Why would it matter?

So there is a new issue coming up soon that we in PA have to be aware of (if we aren’t already). You know that the BWH stole the Ohio election and others partially because they found ways to get the Gay Marriage amendment on the ballots. Well, that didn’t happen in PA, but it’s about to. The Gay Marriage debate is underway here and it’s talked about (among other places) here in this article. The headline of the article is :

If marriage isn’t defined as only a union between one man and one woman, state Rep. Arthur D. Hershey believes people will want to marry animals

You know what? I was thinking about this and getting ready to say something like Hershey was a stupid fuck and that nobody would want to marry their cat, but then I started to think more. Why would I care if someone did? I won’t engage in a debate about whether it is right for homosexuals to marry and I won’t debate about how marriage is defined in law and the bible. The reason I won’t is because it’s simply stupid to.

The facts are that it is totally acceptable for two people in love to decide to marry. The facts are plain that marriage in today’s society brings many legal benefits like tax status changes, shared health insurance, rights for spouses in health matters, etc. Everyone (and I really mean everyone) believes that this marriage right should be allowed for all couples. The problem is that puritanical bible-thumping Red Staters hate gays plain and simple but they cannot go out and say it. They have to frame the debate in a way that allows them the same result (no marriage for gays) without them looking like small brained follower scumbags.

In some ways I respect the Red State lawmakers in that they really have outsmarted quite a number of people in America and have used that advantage to do whatever they want. In other ways I don’t respect them because they don’t come out and say what they really believe and in some ways that’s worse. But they are politicians and that’s what they do for a living so overall I think they are doing a wonderful job.

That last sentence doesn’t seem right does it? Well, it is. I totally respect Karl Rove and his minions and I would want them to do no different. Who I am really pissed at and who I think is really failing the nation are 3 groups:

First are the Democratic politicos. They are supposed to be opposing the Republicans at all times, holding them back at all costs. They may not have the numerical advantage, but they do have the ability to fight and to make the overall war as close as possible. They aren’t doing that at all on the federal or state level. All they are worried about is keeping their jobs “so they can fight another day”. My question is when? Let re-election take care of itself and fight you jackasses!

Second is the media. They really are letting us down. It is the medias job to say the kind of things I’m saying here. To find the truth and expose it to the people. But of course they don’t for any number of reasons. The media actually is doing us a disservice my purporting to give us news when all they give us is propaganda. I would argue that if they don’t want to give us real news they should simply admit that they are entertainment companies and give up the false pretenses.

Third is the easy one. We still can elect whoever we want in this country and all of these problems ultimately come down to you and me. We are lazy, ignorant and clueless. We don’t think, we don’t question and we don’t make good decisions because all we really care about is American Idol. The next big election is coming up and we’ll have a chance to change things. I’m not asking you to vote Democratic. I’m asking you to make your vote count. I’m asking you to study the candidates you have available to you and choose the one that you really feel would best represent you. If we did that, we would really be taking a step in the right direction!

Why would it matter?

So there is a new issue coming up soon that we in PA have to be aware of (if we aren’t already). You know that the BWH stole the Ohio election and others partially because they found ways to get the Gay Marriage amendment on the ballots. Well, that didn’t happen in PA, but it’s about to. The Gay Marriage debate is underway here and it’s talked about (among other places) here in this article. The headline of the article is :

If marriage isn’t defined as only a union between one man and one woman, state Rep. Arthur D. Hershey believes people will want to marry animals

You know what? I was thinking about this and getting ready to say something like Hershey was a stupid fuck and that nobody would want to marry their cat, but then I started to think more. Why would I care if someone did? I won’t engage in a debate about whether it is right for homosexuals to marry and I won’t debate about how marriage is defined in law and the bible. The reason I won’t is because it’s simply stupid to.

The facts are that it is totally acceptable for two people in love to decide to marry. The facts are plain that marriage in today’s society brings many legal benefits like tax status changes, shared health insurance, rights for spouses in health matters, etc. Everyone (and I really mean everyone) believes that this marriage right should be allowed for all couples. The problem is that puritanical bible-thumping Red Staters hate gays plain and simple but they cannot go out and say it. They have to frame the debate in a way that allows them the same result (no marriage for gays) without them looking like small brained follower scumbags.

In some ways I respect the Red State lawmakers in that they really have outsmarted quite a number of people in America and have used that advantage to do whatever they want. In other ways I don’t respect them because they don’t come out and say what they really believe and in some ways that’s worse. But they are politicians and that’s what they do for a living so overall I think they are doing a wonderful job.

That last sentence doesn’t seem right does it? Well, it is. I totally respect Karl Rove and his minions and I would want them to do no different. Who I am really pissed at and who I think is really failing the nation are 3 groups:

First are the Democratic politicos. They are supposed to be opposing the Republicans at all times, holding them back at all costs. They may not have the numerical advantage, but they do have the ability to fight and to make the overall war as close as possible. They aren’t doing that at all on the federal or state level. All they are worried about is keeping their jobs “so they can fight another day”. My question is when? Let re-election take care of itself and fight you jackasses!

Second is the media. They really are letting us down. It is the medias job to say the kind of things I’m saying here. To find the truth and expose it to the people. But of course they don’t for any number of reasons. The media actually is doing us a disservice my purporting to give us news when all they give us is propaganda. I would argue that if they don’t want to give us real news they should simply admit that they are entertainment companies and give up the false pretenses.

Third is the easy one. We still can elect whoever we want in this country and all of these problems ultimately come down to you and me. We are lazy, ignorant and clueless. We don’t think, we don’t question and we don’t make good decisions because all we really care about is American Idol. The next big election is coming up and we’ll have a chance to change things. I’m not asking you to vote Democratic. I’m asking you to make your vote count. I’m asking you to study the candidates you have available to you and choose the one that you really feel would best represent you. If we did that, we would really be taking a step in the right direction!

Why I don’t watch Local News

Philadelphia is in the top 10 media markets which means that there are s lot of viewers for the local news. Now, after seeing this story tell me what the people at our local news care about. Public television, which shouldn’t care about viewership (but has to anyway since th govt. barely funds them) should focus 100% on good string local news. I bet they could change the tide.

Why I don’t watch Local News

Philadelphia is in the top 10 media markets which means that there are s lot of viewers for the local news. Now, after seeing this story tell me what the people at our local news care about. Public television, which shouldn’t care about viewership (but has to anyway since th govt. barely funds them) should focus 100% on good string local news. I bet they could change the tide.

Network yet again!!

Wow.. this movie sure came at an amazing time for me. Aaron Brown who you may know as a former anchor at CNN told a group Tuesday that cable news essentially has nothing to do with finding truth. Furthermore he alluuded that it was all about ratings:

When NewsNight spent four hours covering the arrest of actor Robert Blake for the murder of his wife, Brown received thousands of e-mails criticizing the amount of time the show spent on the story. Nevertheless, that show, which aired in April 2002, received the highest ratings of any program since NewsNight’s coverage of the November 2001 crash of American Airlines flight 587.

“Television is the most perfect democracy,” Brown said. “You sit there with your remote control and vote.” The remotes click to another channel when serious news airs, but when the media covers the scandals surrounding Laci Peterson, the Runaway Bride or Michael Jackson, “there are no clicks then,” the journalist said.

Not so Fast Google!

Interesting. Last week I had praised Google for not giving in to the US government. This week it seems that while they may have been fighting the good fight in that respect, they were falling over themselves to help the US government in another.

According to the sources attending last week’s conference of intelligence professionals, Google is working with a US intelligence agency to provide much more detailed information on its search engine users than that being requested by the Justice Department. The contractor said three employees of an intelligence agency he declined to identify are in Mountain View, Calif. where Google is based, working with the company to leverage the search engine company’s user data monitoring capability in the interests of national security.

from HuffingtonPostRober Schlesinger.

I’m not a milk fan

I’m not a milk fan but let me get the straight, PETA is against cow milk? Here is a whole media campain that is apparently against cow milk. There is a part on the website where you can ‘click the nipple’ and get a faq on why milk is bad.. here’s one part:

So let me get this straight: It really sucks if I buy dairy products, right?
That’s right. Here’s why:
It perpetuates a life of misery and suffering for cows who are raised for the dairy industry.
It’s bad for your health.
It contributes to the devastating effect that factory farms have on the environment.
Oh, and one more thing: The hormones in milk can give men breasts. Uh huh.

I can’t spell but the rest of the net is a mess with text

I’ve been around the Internet for quite some time. I’ve played online games, I’ve gotten tons of spam, I’ve seen crazy websites and bizarre eBay auctions, etc. The one thing that I’ve always wondered is how people compose strange text messages. The first example of this strange text was in the early 90’s on IRC (which is the original chat application.. pre AOL). This was back when all we had was text and the neat thing they added was ANSI text which was essentially text with color. So, people would come up with these macros that allowed them to spit out pre-written text. They
would use the colors to make text where each letter was a different color or the really creative ones would compose complex graphics with characters and symbols and color (like roses and the oringal smilies).. it was a really interesting time and in some ways it made sense.

Since the old IRC days I’ve been witness to all kinds of odd text incarnations. Most annoying is a form of chatting in the online game world that at first I thought was simply a small group of idiot children typing.. Their text at first was shorthand like skipping apostrophes or using a synonym of a word that was quicker to type but no nessisarily grammaticly correct. That soon gave way to text that was strangely complex in composition with capitals mixed in and wrong letters that looked correct like “h3y dOOdz wHa7$ gOiN oN” .. I wondered at the time how they did it.. was it simply random? Did they have tools to automaticly alter their text? For instance, that example took me like 2 minutes to type where it should have taken 3 seconds.

Turns out the the language was a combination of leetspeak and just plan goofy PK slang (like adding in pwn varients). By the way, it’s little known, but google has a UI written in Leetspeek. Even Microsoft has a parents guide on hacker chat.

Of course there is spam writing which simply is strange. I believe they have tools to obfuscate their words so filters can’t find them as easily.

But the stuff that is the most odd to me is web site text that is strangely composed, either with cryptic text or bizarre random font changes. I mean, do people actually write this way? Or do they take the extra time to make their writing fucked up? I can’t figure it out at all. Maybe it’s just some goofballs who think that they really need to underline every other word to make them more important?