Viceless in Left Field

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Top Ten

This has been going around the net, and I think I lifted it off ... Amp at Alas or Bitch Phd, I can't remember. Anyway, here it is for those of you who might not have seen it yet.


Top Ten Reasons Gay Marriage Is Wrong

1. Being gay is not natural. And as you know Americans have always rejected unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

2. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

3. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because, as you know, a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

4. Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

5. Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed. The sanctity of Britany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

6. Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.

7. Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

8. Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.

9. Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10. Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.

Yikes!

update Federal prosecutors preparing to defend a controversial Internet pornography law in court have asked Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and America Online to hand over millions of search records--a request that Google is adamantly denying.
In court documents filed Wednesday, the Bush administration asked a federal judge in San Jose, Calif., to force Google to comply with a subpoena for the information, which would reveal the search terms of a broad swath of the search engine's visitors.

Prosecutors are requesting a "random sampling" of 1 million Internet addresses accessible through Google's popular search engine, and a random sampling of 1 million search queries submitted to Google over a one-week period.

Google said in a statement sent to CNET News.com on Thursday that it will resist the request "vigorously."

The Bush administration's request, first reported by The San Jose Mercury News, is part of its attempts to defend the 1998 Child Online Protection Act, which is being challenged in court in Philadelphia by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU says Web sites cannot realistically comply with COPA and that the law violates the right to freedom of speech mandated by the First Amendment.

The search engine companies are not parties to the suit.

An attorney for the ACLU said Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL received identical subpoenas and chose to comply with them rather than fight the request in court.


From CNET

Bad. Really bad. If the Bush administration's intent is to search and destroy pedophiles, this isn't the greatest way to go about it. But if the Bushies want to get their dirty little hands on a cyber-public-sphere where we can all have our say, this would be a good way to start. Regulation of the internet is bad for all of us. If you're worried about your kids on the net, put the pc in the living room so that you can view the screen from your sofa. Or get rid of the computer if you can't handle your kids. DO NOT give the government permission to hunt you down for looking up articles on Freud and infant anal eroticism for your term paper.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

My day in pictures









Wednesday, January 04, 2006

The Love of My Life in 1978



The other love:

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

They were wrong in 1978 and they're wrong now

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Ringing in the New Year in a Brand New© Way

In starting 2006 I thought I'd look at my stats, which I don't usually do. The number one keyword that brings visitors here is "pimp" and I still get visitors from that American Women Suck website.

So I thought I'd extend a special "Happy New Year" to misogynists all over the world!!!

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Friday Freak Flag

I'm a freak about Jesus. Not the way most people are freaks about Jesus, but I'm a little baffled by it. I discovered the Nag Hammadi aka The Gnostic Gospels. The gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene fascinate me. It's this whole other new perspective of what Jesus was saying. I still don't think Jesus was/is divine (the gnostics did) but I find his life to be fascinating. The Nag Hammadi was found in 1945 in several clay jars buried in a desert in Egypt. They were found by a goat herder whose mother burned the first three chapters in the family hearth. Gnostics believed the way to salvation was through self knowledge. This is part of a prayer believed to be from a female deity:

I was sent forth from the power,
and I have come to those who reflect upon me,
and I have been found among those who seek after me.
Look upon me, you who reflect upon me,
and you hearers, hear me.
You who are waiting for me, take me to yourselves.
And do not banish me from your sight.
And do not make your voice hate me, nor your hearing.
Do not be ignorant of me anywhere or any time. Be on your guard!
Do not be ignorant of me.
For I am the first and the last.
I am the honored one and the scorned one.
I am the whore and the holy one.
I am the wife and the virgin.
I am and the daughter.
I am the members of my mother.
I am the barren one
and many are her sons.
I am she whose wedding is great,
and I have not taken a husband.
I am the midwife and she who does not bear.
I am the solace of my labor pains.
I am the bride and the bridegroom,
and it is my husband who begot me.
I am the mother of my father
and the sister of my husband
and he is my offspring.
I am the slave of him who prepared me.
I am the ruler of my offspring.
But he is the one who begot me before the time on a birthday.
And he is my offspring in (due) time,
and my power is from him.
I am the staff of his power in his youth,
and he is the rod of my old age.
And whatever he wills happens to me.
I am the silence that is incomprehensible
and the idea whose remembrance is frequent.
I am the voice whose sound is manifold
and the word whose appearance is multiple.
I am the utterance of my name.

http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/thunder.html

Thursday, December 29, 2005

News from an Alternate Universe

LOS ANGELES - A Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday there is enough evidence
to put a man on trial for allegedly robbing "Girls Gone Wild" creator Joe
Francis and forcing him to partially disrobe and pose for a demeaning
videotape.


Too funny.

For the rest of the article, check out the Mercury News

Doctor Doctor, Give Me the News

I had to go for tests at the hospital a couple of weeks ago. Specifically, a barium xray. I am not going to mention the symptoms I was having because the highest hits I currently get are for orange bowel movements and that's because of a post I wrote about a medication's side effects. So I just ain't goin' there this time. Anyway, it was an extremely unpleasant test and they had to make sure that the images were clear before they let me off the table. I actually heard the radiologists say, "What a perfect study! This is good, I'm pretty sure the patient isn't going to want to do this again." So with great relief, I shuffled outta there. Well. They want to do the test again and nobody's really telling me why. I mean, I suppose they could have spilled a coffee on the xrays or something. Somehow, I don't think that's it. Anyway, I was so fucking pissed at the news, I swore up and down that I wasn't going back there.

Yesterday I had a voice mail from my doctor's nurse, Betty. Betty is Asian and the best venipuncturist I've ever met. And I would know, because I was a junkie and my veins are shit, everyone else makes a giant mess when they have to draw blood. Anyway, Betty called me yesterday and she has this sorta hyper/concerned tone all the time (except when she's laughing her ass off). So I'll be returning her call today and I'm going to find out what the fuck. ???

And then I'll consider making another appointment with fucking radiology.