October 16, 2007

I'm not weird

Apparently Ms. Mamma thinks I'm weird so I have fill out this survey. Here goes...

1. What kind of SOAP is in your bathtub right now? Irish Spring I think... It's whatever mommy buys.

2. Do you have any watermelon in your refrigerator? Nope

3. What would you change about your living room? Make it so we can see the floor.

4. Are the dishes in your dishwasher clean or dirty? Nope.

5. What is in your fridge? A lot... The refrigerator is in the other room and I'm not close to ambitious enough to go check and write it down. Therefore I will simply say... ketchup.

6. White or wheat bread? Both usually

7. What is on top of your refrigerator? Lots of dust and I believe an old bowl of plastic fruit... with dust on top of it.

8. What color or design is on your shower curtain? It's dark green

9. How many plants are in your home? None

10. Is your bed made right now? Ha

11. Comet or Soft Scrub? I think we use Comet

12. Is your closet organized? No

13. Can you describe your flashlight? We've got too many... one of them has a regular bulb, and a white and red LED that you can switch between

14. Do you drink out of glass or plastic most of the time at home? Plastic

15. Do you have iced tea made in a pitcher right now? Nope, we're not iced tea drinkers

16. If you have a garage, is it cluttered? It contains a backyard wrestling ring, lawnmowers, corpses, tools, cars, etc.
17. Curtains or blinds? curtains, most particularly these tan fuckers from the 70s

18. How many pillows do you sleep with? 1 usually, sometimes two

19. Do you sleep with any lights on at night? Not intentionally but the lights from the cable modem, router and sound system never go off so there's a constant sickening electronic glow

20. How often do you vacuum? Not enough

21. Standard toothbrush or electric? Electric... I've heard those vibrating brush handles can be used for certain activities. Not that I'd know anything about that. *cough*

22. What color is your toothbrush? White and turbocharged like Heidi said

23. Do you have a welcome mat on your front porch? nope

24. What is in your oven right now? pots and pans

25. Is there anything under your bed? yep, lube, a box of various t-shirts that I want to keep for nostalgia and whatever clothes accidentally get pushed under it

26. Chore you hate doing the most? All of them? I don't know... washing dishes is pretty fucking awful

27. What retro items are in your home? Honestly I can't think of anything that's intentionally retro

28. Do you have a separate room that you use as an office? Nope, bedroom is my room for all important computer related activities

29. How many mirrors are in your home? Two I think

30. Do you have any hidden emergency money around your home? No, we have these wild places that hold onto your money are liable if they lose it. I think they're called banks or something like that...

31. What color are your walls? white except for a small area of the kitchen that is orange (this house is sooo 70s)

32. Do you keep any kind of protection weapons in your home? From what? the roving bands of suburban teens? Its not like I need protection from anything in particular. And by the way dear, I do have condoms ;)

33. What does your home smell like right now? guinea pigginess

34. Favorite candle scent? okay there are basically no non-gay guys that have a clue how to answer this so I'm stumped

35. What kind of pickles (if any) are in your refrigerator right now? *shrug*

36. What color is your favorite Bible? Burning Flame orange?

37. Ever been on your roof? I think so... not sure what for though

38. Do you own a stereo? Computer with a nice speaker system

39. How many TVs do you have? Two

40. How many house phones? Two

41. Do you have a housekeeper? If we do, he or she is doing a fucking awful job.

42. What style do you decorate in? Eastern/Buddhist feel

43. Do you like solid colors in furniture or prints? it can be nice

44. Is there a smoke detector in your home? yes, I guess that's something I'm protected against

45. In case of fire, what are the items in your house which you’d grab if you only could make one quick trip? Guinea pigs and maybe computer if I could... I don't think the odds of this happening are all that high though.

Revelation 4:11: "Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created."

October 4, 2007

Turning my stomach

I advocate strongly for mandatory HPV vaccines for all pre-teen girls (and after the trial gets done, boys). The vaccine prevents the type of HPV that causes 80% of the cases of cervical cancer, a disease that afflicts 12,000 young women every year in the United States and kills a quarter of them. The vaccine is expensive still but is totally worth the cost.

Despite the common sense of this, conservatives have made it a mission to prevent mandatory vaccinations because they feel that it will encourage young women to become sluts. How a good little girl will turn into a raging nympho because of 3 shots isn't really clear but damned if they care if it makes any sense. Additionally, some liberals are ostensibly opposed to it because its new and they don't like big Pharma but I've got the feeling there's a little puritan fear in most of them as well. All this is brought up in an article on Slate.com in which the author makes a very good point:

"...fears about the health risks of Gardasil have obscured the hidden moral calculus of the conservative opposition to Gardasil: that in the end, it may be worth it for several thousand women to die from cervical cancer every year as collateral damage in the war against premarital teen sex. Because, of course, even if the vaccination did encourage promiscuity, it's not clear that it's OK for women to die as a result."

Reading that made my stomach turn. It states the real moral balancing act that is being performed by conservatives who oppose Gardisil.

Apparently the idea of human sacrifice isn't so foreign to Christians after all.

Matthew 5:46-48: "For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."

October 3, 2007

What's on my mind...

  • My neighbor killed himself yesterday. He was in his 40s, had 3 kids, seemingly good stable job. I don't know the details but I'm just... out of it right now. I don't get it. I wasn't close to him but almost once a day he'd be outside and would wave at me as I drove by. He also signed my nomination papers and put up one of my campaign signs. It's confusing in so many ways. It makes me understand why people believe in religion because I can see how it would be comforting in these situations.
  • Speaking of religion, I watched JCTV tonight which is a station we just started getting about a month ago (along with 10 other religious channels). JCTV is a Christian music and extreme sports channel. Most of the music is metalcore even death metal. These bands are like Slayer heavy. I don't get it. Most of them say nothing about Christianity, so why are they Christian rock? All I've figured out is that Christian youth are fuckin' PISSED.
  • It's 2:03AM and I have to be up at 7. Fuck me.

2 Timothy 1:8-9: "Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began...."

September 21, 2007

St. Elmo's Fire...

is a horrible movie. Honestly, it's one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Slightly entertaining but bad.

Psalm 33:6: "By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host."

August 9, 2007

Women have abortions to not get stretch marks

Or so says our friends at Wisconsin Right to Life. WRTL claims that under the Healthy Wisconsin universal health insurance plan Wisconsin taxpayers would be forced to pay for abortions for any woman including(with my commentary in parenthesis):

  • The married woman who isn't sure who the father of her baby is and doesn't want her husband to know she's got a boyfriend. (Evil slutty women... And couldn't that be in order to protect her safety from an abusive husband?)
  • The woman who is having her third abortion. (Evil slutty women)
  • The woman who doesn't want the inconvenience of a baby to interfere with her career plans. (Evil greedy slutty women)
  • The woman who doesn't want to appear in her bikini with stretch marks. (That's just too ridiculous to say something about here)
  • Any other Wisconsin woman, for any reason, at any time during pregnancy, for as many times as she would choose to have one, with no restrictions whatsoever.

The last one is laughable because it implies Healthy Wisconsin allows abortions past viability. However since the state still bans abortions past viability (hell the state actually bans all abortions but its an unenforceable law) these abortions wouldn't be covered anyway.

Do they really think most women are so shallow as to have abortions to keep from getting stretch marks? How deluded are these people?

Isaiah 55:6-7: "Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon."

Clearing the way for the oil brigade

"We don't need your hypocrisy
Execute real democracy." -- Serj Tankian

Proverbs 17:17: "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."

August 8, 2007

Big surprise, they're the first to do this

According to WisPolitics, a group of recent UW grads have started the Free Trade Shop. No not the FAIR trade shop, the FREE trade shop. They're doing it to counter the fair trade movement because they claim fair trade is anti-capitalist, etc., etc. Puhleeze.

Most fair trade is not government sanctioned but is conducted by groups who sell goods they bought at a price higher than standard and sell to consumers who are interested in those goods. Consumers buy these goods because for moral and practical reasons (the goods are often higher quality than what people buy in most stores). In other words its simply an example of the "invisible hand" working. People choose to pay a price they feel is reasonable for a type of good they want. Why they do so is irrelevant. There is demand for these types of goods and fair trade groups service them.

One shirt they have indicates that they have a problem with fair trade coffee. The complaint makes no sense if they really believe in the market system. Starbucks had demand for fair trade certified coffee so they provide it. It's not supply and demand that's solely based on the price of the product, it's supply and demand period.

I also find it funny when they say that some people are looking for low cost, high quality goods. If that was totally true, no one would buy their shirts. They would simply be priced out of the market. The whole idea of this store is laughable. I'm not surprised when they say they're the first to start a company over this.

Matthew 6:6: "But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."

August 7, 2007

Eric says...

shooting a snake in a tree is a very poor way to get it down. Perhaps using a snake handler would be a better idea. If I find a crying child in a street who won't cooperate, I don't shoot them do I?

Romans 12:13: "Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality."

Too many children

I've been thinking more about the Duggar brood and I become more disturbed the more I think about it. From what I've been reading, the Duggars live in part off charity they receive from local families. I have no problem with charity. I do have a problem with people getting charity that could be better spent in many ways other than subsidizing their baby factory. When a baby is born they stay with the mother for only a few months and then they get a "buddy" meaning an older child who then raises them. In other words they force their teenage children to adopt. Super.

1 Corinthians 11:32: "But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world."

August 4, 2007

Abortion is Evil

Great title huh? Watch this video. In it the poster asks anti-abortion protestors, some of whom have volunteered about 5 years, are asked what the punishment should be for a woman who chooses to have an illegal abortion. Stunningly only one would accept that a woman who killed her unborn child should receive jail time. Every single protestor says without hesitation that abortion should be illegal but stammer and stumble when asked what the punishment should be for a woman who kills her baby. The conversation with the elderly lady is priceless and show how little abortion foes have thought through the consequences of their plans.

As pointed out in Newsweek, there are two ways of looking at this issues:

  1. Abortion is murder and if outlawed, women who get abortions should get some sort of jail time (likely similar to pre-meditated murder).
  2. Abortion is not murder and abortion should be legal.

Abortion opponents claim without doubt that abortion is murder. If that's so, why should women get anything less than the punishment for murder? I'll be the first to support rehabilitation and compassion criminals but there's no chance I would support convicting someone for first degree murder and letting them go without some time in a prison or mental institution.

By my estimation, if a pro-lifer supports anything less than a charge of first-degree murder for a woman who gets an illegal abortion they view the life of a fetus as less important than other life. Isn't that the meaning?

Oh readers, what should the punishment be for a woman who get illegal abortions?

Philippians 2:9-11: "Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

His fucking name is Jim Bob

Can't we put these people in prison for SOMETHING? It's the human equivalent of the crazy cat lady.

Isaiah 50:7: "But the Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame."

July 25, 2007

I emerged in London rain

"...I remember the night we walked along the Seine
Riding on The Metro..."

John 13:34-35: ""A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.""

I think moaning should be involved

I'm apparently doing the moaning meme because the hottest MILF I know, Ms. Mamma, requested I do so. So I am. Don't I just rock? :)

Five people who will be annoyed you tagged them:

No one. The only person I'd send this would be Ms. Mamma and since she already did it I can't send it to anyone. Sorry!

4 things that should go into room 101 and be removed from the face of the earth.

1. Bush (the president)
2. Bush (just guess)
3. Jesus freaks
4. Homophobia (I guess that relates to Jesus freaks)

3 things people do that make you want to shake them violently.

1. Using the word 'gay' in place of the word 'stupid'.
2. Torture
3. Saying that people who don't have health insurance should "just go buy some."

2 things you find yourself moaning about

1. Humidity (I'll second that babe)
2. Politics (Big surprise there)

1 thing the above answers tell you about yourself.

I use too many parenthesis.

* Link to the original meme at freelancecynic.com so people know what it's all about!
* Be as honest as possible, This is about letting people get to know the real you!
* Try not to insult anyone - unless they really deserve it or are very, very ugly!
* Post these rules at the end of every meme!

July 22, 2007

Where do you expect us to go...

 when the bombs fall?

2 Corinthians 9:7: "Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."

July 7, 2007

Update on Vista Metadata Project

For anyone who cares, I just released Alpha Preview 2 of the Vista Metadata Project. Has a few fixes but most of the major bugs are still there. Anyone who knows anything about C++ or is willing to learn and wants to help should contact me!

Psalm 34:8: "Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!"

July 1, 2007

iTunes is a bad neighbor

My brother got an iPod for graduation and he's been using my computer as his docking station. Since Apple must do everything their own way, that means I needed to install iTunes. While I personally dislike iTunes, it does have the ability to listen to Windows Media files. That was very helpful as it meant I didn't have to rip all my CDs into iTunes separately as I've already done that in Windows Media player. Unfortunately things didn't go as planned.

You see iTunes can't actually play Windows Media files like every media player on the face of the earth, including players for Linux and Mac. No they have to "transcode" (which means convert from one file format to another) Windows Media files to Apple's own M4A format. M4A files take about the same amount of space as a Windows Media file so now my music takes twice as much space as before and Windows Media Player and Windows Search finds two copies for every song. That's annoying.

I don't expect iPods to support Windows Media files. What I do expect is iTunes to keep the transcoded data in a format that doesn't double the size of my media library and hide it so Windows Search and Windows Media Player don't find two copies of every friggin' song. Shame on Apple for being horrible computing neighbors. Computers are tools to improve people's lives, not burdens to make our lives more difficult.

John 1:14: "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."

June 26, 2007

It's odd how it hurts

Most who know me know that I am a fan of wrestling. While I don't watch as regularly anymore, I do still have a love of the soap opera inside the "squared circle." The beauty of two human beings working together to put together a complex morality play on the fly continues to enrapture me. The butterflies in the pit of my stomach that I feel during a great wrestling match have rarely been matched. I have an immense amount of respect for the people who perform and put their bodies on the line every night to entertain, especially those who are true students of the "game." That's why this hurts.

I woke up today and saw that CNN.com had a link to a story about a bizarre murder involving a pro-wrestler and his family. Curious, I clicked through and read with disbelief the details that many others have read. Chris Benoit over the weekend killed his wife Nancy and 7-year old son Daniel before taking his own life. Both Nancy and Daniel were asphyxiated. Nancy's legs and feet were bound with blood around her head. Chris hung himself using one of his weight machines. Over the day these and other details came out including what could be an important point: anabolic steroids were found inside the house.

Today I have been in shock and my thoughts naturally go to the question of why this tragedy happened but I have to comment on other parts of our society's reaction to this tragedy as well. While only knowing that Benoit and his family had been found dead, the WWE canceled their live Raw show last night and instead aired a tribute show to showcase Benoit's accomplishments and love for his business. Other tributes were featured on the WWE's web site. After more information came out including that Benoit had been the instigator of a double-murder suicide, the WWE subsequently apologized for airing the tribute show, removed all tributes and said that Benoit's name will not be mentioned on programming in the future as a way to begin the healing process. I find this fascinating and saddening.

A tremendous performer is still dead. His family is still dead. Co-workers have said that Benoit was in a paranoid and unstable mental state in the past weeks. Why may we not mourn the passing of a great superstar because an apparent mental illness led him to kill? I feel no better knowing that Chris Benoit will not longer be mentioned. I feel worse as not only does the WWE have little respect for those who have passed too early but they have absolutely no understanding of mental illness or compassion for those afflicted by it.

There have been claims by the WWE that the media sensationalized the Benoit tragedy and jumped to conclusions regarding a connection to steroids. No doubt, the media loves any murder that involves a wife and kids and will report it endlessly. Add in the fact that it involved a celebrity and it's a veritable circle-jerk of media frenzy. They also mention that we need to wait for the toxicology reports to know whether Benoit had any drugs in his system. Even though their has been sensationalism, the WWE's claims in other ways are weak and in many ways sickening.

The WWE states steroids were not the cause of death; that asphyxiation and hanging were the causes of death. What a simplification of the steroid question that is. Not one person has claimed that steroids DIRECTLY caused the death of anyone in this case. The concern is that steroids may have played a role in Benoit's actions. They also claim that because Benoit's actions were deliberate and spread out over a long period that steroids couldn't have been involved. Steroids mental and emotional side-effects are not limited to "'roid rage." Depression and paranoia are two other side-effects of steroid use. When you consider that Benoit was reported as so paranoid by his co-workers in the past few weeks that he claimed that someone was following him and that he ordered his wife not to leave their house for her own safety, the possibility of steroid abuse being a factor in this case seems more likely.

I am tired of the WWE's excuses on wrestler's dying too young as a result of steroid and painkiller abuse. The WWE claims Benoit's last drug test in April was clean. I say bullshit. No one believes that the WWE has legit drug tests and we have one more reason to feel that way. The WWE is killing human beings by encouraging them to gain muscle mass, with little concern for how they do it, pushing them to perform when injured and giving them so many painkillers that addiction can only be expected. In return for giving so much of their lives to the WWE, wrestlers receive no disability benefits, no health insurance and no retirement benefits. To think that a billion dollar company would treat its most valuable assets with such disregard is surprising, to think that these assets are human beings is sickening.

Government needs to step in and regulate a company that for too long has ignored the safety of their workers in order to make a buck. Wrestling will always be dangerous and painful; that can't be avoided. What can be avoided is the continued sacrifice of talented human beings at altar of the dollar.

I will miss Chris Benoit. I can only hope his death will finally be the wake-up call the wrestling industry has needed for far too long.

Galatians 5:16-17: "But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do."

June 25, 2007

Not everyone hates you

Today I stumbled upon The Association for the Legal Defense of Charles G. Taylor. I find this site pretty funny for two reasons.

First, Charles Taylor has absolutely no need for donations to support his defense. He embezzled millions of dollars from Liberia's treasury during his reign. If Chucky wanted to hire Johnny Cochran he could afford to; he just hasn't. On top of that he received a court appointed attorney (who he fired) and is now asking the court to a hire one of Queen's Counsel, a highly experience lawyer recognized by the British government, a request that the court is considering granting. In short Taylor is (or will be) in fine legal hands.

Second, it's Charles fucking Taylor. This guy is no Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela. He's not even a disputed political prisoner like Leonard Peltier. No, Charles Taylor is a despicable human being. He supported rebels who kidnapped children, sometimes younger than 10, who were forced to become child soldiers. Children were fed large amounts of alcohol and drugs to help them forget about the horrors they were committing so they would continue to fight with little conscience. His soldiers, children and adult, committed numerous crimes against humanity including mass rapes, torture, burning of villages, slaughter of civilians all to provide him with diamonds to fund his other civil war. During his campaign for President of Liberia in 1997, he warned that if they did not elect him he would restart the civil war. This is not a man who people should feel sorry for.

Taylor will get his day in court to unsuccessfully protest his innocence. Fortunately for humanity, he will be convicted on the mountains of evidence that against him. Likely he will spend the rest of his life inside a prison cell in Britain which is where he deserves to be. That there are people who believe he's innocent goes to show you that there's a sucker born every minute.

Luke 6:35-36: "But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."

June 22, 2007

Gee that's not misleading...

I figured since I'm starting a blog I might as well try to make a few bucks with it (yeah right). The best way to monetize (ooooooooh) traffic for small web sites is Google's AdSense program. AdSense allows you to add those little ads that you see on a Google search page and in the right column of this here site.  Anytime someone clicks on one of those ads I get a portion of the fee Google charges for the ad. Google doesn't just put a random ad there though. They look at the content of a page and put in an ad that they believe would interest the visitors of that page. And that's how this entry has come about.

It seems that Google thinks my visitors would be interested in sex offender registries. That's somewhat reasonable as my largest entry was about sex offenders. Now I want you to remember that sex offender registry information is available for free from every state and is online. Knowing that this information is free and that state budgets don't exactly have the money to fund this I started wondering and I checked it out. Seems the site is run by an outfit called National Alert Registry. I assume they are a corporation but its unclear as they don't actual add it their name (cuz you know then we might realize they're just a bunch of people making money off of sex offenders) They are registered with the Florida Department of State and are from DeLand, FL. They are a FOR-PROFIT corporation. But that's far from clear from their web site. Like I mentioned before at no time do they indicate that they are a company and in fact they mislead people into thinking they are an official government organization. Here's their "official site":


Now doesn't that look official? The seal on the side and the crest on the top ( I think its a crest, I don't know what its called) both make this look like it's part of the federal government. However again this is just some scam outfit from Florida trying to make a buck off of concerned parents who don't know better. National Alert Registry charges $4.95 per month to email you a list of sex offenders who have moved into your area. However all this information is free from your state and in the coming months a national sex offender registry will go online for FREE.

While I disagree with the concept of the sex offender registry, I can see someone feeling this is a useful service. But there is no excuse for these scam artists pretending to be official while making a buck off people's fear and insecurities.

Revelation 22:20: "He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!"

June 20, 2007

Fond du Lac Late Night Restaurant Competition

My brother and I went to Country Kitchen for a late night meal. While reading our menus Nathan says "there's a mouse over there." I didn't believe him and couldn't find it until he points and says "there, look at the tail." Lo and behold there is a mouse. Later it ran across the floor.

Let it be known that I think mice are cute, however I don't want them in restaurants.

We really, REALLY need some competition in Fond du Lac for late night food.

Ephesians 5:1-2: "Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."

June 19, 2007

Vista Metadata Project

This would be a project I've been working on. It allows you to add tags to AVI files in Windows Vista. Any help would be appreciated!

Vatican issues 10 Commandments for drivers

So crazies, should we put these in our DMVs or what?

Psalm 136:1-3: "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever...."

June 18, 2007

Give Back A Smile

CNN.com had a story about a great program called "Give Back A Smile." Created by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in 1999, Give Back A Smile matches domestic abuse survivors who suffered damage to their teeth due to their abuse and dentists who donate their time to repair the damage. I never thought of something like this being needed but now that I've heard about this program, it makes perfect sense. Repairing a survivors teeth would not only provide them a self-esteem boost because of the improved appearance but also because they no longer see the results of their abuse every time the look in the mirror.

Check out their web site if you'd like to learn more or make a donation and support their efforts.

Proverbs 13:1: "A wise son hears his father's instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke."

New York City pays $29,000 for arresting topless woman

Run to the Hills publicly supports the right of any woman to go out into public topless.

Matthew 6:14-15: "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."

Wanna fight about it?

Ya I'm listening to Enrique, wanna fight about it?

Colossians 2:6-7: "Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving."

June 17, 2007

Totally Unacceptable

As reported on CNN.com, Immigration and Customs Enforcement apparently deported a mentally challenged 29 year old US citizen, named Pedro Guzman. The LA Sheriff's department identified Pedro as a non-citizen after he was jailed on a misdemeanor trespassing charge. This despite him not only having a birth certificate on record but also having a previous conviction on drug possession which would verify that he was born in California to Mexican parents like he said he was.

Once he was (wrongly) identified as a non-citizen, the Sheriff's Department obtained his signature for voluntary removal from the United States, turned him over to ICE and was deported. Apparently ICE didn't look into whether he should be deported or didn't do a very good job. Pedro can't read or write and has difficulty processing information. How can he legitimately understand and sign a form that would remove him from the United States?!

I guess if you're behind on your quota for the month this is a good way of getting it up. I'm going to enjoy hearing the verdict when the ACLU and Pedro get a big fat settlement. (Provided anyone can find Pedro as he's currently missing)

Psalm 55:22: "Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved."

Cuz I forgot how good it was

Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill

Proverbs 28:10: "Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance."

Responsible Parenting?

From the article:

The four boys and two girls were born last Sunday about 4½ months early at a Minneapolis hospital. Doctors had advised the couple to selectively reduce the number of viable fetuses to two, but they declined.

Proverbs 12:19: "Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment."

June 16, 2007

Bible Verses

You might be wondering why I keep posting bible verses at the end of my posts. The answer is "I don't know." The idea came to me and I just decided to add random bible verses at the end of my posts. I certainly don't believe a word of them but oh well. Maybe some of the pro-Robertson crowd will find my blog because of it and get pissed off. Who knows?

In case someone is wondering, I'd like to add non-Christian bible religious verses as well (Book of Mormon, Qur'an, Torah, Bhagavad Gita) but I don't know of a random service that provides anything like that. Granted I haven't looked but if someone knows of something, please tell me!

Proverbs 15:1: "A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."

What? No Ovens?!

I received a comment on my previous post from a gentleman I will refer to as Dick.  Dick decided to ignore every last point I made in my article and write a very long manifesto about how we need to protect children and how we should pass a constitutional amendment to create colonies for sex offenders to live in... Just take a deep breath and read that again. (Don't worry I'll wait.)  Unfortunately I hastily deleted the comment as I didn't want people to use the comment as a way to contact him. He's free to espouse any whack job view but I'm not going to help him do it.

Dick referred to something called "domestic terrorism." At first I had no clue what in the world he was talking about but eventually I realized he was referring to sex offenders. Apparently sex offenders by themselves aren't scary enough so he wants to make sure he puts in the primary buzzword of fear since 9/11: terrorism. Because of that word, the President took away our civil liberties and Dick intends to use the same scare tactics to mutilate the Constitution into supporting some Nazi-esque police state.  (I know I just invoked Godwin's Law but does anyone have an analogy that fits better?)

Psalm 19:14: "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer."

June 15, 2007

Sex Offenders Are Bad (And Getting Badder)

Last night I caught part of the CBS Evening News. (Yes, I know was one of the ten or so that actually watch but bear with me. ) Katie Couric had a story about sex offenders and MySpace. It seems MySpace is trying to remove sex offenders from their web site. In addition, a number of states have sued to force MySpace to turn over their list of sex offenders who have registered. Texas was one of those states and their Attorney General used that information to pick up sex offenders whose probation rules prevented them from using the internet. So far, so good I guess. I think it's a silly regulation but hey its the rules. I feel better to know that children are safer though. *sigh of relief* Unfortunately Texas AG Greg Abbott had more to say:

Parents need to understand there are predators on the Internet who are more vicious than those who used to lurk in parks or playgrounds.

What? Huh? I don't feel as safe anymore.

These predators are incorrigible; they will stop at nothing in order to try and find their next victim.

Oh my God! That's scary!! Unfortunately, its also not true. A few things to consider:

  • "Predators" don't lurk in parks or playgrounds. 95% of the cases of child sexual abuse involve someone the child knows, not a stranger.
  • More vicious? Do you have any evidence that they're more vicious? Or does it make you look tougher on crime?
  • "Predators" aren't incorrigible. At least according to the state of Wisconsin Department of Corrections (15% re-offend in 10 years), the state of Arizona (5.5% over a 14 year period), North Carolina Sex Offender registry (only 71 recidivist sex offenders in the entire state, including prisons), National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (13.7% re-offend) and the Canadian government (13.4%). There is no way that you can consider someone who has a 15% rate of re-offending "incorrigible." In fact sex offenders have a lower rate of being re-arrested for any offense after release than non-sex offenders (43% vs. 68%).
  • Stop at nothing? If they will stop at nothing, they must be pretty incompetent if they only re-offend at most 15%.

Our country has a hang-up on sex. It's why we treat sex offenders much worse than drug dealers or armed robbers. Parents are scared by the thought of their babies being violated (not that it's remotely likely but they don't know that) so they elect leaders that say they'll be tough on crime. The elected leaders talk about how sex offenders are monsters which makes the officials look like saviors when the tough on sex offender laws pass but also scares parents even more who demand more be done which makes officials get tougher and enact stricter laws and around and around we go...

In the end, we have people who are treated like a Jew in Nazi Germany when these people are less likely to commit a crime than other felons. We have parents incredibly scared, children aren't that much safer than they were before and our Government is spending our money with little to no benefit.

Galatians 5:1: "For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery."

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