands of citizens.

But what about nuclear weapons?

Should I be allowed to have my own Fat Man?

It's very easy to say that there are some weapons that are so destructive that just anyone should not be allowed to have them on the grounds that merely possessing them is sufficient reason to think that you will nuke something and most likely lots of someones. If a certain Palestinian mommy came frollicking into a strip mall near you pushing her Little Boy in a buggy, what do you think is about to go down?

But isn't that the same argument that has been used to keep people in some states from owning firearms of a caliber any higher than a warm serving of Jiffy Pop?

In the case of the Palestinian woman with a nuclear bomb, we have a very specific set of contextual data to draw a reasonable conclusion.

Speculate on this: An American Army General pulls into a service entrance of the Pentagon in an APC full of weapons of all sorts. What's going to happen? Who knows?

The problem is that restricting ownership of anything on the grounds that it may be used to hurt someone or lots of people is legislating potentials. Potential outcomes may be said to have statistical probabilities but they are far from certainties.

In the case of nuclear weapons, the statistical probability that the outcome of civilian ownership will be disaster seems pretty high. I don't know how to work a nuclear weapon myself, but I'm sure I could still put an eye out with one given enough effort.

But should it really be illegal? As a person of principle, making laws against possible outcomes makes me nervous and restricting my right to own anything makes me irritable.

If we say that it's not reasonable to own a nuclear weapon, what makes it unreasonable? Is it reasonable to let folks own ICBMs? C4? Hand grenades? M80's? Poppers? Upon what principle would an ideal government draw the line?

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things ~Or~ A Bloggiverse Snap Jar

Remember Elle's snap jar in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde? No? Oh. Well, fuggetaboutit. The movie wasn't great anyway. Just enjoy this list of snaps for my blog buddies!

The Amateur Gourmet
I like that he blogs about food and somehow manages to bring Faulkner into it. I don't like Faulkner so much, but did you ever think that Vardaman knew fried chicken like that? And of course, there's all the sex. Gotta love that.

AngelWeave
As fiery as a summery day and at the same time still twice as sultry.

Bad Money
He's a good kid who's heard too many dirty jokes. How can you help but like someone like that?

The Binary Circumstance
There are people who claim to be Objectivists or Students of Objectivism but don't rely so much on reason as they do Ayn Rand. The Binary Circumstance is not like that and I really enjoy that dedication to reason.

Blackfive
I enjoy Blackfive's passionate dedication to defending this country.

Boi from Troy
I think I can beat up the Boi from Troy, but he doesn't let that intimidate him. Instead, I think he enjoys flirting with disaster. I like that. The Boi from Troy likes football, Republicans, and gay people. Missing 2.75 out of 3 is usually considered a failure but somehow he usually manages to turn things around. I like that, too.

Commonsense & Wonder
Commonsense and wonder. Reason and Adventure. If I had to pick qualities of life I most enjoy, these two would be very high on the list. This site is all about those things.

Electric Venom
She's beautiful, smart, fiery, independent, and generally right about stuff. What's not to love?

Elegance Against Ignorance
Like most of the people on my blogroll, Elegance Against Ignorance is dedicated to being correct politically but not being politically correct in the popular sense.

Greedy Capitalist
Good people are hard to find... Or so they say. Finding the Greedy Capitalist was only a few clicks away for me and I am very happy I clicked!

House of the Future
I'm still trying to figure out the House of the Future. Politically, he seems to have the right ideas. If I made a list of gay bloggers that I think would be most cool to hang out with, he'd definitely be on the list.

Ilyka Damen
I like Ilyka. I like Ilyka because within hours of calling me names and describing me with the F!bomb she made it to my blogroll and I to hers. Much like myself, I imagine she likes to shout and complain about stuff. Does she mean it? Yes, she does. Is that all it's about? Of course not. Ilyka has a good time.

IMAO
It's Frank. He's funny. 'Nuff snaps for him.

Jennifer's History & Stuff
I like Jennifer because she knows stuff. I like how Jennifer can wear a leather cat suit and still quote Mark Twain with a straight face.

JohnDavid
JohnDavid is his own worst enemy. I'm sure lots of people can relate to him in that way. I can't. But I can relate to his joie d'vivre and that means a lot.

Mad Fish Willie's Cyber Saloon
MadFish is a bit uppity. I like uppity.

Miniluv
Miniluv is a group blog. I enjoy the variety of topics and comments on topics.

The Musings of Brian J. Noggle
Have you ever met someone that you thought is perhaps the funniest person in the world, but you don't get the joke? Or someone with whom you laughed at the time but thought later they were serious? Brian J Noggle is like that sometimes and I respect him quite a bit. And like most people, my respect comes probably for his independence, rationality, and excellent taste in women.

The New Intellectual
Brett's site is an all-expenses paide vacation to Wonderfulville.

Note-It Posts
I said it once and I'll say it again: She's a hoot and a holler and cute as a bug's ear. There's nothing like a smart woman to make beautiful seem like brand new.

Palace of Reason
If you could post one thing a month, you'd hope it's half as good as what the curmudgeon writes once a day.

Practical Penumbra
And if you had to pick someone to be in charge of your stuff, maybe even your movie theater, you'd hope they were half as capable as Suzie.

Quibbles-n-Bits
I see eye-to-eye with Quibbles on most things, but what I really like about him (and his wife) are the way they go after things. Quibbles aspires to be the next great American horror writer. So, what does he do? He writes and I like determination.

Single White Male
Joey is relatively new to the world. As far as I can tell, he's in high school, but the quality that I enjoy about his blog is his enthusiasm. Again, it's a matter of joie d'vivre. I dig that.

Snooze Button Dreams
He's funny. He's a cool guy. But what I like most about his blog is that it is inhabited by children named Bear, Bacon and Burger. That cracks my sh!t up.

WizBang!
Kevin made it to my blog list by helping me out of a bind. As far as I'm concerned he's the MT guru of the bloggiverse, so it is natural to conclude that WizBang! is a gigantic mountain of remote location upon which he sits contemplating the meaning of life. It's good that there are gigantic mountains of remote location because that's where gold and precious stones come from.

Snap! Snap!

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Quiet on the Set!

Today hasn't been a very productive day for me.

I spent most of the day playing in Photoshop with an idea that just wouldn't let go of me.

And there were about 75 THOUSAND little interruptions, but that's characteristic of almost every single day.

Now everyone has gone home and I can finally concentrate. It's quiet except for the beats I'm now free to crank.

So, now I'm going to work.

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Winter Fun... Still Not as Good as White Chocolate Mocha

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Office Record so far: 319

Warning: Will bend the space-time continuum around you.

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Starbucks Saga Continues

I don't drink coffee this often ordinarily. All I want is a White Chocolate Mocha.

Wednesday they didn't have it so I had Vanilla.
Thursday they didn't have it so I had Raspberry.
Friday they still don't have it, so I'm trying Irish Cream.

I don't like any of those. All I want is a White Chocolate Mocha.

At least Barista Kate hooked me up again this morning for free.

What's going on at Starbucks these days? I'm really starting to wonder about them.

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January 29, 2004

WARNING: Chaos Impending!!!

Well, Harvey pointed out to me that my blog was acting wonky earlier today. I figured out that my spam post was at least partly to blame. I also figured out that the gigantic US map was also not helping things. So, I tweaked those and things are almost back to "normal."

But I still haven't completed everything I had planned to do during the last redesign. My individual archive files are still jacked and they're difficult to update thanks to my inability to rebuild my entire site.

I have my suspicions about the causes of some of those problems.

Further, I've heard there's a new version of MT out there plus some nifty scripts that might be fun to use.

Further still, I've been bitten by the design bug and I have an itch to play in Photoshop.

Finally, to top it all off, The Good Doctor is going out of town this weekend.

The only thing that is tempting me not to stay in and do some damage on this site this weekend is a desire to start a fire in my fireplace and read the hours away.

I gotta be honest, it's a coin-toss so, watch out!

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A Pile of Money

Scarcity is a principle in economics that is so basic that it may almost be considered axiomatic. It is the very fact that resources are limited that creates the conditions wherein trade may occur. That every person does not have a pig nor does everyone have their own cow is the basic context under which a system of barter began between the first traders.

2 pigs = 1 cow

The more common pigs are the more pigs you'll have to have to afford a cow and visa-versa. Scarcity, even in a system of barter, determines price.

Pretty basic, huh? Let's take it up a notch.

Money, which came long after barter was common practice, is a convenient tool by which we expand the trade of goods and services. Money is the medium of exchange and much like the amount of goods and services in existence is finite so is money.

2 pigs = $20 = 1 cow

In the broadest of contexts the ratio of money to goods and services is what determines the value of a single unit of money. It's what determines how much a dollar will buy. If dollars really did grow on trees, it would be so common as to be worthless and we couldn't use them for money. We might even pay children in leaves to come get all the dollars out of our yards.

One of the favorite expressions in economics is "there's no such thing as a free lunch" because making lunch costs something even if it's not dollars. It's not for lack of trying on the part of those in politics, but the effort is akin to an effort to ignore the four basic forces of the universe. (Can the other geeks out there name them?)

Still with me? Of course you are. It's so basic; it almost can't bear being repeated.

That's why is surprises me when otherwise intelligent people, particularly those in political office, seem to lack a grasp of basic economics especially those who are always screaming for more free stuff like medical care.

When Clinton (either, but one in particular) calls for universal health care, she's calling for a system by which the monetary worth of a set of goods and services will be reduced to nothing.

The mistake they make is confusing price with cost. In a barter system, price and cost are one and the same. In a monetary system, price is how much money you give to get what you want. And cost is how many resources are on the other side of the dollar equation to produce whatever it is you want.

2 pigs = $200 = $1 cow

Unfortunately, the reality is the medicine doesn't grow on trees either and some people still cling to the notion that keeping doctors as slaves is dangerous and barbaric. And still the Clintons of the world persist.

Canada has universal health care and look at them. They're having trouble. Why?

It's like putting a gigantic pile of money in everyone's front yard and telling them, "Only spend this if you absolutely need it. If you do need to spend it, spend as much as you want, we'll refill your stack. Don't worry." Upon this analogy, surely you know what is happening to Canada's health care system.

If I said, "Here's $10. Only spend it if you need it," how long would it take you to find need?

If value is how much you can get in exchange, what do you think that does to the value of Canadian money?

In the case of medical care, the devaluation of money over the entirety of the market is dispersed and appears to be relatively small. And it's the money that loses value, not the goods and services themselves because more medicine has not been produced, only more dollars to pay for it. Thus, the impact can immediately be seen in the price of a unit of medical care.

$2 pigs = $2,000 = 1 cow

Even systems of Medicare and partially subsidized care have already had an impact on the cost of health care in this country.

Ask your doctor how much of his time you can buy for $1. Let me know when he stops laughing. Don't worry. I'll still be here.

What takes the Clintons' error from ignorance down to the depths of stupidity is the audacity they have to complain about the price of health care. It is their very efforts that have driven up those prices!

The answer to lowering the price of health care is to stop giving it away. Allow market forces to drive the prices down naturally. Not only will the result be lower prices but better care and more powerful technology.

There isn't a limit to the number of dollars that can be printed. But scarcity is a fact of Reality and there will always be a limit to the number of doctors and the amount of medicine available.

2 pigs = $2,000,000 = 1 cow.

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January 28, 2004

My New Pretty Pink Fairy PrincessTM Shirt

So, remember my trip to Peru? Maybe not. Well, I went to Peru last November.

While I was in Peru, I bought a Red, Inka Cola T-shirt. (La bebida de Perú!) It's very cool.

Well, when I got back to the good ol' US of America I had to do laundry. It was either do laundry or start a fire in the backyard. Initially, I was down for the fire thing but somone told me there are laws or something. So, I cranked up the Maytag and started sorting clothes.

In spite of Peru being world-reknown for producing well-made, color-fast clothing, I thought it best to not wash my new, RED, Inka Cola shirt with my other clothing, so I set it aside. During the ohhhhhh... week or so it took to do the four loads of wash, somehow that red shirt got in the pile with my other clothes.

And I washed them all together.

I now have a pair of pink running socks, a pair of 'tighty-pinkies', which used to be called 'tighty-whiteys,' and a pink undershirt. Even though those are whites, they were somehow (I know how and why but I'm not saying.) in the load with my dark knits. And one of my favorite gray shirts has a big red splotch on the back. Oddly, the rest of the load managed to stay pretty not pink.

This morning, I woke up and picked out a pair of dark blue, flat-front slacks (Is that an old person word? I think that's an old person word.) and a khaki, knit pullover. (If you're curious, I also got out my khaki dock shoes and a pair of blue striped socks and a pair of blue boxer shorts. Yes, I match my underwear most of the time.) And I put my clothes on the bed while I showered and shaved.

Then I got dressed and went to work.

As I got out of the car and the dawn sunlight struck my chest, my peripheral vision caught a flash of pink. I looked down and realized that my khaki pullover is not actually khaki but, as Mama Laverne put it, titty pink. Naturally, I pulled my jacket closed and went on into work and proceeded directly to my buddy Boring Man's office to show him my shirt.

Trey Givens: Look at my shirt. Is it pink?
Boring Man: No.
Trey Givens: Are you sure? Because it looked pink when I got out of the car this morning.
Boring Man: I'm sure. It looks tan to me.
Trey Givens: Khaki.
Boring Man: Whatever, dude. Just be glad it's not pink.
Trey Givens: Looking at my shirt I can't really trust your judgment on this can I?
Boring Man: What? How can you say that?

We exchange stares.

Boring Man: Ok you're right. But it really doesn't look pink to me.
Trey Givens: Ok well, maybe there was some reflected light from that red billboard right over my parking space or something.
Boring Man: Yeah, that's it.

So, I went about my day until lunch happy in the knowledge that I am not wearing a pink shirt, but a khaki shirt. (You'll note my earlier reference to my pink shirt scare.)

Then I went to lunch with Mama Laverne, Precious, and Our Favorite Piano Pedagogue and I asked them about my shirt and the consensus was that it is, in fact, pink. "Titty pink."

I even looked at the stitching closely and there is a distinct contrast between the khaki thread and the now "dusty rose" of the rest of the fabric.

*sigh*

Well, I like this shirt but it is pink so, it will heretofore be referred to as my Pretty Pink Fairy PrincessTM shirt because, hey, what can you do?

Why, wear them with my Pretty Pink Fairy PrincessTM socks, Pretty Pink Fairy PrincessTM undershirt, and Pretty Pink Fairy PrincessTM panties, of course!

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I Got My Money on My Mind and My Mind on My Money

I have a lot of work to do but I wanted to throw this into the ether and see where it lands:

The restaurant at lunch was playing Rufus Wainwright's Poses but my companions mistook it for Radiohead (AKA almost the worst band in the world) and insisted that the two sound very similar.

Discuss.

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A Thing I Like: My Favorite Barista, Kate

No, not this Kate. Barista Kate at Starbucks.

I'm a regular down there. My regular drinks are a White Chocolate Mocha and a White Chocolate Mocha Frappachino. One is hot the latter is cold. And Kate knows it.

When I walk in Kate calls to me, "Good morning, Trey! Grande White Chocolate Mocha?" And I say 'yes' and she makes it up right.

You might be thinking that it's not hard to mess up one of these super-sweet coffee-esque concoctions, oh but you can. There's another barista at my Starbucks that doesn't always do such a great job. She's sweet and all, but egads, woman! If I liked bitter I would order real coffee.

But Kate always makes my drinks perfectly.

This morning I went down to Starbucks and Kate said, "Hey, Trey! Want a --- OH NO!" And she gave a look of shock.

After my scare this morning about whether or not my shirt is pink (more on that later), I did a double-check thinking something horrible was amiss with my appearance. It turned out that they were just out of the White Chocolate syrup.

I said it was OK and that I would just get a Vanilla Mocha instead, but Kate was very upset about this lapse in service. So she gave it to me on the house!

Can you believe that? THAT'S customer service.

Not only does Kate make the absolute best mochas for me, she recognizes the value of regular customers and the need to treat them right.

That is a wonderful, wonderful thing. You can bet that I will continue going to Starbucks for things just like that.

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You Know What I'm Tired Of?

Talking about gay stuff all the time. It's gay marriage this and gay stupid-heads that. It's boring, yo.

I manage to live most days without much thought to the fact that I'm gay at all. It also wasn't ever my intention to start a "gay blog."

On the other hand, it's hard to ignore issues that hit so close to home so, I guess the gay issues commentary will continue so long as people are hating on me for being gay.

*yawn*

You know what I need to do, right? I NEED to show some linky-love to my blog-buddies. Maybe I'll set up some hard-core ping(a) (Foreign vulgarity alert!) action for my peeps a little later on.

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January 27, 2004

Not That Kind of Gay

Food Blogger, Amateur Gourmet recommended to me that I read this missive by Michelangelo Signorile.

Ummm... just from his name, I don't think I care much for Mr. Signorile. I’m sure he wasn’t born with that moniker and if he was he’s stupid for not changing it and I don’t think I care much for his parents.

It reminds me of how in my playwriting class someone named a character "Bobby Fisher" but refused to change it in spite of the light of knowledge being shined onto her ignorance and extensive discussions about how invoking famous names carries with it additional meaning.

It makes me think this guy is severely repressed, but that's neither here nor there.

What makes me sure I don't like Mr. Signorile is his letter to Mary Cheney. I would pull some quotations to fisk, but there's a copyright notice at the bottom that says I can't reproduce any part of the site without written permission from the publisher. I actually may be in violation just by telling you about the nature of the copyright notice. I might ask Kate about it later.

To start, let me say that he makes good arguments to support a claim that Ms. Cheney is irrational and prone to unwise political decisions. However, given that being unwise is en vogue in so many different forums, even without his arguments there's a statistical probability that he's right. And I don't even know Ms. Cheney. Of course, we could as easily say the same about Mr. Signorile without knowing him.

I suppose it could be written off as chivalry that brings me to Ms. Cheney's aide, but to be honest it's really distaste for collectivists like Signorile that spurns this comment.

'What makes me call him a collectivist?' I'm so happy you asked. I call him that because he is.

His entire letter is about how Mary Cheney owes something to gay people because she's gay and is related to our Vice President. Mr. Signorile is upset because Mary Cheney isn't the kind of lesbian he thinks she should be. He's very clear in accusing her of cavorting with "the enemy." (I'm not quoting him, please don't sue. Those are quotey marks of disbelief.)

It is true that some Christian Fundamentalists, some Republicans, and some Republican Christian Fundamentalists are solidly opposed to same-sex marriage and even civil unions. There are even some who turn violent against homosexuals. GW Bush, to my knowledge, hasn't gone gay bashing but he has made it clear that he is irrational on the subject. I've not heard it myself, but I imagine Dick Cheney agrees.

That's where Signorile blames Mary Cheney. According to him, she should be held accountable for not changing their minds. Or is he just blaming her for trying to change their minds at all? Or is he blaming her for trying to change their minds but not succeeding? Or is he just blaming her for being gay and supportive of Republicans?

Whatever it is he's upset at her about it and it definitely involves her betrayal of all homosexuals everywhere. I'll bet she didn't even know she had it in her. I didn't even notice it myself, but Signorile's rage can't be for naught, can it?

Oh, wait. I always forget that I share some kind of unconditional love-bond with all the other gays. It's what gives us our ability to arrange flowers, you know. It's also how we communicate. Do you know that gay guy at your work? I do. I know all gay people and all gay people know me. It's like that giant thing in outer space that powers Green Lantern's ring except it's kind of opalescent and shimmery with body glitter.

Boi from Troy, you and your friends better be glad you're not related to anyone in politics. He'll blame you, too, if they don't support gay marriage and you'll probably get a letter with the F!bomb in it!

Oh dear. What must he think of me? I hope I don't get one of those letters. Because while I dislike the Republicans, I dislike them less than I dislike Democrats.

And you know what else? I don't give to AIDS coalitions, Rainbow Charities, HRC, or Flowers for Midler. I'm really a complete traitor to gay people if you think about it.

Signorile probably wonders how I dare think for myself. I guess the gay community will just have to turn its back on me. The Gay Mafia is probably going to fit me for a peach velveteen blazer and matching slacks. (To the uninformed, that would be the gay version of a gang slaying.)

*sigh*

Quelle horreur! Quelle tristesse! Quelle cruauté! Pourquoi de phase?

Psh! Signorile sucks... and not in a good way.

Update: The Amateur Gourmet has set me right and noted that Signorile's criticism is that Mary Cheney has taken advantage of young, impressionable gays by tricking them with toys and candy into voting Republican. Oooo... shiny!

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I Don't Mean This Personally, But...

I was listening to Sean Hannity on my way to class this evening and he was being very humble about the fact that he never makes personal remarks about people. He was so humble that he actually made a point to mention it to every single person he talked to during my hour ride from Athens to Gwinnette.

I think Sean is disingenuous on this matter. Of course it's personal.

Now, Hannity does like to tease, but I do have to give him credit for not calling names or anything like that. But, apparently, Hannity thinks that making statements without mentioning any one person in particular means that he isn't "making it personal."

I just don't know how he can cast aspersions and make negative judgments about the actions of an individual still think he's not making "personal" arguments.

His hair-splitting technique is something like this:
Personal: Trey Givens is evil.
Not Personal: People like Trey Givens are evil.

I think that Hannity ACTUALLY means to say that he isn't petty in his judgments and that's true. I mean, the man doesn't call people nazis (unless they are) or poo-poo faces.

In a specific example from his show tooday, Sean Hannity was confronted by a lady with the last name Birch from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on the topic of gays being permitted to adopt children. They had debated the issue previously and Sean is against it on the premise that gay people can't raise children properly.

Birch, a lesbian mother, was personally offended by his statements but Sean denied having made a personal attack. Hannity says she's funny and charming and lively, but maintains that his attack on the issue is not personal. Let's seeee...

1) Birch is a lesbian.
2) Lesbians cannot raise children properly.
3) But Hannity is not saying that Birch cannot raise children properly.

'scuze me?

Hannity isn't honest enough with himself to admit it but his comments are very personal. Just like when he says "Liberals are this way or that..." he's referring to everyone who is a Liberal generally and specifically.

Just like all of his claims of humility, selflessness, and particularly those of rationality, Hannity's claims of being specifically non-judgmental make me sick. What a tool!

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One More Thing About Cancer

Heather brought up another good point that I would like to comment on "out loud" so to speak:

If you smoke, you a dumbass.

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ACS and Me: A Story of Young Disgust

Heather took exception to my half-joking post about charities on the grounds that she is a cancer survivor. She pointed out that I should support ACS because I might have cancer today or one day in the future.

For the record, I'm acutely aware that the risk of me getting cancer is for all practical applications 100%. That's not why I oppose them now and that's not enough reason for me to renew my support.

Last year I helped raise with my company over $100,000 for ACS, almost $4K of which was raised by efforts I personally planned and managed. I supported them openly but blindly. I had reason to look into their efforts but I ignored and evaded reality because I didn't want to know. The upper management of my company strongly encouraged participation and I felt like it would be unwise to stand on my principles.

That was a very wrong thing to do and I regret having done it.

Since then I looked into the ACS's efforts and made up my mind not to support them. Here are just a few reasons why.

What does ACS do?

1) ACS support government-funded medical care. Click Here. Here, too.
2) ACS supports government-funded medical research. Click Here.
3) ACS supports legislative efforts to control tobacco consumption. Click Here.
4) ACS supports government spending (read: higher taxes, y'all). Click here. "DON'T PLAY POLITICS WITH CANCER." Indeed.
5) ACS supports forbidding businesses to allow smoking in their establishment. Click Here.

That's just a small list of things they do to which I strongly object and I was a fool not to look into their efforts in greater detail before supporting them last year. My opportunity to stand up for my convictions will come around again soon and I won't make that mistake again. I can only apologize for my conduct before.

I don't deny that the efforts of ACS have accomplished many good things in the fight against cancer, but whatever good they've accomplished is outweighed by the evil they've propogated at the very same time.

I'm also not opposed to charities as such. But there aren't any charities that I'm aware of that conduct themselves properly especially when it comes to encouraging government action. ACS is but one example. I, for one, reserve the right to refer to the enemies of liberty as "rat bastards."

"In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win." Ayn Rand

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January 26, 2004

Now Boarding Rows 1 Through 5, First Class on Flight 666: Handbasket to Hell

So, after cleaning the Augean Stables for the American Cancer Society last year, I've gotten it in my head that I don't care much for charity-- especially in light of the deductions Uncle Sam grifts from my paycheck every two weeks.

I really thought all that time would amount to nothing worth much at all, but I was wrong because lately one unforeseen benefit has been paying off: Junk Mail.

Not just any kind of junk mail but junk mail from charities. MWAH HA HA HA HA HAAAAA!!! See, those rat-bastards at ACS or maybe LLS (the charity from the year before last) gave my address out to all of their tender-hearted friends, so now they send me mail.

The benefit is, however, that they include these little address labels and I get to keep them all and use them for whatever I want! (I'll get down with online billpay one day soon.) Can you believe this? And I never ever intend to use them to send a donation! SCORE!

These stupid charities actually spend money to have labels made with my name and address on them and then they send them to ME to use. I'll bet they're thinking, "Oh no one would actually keep the labels and not give a donation." Ha HA! I WILL! They think, "Most people are driven by Christian decency and would be too wrought with guilt to keep what we give them without giving something back." La la la! I'm Objectivist. Not me! I don't do guilt. La la la! You got nothin' on me, pinko, pan-handling swine!

So, I'm not doing the charity thing these days, but I sure am loving all these free address labels. Of course, someone sent me ones with the American Flag on them and seeing as how THE AMERICAN FLAG IS NOT A DECORATION FOR AN ADDRESS LABLE, I had to cut that off of there. That was a pain. Idgits. But I got more labels now than I think I will ever use. WOOHOO!


I'm EVIL! EEEEEEEEVIL!!!! MWA HA HA HAAAAA!!!

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Superfluous Remarks of a Modern American Revolutionary

  • I also took note of this remark:
    Marriage has been around for thousands of years. Sodomy, as a sexual act, goes back just as far, but homosexuality, as a recognized condition, dates only from the late 19th century, and gayness, as a 24/7 social identity, is of even more recent vintage. Who’s to say it isn’t a passing phase?
    First of all, Mr. Conservative, it doesn’t matter if it is a passing phase or not. We’re talking about an unreasonable, unethical, and unjustifiable constraint upon the actions of a portion of the citizenry. Just governance requires that gay marriage be permitted.

    Secondly, that modern homosexuality is unknown to history is not surprising given the violence and denigration with which homosexuality has been met, particularly in the recent past and even present.

  • I also hate Mark Steyn's use of the expression "state's interest." The state HAS no interest in that sense. He speaks of the state as if it were a living entity concerned with its own existence. As I stated in my previous post, that's exactly what he means, too. I damn him for it, too.
  • This bears repeating:
    We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
  • As does this:
    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
  • A person in politics today treads upon holy and unsteady ground.
  • I hate people who argue that tradition as such should be respected. Tradition means absolutely, positively nothing without a rational foundation.
  • The same that goes for tradition goes for legal precedence.
  • It's pitiful that people abandon a thought just because it's never been done before, but that's the impact of assigning a value to tradition based on how traditional it is rather than how rational it is.
  • How free can America be these days when the very height of American politics is perverted by Steyn's, Bush's, Sharpton's, Dean's, Clark's, Kennedy's, Powell's... hell, the likes of almost every single person in politics?
  • And for crying out loud when are people going to stop with the religion and astrology and pseudoscience? Come on already! It's 2004. Shame on you all!
  • Of course, the same questions can be asked about when people are going to abandon socialist economics. I mean, really, folks.
  • But don't take my word for it or the word of anyone for that matter. We can easily demonstrate principle in reality. Oh but it's too bad all this tradition stands in the way. What do you suppose we should do?

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A (Semi-)Solemn Vow

As your president, I will not use government funding to go hit on rough-and-tumble Canadians.

For one The Good Doctor, I am sure, would not approve. I've already told him that I'm using all my coupons on Brad Pitt, Pierce Brosnan, Ryan Phillipe, Orlando Bloom, Ewan McGreggor, Sean Astin, Christopher Masterson, Brad Pitt and Pierce Brosnan. And Kate. And maybe Catherine Zeta-Jones. And Nicole Kidman. And Heidi Klum. What?

Second, Canada. Are you joking me? I'm the President. If anything, I'm headed to Australia, the only country that is even close to having as many badasses as America.

Hat Tip, Rob.

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I'm Still the King of Me

Pretty interesting.

At age 26:

American anthropologist Margaret Mead wrote her famous dissertation, Coming of Age in Samoa, which claimed that in some societies adolescence is not a particularly difficult time.

Albert Einstein published five major research papers in a German physics jornal, fundamentally changing man's view of the universe and leading to such inventions as television and the atomic bomb.

Benjamin Franklin published the first edition of Poor Richard's Almanac, which was to play a large role in molding the diverse American character.

Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Chereshkova became the first woman to travel in space.

College dropout Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple Computer.

Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, revolutionizing the economies of the United States and Britain.

Antoine Joseph Sax invented the brass saxophone.

"Johnny Appleseed" brought apple seeds to the Ohio Valley.

Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Italy.

Gon Yangling memorized more than 15,000 telephone numbers in Harbin, China.

British ethologist Jane Goodall set up camp in the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve on Lake Tanganyika and began studying the lives of chimpanzees.

Ken Kesey published his first novel, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest.

You'll excuse me if I'm skeptical about the assertion that "Christian Friedrich Heinecken had read the Pentateuch" by age 1.

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From The Good Doctor

Last night The Good Doctor and I were watching television and a woman said she felt nauseous, at which point The Good Doctor informed me that her usage of the word "nauseous" is one of his pet peeves. Merriam-Webster, by way of their newly redesigned website says:

Main Entry: nau·seous
1 : causing nausea or disgust : NAUSEATING
2 : affected with nausea or disgust

usage: Those who insist that nauseous can properly be used only in sense 1 and that in sense 2 it is an error for nauseated are mistaken. Current evidence shows these facts: nauseous is most frequently used to mean physically affected with nausea, usually after a linking verb such as feel or become; figurative use is quite a bit less frequent. Use of nauseous in sense 1 is much more often figurative than literal, and this use appears to be losing ground to nauseating. Nauseated is used more widely than nauseous in sense 2.

This is a good example of descriptive linguistics and the function and purpose of dictionaries. Dictionaries tell us how words are most commonly used. Dictionaries do not presume to tell us how a word ought to be used.

Considering the widespread epidemic of malapropisms, grammar errors, and general linguistic ignorance it is not surprising that M-W says that this use of nauseous is common and accepted.

Let's remember that "normalcy" wasn't even a word before President Warren G. Harding's gaff became popular usage.

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Aquí Vienen los Hombres Machos

I was looking through my referrer logs and was reminded of this post on masculinity that I wrote a while back.

This weekend The Good Doctor and I took our luncheon (How manly is that word?) with a friend who had recently visited Puerto Rico and informed us that finely plucked and sculpted eyebrows are the way of the manly men these days. That's right. Straight latin men have taken to eyebrow grooming that extends well beyond correction of the unibrow.

And who's manlier than los machismos?

I can't wait to see the likes of Tim Allen in the salon having his brows threaded. heh heh heh...

Please click here.

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