All The Suffering In Your Middle Class World Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Do you really know them?

Knowing the idiosyncrasies of a person after a long life of cohabitation is not the same as “knowing” them.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Here is a riddle:

A farmer has three young men working for him as farm hands, and he knows they all want to fuck his very hot 19-year-old daughter. Rather than fighting nature he decides to hold a contest. He tells all three to line up so that the third is looking at the back of the second, the second is looking at the back of the first, and the first, facing in the same direction as the second and third, is looking at the scenery. The farmer tell the men that he will put a top hat on each of their heads. He has three black ones and two white ones, but he will place only one hat on each of their heads. Then he tell them that the man who figures out which color hat is on his own head without looking at his own hat or, in the case of the first and second man, turning around to see what the other(s) is/are wearing, will get to have their way with his very ready daughter. He ask the third man what color hat he thought he was wearing and the man answered that he did not know. He ask the second man and he too said he did not know. He asked the first man and he said he did know. So, what color hat was the first man wearing and how did he know?

Saturday, March 11, 2006

There is no gay god.

I’m sorry, but I just don’t care about the feelings of people upset that their god is being insulted. I guess I’m kind of a Stalinist in that I think religion is a drag on humanity. I think the anger we see reported about in this story is more about a fight for self-determination rather than indignation over a stupid cartoon and/or deity. True believers, confident in their crazy beliefs don’t get that upset about a parody.

I bet young people all over the world are more like the sophist of antiquity; they looked to rational thought over some ethereal Cartesian conception to explain their plight. Being poor sucks. We can look to “god” or we can look to science to explain it and end it.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Is God?

Look. I don't believe in God. I never have and I never will. Why do I lose rights and ethos for that in this society? Should not you, the believer, prove yourself to me before I give you extra rights? It is all very backwards, I say. I am not going to cite text, which the UC has dutifully taught me to do, but I would hope a reader of this blog had at least a basic understanding of the scientific method. What are we to do about this assault on our good senses? Fight, speak out, cry, or will you all follow me in a mass suicide?

Saturday, March 04, 2006

But when it comes to the presidential vote . . .

You are still going to vote for a Democrat in '08. It doesn't matter that they just signed away your democratic rights with the renewal of the Patriot Act, you will still think they are better than the Republicans. Silly fucks.

Patriot Act passes Senate with privacy rules added

By Maura Reynolds
Los Angeles Times

After months of hard-fought negotiations, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to renew expiring portions of the Patriot Act after adding new privacy protections to the law spawned after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

By a vote of 89-10, senators voted to make permanent 14 of the 16 provisions originally set to expire at the end of 2005. The two other provisions, which govern secret government records searches, were modified and extended four years.

Many supporters of the bill said it marked an improvement over the original Patriot Act, which was designed to make it easier to thwart new terrorist attacks by expanding the government's investigative powers and breaking down the traditional wall between domestic law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

``The terrorists have not lost the will or the ability to attack us,'' President Bush said from India, praising the Senate's action. ``The Patriot Act is vital to the war on terror and defending our citizens against a ruthless enemy.''

But even many senators who voted for the renewal said that while the bill they approved was better than the original, it still fell short of offering all the civil liberties protections they had sought.

``Our support for the Patriot Act does not mean a blank check for the president,'' said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. ``But the version of the Patriot Act we will soon reauthorize is a vast improvement over the law we passed hastily in 2001.''

The vote was a prized victory for the Bush administration, which won the anti-terror powers barely six weeks after the attacks on New York and the Pentagon -- only to see its credibility tarnished by recent revelations that it had bypassed laws, including the Patriot Act, to conduct electronic surveillance on people in the United States without obtaining court orders.

``In 2001, we were viciously attacked by terrorists who care nothing for American freedoms and American values,'' said Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wis., who led a two-month filibuster against the final version of the reauthorization bill. ``Without freedom, we are not America. If we don't preserve our liberties, we cannot win this war, no matter how many terrorists we capture or kill.''

Feingold's filibuster, which was supported by a handful of libertarian-minded Republicans, forced Congress to extend the original act twice while negotiations continued between the two branches of Congress and the White House.

Feingold's chief ally, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., said the package was not enough to check what he described as a presidential tendency through history of ``always grabbing more power.''