Jun/08
2005

Love in Action.

It seems like a great name. Love in Action. I envision a nice retreat for young couples out in the mountains. Or crisp cool air blowing across a couple only beach on a nice tropical isle. Sadly that is not this place. It’s a ‘camp’. As in concentration camp. This place is, in fact, a hellhole. A place designed by the most bigoted, and loathsome people. Solitary confinement and brainwashing. What could be the purpose of this horrible place? Well, this is a place for parents to send their children of course. To learn about the word and will of their Lord and Savior. Not just any children of course. Bad children. Naughty children. GAY CHILDREN. That’s right, it’s a place where parents, who have no respect for their children, can send them to be ‘retrained’ to be straight. From the director of the camp, we get this pearl of wisdom I would rather you commit suicide than have you leave Love In Action wanting to return to the gay lifestyle. In a physical death you could still have a spiritual resurrection; whereas, returning to homosexuality you are yielding yourself to a spiritual death from which there is no recovery. There really are no words. Now, the very IDEA of sending my kid to be reprogrammed is abhorrent to me. I have no idea what could possibly possess them. Aside from all of that, the rules of this place are… well… special. I’m sure it’s easy to guess most of them. Must dress properly with girls in dresses, and men in button down shirts. Don’t be gay. That sort of thing. But then there are the extra special rules. For the first 3 or 4 days of the program, you are locked into a small room, forbidden from communicating with anyone except staff. Afterward, all of your communications will be monitored to ensure appropriateness (don’t be gay). Also, you are allowed one 15 minute period with the bathroom door closed for showering purposes. All other time in the bathroom, the door must be open. But that’s just the rules for the ‘refuge client’. The rules for the parents are amazingly more ignorant. “Don¹t allow client to split your family. Unite to present stability and unity.” So… parents should form a nice wall to help ostracize the child further. Good idea. “Your client is not allowed to talk to anyone outside of your home including friends or family. Do not tell client who has called for them or who is asking about them. Keep the thoughts of the client focused on his/her treatment.” Another great idea. Cut them off from their support group!!! I suppose it does fit their purpose of doing enough mental damage to someone that they will agree to anything. Now, you may wonder, how did this demonic camp come to my attention? Well, I followed a link to a blog. The link was innocent and unrelated. But the last three days of this blog consist of a 16 year old boy's terror story about his parents reaction to his coming out. They decided the right course to take was to tell him that they “raised him wrong” and that he was the “most irresponsible child” they had ever met. His last communication, dated the 3rd, indicated that he was supposed to start this camp on the 6th. But it appeared that he was considering other alternatives to get away from his parents before then.
“I just need this to be over” “If I do come out straight I'll be so mentally unstable and depressed it wont matter” “I ran away for a short while”. “I've been through hell. I've been emotionally torn apart for three days... I can't remember which days they were.. time's not what it used to be.”
Yeah. I’m sure all this torture they are inflicting him is really helping him understand the kindness, understanding and compassion that Jesus taught. I mean, what kind of sick fucks do this to their children? And do they even think of the consequences? This is a young kid, who will probably never, ever forgive them. In two years, he’ll move out, and they will probably never see him again. If my son was a mass murderer, I’d treat him better than this. Bastard parents.. May they rot in a special private hell.
Jun/08
2005
Ah once again my hat is off to that lovely Cornucopia of information - the AP Wire... Take it away boys: Filed at 10:10 p.m. ET IN THE GENES: A British study of twins suggests genetics have a lot to do with whether a woman can have an orgasm. IS THAT BAD? Yes and no, experts say. It might cause some women to give up hope but also may remove the pressure some women put on themselves if they can't reach orgasm. WHAT IT MEANS: Learning more about sexual function will help scientists find better ways to treat sexual problems. What a tease eh? They go to all the trouble to produce a sure-fire attention grabbing headline and then follow it up with 3 sentences. Talk about disfunction and disappointment. That article could certainly use a horse-sized pill of a content equivalent of Viagra. Still it's the underlying concept here that's the point, so lets roll with it shall we? Upon more digging for this somewhat illusive article I did manage to extract more data which goes on to day that they found that the "similarity of experience" wrt orgasm was greater in identical twins over fraternal. This I can attest to, having shared living space with a pair of voracious twins in college. One twin apparently was enjoying sex to the fullest at the merry age of 16, the other couldn't accomplish the same feat until she was 21. And while the more detailed article seems to linger on the environmental concerns that might provide a factor between the have's and have nots (factors such as upbringing, quality of relationship, over all comfort with oneself, etc.) it does not delve in any respects into what I would call (yes I'm making this term up but I find it appropriate) "neural maturity". My hypothesis on this matter is quite simple: It takes longer for some women to mature the neural pathways to achieve an orgasm than others - and in some cases this necessary maturity simply isn't reached. Now it may be that this is the underlying basis of the genetic argument, but from what I've read it's not clear. A perhaps crude but legitimate analogy is sports. You do not start off being adept at the certain motions that optimize a sport (the way you run, the way you swing a bat or a racket) but over time and practice you develop the gross motion and move on to refining the smaller movements necessary to really get the most efficiency. On the other hand there are people who are brilliant from the very start. I would put forward that the same is true for women and sex. Now I shall refrain (and I'll accept your thanks here) from making all sorts of wonderfully crude sports metaphors with respect to sex (feel free of course to post those in the comments) but I will conclude that as with anything you really and truly desire - hard work and commitment are the necessary ingredients to success in all things, sex included. And if an orgasm is your grail, well then, by all means let nothing stop you from that noble goal.... however on the other hand if you aren't able to manage to please yourself (regardless of the gymnastics you try) then one might suggest that perhaps you should look within before wearing yourself without.
Jun/08
2005

The windows of summer

I was stuck in traffic yesterday and paused to marvel at the robustness of my fellow traffic jammers. The weather here has just turned nice, nice meaning warm, not rainy, not damp, not under 60 - yes warm. For the last 'n' months I've looked out through the closed windows of my car at my commute, and longed for the time when I could at least stick out an elbow or crank the sunroof without having to compensate with additional warmth from the moisture-leeching heater. At very long last it's here, and much to my astonishment the same people I saw huddled in their vehicles on the frosty, icy, rainy mornings are now entombed in much the same way against the "heat". It would seem that any variation in ambient temperature must put these folks into agonizing, thrashing throes which my imagination attributes to fish far from water. One wonders that if indeed an apocalyptic event should occur to prevent their environment to be moderated to (what? I don't know - 65 degrees?) some tightly regulated temperature that the suffering would be immense.... I picture vast swaths of business and informal work attired folks dragging themselves by one hand along the roadway gasping their summer mantra.... "Airconditioning...."
Jun/07
2005
Good news! For the month of June, you too can receive the higly coveted GM Employee Discount as a member of the general car-buying public! http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2005/06/01/110786.html But on the other hand, GM has decided to cut jobs and close some of its plants. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8129876/ "Let's offer a huge buying incentive while we trash a huge chunk of our work force!" I'm trying to figure out if this the fat cats trying to cut their costs while blowing sales through the roof - essentailly creating a huge windfall for the corporation - or if this is a sign of the industry giant truly in trouble and doing some serious fighting to stay alive. But who cares? The new Harry Potter book comes out in July.
Jun/07
2005

Deviloution

Jun/07
2005
Here's the story in a nutshell. Girl gets pregnant and suddenly decides that she can't go through with it. She tries to make herself miscarry and eventually asks her boyfriend for help. Eventually she miscarries although no one can say for certain whose actions really caused it. The state finds out and although she has defended his actions as being at her request, he is condemned him to life in prison. Here's the actual snippet from the AP: LUFKIN, Texas (AP) -- A 19-year-old accused of causing his teenage girlfriend to miscarry two fetuses by stepping on her stomach was convicted Monday of two counts of murder. Gerardo Flores received an automatic life sentence because prosecutors did not seek the death penalty, which was available under the state's 2003 fetus protection law. Erica Basoria, 17, acknowledged asking Flores to help end her pregnancy; she could not be prosecuted because of her legal right to abortion. The defense contended that Basoria punched herself while Flores was stepping on her, making it impossible to tell who caused the miscarriage. Her family, it seems, is happy with themselves - although she is destroyed by the whole event. The unwritten part of this seems that her family are actually the malcontents here. It's pretty easy to infer, if they're happy with the situation that they neither wanted her to date this man, nor did she feel they would support her in having an abortion. Left with the choice of having the babies or putting herself through pain, it's pretty clear what this girl decided she had to do. Texas is about as a mysogenistic state as it gets, though probably tied for first place with Florida. South Dakota recently made the news with this little gem: PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- Planned Parenthood asked a federal judge Monday to strike down a new South Dakota abortion law, saying it would force doctors to read inaccurate, state-scripted medical information to women seeking abortions. The group filed a lawsuit challenging the new statute in federal court in Sioux Falls, said Kate Looby, director of the Planned Parenthood clinic there. ''Politicians can't force doctors to tell patients things that aren't true. That's bad medicine,'' Looby said. ''Just because politicians believe something is true doesn't make it so.'' ... The new law, scheduled to take effect July 1, would require doctors to inform women seeking abortions that the procedure ends the life of a human and terminates the constitutional relationship a woman has with her unborn child. It also requires doctors to tell women about the medical risks of abortion, including a statement that abortion could cause an increased risk of suicide. Fucking amazing isn't it? Lets see now - having an abortion might have an increased risk of suicide - and carrying an unwanted pregancy to term doesn't. Oh fucking come ON here. What about the risk of no future for the mother or the unwanted baby? The pope recently weighed in on Abortion - in the terms of defining marriage as being singularly between a man and a woman. His concept that having a baby is the culmination of this relationship is so unbelieveably narrow that it boggles the mind. The fact is that until women can choose not to become pregnant in the first place, they all share the risk of being forced to carry a child they do not want. And that is the actual crime.
Jun/06
2005
The way a friend of mine "ear-marks" guys is becoming annoying. We are both single and similar age. She is a bit more outgoing than I and meets more people, but just cause she meets them first does that mean I only get a shot at the guys she has rejected? Case in point: She has a vacation cabin on a lake and she has taken a liking to one of the single guys there. I only hear about him occationally. He seems to like her, but hasn't given her anything concrete to make her think he likes her in a romantic way. Well, I finally met him. Seems nice enough. We were sitting around at a picnic table drinking and talking and I feel a distinct presence on my feet. I shift a bit - still there. By god - he's playing footsy with me! I played along - not like we were exchanging body fluids. Next morning I find out she "really likes him". Do I tell her what he did the night before? Do I keep it to myself? I've know her long enought to know "really likes him" means treat him like he's my man - hands off. Then she goes on the recount a dream where I am coming on to him and she finally confronts him. No way she saw the foot action - too dark. Maybe I won't see him again - make life easier. But its likely I will, and I will have to deal with it then. Is it loyalty to friend or all's fair in love and war?
Jun/06
2005
I had to stop by Walmart on Saturday. I didn't notice the handicapped buses outside, but they must have been there. Now, I'm not against mainstreaming disabled people. But, did they have to mainstream a whole bunch on the same day in one smallish Walmart? I think every disabled person in my cow-poke town was there. Every single aisle I turned down was clogged with wheelchairs, people on crutches and their helpers. It was like navigating an obstacle course. Even almost tripped over a few because everyone was oblivious and just coming out of now where. Next time I'll look for the buses and if they are there, my first stop will be the sporting goods department for some goalie gear!
Jun/06
2005
I do not support you. I do not support your agenda. I also don't think you care what I think, and I wish it were mutual but unfortunately I don't have a choice NOT to deal with the consequences of your actions. Feel free to post me a reply if you ever read this.
Jun/06
2005
Once again, here's a snippet from the A.P. wire: Court Rules Against Pot for Sick People By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: June 6, 2005 Filed at 10:53 a.m. ET WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal authorities may prosecute sick people who smoke pot on doctors' orders, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, concluding that state medical marijuana laws don't protect users from a federal ban on the drug. So in 1 sentance it comes down to this: 10 states have determined that pot may be dispensed to patients as per their doctors orders, and the federal government will prosecute anyone that does. That's it. Basically the Federal Government has determined that their laws supercede the states, and that they will determine what is the correct therapy with respect to the application of pot primarily as a pain reliever (primarily for severely ill patients). It is fair here to note that this was NOT a unanimous decision - that it was 6:3 and perhaps the best quote on states rights in the matter was offered by Justice O'Connor: ''The states' core police powers have always included authority to define criminal law and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their citizens,'' said O'Connor, who was joined by other states' rights advocates. I'm sure I'm not the first democrat to note that the republican rhetoric on the freedom of states to determine their own standards for the people within them is, again, only applied as needed. By bringing this lawsuit, the Federal Government has once again shown that it is far more interested in meddling in the private life of citizens than it is in finding feasible alternatives or compromise. The saddest part is that the people who will be affected by this zelotry are the weakest and most physically defenseless. Now people with incurable illnesses who do choose to find relief through marijiana as approved by their doctor have to fear federal intrusion into their own homes, and being arrested. Bravo, it must be a great day to be a Republican.
Jun/04
2005
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Jun/02
2005

Cult of Personality

I don’t hate Macs. I hate Mac users. Let me be more specific even. I hate the religious cult of Mac. You know them. They love their Macs. In some cases more than they love their children. And if that was it, I would consider it odd, but acceptable. If it works for you, that’s great. What I hate is Joe Dip-shit who loves his Mac so much that he feels the need to not only tell me about it constantly, but to take every free moment he can to explain to me how great a Mac can be. Sometimes in what must be prepared speeches. I mean, I get it. You like your Mac. And you’re an oppressed minority. But you evangelizing about it to me is not going to suddenly convert me. That crap may work on 85 year old grandmothers, but not me. I know what works for me. In fact, many of the things I use Windows for, Macs can not do. And many of the things I would like Mac for, I can do on my Linux box. However, I don't disrespect the Mac. It was worthy of scorn before, but recently, it's a decent product. Just not one I CHOOSE to use. You already know that because we've had this discussion twice a week for a year. So, shut the fuck up about it already. Yes yes. You have iPod, iCalander, iCamera, iBedsheets and probably even iUnderwear. Good for you. I’m glad you’re a corporate whore. I’m sure they are much better than all other similar products because they put an i in front of their name. Very creative and all. You like Macs. Good for you. Knock yourself out. I’ll even supply a brick to help you on your way.
Jun/01
2005
Ok stay with me here - I just read this article... "By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: June 1, 2005 Filed at 9:18 p.m. ET .. Swiss and American scientists demonstrate in new experiments how a squirt of the hormone oxytocin stimulates trusting behavior in humans, and they acknowledge that the possibility of abuse can't be ignored. ''Of course, this finding could be misused,'' said Ernst Fehr of the University of Zurich, the senior researcher in the study, which appears in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. ''I don't think we currently have such abuses. However, in the future it could happen.''" Future? FUTURE? BullSHIT..... TWO WORDS BABY... President. Bush.
Jun/01
2005

bye bye EU

I find it interesting that the French and Dutch both dropped back and punted the EU charter, don't you? I mean they were founding members and all. So is this a case of last-minute cold feet? Or is it a 'well it sounded good on paper... but in reality...' The EU was supposed to be a balance for American presence in the world. At least that was part of what it was being billed as. It's pretty clear, however, that the cherished "culture" that the EU constitution naysayers martyred on a cross of ethnocentrism is far more powerful than any international competitive spirit. If you ask me, and if you're reading this then by default you already have, the natives in France and Holland were far less interested in genuinely presenting a united front to America and far more worried about losing their identity. A pretty stupid fear given that identity for these nations are built on centuries of history, monuments, languages, food, mythos and national-pride. So where did this fear come from? "SAVE FRANCE VOTE NO". Yeah huh, she's safe for sure now eh? So what part of France and Holland are we looking at? It's cultural mentality so it's fair game to go back and make historical comparisons right? right? Ok, maybe drawing a parallel between Frances puffed-posturing in WWII to the actual dropping of pants and bending over as the Germans waltzed -around- the wall is a shot below the belt (lol, who DIDN'T learn from China's mistake - raise your hand) and the Dutch did mount as much resistance as their smaller nation could muster but still. There's also the issue with the 'fear that Turkey would be admitted'. Holy Crap. By far the most progressive of the muslim nations, instead of embracing them as a role model the Dutch would rather toss the charter-baby out with the bath water. So, so, so. No charter, No EU. It would seem that at some point these two nations - who were part and parcel of the initial effort have now had some pretty extreme second thoughts... or is it just that the EU was a good idea - but only for everyone else?
May/31
2005
You know how in the 3 stooges Moe pokes Larry and Larry passes it on to Curly instead of poking back? That's how interpret the image of the US to the rest of the world. Yes, that's a rather encompassing statement - but let me refine it better: Sunni's and Shiites have been killing each other for ages. However now - when a bomb goes off in a Shiite mosque they don't blame the local tensions that made it happen they blame the US. Better still they attack what they see as local symbols of Americanism (in this case a KFC) and wind up killing more locals. The pervading attitude is that America is responsible for all the woes muslims (in this case) are currently burdened with. Excuse me? We're not the ones planting the bomb killing your locals. And we're certainly NOT the ones burning the local businesses and killing yet even more locals in the process. Putting aside the economical reprocussions of the US suspending our financial and industrial aid to these countries, are people really so willing to believe that the US is the sole reason for the bomb in the first place? I suppose it vastly oversimplifies the situation to say that maybe if these nations were less interested in killing each other, had effective law enforcement and politics less riddled with graft perhaps they might be able to make some headway in terms of the average man's quality of life. It appears to the untrained that these nations simply want our standard of living, yet refuse to build the infrastructure to support it. Even if they were to miraculously to inherit our situation I would propose that unless they would alter their social and political designs to mirror ANY 1st world nation (Germany, Canada, Italy, whomever...)that their nation would immediately return to the same state they're in today. You can't want what America has unless you want to earn it, and support it the same way we do. Further, if you don't have the balls to make your own nation a better place to live - then don't fucking blame us when you decide to kill the guy next door.
May/30
2005

Memorial Day

Link: http://www.usmemorialday.org/audio/taps.wav

Today is a national day to remember. To remember the sacrifices so many had to make to get to where we are. To remember the thousands upon thousands of young men who never got to go home. Who never saw the end of the many wars. Sadly, many people seem to regard this as a day to go out, fire up the BBQ, and have an extra day off work. Never once thinking about the real reason this day is special. The men who died giving their lives for what they believed. Or sometimes for something they didn't believe in at all. Warriors who spent their last moment in agony, crying out for answers from God, or wishing their mother could make it all better. The men who came home with memories and visions that left a scar upon their psyche forever. This day is for them. And I find it sad that many people never take so much as a moment to remember them with a raised glass or a simple moment of silence. This isn't a three day weekend commemorating summer. It's a day dedicated to all of our heroes. Take a moment and give them their due.