Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Sex-aware era waxes.

Sorry, I had to post this, I just wanted to use the title. NY Daily News is kind of tabloid-y, so have your pop-up blocker ready to rage: 'Factory' is seen as fully unionized'

Anyways, this isn't the first time there have been accusations, but maybe the first time that they're actually true?

Now do I repay a period won.

Welcome back to Detroit, Chris Webber.

I've been defending you for a long time, although at times you make it so tough. You are a great passing forward, with very soft hands. You may not be able to jump anymore, but you are still a presence down low. After beating New Jersey tonight, the Pistons have won 5 out of 7, and are hopefully righting the ship again.

Chris, I'm willing to accept you back into the heart of Detroit basketball. You've had a colorful history throughout Michigan sports history. Let's hope this story has a happy ending...

Also, Chris - congratulations on producing a song on Nas's new album, Hip Hop is Dead. The name of the song is Blunt Ashes, it's not that bad!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Swap God for a janitor? Rot in a jar of dog paws...

Why can't the religious kooks leave God out of our public school system? If you want to teach your kid about school, pay the money, and send them to a private school. If you can't afford a private school, teach your kids at home. You can teach them whatever you want, that way. Just keep your God away from the rest of the children, before somebody gets hurt.

Here's the quote of the month, from the web page of Colorado State Senator Dave Schultheis:

Quote of the Month: "Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom." -- John Adams (Defense of the Constitution, 1787)

Sounds like a decent, stand-up guy, huh? Actually, this guy stands for the exact opposite of freedom, and he wants to inject religion into public schools with a "Public School Religious Bill of Rights". He lists some petty claims to rights, some of which are already afforded, but also treads on some dangerous territory. One right he claims for religious teachers:

Teachers may:

Almost sounds harmless, but it's really not at all. Shouldn't public school teachers be required to teach their respective subjects without bias towards religion? If you want to teach religion, why can't you teach at a private school? Not enough positions? I'm sure your place of worship would allow you to volunteer and enlighten young congregationists... oh, but that's not enough for you, is it? You want my kids, too?

PZ Myers over at Pharyngula has some very good commentary.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Donna made Ted, a man, nod.

You know how you sometimes get that feeling you really should have started listening to [insert cool new band name] like 5 years ago, and what the hell took you so long to find out about them?

Right now, it's Ted Leo and the Pharmacists

I picked up their 2004 album, Shake The Sheets, on iTunes a couple months ago. Props to my friend Carly for the suggestion. It's a solid piece of post-punk catchiness, complete with thick candy shell. Very re-listenable. It's also quite political, as you might have noticed if you followed the link to Ted's website.

I also found this podcast (iTunes link) to be very cool. It's by a radio station called KEXP in Seattle, and has a bunch of recent live shows with bands that I think are cool. If you don't have iTunes, check out their website.

I'm a pup, am I?

OK, no politics this time. This is a picture of my dog. He just turned 1 year on New Year's Day. I'm pretty sure he's a Border Collie, but he might have some Australian Shepherd in him, too. What do you think?


Oh, his name is Caleb.

Wikipedia is fun!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Yo, Banana Boy!

OK, now I'm going to try and post a link. This is one of my favorite blogs to visit, this guy Ed Brayton has some articulate arguments in favor of the First Amendment, and integrity in science. He also likes to call out politicians when they slip up, on either side of the fence. Here's a great post where he exposes the hypocrisy of Darth Cheney.

Cheney Gets Prickly

Our Vice President is such a sweet guy, huh?

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Now, sir, a war is never even -- sir, a war is won!

This is not a war blog, but my first post is on Iraq. Is that alright? Sorry, if I offend some of you right off the bat...OK, here goes:

Iraq, right? WTF? Are we really fighting a war over there? Everybody acts like we're winning or losing, that you're on our side or their side, or if we leave the country we are 'surrendering', or that we need to stop saying that we're 'losing the war'. All of that is complete BS! The war is over. We won. We captured their leader, tried him, and executed him. Regime change. No more dangerous weapons. Didn't we accomplish our objective? Now, the American troops remain in Iraq to clean up the mess that they made. We don't want it to become a terrorist breeding ground! Except that, while American troops are there, it's a perfect place for terrorists to train and target actual Americans.

Why can't we just admit that the war is over! We won! Clean it up, and get the fuck out. Jesus!

(sorry, I'm not usually into ranting - but what are blogs for? i'll try to add some humor to the 2nd post!)