Archive for February, 2008

Turns out, they don't know where I am

February 13, 2008 Leave a comment

I got some junk mail from Reason today, one of those envelopes with a satellite photo of your home (like the covers they did a while back). Amusingly, the arrow points to the intersection by my apartment and where my apartment complex should be is a vacant lot. I guess I’m safe for now.

Categories: Silliness

The state of things

February 13, 2008 1 comment

This next election is going to be fun. I think. I seem to go back and forth about this. I see something that worries me, then I see something that makes me hopeful.

I’m happy with Clinton or Obama as the Democratic nominee. Neither is a bad candidate. However, I’m definitely hoping Obama gets it. For all the experience and supposed expertise of the Clinton campaign, it’s not impressing me of late. If I’m going to vote with a rather ugly political machine, I’m going to be sure it’s at least effective. Burning through the kind of money they have is disconcerting.

While I’m not worried about the eventual nominee, I’m a little worried about how that nominee comes to be. If things get ugly at the convention with the superdelegates swinging the nomination one way or another, dividing the party, I think the Democratic party is screwed. Sure, maybe everyone will make up in short order like the Republican base and John McCain seem to have done, but I have my doubts.

On the other side, we’re going to have to deal with McCain. If there was a candidate I was afraid of in the general, it was McCain. His independent reputation is a huge asset. Going off of primary exit polls, he’s pulling in the anti-war Republican vote. Bizarre, considering McCain is the maybe most hawkish Republican of all those who ran. So that’ll be dispensed with in short order and I can’t see independents being happy with McCain’s willingness to stay in Iraq for the next century. And when you consider that McCain has little to offer outside of foreign policy, he’ll have a hard time making up any ground with those who dislike that stance. That said, Clinton is probably not the candidate to best take advantage of those weaknesses, as she’s somewhat hawkish as well and won’t be as enticing to independents as Obama would be. All in all, I think the Democratic nominee can deal with McCain’s maverick status.

Someone at work the other day said Republicans will vote for Republicans, but Democrats may break off and vote for McCain. Considering the incredible turnout the Democratic primaries have been generating, that seems ridiculous. I’ve seen far more of those on the other side express interest in Obama than vice-versa. I think most Democrats by now are aware that McCain is very much a Republican and not much of a maverick.

Who knows what’s going to happen. I’m optimistic and I’m actually looking forward to voting for Obama or Clinton.

Categories: 2008 elections

Special treatment

February 11, 2008 Leave a comment

This is less than inspiring:

Muslim medical students are refusing to obey hygiene rules brought in to stop the spread of deadly superbugs, because they say it is against their religion.

Women training in several hospitals in England have raised objections to removing their arm coverings in theatre and to rolling up their sleeves when washing their hands, because it is regarded as immodest in Islam.

Universities and NHS trusts fear many more will refuse to co-operate with new Department of Health guidance, introduced this month, which stipulates that all doctors must be “bare below the elbow”.

The rules are there for a reason, are they not? No one seems to backing down on this, so that’s good. Still, you can’t really grant special treatment here. I know I wouldn’t want someone who was refusing to follow hygiene rules to operate on me. And I wouldn’t feel great about requesting a non-Muslim doctor, nor would I have that option in some cases. Alas, I don’t live in England, but who’s to say there won’t be any objections over here?

Of course, we wouldn’t be having these problems if people were rational enough to reject the absolutely ridiculous idea that baring your arms has been decreed “immodest” by imaginary authorities.

But, I suppose the objecting Muslims can quit, as some seem to be considering. If you can’t follow the rules, you have to find a different line of work. After all, If you don’t believe in extra-marital sex you don’t become porn star.

Alright, that was a little extreme. You don’t become a pharmacist if distributing certain medicines is against your religion.

Damn it, we’re screwed.

(via Pharyngula)

Categories: Religion


February 7, 2008 Leave a comment

My inability to post has been fixed. Ironically, the problem was an inability to post.

If you can guess what that means, you’re allowed to add 3% to any future Internet geek test you take.

Categories: Blogging, Tech

Christians harass old man

February 4, 2008 3 comments

UPDATE: Hey, so I can’t do anything on this blog at the moment. Login, comment, post, etc. I’m editing this in the database to see if that works. If you see this, try and comment.

I have three comments on this article:

“I was standing on a corner and turned around and there was this little old man walking across the street,” said Tony Didlo, a member of Grace Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Des Moines, Iowa. “I knew right away it was Andy Rooney.”

Didlo held out a Gospel tract and asked Rooney if he had received one yet.

“Yeah, I’ve got one of those,” Rooney replied, according to Didlo‚Äôs account of the Jan. 31 encounter.

“Sir, do you believe in God?” Didlo asked.

“No, I’m an atheist,” Rooney said. “I think it’s sad you people believe in that stuff.”

“He wouldn’t let me go any further with it,” Didlo said. “I was surprised he thinks people are totally off their rockers for believing in God.”

1. I think most people should be able to admit that worshiping a cosmic Jewish zombie and an imaginary friend living in the sky is going to sound a bit crazy to a certain number of people.
2. Shouldn’t Christians expect this? There are countless examples in the Bible of people being mocked for their beliefs, to say nothing of being dismissed.
3. My brain refused to recognize that that man’s name is Didlo, not dildo.

Categories: Religion

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