Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Canada and same-sex marriages

I can't understand the issue surrounding same-sex marriage. Who cares? Why is this even an issue? The only thing people have against it is solely based on "morality" and has nothing to do with the actual things a government should be concerned about: economics and security.

I know politicians have to kiss the asses of special interest groups, especially the vocal religious right, but for crap sake, don't they have anything better to with which to occupy their time? How about the handout (AGAIN) to Bombardier? Or the continuing escapades of Sgro?

This is nuts. They are wasting time and money on an issue that, in reality, is none of society's fucking business. I don't care if two guys want to "legalize their love for eachother" by symbolically signing a legal document and shoving rings on their fingers. Who cares?

Joke:

A guy walked into the local welfare office, marched straight up to the counter and said, "Hi... You know, I just HATE drawing welfare. I'd really rather have a job."

The social worker behind the counter said, "Your timing is excellent. We just got a job opening from a very wealthy old man who wants a chauffeur/bodyguard for his nymphomaniac daughter. You'll have to drive around in his Mercedes, but he'll supply all of your clothes. Because of the long hours, meals will be provided. You'll be expected to escort her on her overseas holiday trips. You'll have a two-bedroom apartment above the garage. The starting salary is $200,000 a year".

The guy said, "You're bullshittin' me!"

The social worker replied, "Yeah, well, you started it."

New Fred On Everything

Excellent new Fred On Everything called Read Your Newspaper (while you still can).

In this column, he asserts that newspapers are dying out because of the Internet. For the US, this is the beginning of a good thing. Now, if the web could only wipe out American television news....starting with that shitpile Fox.

In a previous column, Fred discusses Wars and their Aftermath. In it he asks:

The observant will have noticed that we hear little from the troops in Iraq and see almost nothing of the wounded. Why, one might wonder, does not CNN put an enlisted Marine before a camera and, for fifteen minutes without editing, let him say what he thinks? Is he not an adult and a citizen? Is he not engaged in important events on our behalf?

It is a sad world when the press of the "land of the free, and the home of the brave" is less open than that of, say, the Ukraine. The media in the US is so tightly controlled as to be essentially meaningless.

So, when people use mainstream media as their source for "proof", aren't their opinions questionable?

Monday, December 13, 2004

The Da Vinci Code

Just started reading The Da Vinci Code (I know, I'm a little behind the times). Interesting book so far.

Thought I would do some research (on the web, 'natch). Unsurprisingly, there are quite a few diatribes against this book....from Christians, of course. The funny thing is, you can't really argue religion against a believer, be they Christian or whatever. Their whole main source of "research" and "facts" is their book (Bible, Quaran, whatever). It's like saying OJ Simpson didn't commit those murders 'cause he said he didn't.

The author writes a fictional religious thriller and the Bible-thumpers come out of the woodwork. I was raised and grew up Catholic, but found that there were too many lies from the Church for me to take this seriously anymore. Those same lies infest every religion and every offshoot of Christianity.

To these people the Bible is sacrosanct and cannot change...cannot be wrong as it is the Word of God. No matter how many errors and blatant contradictions can be found in it, it is the Truth (according to them). So how can you argue with them?

Many hardcore believers do so in the absence of independent thought. It is the nature of religion. Those in power do not want the little people thinking. That causes problems for them. So, they make thought = heresay. Galilleo was a perfect example of that.


Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Typically "reformed Christian" bullcrap

Yesterday, I pointed out a guy's blog (keithdevens.com) in which he actually tries to blame Canada for the mess the US is in (he implies that in his intial post and throughout his responses to other comments). Now, this thread is over two years old, but I wrote a comment yesterday, after reading this guy's response to another person's comments:
What does it say about you that you think this comment, in which there was nothing racist at all, is somehow comparable to people supporting a regime which killed millions of people? It's disgusting and morally offensive. You should be ashamed.

Here's what I wrote:

Interesting thread. Filled with some excellently written posts, and some incredibly illiterate ones. Odd that many of the excellently written, from a grammatical sense, are complete crap.

"...comparable to people supporting a regime which killed millions of people..."? Let's digest that for a second:

Peru? Ever hear of it? Your "regime" supported theirs...one of the most brutal dictatorships in the world.

Iraq? The US created Hussein. Your country supported him and it ended up backfiring.

Hiroshima? Your country dropped a hydrogen bomb on innocent civilians killing more than 100,000 people. It's disgusting and morally offensive...you should be ashamed.

Genius-boy comments back:

Odd that many of the excellently written, from a grammatical sense, are complete crap.

You describe your own post.

I'm tired of dealing with all this tripe. I'm closing this thread.

So....here's a guy who considers himself well-educated but who cannot discuss his own country's shortcomings without resorting to tripe himself. Typical whiny-boy Christian reformed right-wing bullshit I would expect from a 'Merken with his head so far up his ass he doesn't realize that his country is the laughing-stock of the world. I mean, I swear as I read that last line I could mentally picturing him sniffling and taking his ball and going home.

This is the kind of moronic shit-for-brains that makes me re-think my own right-wing sensibilities.

By the way...he posts his email address and his AIM contact information if anyone is interested in...er....writing to him....

Enjoy.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Hating Canada

Just dicking around on the web and typed "hate canada" into Google to see what would come up. Came across some interesting stuff. One is a weblog (the actual blog post was started back in June 2002!), but people began commenting on it again in Sept.

Check it out at: keithdevens.com . The whole chain is interesting because it exposes a couple of things. One, as anyone who surfs a lot can atest, there are a lot of illiterate people in the world. Two, many in the US seem to have a skewed world vision - which also shouldn't surprise anyone.

Here is a seemingly intelligent person who ignores a lot of facts to support his own skewed arguments. You cannot just throw away pertinent information because it doesn't jive well with your personal viewpoint. Reality doesn't work that way. Though, of course, most Americans are trapped in a sort of pseudo-reality (AMBER TERROR ALERT...RUN. HIDE. FEAR FOR YOUR LIVES. THE ENEMY IS COMING.)

The blog's author makes a claim about Canada's lax immigration laws which allows terrorism to flourish. Odd...4 commercial jets get hi-jacked (allegedly, I have an odd feeling about the one that "hit" the Pentagon and the other that crashed in the field...something doesn't feel right about either of them) by terrorists. Not one, not two, but (again, allegedly) FOUR. Where was the US's security then?

I remember seeing a list of the crew and passenger manifests of the two that hit the WTC. I could never get confirmation on the validity of it (neither did this guy), but one thing was extremely odd. None of the names appeared to be Arabic-sounding. If the lists I saw were real, then the terrorists were able to board the airplanes with either totally fake names, or without tickets at all. Now, if they have fake names, which one did they use: Jeffrey Coombs? Andrew Curry Green?

What I want to know it, if they were on the plane, how come they don't appear on the manifests? And how did they get on to them? The link to "this guy" above is essentially someone responding to the original writer's questions regarding the lists. Now, given all those arguments (in red), I still do not see a valid explanation as to the exclusion of the Arab names. Were they on the list, did they have tickets?

The whole point of the above is to point out that, while Canada may have lax immigration laws, the US itself is guilty of pretty shoddy security as well. I mean, there was an FBI briefing that basically previewed Bin Laden's plans. How come security wasn't increased then?

What's even funnier is that in hating Canada, some Americans hate probably the only country on Earth that doesn't egg American tourists...where an American can wear a symbol bearing his flag without fear of reprisal...whether verbal or physical.

Funny article with regards to wearing Canadian symbols.