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|Friday, February 3rd, 2012|
|Some political thoughts
The greatest enemies of freedom are large government and large corporations. When they work together, it is fascism. From the technocrats of Europe to the Obama Administration, that is the problem in the world today.
Neither corporations nor government are the problem. It is a lack of freedom cause by a lack of desire for freedom, in turn caused by the perverted education of the public. I lay the blame for our enslavement at the feet of the education system and those who populate it. America's current education system is the site of a great victory for the forces of tyranny.
In the White House, we have a man propelling the nation to tyranny as fast as possible. Even now, the Republicans stand ready to elect as our candidate a man who will neither halt nor reverse, but, at best, slow the progress to tyranny.
We are identifying the wrong problems; we are asking the wrong questions; we are certainly getting the wrong answers.Free to Choose
is required watching for anybody who believes in freedom.
|Saturday, January 14th, 2012|
NEENER neener NEENER!
Here are ten things I've done which you probably haven't:
1) I once spent 20 minutes while getting ready before school hunting for my last clean pair of socks, only to find them in the refrigiderator.
2) I have dropped ice cream, and had it land inside my sock.
3) I have led a group of students to force a college to pay us to go to another college.
4) I have been involved in a business deal wherein I would have become a millionaire, only to have one of the principles of the deal disappear before any money was exchanged. Last I heard, he was still a missing person.
5) I have been involved in another business deal wherein the principle "found Jesus" and promptly checked himself into an asylum.
6) I am a principle in two businesses. One is fairly successful in its startup. The other taught me not to trust the Chinese in business.
7) I had a pencil burst into flames in my hand. My teacher joked that I had written above the speed limit. In actuallity, I had just bumped into a DC power supply.
8) I became a lab tech in my first semester at college. I had free run of a manufacturing laboratory. I fixed many pieces of equipment. I taught classes I had never taken.
9) I have broken two patio blockes with my hand. Together. Unspaced. Several times.
10) I have traveled the interior of this great country, the long way, four times, with a beautiful, loving woman at my side. Additionally, I remain with that woman to this day.
Current Mood: quixotic
|Thursday, November 26th, 2009|
visited 35 states (70%)Create your own visited map of The United States
It's so much more than Amanda on account of my more extensive travels through New England, in part.
I wanted to go to Oklahoma. We were some ten miles from the border, me and my grandparents. I kept urging them to just make a dash so that I could say I had been there, but they were too practical.
|Friday, June 26th, 2009|
I had to contact tech support for the motherboard in Amanda's computer today. After typing out my problem and sending it in, this dialog box popped up.
"Success! Our Technical to Specialist Will Reply to You, soon!"
And yet, the form clearly stated that they only answer issues sent in English. Somehow I doubt that's the only language they speak.
|Thursday, April 2nd, 2009|
|Writer's Block: In a Jam
If you were in trouble or ran afoul of the law, which fictional detective or investigator—from tv, movies, or books—would you want to help you?
|Sunday, February 1st, 2009|
Current Mood: proud
|Monday, November 24th, 2008|
Schnorped from Dungeonwriter:
Bolded things I have done. Italic things I plan to do in the next five years.
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland -
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the EiffelTower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox (twice!)
89. Saved someone's life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a
100. Read an entire book in one day
|Thursday, November 13th, 2008|
Schnorped from Dungeonwriter.
If you saw ME in a police car, what would you think I got arrested for?
Answer me, then post to your own journal and see how many crimes you get accused of.
|Sunday, November 2nd, 2008|
| Apologies for spelling mistakes. I'm writing this very late and I hardly have time to go over the whole thing. It'll probably be edited some time tomorrow.
Even though I'm not the sort to ever shy away from politics, this election has given me pause. While I chide myself for not having posted this earlier I am relieved to see how many people remain undecided in this election.
I'm sure all of you are familiar with the presidential election. I will skip the background and launch right into this. Keep in mind, while I am looking up all of my information, feel free to check it yourself. The Economy:
John McCain has called for the reform and regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac many times, years before their collapse. He predicted the very crisis we are facing today. Link
In Barack Obama's scant four years in the Senate, he has received the second most amount of campaign contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out of any lawmaker, to the tune of $126,349. McCain, in comparison, received a paltry $21,550 in his 22 years in the Senate. Link
John McCain supports keeping taxes where they are. Barack Obama, for all he says about not raising taxes, still opposes continuing the Bush taxcuts, which would mean an effective tax hike. Think only the rich are effected? If you're single and make $27,950, your taxes would go up 12%. Link
If you think that taxation will get us out of this mess, you're way off. When the economy is good, people are making money. Right now investors are scared, which is hurting the economy. There is little that would discourage somebody more from investing than knowing that they won't make the money back because it is lost in taxes. In a sense, taxing the rich is a bit like draining a pool from the deep end: it hurts those in the shallow end the most. As Churchill put it, "We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."
Barack Obama blames the current economic troubles on the Bush Administration. This is not entirely fair: it was the Democrats who blocked attempts by the Bush Administration to regulate the situation that got us into this mess. LinkThe War:
John McCain was the first to push for the troop surge that has changed the nature of the War in Iraq. Obama was supporting a pull out at the same time, declaring Iraq unwinnable. Had Obama's policy been followed, Iraq would not have been so dangerous that Obama couldn't have visited there during his campaign.
To cut and run from Iraq is to give a major advantage to Iran, to cause a regional war in a scale far beyond what is going on today, and to humiliate our nation, inviting further attacks. He have chosen the field of battle. The War on Terror is being fought overseas, not in our streets.
For those of you who think Iraq is pointless, allow me to point out Saddam Husein's nuclear program
. If a nuclear bomb, or even a dirty bomb is not a weapon of mass destruction, I don't know what is. It's Bush's fault for not pushing this story, and conceding defeat on the WMDs. Healthcare:
This is going to be simple. What has the government ever done right, let alone well?
Social Security? It's headed for bankruptcy. FEMA? It's ineffective. The military? It gets all out of whack every time Washington tries to exert control over it.
As somebody who has spent most of his life uninsured or underinsured, I can tell you that healthcare is hardly a problem in this country. Doctors are, like all people, generally good. They are willing to take charity cases. They do what they can to make things affordable. Pharmacutical companies are much the same way, with generous programs to help those in need. Furthermore, no hospital nor doctor would deny care to somebody who could not pay, not least because that's illegal.
The one major flaw in our healthcare in this country is unavailability of care for those who have a chronic, but not life-threatening condition. While that issue will need to be addressed, it's hardly worth throwing away the best healthcare system in the world and replacing it with the sort of system that makes people from around the world flock here for healthcare. I know from family and friends that the wait time in England for a hemmerhoid operation is measured in months. Here you'll have your operation in a week. The X-ray machines in Canada would, in the US, be considered obsolete to the point of being hazardous. In Israel, healthcare is generally denied to the elderly because they are considered not a priority compared to the young.
Think it can't happen here? Oregon has a state health plan. An Oregon woman was to undergo cancer treatment, but was told that the state health plan would not cover it. They recommended assisted suicide, legal in Oregon, as an option. The state health plan generally lags, policywise, years behind the state of the art. As a result, they categorized the doctor recommended treatment for her condition as paliative care, and thus not covered under their health plan. On the letter they sent her, they appraised her that doctor-assisted suicide is an option covered by the healthplan. Link
Bureaucrats mess up everything they touch. I do not want them to touch my health. Other Scary Things about Obama:
Barack Obama has had such a short time in the spotlight that there's very little we know about him. Far more can be inferred from the sorts of people he surrounds himself with.
People like Bill Ayers. A member of the now-defunct Weather Underground, a terrorist organization of the 1970s, Bill Ayers participated in the bombings of the Pentagon, the Capitol Building, and New York City Police Headquarters. Ayers, in a supreme irony, was quoted by the New York Times
as saying saying "I don't regret setting bombs" and "I feel we didn't do enough", and, when asked if he would "do it all again," as saying "I don't want to discount the possibility."
The link, tentative as some argue it may be, between Obama and Ayers is harldy a connection between Obama and acts of terrorism committed when he was a child, it does show Obama's permissive attitude towards terrorism. This is the same attitude that leads him to want talks with Iran without prerequisits. The last time somebody this permissive was in the White House, it was Carter, and we saw where that got us
I only have time to just brush over this, but I would like to list a few others Obama has been associated
with. Jeremiah Wright
, Father Pfleger
, Rashid Khalidi
I would also like to point out how little Obama has done for charity, or for his family. Obama's half-brother lives in a shack in Kenya. His aunt, in this country illegally, lives in a slum in Boston. The only family member Obama seems to care much about is his white grandmother who raised him, whom he threw under the bus
. I would also like to point out Obama's curious
donation practices, especially compared to McCain's generous
Obama views our constitution as an impediment
to redistributing wealth. I like to think this is the case, as our constitution is set up to protect property rights. As Jefferson put it, "To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it."
Last, but far from least, is Obama's Civilian Security Force
, which curiously disappeared from the official transcripts of that speech. That scares the heck out of me. Is this the voulunteer work he has been talking about for those young people who want college covered for the government? Is he planning a militarized youth in the same vein as 1984 or Hitler Youth? This doesn't sound like the Boy Scouts to me. Wasn't the third ammendment supposed to discourage this sort of thing? Isn't a free nation not supposed to turn its arms against itself?
Obama is a flawed candidate and is not the right person to lead this country. McCain, while not the most qualified person for the job, is a far superior choice. He has shown his character under pressure and I trust him to guide this country. Obama has done nothing but turn my initial optimism and trust in him into doubt and fear.
|Monday, October 27th, 2008|
Schnorped from dungeonwriter
a) Tell you why I friended you.
b) Associate you with something -- a fandom, song, colour, photo, etc.
c) Tell you something I like about you.
d) Tell you a memory I have of you.
e) Ask you something I've wanted to know about you
f) Tell you my favorite userpic from your list
g) In return, you need to post this on your own LJ.
|Tuesday, October 14th, 2008|
Interview Meme! Ruthlessly schnorped from osorerani
Here's the deal: comment, saying, "Interview me!" or somesuch to that effect. I'll ask you five questions, and you can post them in your LJ.
1. How long have you studied martial arts?Nearly 16 years.
2. What styles do you study?The system I am in starts off with something akin to shotokan's progenitor, shuri-te, but with the addition of Chinese hips. We have our own set of forms, some of which are common, some rare, and some unique. At black-belt, the whole focus shifts away from Japanese martial arts to Chinese. Tai Chi is introduced first, prior to black belt. This is followed by Pa Qua and Xing-i. At the same time some final, meditative forms unique to our system are taught, as well as Tiger Crane. The founder of the system is a professor, as are some of the highest ranking members. As a result, they look at getting your black belt as getting your bachelor's degree, and everything subsequent as graduate studies.
3. Do you want to teach the arts someday, or do you already?
I have taught classes that my father, also my instructor, took over when college forced me to another state. I still help him with his weekend class. I also look forward to teaching older students again.
4. Do you believe in the concept of 'chi'?
Chi, ruakh, spirit... Yes.
5. Has the eastern philosophy that usually accompanies martial arts affected your outlook on life?
We are a Jewish system with Jewish philosophy. In many ways, at its core Judaism is an eastern religion. The great difference is believing that the Universe listens, thinks, and sometimes answers.
|Sunday, October 5th, 2008|
Me: Her sense of humor doesn't fire on all six cylinders.
Amanda: So she only has six?
A: How many do I have?
M: Five, diesel.
M: Sick and twisted, eh?
A: So I'm fuel efficient?
A: What does that mean?
M: You got me.
|Saturday, October 4th, 2008|
 Do you have the guts to answer these questions and re-post as The Controversial Survey?
I have the guts, intestinal fortitude, balls, shamelessness, khutzpa, and everything else necessary to post this survey.
 Would you do meth if it was legalized?
No, that stuff does permanent damage.
 Abortion: for or against it?
Murder is murder is murder. The bad thing about talking about abortion is that you either sound like a preacher or a politician. I have little desire to be either. Still, it is offensive to God, Nature, and Humanity.
 Do you think the world would fail with a female president?
I think it takes a lot more than a president to make the world fail. It's a very durable thing. The country? That's another matter. It's not so much a question of the gender of the president as a question of their character, decisiveness, and policies.
 Do you believe in the death penalty?
Yes, but for only four crimes: treason, premeditated murder, rape, and kidnapping.
 Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?
I think that a lot of the lesser drugs ought be legalized and several of the more dangerous drugs should have increased penalties for distribution. Smoking marijuana, while something I would never do, is not harmful to anybody but the person smoking, so long as they do not drive, smoke in bed, or do anything else stupid. It should be treated like alcohol or tobacco. I don't care as long as it doesn't give my mother an asthma attack or cause harm to others.
 Are you for or against premarital sex?
Against, but that's just for me. It's a risk but, then again, masturbation is the only safe sex. There's a lot of other, less risky, ways to get frisky.
 Do you believe in God?
 Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized?
Marriage is a purely religious act. As such, it is entirely out of the government's domain. I am religiously opposed to same-sex marriages, yet I will not force my religious beliefs on another. Let them find their own denomination that will marry them.
 Do you think it's wrong that so many Hispanics are illegally moving to the USA?
Yes. They show no respect for our laws, nor for us. By violating the laws on entering the country, they set a precedent many of them continue to live by. Our laxness has allowed criminals to enter our country hidden among them. That highly criminal aspect among the illegals murders, rapes, steals, and generally causes grief in our nation. Meanwhile, others among their ranks devalue jobs Americans would otherwise do, default on mortgages they used to buy homes to the expense of our whole economy, and destroy the flowers in our front yards (personal experience). They also generally refuse to assimilate or even make themselves compatible with our culture. Meanwhile, it is nearly impossible for people to enter this country legally.
My plan is this: Offer a path to citizenship for any who volunteer to and work on the fence between the countries. Require citizenship checks whenever somebody is stopped or questioned by the police (with threat of loss of federal dollars forcing this on all localities.) Reinforce the border patrol with the National Guard, and allow them to shoot back. (It may surprise you to know that Mexican forces have fired upon Border Patrol agents while aiding drug and people smuggling across the border.) Demand reparations from Mexico for the economic and personal harm they have caused through their concerted government efforts to export their poorer and criminal elements to the United States. (Yes, they have government programs for that. They even distribute information and supplies to people interested in crossing the border.) If they fail to grant reparations, cut off the more than $30 million a year we give to Mexico in foreign aid for as long as it takes for them to cough up the reparations and an apology. I don't just want the money, I want their country shamed for what they've done.
 A twelve year old girl has a baby, should she keep it?
If she wants and is able to, yes, especially if her family can help.
 Should the alcohol age be lowered to eighteen?
So long as we can vote or die in a war at 18, yes.
 Should the war in Iraq be called off?
I will go beyond saying just that it should be continued: it was right in the first place. The 9-11 Commission did say that Saddam Husein had no hand in 9-11, but they also noted that he and his government had operational ties with Al Queida for other things. Hitler also had no hand in Pearl Harbor, yet we mobilized in the European Theater far before we did so in the Pacific or the CBI.
Yes, there were weapons of mass destruction: we found them. We found tens of tons of uranium, some enriched, in Iraq. If atomic and radiological weapons are not weapons of mass destruction, I don't know what counts. We have also found traces of various chemical agents that were manufactured recently. There was also a convoy that left Iraq on the eve of the war for Syria.
 Assisted suicide is illegal: do you agree?
Generally, yes. I think that if they are both terminal and in pain there ought be no limit on morphine, a drug so limited now for fear of causing addition. If they are allergic to any effective painkilling drug, then I feel that to be a special case which the laws ought allow for.
 Do you believe in spanking your children?
In certain cases where the child has exhibited a very dangerous behavior that cannot be allowed to continue, yes.
 Would you burn an American flag for a million dollars?
No. It's wrong, and no amount of money will make it right.
 Who do you think would make a better president, McCain or Obama?
It's funny, I started off this campaign with so much dislike for McCain that I would have been willing to vote for Obama. Then I began to learn a bit about Obama. Let me share with you why I'm voting against
Obama. Obama has ties to various radicals, including a certain terrorist formerly of the Weather Underground who planted bombs at such places as the Capitol Building and NYPD headquarters. He also said in an interview published in the New York times on (irony of ironies) 9/11/01 that his only regret was that the Weather Underground hadn't done enough, and that they hadn't planted enough bombs. What else would you expect from a guy who said "Kill your parents, that's where it's at."
Meanwhile, Obama himself has advocated one bad policy after another. Tax your way out of a recession (sure, burden the economic machine to make it run faster), tax the rich (not to worry, all of you in the shallow end, we'll only drain the deep end of the pool). He voted against the troop surge in Iraq, the very thing that made it safe enough for him to visit there. He has also spoken poorly of our nation overseas to foreign audiences.
One day after Russia invaded Georgia, McCain had already condemned Russia. A whole day later, Obama comes out and urges both sides to use caution and restraint. A whole extra day, and he still gets the answer wrong.
Obama also has several of the people who were at the top of Fanny Mae, Fredy Mac, and Leahman Brothers as his economic advisers. Weren't they a major cause of this whole credit kerfuffle? McCain has been pushing for tighter regulation of Fanny Mae and Fredy Mac for years. (Even the Bush administration has tried only about two-dozen times to reform Fanny and Fredy, each time blocked by the Democrats.)
He also said that he's been to all 57 states on his campaign. The only group of 57 states I've ever heard of are 57 member states of the Organization of Islamic Conference.
Lastly, Obama said in a speech, "We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df2p6867_pw
Look for it around the 16 minute mark. He also struck it from the official transcript. This is so unconstitutional it's treasonous. Obama's very platform includes treason. I am sure there will be armed rebellion if he attempts this. There is a reason this isn't supposed to exist.
I could go on with even more, but I think what I already have down is fairly convincing
 Are you afraid others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
I'm comforted by the fact that if they disagree with me, they're probably wrong. (just kidding)
I'm not afraid of being judged. Are you? What have you done?
(Stolen from thedarkcrystal and stevefarrell by way of minuetcat.)
|Monday, September 22nd, 2008|
Hi, I'm Ari. My powers come from my suspenders.
|Tuesday, September 16th, 2008|
At lunch in the cafeteria today I had a little encounter. I ate my salad as usual and got up to get the rest of my meal. My book and my laptop were expensive so I took the with me, leaving my drink, bowl, and cutlery behind. On returning I found a girl with her friends moving my stuff out of the way and sitting down.
“I was sitting there.”
A look of shock and annoyance, “If you want, I can move.”
“No, you can continue to sit there.” I gathered my stuff up. “But you should just know that I was sitting there.”
It occurred to me as I sat elsewhere watching them and eating that she had to have assumed that I, and unknown stranger, had left my dirty plates and unfinished drink for somebody else's inconvenience. It annoyed me that she would assume the worst of me, so I decided to leave her with some advice.
Once she got off her cell phone I walked over and, with smile and in pleasantness, said, “I wanted to come over here and apologize. I was a little curt to you earlier. I should have at least taken the time to guilt you properly.
“Your mistake was that you assumed the worst about your fellow man. I saw the look of disgust on your face when you were moving my dishes.
“Try to have a little more faith in humanity. Give the benefit of the doubt a little more often. Maybe you'll make this place a little nicer, a little less like New York, a little more like New Jersey.
“Take care and have a great day.”
Even when I had finished my meal and left, the look of disbelief still hadn't left her face.
|Sunday, July 6th, 2008|
In my book, this is what makes a real man.
A real man keeps himself as best as he can while remaining functional. That is, he dresses with a mind to comfort and range of motion. Neckware, especially silk, is strongly suggested. A belt or suspenders should always be worn. The planer and easier replaced the clothes, the better, as one never knows when a shirt or pants will be ruined when helping a stranded motorist. If necessary, he should be able to defend his family and himself no matter what he is wearing. He should be clean except when impossible due to work. His hands should have at least some callous to protect them when laboring and his nails should bear marks and scratches from the work he has done. A weak odor of petrolium is permitted so long as it is not apparent through stains.
A real man ought be firm and well seated in his emotions: a rock amid turmoil. He should know when to indulge in crying, and be able to refrain when necessary. He should be quick to laugh and slow to anger. When his rage is roused, he ought refrain from violence except under absolute necessity. He should first rely upon his command of language backed with his physical presence. The mere threat of violence itself often prevents otherwise necessary violence.
In a fight a man must be able to hold his own, standing, sitting, or thrown to the floor; with physical disadvantage or surprised. He must always be able to defend himself, his family, his friends, and the greater good.
A real man must have a strong command of his native language. He must have strong, well informed opinions on all that effects him or is family and must be able to defend those opinions with the greatest of eloquence and force and vigor to sway the public to what is better for him and his own. Such is his civic duty.
A man must defer to his wife except in such matters as vitally concern her safety or the safety of the family. He must do what is right and good for them whether she desires it or not, regardless of how his faithful service may be punished.
A real man must be able to delve into the world of emotions for the benefit of his wife, even though his brain is ill equipped to handle such concepts. He must be willing to turn against his own nature to appraise his beloved of his mindset and to be able to attend to the wellbeing of hers.
A real man must be able to assess the intentions of another in an instant, as one never knows when that may be the difference between tragedy and disaster prevented. When afforded the benefit of time, he must judge all and judge carefully to be able to serve his family as best as he can with proper knowledge and foresight.
A real man must be able to attend to himself and his family in all matters if need be. Even just on an emergency basis, he must be able to cook, clean, sew, make medical decisions, comfort and consol, repair anything in his home, and maintain his method of transportation. This must be done regardless of any shame, perceived or real, in violating traditional gender roles.
A real man must be able to do all this while overcoming his own demons. He must curb his violent tendencies and channel any rage or anger into productive ventures. He must contain his evolutionary imperitive to spread his seed to remain faithful to his wife. He must ever be the ideal of moderation for his children. He must know when to throw all his controls aside and bring himself to bear to defend those he loves.
A real man strives for greatness. He is bold in his vision and relentless in his execution. Yet, he must heed his wife, the voice of stability, sometimes the voice of reason, and never over invest in anything. If it weren't for men, there would be no progress; if it weren't for women, men would have destroyed themselves in their own bold foolishness.
Maybe I'm right, maybe I'm wrong. Maybe my ideals will change as I grow older. Still, this is what I strive for.
|Thursday, March 20th, 2008|
I am hastily posting this now, before the strike starts. Please, if you are reading this, do not read my journal nor any other on LiveJournal until 8 pm eastern time, March, 21. I am participating in the strike against LiveJournal, and would advise you to look up the reasons for this strike, but not on LiveJournal until the strike has passed.
Put simply, LiveJournal has lied to the users, has eliminated basic (neither pay nor advertising) accounts for new users, has censored interests showing corporate homophobia, and has ignored the advise of the advisory board they set up.
I will post more on this after the strike. LiveJournal is wrong. Their users are both their customers and their workers, providing both content and readership. To alienate us is to destroy themselves.
Also Anton Nosik, director of the blog division of SUP corporations has shown that he neither understands the nature of LiveJournal, nor its users.
Again, I'm trying to get this in under the wire. More will follow in 25 hours.
|Thursday, September 6th, 2007|
|A very brief rant
Everybody has something that, if you insult it, you insult them. You know, "You insult his music, you insult him." Or, "You insult her writing, you insult her."
For me, it's my technical competency. I will admit when I don't know what I'm doing, which is often. But, damnit, I know when I don't know what I'm doing, and I don't need and definitely don't want to be told.
Accusing me of incompetency is the one of the worst insults possible for me.
|Wednesday, April 18th, 2007|
For any of you out there who think pepper spray works, I've got a story for you.
The other night my family was over at a friend-of-the-family's home for a dinner. (My mother's birthday, actually.) Over the course of the dinner, my aunt's pepper spray came up. My father was, as he has before, relating how he once tested his pepper spray and found it to have become non-functional. I, buoyed by a bit of wine, volunteered to go outside and test my aunt's pepper spray.
I go outside, go a distance away from the house and everybody who followed me out, I feel for the wind, get it at my back, and make sure no-body's downwind. I hold the spray at arm's length and push.
A long stream comes out of it, carried by the wind away from me. I spray for maybe half of a second and let go. No sooner do I let go than my nice stream of pepper spray balls up and heads right for me. A sudden gust of wind had come from the opposite direction. I, stupidly, turn away from it, but not fast enough. I ended up just so that the thickest part of the cloud hit my open left eye.
It wasn't too bad. It's worse when I rub my eyes after eating a jalapeno dish. My lips tingled a while and my eye watered a bit, but it wasn't so bad. So much for it doing anything. Frankly, I'm something of a wimp when it comes to pain, but it really wasn't that bad.
I think I'll write a bit about the big story in the news tomorrow (that is, later today) when I'm more awake and can do it justice. Current Mood: tired
|Wednesday, April 11th, 2007|
|It's been long enough
I've been neglecting my journal to the point where my own girlfriend doesn't even check it anymore. Well, I've had enough. Here's a rundown of what's been happening, and after this, I'll try to keep up with it. (The story of my life...trying to keep up with it. And failing. Ari. [thud])
I'm at Kean University and have a love/hate relationship with the school. I'm the last Computer Integrated Design and Manufacturing Technology major that the school is going to have.
On the good side, I was hired (in the first month of school) to be the lab tech for the Industrial Lab. I have free run of a huge facility of antiquated and non-functional equipment. I'm in heaven in the lab, working every day to fix more of the equipment. Some of the newer stuff is working again, such as the VMC and the CNC lathe. Some of the older stuff is starting to come back to life. In addition to the equipment, I'm having a lot of fun working with the professors and my fellow students. I'm working with Professor Behi on the development of a new industrial process which I cannot talk about. Most recently, a classmate and myself are starting to design a novel device to be built in the lab, which I also cannot talk about.
I'm also took a broadcast class to get on the school radio station. (WKNJ-Union 90.3 FM, less power than your fridge bulb, but more charismatic!) I do a weekly one-hour show called the RadioPhonic Hour (Tuesdays, Noon-1) that started as a politcial talk show, but is morphing into an interview-based show.
On the down side, my Technology department is engaged in a struggle with the Design department over illegal grade changes (http://insidehighered.com/news/2007/04/05/kean
). The school is also cancelling my major under some annoying circumstances which warrent a post of their own. Furthermore, the bureaucracy at the school is totally incompetant and I can never get anything done there.
I also have a job now teaching elementary-schoolers how to kill. That's right, I'm an after school martial arts instructor.
More personally, I'm still in a steady and good relationship with my girlfriend. We're now past two years, and we still can stand to be in the same room with eachother.
I'm going to be going into custom knifemaking, another topic I cannot do justice to in this post. This summer, I'm going to Californy-eye-ai to meat (steak!) my girlfriend's family. Current Mood: determined