Just Another Day

"Any idiot can handle a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out." - Chekhov

Friday, July 22, 2005

Don't Ask Me, I'm Just The Help

There is a school of quantum mechanics that says that every time we think a thought it creates a new universe moving forward from that moment. Something about our brain activity being part of the physical universe and all matter being composed of waves. Hey, sue me, I’m no physicist and my last physics class was about 20 years ago. I just wish that my mind could function in multiple realities so the me in this reality could experience what the me in other realities does…well, sometimes. Poof! Now, off in some reality I am experiencing the multiple me’s. This all came to me last night as I was thinking about the possibilities of what America could be right now had Gore won the election in 2000. It’s possible the attacks of 9/11 never would have happened since he actually took the threat seriously and may have paid attention to the increased chatter and gotten people moving on it. Barring that, I know we would not have gone into Iraq and perhaps Afghanistan would be a much better place than it currently is since we didn’t finish the job.

My son is a little over a year and a half and I see that he is very good at knocking shit down but very poor at building things back up. In other words, he is now a Republican but we hope he will grow up and out of it. Poof, in another reality he is doing just that.

I can’t say what would be happening economically or environmentally with Gore as president. I would like to think it would be better (Poof!) but, I guess, a lot would depend on the control of Congress. (Un?)Fortunately, I fell asleep before too much contemplation.


Tells Me All I Need To Know About The Shining Light On A Hill

Does it seem to anyone else that Pakistan is taking the bombing in London much more seriously than 9/11 or Spain? Okay, three of the 7/7 suspects are/were Pakistanis and there is arguably a much larger Pakistani population in Britain than in the US but given the seeming jubilation on 9/11 of many in Pakistan, the continued support for Al Qaeda among many of the country's people and tribes, and the relative silence after the bombings in Spain, leads me to another conclusion. Pakistan, as a country, is worried more about the potential economic impact and less about the human impact of terrorism since there are greater economic ties to Britain than the US. Pakistanis, as a people, are more upset at the London bombings because Pakistanis are alleged to be involved and because they are worried about repatriation of funds.

I could be wrong. It may be that the accumulation of the terrorist activities has finally gotten to them. However, I tend to think that perhaps the apathy, or antipathy, to the US has reached much higher proportions over the past few years. I can't necessarily blame it on Bush, no matter how much I would like to, because it wouldn't explain the 9/11 reaction. I can state rather unequivocally that Bush made a bad situation worse by proving Bin Ladin right in the eyes of many muslims after the attack on Iraq, the lust for oil, and the Abu Ghraib situation, all the while sitting on his hands in terms of Israel/Palestine in spite of nice rhetoric.

So, how long will it take us to clean up the mess of our foreign policy failure as regards the muslim world and the Palestine situation? Now, of course, there will always be radicals in the midst of the muslims, just as any religion has its share, who will be all too happy to grab attention and force conversion by any means possible but I am curious to know what it may take to right the course and get us back to relative comity with the muslim world. I don't think that we will ever be held in such high esteem as we were in the past but we may be able to get back to measured, mutual respect. I just wonder how long.


Thursday, July 21, 2005

Idiot Originalists and Privacy

Can someone please tell me what is so god-damned difficult to understand here?

Article [IX.]
The enumeration in the
Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

In other words, I think, there are certain rights listed in this document by name but this list is by no means exhaustive. Given the other Amendments in the Bill of Rights, how can one not conclude that they were expecting privacy?

But, if you want to ignore the 9th Amendment, let's talk about the original intent of America's seeming favorite, NUMBER 2. As long as we are paying out more than a trillion dollars a year on the military and police, to keep the peace here presumably and secure the State, we don't need any militias and we can, therefore, take your guns away. Or, we can eliminate the military and police, let everyone have guns and, if the need arises, we can form the military from scratch to defend this country. Think of how much money we could save and use to try to end things like hunger and poverty and injustice (I say try because we will never end it all) and minimize the potential need to ever have to rouse an army from the general populace.

I know, it ain't gonna' happen. America loves its violence too much. But, if you leave privacy alone, to the point private activities don't infringe on the rights of another (and don't give me that bullshit that you cannot prove that a foetus, or even better a fertilized egg, is a separate individual), I won't bust your door down and raid your gun locker.

Deal? No? Too much of a pussy to go mano-a-mano, need your phallic power intact because you can't quite fill the tighties?


Monday, July 18, 2005

Straight and Simple

There's some Greek philosophy backing this up somewhere but I had Greek philosophy so long ago I can't remember what it is.

It's all very easy - and I know I am going to piss off an untold number of Democrats, not to mention the... If you need some religion to lay out morality then you are incredibly weak because you're not being moral, which takes a backbone and thoughtfulness, you're just following orders. If you can't even follow those orders appropriately, you're not only weak, you're too dumb to listen.

I don't have a god. There is no conceivable way for a god to convince of its existence. But, you know what? I am honest, faithful, trustworthy, and kind. Why? It's called getting along which we animals are supposed to do...at least with our kind. Some of us have made ourselves nto such inveterate boors, though, through religious proselytizing, providing justification for the crimes of anyone who believes or thinks the way you do (or at least says they do and carries water for the GOP), infringing - or hoping to - on the rights of others because they do things you can't (and maybe wish you could), a/o promoting violence, you make it impossible for the nice people to like you.

We generally alternate among pity, condescending humour, anger, and avoidance in your presence. Catch a clue, grow a spine, let the cord attach to it and grow up it and you may just find cranial material developing on top of the whole column. Then, as you work that material, you'll move beyond blind following and actually think for yourselves.

Is that really so hard?

Update: Majikthise hits it here and here...among other places, I am sure.