Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A rarity these days

An honest minister...

He Calls Himself God

Many ministers just act as if they're God. This guy openly admits that he believes he is God!

And before people come at me with their virtual torches and pitchforks - I'm perfectly aware that there are plenty of nice, honest ministers that are simply trying to help others and spread the Gospel. I have at least one current and one former minister linked in my blog-roll. (Yeah, I know, that's like people declaring they aren't racist because they have black friends.)

Unfortunately, it's been my experience that there are also a lot of men out there that seriously abuse their position, using it to wield power over their congregation as if they, rather than God, were in charge of running the Universe.

In The News

Florida Woman Jailed on Old Warrant After Going to Police to Report Being Raped

"Shocked. Stunned. Outraged. I don't have words to describe it"

Do you hear that sound?

It's the sound of me playing the world's smallest violin.

Becoming the victim of a crime, even a heinous crime such as rape, does not release you from being culpable for previous crimes. So a rape victim spent the night in jail. They're still investigating the rape, and if caught, the perpetrator will still be prosecuted.

When someone chooses to participate in criminal undertakings, they generally do so with the full knowledge that what they are doing is wrong in the eyes of the law, and that there will be consequences if they are caught - such as not being able to turn to the police for future help.

Even though the woman claims that she thought her prior case was settled (she still owed money relating to an auto-theft and burglary case), I still have no sympathy for her - she brought these consequences on herself through her own choices.

"You've got to make sure you throw somebody in jail on a four-year-old felony warrant after they've been brutally raped?" the mother said.

Yes. Hello, felony charges! What if it turned out the warrant had been for murder? Would they still say that she shouldn't have been jailed?

Sadly, they probably would have. "Crime doesn't pay" does not hold true in our litigious society. No doubt a lawsuit will be filed because of this, and the city will settle out of court for a large sum of the tax-payers' money.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Lincoln, again

I'm taking an American history class, and the first assignment was to rate Lincoln's efforts at Reconstruction. A snippet of one person's response:

"I only wish we could have someone like Lincoln to get us out of the rut we are in as a nation."


Yeah, civil wars really have a way of getting countries out of a rut!


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Sorry, I had to get the snarky comment out of my system somewhere, and preferred not to inflict my sarcasm on an unsuspecting sheep.

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And every time my blog loads, I think to myself "damn, Jessica Alba is gorgeous!"
Gotta be one of the prettiest women in Hollywood right now. Sadly, even with an expert hairstylist and make-up artist, I could not be that pretty.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

For Roci




Just because it's staged, doesn't mean people won't enjoy looking at it!

Just for Jim part II





Just for Jim part I







Images shamelessly snatched from all over the web, hopefully no one sues!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peacably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Take a good look at it, people, because the First Amendment is about to become as thoroughly abused as was the Fifth Amendment when the Supreme Court changed the definition of "public use" to "benefitting the economy".

Congress to Send Critics to Jail, Says Richard Vigueriea

"In what sounds like a comedy sketch from Jon Stewart's Daily Show, but isn't, the U. S. Senate would impose criminal penalties, even jail time, on grassroots causes and citizens who criticize Congress."

Pertinent information: this law would affect anyone that communicates with at least 500 members of the public on matters of policy. While they cloak the language in terms that suggest the law only affects people getting paid to do so, the description of paid is as follows:

(A) IN GENERAL- The term `paid efforts to stimulate grassroots lobbying' means any paid attempt in support of lobbying contacts on behalf of a client to influence the general public or segments thereof to contact one or more covered legislative or executive branch officials (or Congress as a whole) to urge such officials (or Congress) to take specific action with respect to a matter described in section 3(8)(A), except that such term does not include any communications by an entity directed to its members, employees, officers, or shareholders.

Note that the paragraph starts with IN GENERAL, which creates a loophole through which they would be able to prosecute any blogger that voices political opinions about Congress and has had more than 500 visitors to their blog.

The Senate vote tally.

Still think this is the Land of the Free?

UPDATE:

Problem averted, at least for now.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

I still think Abraham Lincoln sucked, and I'm glad he was assassinated. Too bad he ended up with the wonderful (and false) legacy of being black people's best friend. Meanwhile, Grover Cleveland, who truly tried to govern our country with the best interests of the people at heart, is barely remembered.

I registered with the Libertarian party, because I don't want to register as a Republican, and when I was registered as Independent, I was inundated with mailed propaganda from both major parties, which was very irritating.

One of my favorite fellow commentors over at Vox Popoli has finally gotten around to starting his own blog. Welcome to blogging, Farmer Tom!

I am a hypocrite. For all that I have proclaimed, more than once, that the government should not be funding education, I applied for federal aid in order to enroll in the local community college. So here I am, taking advantage of a system I believe is wrong. This log is going to leave splinters.

I finally learned how to fish. I'm not very good at casting yet, but I did get over my squeamishness about using live bait and speared one of the shrimp myself. Unfortunately, I did not catch anything, because the wily snapper fish were very good at removing my shrimp from the hook. I do, however, have the first sunburn I've had in years. My 2 year-old is sporting one as well. He had a blast, though, up until the point where he got tired and there was no bed handy to take a nap in. Then the crankiness overflowed, along with volumes of snot from the cold he just caught. Motherhood involves cleaning up a lot of messy bodily fluids and secretions.

I'd also like to learn archery, fencing and horse-back riding. None of them are likely to happen any time soon, though. That kind of fun typically requires money, and we're currently trying to save up for land and a house. I'm excited about the prospect of having my own house and a yard, I hope it works out for us.

Two Years

In honor of my blog's two-year anniversary, I have updated to using haloscan comments.

Bane's rumblings and grumblings on the subject of blogger comments provided the impetus to look into installing haloscan comments, which proved to be a remarkably easy process with blogger's new layouts.

I then spent more time than I should have tinkering with the layout, which has resulted in links to a long list of favorite movies and authors. I have not changed the basic appearance of my blog, because I have found that this is still my favorite look out of the standard blogger templates.

I wanted to provide my readers with an entertaining post for my two-year anniversary, but my muse appears to be a no-show and thus you are left with this blah entry.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Several things are wrong with this story

2 men abuct, rape woman

A woman was walking home alone, chatting on her phone... She started walking home in the dark around 9:30 p.m.

It's really not advisable for a woman to be walking home, alone and in the dark. It's even worse to be speaking on a cell-phone. You should be alert and aware of your surroundings. (I used to make the mistake of walking alone after dark in the bad neighborhood I lived in, and I am sincerely grateful to G-d that nothing ever happened to me.)

The 18-year-old told them to get lost, but one of them got out of the car with a 3-foot machete, swiped the cellphone from her ear and forced her into his old black Honda Civic...

When you draw the notice of riff-raff like these, do not waste time in responding to them, get out of their vicinity and head towards a safer area as quickly as possible. This is one reason why I would like to carry a gun with me when I am out without my husband. Although (as he pointed out, since he doesn't seem to be entirely comfortable with guns or with my carrying one) it is statistically quite rare for someone to experience this kind of situation, assaults do happen, and I would rather have a gun and never use it than need it and not have it. A gun answers a machete quite effectively!

...a felon named Jose Guzman, 23, was charged with three counts of armed sexual battery and kidnapping... Guzman, a citizen of El Salvador, does lawn maintenance on a work visa.

Why on earth do we allow a non-resident convicted of a felony to remain in the United States?!

"He (her husband) was pretty distraught at the hospital. You get in a little tiff and you take the car and let her walk home ... He was beating himself up," said Detective Robert Falbe.

This is, hands-down, the worst part of the entire article. That man should be flagellating himself for the rest of his life. I shouldn't even call him a man. That male should be flagellating himself for the rest of his life. What a horrible thing to do - leave his unarmed, 18 year-old new wife to walk home alone after dark just because they had a fight.

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Of course, as I ponder the article, the ever-present cynic in me rises up and begins to question. What if she had consensual sex with two men, then called it rape as a way of getting back at her husband?

The men... poured beer on her
For the next seven hours, the men drove her miles away, then took turns raping her on a secluded street, and again on the beach next to a palm tree at the Lake Worth Pier.
She had body aches and bumps on her head from the car's center console. Neither attacker used a condom, she said.
She told them she had a 1-year-old child - a lie to elicit sympathy - but they only said they were sorry that her baby and husband would not see her again, the arrest report said.

Claiming that your attackers poured beer on you would certainly be an easy way of explaining away the odor of alcohol.

If I were being raped, I would be fighting tooth and nail with my attackers for as long as I was conscious and physically capable of doing so. This goes double for if I had been told I would not be seeing my husband and children again. I'd be wanting to inflict any damage that I possibly could!

A secluded street and a beach are still public places where there is a risk of being surprised by passersby. There is also a chance that someone might hear and respond to a woman screaming, which I would certainly be doing in that situation, unless I were gagged.

Seven hours of being raped, and all this woman had was body aches and bumps on her head from the car's console? This is no more than someone might get from consensual sex.

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The more I think about it, the more suspicious this story is sounding.

Still, one thing remains certain - a man should never, ever leave his wife alone and stranded in such a manner, even if nothing happens to her. It's a rotten thing to do and a sign that the man in question does not really love his wife.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Hilariously Terrible...

...way to bring in the New Year.

An overweight woman on an underground cave tour slipped and became wedged in a cranny, trapping her and 23 others for 12 hours.

That's just the teaser - read the article. If you're like me, you'll find it almost as funny as reading through the Darwin Awards!

A New Year

I'm feeling chatty, so...

New Year's Eve was my 4th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, my husband had to work. I spent the day playing Dungeons & Dragons. We wrapped up around midnight and then went to Steak & Shake for milkshakes. Just in case you thought it was only dorks in high school that play that game, my friends and I range from 25-30 years of age. Yeah, we're dorks for life.

This is at least the 2nd anniversary on which I've spent the day playing D&D. Last time, though, I had my husband with me. We're not big on the whole fancy date thing. I'm trying to think of something we can do for our anniversary that does not involve the typical dinner-and-a-movie routine. Not that I mind dinner and a movie with my husband, but these days I rarely feel like I've gotten my money's worth when I go see a movie in the theatre. Usually, we wait for the DVD.

I'm trying to think of activities we could do for our anniversary, but I've got a feeling that what might be fun for me will be tedious for my husband, and vice versa. I would like a lesson at the gun range, or to go horseback riding, or some other outdoor activity. My husband is not fond of the outdoors at all. Perhaps we should initiate a trade-off - one year he picks, the next, I pick.

And yes, I know which activity is always an acceptable means of celebration for a man - I'm looking for something to do in addition to that. =P Anyone have any basic suggestions? Neither of us are the gushy romantic type.