OMG! I'm offended! I have mixed feelings on this. On one hand, I don't believe a company should promote or require others to appreciate particular lifestyles. Basically I don't think a company should require anything of you personally, but rather require that you dress in an acceptable fashion, show up on time, etc. My employers have generally told me to leave my personal life at the door. No one cares! Your co-workers don't want to know.
On that note, part of being a person is understanding that other people will not always like you. You cannot live in reality without being offended and disliked. Also, if it's not harrassing or threatening speech, it should be acceptable, shouldn't it?
However, I think he should have responded to the person who wrote the memo, asking to be removed from the mailing list, instead of sending his complaint to the whole company.
Oh the wide world and its senselessness. I'm sick of people who are out looking to be offended. I'm sick of this PC kick. I'm sick of people who think they're disliked because they're black or white or gay or straight or... Sometimes they're right, but most of the time they're disliked because people don't "just get along."
Don't be such a boob, Bush. Bush wants to grant amnesty to illegal workers, then give them even more benefits if they return home after a few years. Even worse, Bush also is expected to broadly discuss giving workers from some countries expanded access to Social Security benefits, sources said. Seriously. Is there any benefit for anyone besides Bush getting more votes? Yes. The employers of these illegals who don't have to worry about INS catching them anymore. Besides that... we're letting more people in legally for longer periods of time. We need to tighten our borders, not loosen them. I thought Bush was serious about the fight against terrorists, now he wants to keep illegals here? Granted most of them are illegal Mexicans working construction, but anything making it easier to cross our borders which are already pathetic is disgusting.
I wish a Libertarian candidate had a chance because I'm sick of Bush (who has never vetoed a bill!) and I sure as hell don't want a Democrat, especially Dean.
Wow kids. Wow. Gun control sucks more than you could ever imagine.
I just finished my 15 page paper on gun control. I had to do a lot of reasearch. A lot. Even I was surprised at the weakness of their argument. Their argument only looks nice if you disregard common sense, logical thought and all knowledge of history.
Diane Feinstein has a concealed carry permit and regularly packs a .38 revolver. Sarah Brady, yes, Brady as in Brady bill, bought her son a rifle for Christmas. Rosie O'Donnell has at least one armed guard. The list continues.
The bottom line is, criminals have guns and the police can't protect you, so buy a gun and learn how to use it.
And yes, that's right, the police can't protect you. The courts have ruled over and over that they're not responsible to you, they're only responsible to the community. This means if your stalker is outside and they don't show up he may kill you and it won't be their fault. In other words, buy a gun and learn how to use it.
I've said it before: Affirmative Action is insulting and detrimental, not helpful.
Southern Methodist University shut down a bake sale Wednesday in which cookies were offered for sale at different prices, depending on the buyer's race or gender.
The sale was organized by the Young Conservatives of Texas, who said it was intended as a protest of affirmative action
A black student filed a complaint with SMU, saying the sale was offensive.
A minority student was offended by a simple example of how affirmative action really works. Nothing more needs to be said.
I'm definitely interested in knowing more about this, from Colin Powell in 2001.
[T]he sanctions exist... not for the purpose of hurting the Iraqi people, but for the purpose of keeping in check Saddam Hussein's ambitions toward developing weapons of mass destruction. We should constantly be reviewing our policies, constantly be looking at those sanctions to make sure that they are directed toward that purpose. That purpose is every bit as important now as it was ten years ago when we began it. And frankly they have worked. He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors. ...
May I just add a p.s. that if I was a Kuwaiti and I heard leaders in Baghdad claiming that Kuwait is still a part of Iraq and it's going to be included in the flag and the seal, if I knew they were continuing to try to find weapons of mass destruction, I would have no doubt in my mind who those weapons were aimed at. They are being aimed at Arabs, not at the United States or at others.
Supported by the Commission to remove Gray Davis. From Davis himself:
"you shouldn't be governor unless you can pronounce the name of the state." From Davis spokesman Pete Ragone:
"the real question is, is Arnold sorry for the way he's talked about women over the past 20 years? Is Arnold sorry for his support of Prop. 187?" Ragone asked. What is Prop. 187? Did Arnold vote for it?
Schwarzenegger, who came to the United States from Austria during the late 1960s, has acknowledged voting for Proposition 187, the 1994 initiative that denied some social services to illegal immigrants but has since been mostly voided by the courts. What the hell is wrong with people? It's bad to deny illegals social services? They're illegal! They shouldn't be here in the first place! Come legally or don't come at all.
Of course, this is from the state giving them licenses and allowing them to vote, no questions asked.
Oh, and as far as I can tell from this article, Arnold hasn't actually said anything against women. Ragone is just referring to Arnold's wild youth.
These quotes from the Fox News Article.
At least I'm not the Johnny Depp who'd rather live in France because America is a big, dumb puppy.
You Are Ichabod Crane From "Sleepy Hollow."
You're a deep thinker - most times logically. You're a bit of a neat freak and a wuss (hey, you do faint a lot!) but you do have the ability to overcome your fears and come out stronger in the end. And you never lose your head over things. (Gufaw gufaw!)
The ruling marks the second time U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet dismissed the case brought on behalf of two youngsters who blamed their obesity, diabetes and other health problems on Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets.
Too bad the ruling was due to lack of evidence and not blatant stupidity and disregard for personal responsibility.
Obesity and overweight account for $93 billion a year in U.S. spending on medical care, a major new study found. How much money do all the studies cost?
Parents are "crying out for help, information and alternatives to come to terms with the challenges of childhood obesity," How about cutting out McD's and learning to cook? It's cheaper.
Nearly 60 percent said they liked the idea of banning foods such as soda, chips and candy in schools and 58 percent backed limiting television advertising for "unhealthy" foods. My mom decided what we ate, not me. I might ask for unhealthy food, but she didn't have to give it to me. When she did, she limited my intake ("just one cookie dear"). And how about making your child's lunch at home? It's cheaper, healthier, and yes, they can learn to do it.
So many "crises" have such simple solutions if people weren't so pigheaded. Sure some cases of obesity are genuinely linked to genetics and are more difficult to deal with, but I would venture that the majority of cases today are people who just like their Twinkies and don't feel like exercising.
67 year old man defends home, family and neighborhood from drug dealers, with guns! "I told the police, 'Bring the coroner and body bags the next time you come out here,' " he said. "Nobody is going to run me out of my home."
NEW YORK — The city is opening a full-fledged high school for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students -- the first of its kind in the nation, The Post has learned.
This is a public school. The city's using 3.2 million dollars to renovate it.
New York State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long's comments:
"Is there a different way to teach homosexuals? Is there gay math? This is wrong. This makes absolutely no sense," Long said. "There's no reason these children should be treated separately."
"What next? Maybe we should have schools for chubby kids who get picked on. Maybe all kids who wear glasses should have special schools. It's ridiculous," he said.
Once again, liberals are separating minorities to make things "more fair" or "more pleasant" when actually they're discriminating. Remember integration? Remember separate but equal? Remember we determined that separate is inherently unequal?
Essentially they're saying that gays are different. So different they should not have to attend the same schools as straight kids.
If nothing else this is a waste of money. What bothers me most is that this is going to be a public school.
The only special schools should be for those who are learning disabled or gifted. Really you can often effectively separate those within the same school.
This guy is offensive and nutty. Holding a very strong anti-porn stance, many might be first inclined to agree with him, but continue reading. If you're not offended or at least in disagreement, we shouldn't be friends.
- I thought at first it was a joke, but I can find no evidence that it is. If you do, please e-mail me. (Click the bottom of this post or see the sidebar).
"Big Food" is not the culprit. The discrepancy is an issue of causation vs. correlation. Although the prevalence of fast food has increased in tandem with American obesity, this is by no means proof of causation. In fact, as fast food has grown healthier with the addition of salads and other healthier alternatives, Americans have continued to gain weight. That may be because during the same period, Americans have grown drastically more sedentary. Finally, the study suggests that with the loss of structured workdays, the rise of telecommuting, and increasingly hectic evenings, more Americans are forced to snack instead of eating full, healthy meals. Obesity is the result of an overall lifestyle change.
So far, most of the suits have been dismissed, if not laughed out of the court. In one decision U.S. District Court Judge Robert Sweet wrote that: "If a person knows or should know that eating copious orders of supersized McDonalds' products is unhealthy and may result in weight gain (and its concomitant problems) because of the high levels of cholesterol, fat, salt and sugar, it is not the place of the law to protect them from their own excesses. Nobody is forced to eat at McDonalds. (Except, perhaps, parents of small children who desire McDonalds' food, toy promotions or playgrounds and demand their parents' accompaniment.) Even more pertinent, nobody is forced to supersize their meal or choose less healthy options on the menu."
I'm happy to know some bits of humanity still use their brains to make decisions and not the "I want" factor.
I sincerely believe that most of our problems, the reason we're heading towards socialism and the law doesn't force us to take responsibility, is because many parents don't raise their kids anymore. They give them what they want all the time and they never discipline. I think if I had that upbringing I'd weigh 300 pounds and sue McDonald's, too.
More illiterate each day. Cathy Travis of Jonesboro Ark. is "translating" the Constitution for dumb kids. Nevermind teaching them the vocabulary, let's just dumb it down.
Article 1, Section 9: "No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed."
Translation: "Congress cannot pass a law to declare someone guilty of a crime. Criminal laws passec by Congress can be applied only from the time they are passed."
Once upon a time the Catholic clergy had total control of Catholics because there were the only ones who knew latin, the language of the Bible. The clergy told the people the Bible said whatever they wanted it to say. This is the path we're taking. Deifying those in power by dumbing the masses. If no one knows what rights we have, no one will notice when they're impeded upon.
Bottom left corner, today's Commercial Appeal (Memphis paper).
Thanks for the heart and the nightmares From the Discovery Channel: organ donors get more than just the organ, they also get the donor's memories. Catherine Beckman received a heart from an 11-year-old boy, but ever since the surgery she claims she's been aware of a "dual energy." Are we seriously giving credit to this? I put this on the level of tea leaves and psychics. Sounds like a dirty hippy wants to be on t.v. to me.
Read the whole article A good rule overall, but sometimes absolutely vital, such as with this article. The Council on American-Islamic Relations is trying to blame higher incidents of violence and discrimination against Muslims and Middle Easterners on the U.S. government's crackdown on terrorism, saying that it has increased since September 11. Of course it's increased since September 11! Muslims and middle easterners were the ones who committed the atrocities that day. They make up a disproportionate number of the terrorists who attack the U.S. and its interests.
I do not agree that anyone should attack random people who look middle eastern for these reasons, but you cannot blame the crackdown on terror for the hate crimes. Ignorant people who lump all middle eastern looking people together are to blame for the increase in crimes.
Does Al Sharpton have a chance? My wonderings after this article tell me I should know more. For example, does the gay vote count for much? I don't know, but I hope not. Many of them will support Al Sharpton.
Seven contenders in the Democratic race for president told the nation's largest gay rights organization yesterday that they strongly embraced the goal of equal rights and equal protection for gays. Three of them said they support same-sex marriage.
Sharpton brought a thunderous round of applause when he said that asking him if he supports gay marriage "is like asking me if I support black marriage or white marriage. The inference of the question is that gays are not human beings and cannot make a decision like other human beings."
Supporting only civil unions, he said, "is like saying you have the right to shack up, but not to marry. I would use the bully pulpit of the White House to set a tone. . . . Congress must vote in a climate that's different."
The candidates all said that the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that silences gays who join the military is wrong...
What does the President have to do with gay marriage anyway? It's a state affair.
In case you're not familiar with this story yet, a 12 year old girl met a 31 year old man on the internet and run away with him. The most disturbing part to me is what her parents said:
They said they saw her last at 7:30 a.m. Saturday when she told them she was meeting friends.
"She went to the door, said 'bye,' and that was the last we saw of her," said her father.
The girl's cell phone was switched off and she had taken a school bag with her passport and some clothes.
A 12 year old goes out no questions asked??? My mother would probably have gone with me, or made sure a responsible parent she knew was with us. She definitely would have known who I was going out with, where we were going, and when I would be home.
I do feel sorry for these parents. I know they are in absolute turmoil, but seriously, how irresponsible can you be? I'm shocked.
This reminds me of some words of wisdom from DarthBeckMan, on assuming people have an inherently good nature: if people are naturally good, then they won't feel the need to teach their children how to be good people. Why teach what comes naturally? The whole speel is excellent. He discusses other consequences of believing the world is an evil place that creates monsters of people who were born so pure-hearted and sweet.
Scary! From Rachel Lucas, this story, about a man who just jumped right in with reporters and White House staff - unnoticed.
I've always been paranoid anyway. I think I'm going to die from a brutal murder (yes, I'm probably crazy, and yes, I've watched Kiss the Girls by myself, alone, at night). This incident does not ease my mind.
Updated: Now shoe bombers can leave their shoes on! No sense in checking those.
Conservative? Is it bad that I'm having doubts about the President? He's been supporting a lot of things I would consider liberal lately. He seemed satisfied with the Supreme Court ruling on Affirmative Action, he's going for the medical bill for seniors, we may be going to Liberia on a U.N. peacekeeping mission, recommendation of Kofi Annan, this picture (see top of article) really irritates me. Peace is good and all, but flashing the peace sign is just above wearing patchouli.
I'm sure I'll still vote for him. He'll certainly be more my type of candidate than the democrat, and I wouldn't want to split the vote by voting for the third party. Still, I hate playing "Who's the lesser of two evils?"
The Dixie Chicks can eat my Freedom Fries and so can the Senate Committee on ChangingThingsAsWeSeeFit Senate Commerce Committee.
The whole deal is stupid, stupid, stupid. A radio station responded to the protests of its listeners and turned off the Dixie Chicks. Demand was gone so supply went. Welcome to the wonderful world of capitalism and free market econcomies.
WMDs do exist you asshats Thanks to Robert Kagan of the Washington Post for the article A Plot to Deceive? Fact:
The Iraqi government in the 1990s admitted to U.N. weapons inspectors that it had produced 8,500 liters of anthrax and a few tons of VX.
He goes into much more depth, but I'm feeling lazy.
Uday might surrender ...but the US doesn't care because they'll find him anyway.
The article. Link stolen from Frank. Cannibalism! Eek. Other tribes are hunting and eating Pygmies in Africa. Maybe it's silly, but such things still surprise me. That those beliefs are still around. The Pygmies are considered subhuman by the other tribes. It is believed that their flesh can confer magical powers. The article.
Ode to Frank #3 (or 4, I'd really have to go back and check)
Frank explains the varying levels of homeland security, first giving a basic explanation, then detailing what to do in certain situations, depending on the current security level. I have picked a few of my favorites, please see his post for the full joy of Frank's homeland security levels explanation. Okay, after reading through each one, i've realized they're all hilarious. Make sure you read the full blog. You'll pee your pants. I did.
First, here is what the alert levels mean in general:
*Green (Low): All evil had been destroyed. The world is now a peaceful utopia.
*Blue (Guarded): There's still the occasional pickpocket, so show a little caution.
*Yellow (Elevated): Terror lurks in the shadows; be wary.
*Orange (High): The terrorists are out there and they are coming for YOU!
*Red (Severe): The world is exploding around you. The only law is your own gun.
To be more specific, here is how you should you act in different situations based on the alert levels.
I hear a noise at night. *Green: That's just the house settling; go back to sleep.
*Blue: Probably nothing, but you better check it out.
*Yellow: Grab your gun and call 911.
*Orange: No time for police; run through your house shooting anything that moves.
*Red: Initiate the house's auto-destruct sequence; leap out window.
You see a hippy. *Green: Punch him.
*Blue: Kick him.
*Yellow: Punch him then kick him.
*Orange: Punch him then kick him and then stomp on him.
*Red: Strangle him.
You realize the person you are talking to is a Communist. *Green: Kill him.
*Blue: Kill him.
*Yellow: Kill him.
*Orange: Kill him.
*Red: Kill him and burn his body.
Bad journalism Title of the article: 2 Iraqis Killed in Shooting Incident Involving US Troops Is it just me or does the title make it sound like US troops just decided to shoot up some Iraqis? It certainly doesn't make things seem like the Iraqis were at fault in any way. However: news reports qoted [sic] residents as saying the shooting erupted after gunmen fired anti-tank rockets at a U.S. armored vehicle. I hate journalists sometimes, and their editors.
The House and Senate Republican leadership Wednesday announced an agreement on the final form of a $383 billion tax cut package. However, it remains unclear if GOP and Democrat centrists will accept the terms of the tax cut, which exceed levels key moderates said were the most they would support.
It exceeds levels key moderates said they would support?!? It's already little over half of Bush's initial proposal. I wish I could remember who said it first, but what's going to happen is they're going to knock the tax cut down so far it will have little effect on the economy. Next they're going to blame Bush for the lack of improvement in the economy.
Oh how I loathe idiots.
Homeschool I was homeschooled until the 8th grade. When I enrolled in public school I made honor roll every grading period. I was at the same level or a higher level as my classmates. And whiny liberals are trying to restrict homeschooling. One suggestion is to require homeschoolers to use public school books and lesson plans. WHAT? If I have children, I'm homeschooling them for many reasons, one because the books suck. The curriculum sucks. In California, homeschooling is technically illegal. I understand the need for some guidelines, let's make sure these kids are learning, but choose their books? Make it illegal? Come on folks. Homeschooled kids are generally better educated and more polite. Homeschool is a positive thing.
Get this: "Homeschooling is a social threat to public education," Chris Lubienski, who teaches at Iowa State University's college of education, told Time magazine. Why? "It is taking some of the most affluent and articulate parents out of the system." Homeschooling is threatening because the smart, rich parents choose it. That's just funny.
Hazing update There were charge with a misdemeanor, as adults (good!). Maximum sentencing is 364 days in jail, minimum is court supervision. Their principal wants to expel the suspended students. This would keep them from school activities, but not from a diploma.
These kids are nasty, dangerous little brats. They deserve the punishment they get, and probably more than what they will get.
Yet another ode to Frank Thanks to Frank of IMAO for his support of Americans owning assault rifles.
The edited list of reasons why: 6. If we're not allowed to have assault rifles, that will make us mad and we have other guns.
3. What if dragons are real and one tries to mug you in a dark alley.
And the number one reason regular citizens should be able to own assault rifles...
This is America; we don't have to give a g'damn reason for owning something.
Hazing story Another story you already know, this one about the female high school seniors beating up on underclassmen. If you've seen the video, you know how brutal this "hazing" was. Criminally abusive. These girls have been suspended, recommended for expulsion and will probably be charged criminally. Good.
Here's the really disgusting part to this story: a lawyer defending one of the hazers, one of the assaultants, argues "You are entitled to an education so when someone takes that right from you without giving you due process, they have violated (your) due process rights." Oh, no. If this lawyer runs with that and tries to argue that schools can no longer suspend students without due process, our society will have dropped its values yet again. If punishment were swift and severe in the U.S. we would never have had such an incident in the first place.
Phony reporter You've all probably heard about Jayson Blair, the lazy reporter who "worked" from his Brooklyn apartment to fabricate stories, pretending who was in other cities investigating those stories.
The latest news, from Rock 103's Bad Dog: Blair wrote for Baghdad Bob.