Archive for May, 2008

Things you have to love about Southern California weather

Friday, May 23rd, 2008 by darren

No, not the tornadoes or freak thunder storms this week, exactly, but things like this from the National Weather Service:

... Record daily maximum rainfall set at Lancaster...

a record rainfall of 0.01 inch(es) was set at Lancaster today.
This breaks the old record of trace set in 1974.

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Carnival of Bad Logic and Worse History

Thursday, May 15th, 2008 by darren

While I’m very happy about today’s California Supreme Court decision striking down the abominable ban on same-sex marriage, it does mean every talk radio station in SoCal is inundated with the predictable range of yahoos trying yet again to justify their bigotry using the same old bad arguments.

Strangely enough the ones who just outright lie and yell and stamp their feet bother me a lot less than the more ‘reasonable’ crowd who torture logic and history well past their breaking point to try and come up with a dispassionate case for their hatred. No, marriage throughout history has most certainly not been solely to support human procreation. And no, marriage throughout history has not been the exclusive domain of one man and one woman. And yes, if your argument is a catalog of these, you fail.

(And yes, my car will be in the shop for quite a while longer, which means no iPod on my commute, which means lots more random rants here based on which hot buttons the various asshats on the radio have pushed each day. You Have Been Warned.)

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No Words

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 by janice

Please say prayers or light candles for the people of China. I have no deep words, no sentiment that won’t sound cliche. So I’ll just ask you all to consider donating to Half the Sky or Love Without Boundaries.

Many blessings to all,

Janice

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Umm…OK…

Friday, May 9th, 2008 by darren

Just weird enough to be true (via unbossed.com and the Great Orange Satan).

China’s 2007 “Reincarnation Law”. The case of the 11th Panchen Lama raised implications for what happens upon the death and subsequent reincarnation of the current Dalai Lama (the 14th) living in exile. Apparently mindful of its previous experience with the 11th Panchen Lama, Beijing late in 2007 took steps designed to solidify its future control over the selection process of Tibetan lamas. On August 3, 2007, the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) issued a set of regulations, effective September 1, 2007, that require all Tibetan lamas wishing to reincarnate to obtain prior government approval through the submission of a “reincarnation application.” In a statement accompanying the regulations, SARA called the step “an important move to institutionalize management on reincarnation of living Buddhas.”

My next project proposal will definitely plagiarize the final bullet point above. Who wouldn’t want to make “an important move to institutionalize management on reincarnation of living Buddhas.”

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Conservation of happiness

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 by darren

Well, the happiness of reading election news this morning didn’t last long. While coming back from lunch I got rear-ended and bounced into the car in front of me. I’m fine, but my car…not so much.

Damn. I really like that car, and now my next few weeks will be invaded by insurance adjusters, car repair shops (multiple, in all likelihood), and another crappy rental.

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Relieved sigh…

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 by darren

Forks are being stuck in things and Rubenesque women are singing. Even the denser members of the media (looking at you, Tim Russert) are finally realizing what’s been obvious to all non-innumerates since early March — there’s no legitimate way Hillary can catch Obama for the nomination, and we finally seem on the verge of being able to move on to the General Election.

As often these days, John Cole says it better than I can:

She threw everything she had at him. He weathered the storm. Consider him vetted. Consider Rev. Wright kicked in the junk. Consider me relieved. Now, can we get to the very serious business of dismantling the GOP? I have a very serious axe to grind, and it is deeply, deeply personal for me. There are a bunch of frauds, crooks, and phonies with whom I have a serious grudge that I want to settle. You see, I still have my “Peace Through Strength” button from when I campaigned for Reagan. I believed in limited government, I believed in a strong national defense, I believed in fiscal restraint and balanced budgets and I believed in personal integrity and individual liberty and personal freedom.

I am pissed. I want the frothing nutters, the fraudulent hucksters, the race-baiters, the anti-science frauds, the anti-intellectuals, the gay-bashers, the big-money cheats, the torture fetishists, the religious nuts, the tax and spenders, the xenophobes, and the phonies to pay. I want payback. I want the people who ruined my former party relegated to permanent minority status. I know I am a newly minted Democrat, and, as such, it is ballsy for me to start telling you what I want from the party, but this is my website and you are just going to have to deal with my opinion.

I am under no illusion I will buy into everything Barack Obama puts forward, but I am damned sure convinced he is a decent man who, at the very least, will restore a sense of competence to the national stage. I am willing to meet most Democrats half-way, and I am already doing everything I can to get this man elected. I think Obama will act in good faith for this nation, and I am responding in kind. His policies are not outlandish or crazy or uber-left- they reflect a rational, and I would argue, a decent and progressive way forward out of the mess I helped to create. I won’t like all of them, and I will not agree with all of them, but there is no chance that I will ever be President, so perfect agreement is never a possibility.

And don’t get me wrong- I am not for Obama because of what I am against. I am for Obama because he is a decent man, a break from the past, and really a once in a lifetime opportunity. He has treated us like adults throughout this primary, and it is time to act like adults. There will be times we feel he lets us all down, but we are not electing a diety [sic]. We are electing a leader, and Obama is that leader. It is time to get past the bullshit of the last 20 years, the battles I am really tired of fighting, and time to turn our attention to the really important issues of the day- the economy, the budget, our international presence, our crumbling infrastructure, our military, medicare and medicaid and social security, and on and on and on.

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