"It's morning in America, Hackenbush, and you
work the nightshift."
Saturday, May 20,
"In my opinion marriage is not threatened by gays or lesbians who believe in it and want to participate fully in it…nor the single folks who don’t believe in it and have no wish to debate why they don’t…and not even by the people who think the whole business should have no legal benefits associated with it.
"Marriage in America is threatened by the marketing of it, the married people who turn around and pitch the same fucked up marketing message to their friends, the other married people who should have never gotten married and now trash the whole practice because they are miserable, the state and local governments that hypocritical pontificate about the sanctification of it and yet uphold quick and easy nullification through divorce…and the religious leaders who urge participation in it when, in reality, marriage isn’t for everyone and requires hard work and dedication, not just a set of vague and undefined values spiced up with a few dashes of tradition."
To have and to hold..., by Shark Fu, Angry Black Bitch, May 18, 2006
Yeah, marriage is marketed to death. So legalizing gay marriage could only be good for the economy. Hey, it's patriotic even.
As someone whose name escapes me once said, if you really want to protect marriage, outlaw divorce.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:05 PM PST [Link]
Friday, May 19,
"The league's plan is to pick a site or sites, then later identify a team, or teams, and owners. It is uncertain whether the league is leaning toward expansion or relocation. Play could begin as soon as the 2010 season.
"Stadium costs at either site are estimated at about $800 million. Neither project calls for the use of taxpayer general-fund monies.
"But, in a California-style example of a public-private partnership, about $25 million in tax increment monies would be available to pay for infrastructure upgrades in and around Exposition Park should an NFL team from out of state go to the Coliseum."
L.A. City Council Clears Path for NFL Team Bid, LA Times, May 19, 2006
Maybe it's just me, but I wasn't pining for an NFL team in LA. I am pining for citywide WiFi and would easily trade any number of NFL teams in LA for that. Does LA really need an NFL team? I mean, why?
Just say No to the NFL.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:25 PM PST [Link]
Thursday, May 18,
"Do you know someone who is in danger of being "left behind" because of a sinful life? Imagine if you could write a letter to a friend or loved one after the Great Day of Reckoning. Maybe a message to your family telling them to trust in God, and that everything will be okay. Perhaps you would leave instructions to care for your pets after your departure. It could be that your message is the light that opens a sinner's eyes to the Glory of God and allows them entrance to Heaven during the trials before the Second Coming. This is where the Post-Rapture Post comes in.
"Just write your letter and it will be hand-delivered immediately following the exodus of the pure from the Earth. But you must be thinking to yourself, "How can the letters be delivered after the Rapture?" The answer is simple. The creators of this site are Atheists. That's right, we don't believe in God. How else would we be able to deliver your correspondence after the Rapture?"
Post Rapture Post. Via Jane Seaton. Thanks, Jane.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:51 PM PST [Link]
Wednesday, May 17,
Y'know, it's probably healthy to hate Disney, Inc., but everyone must love TRON.
Why did this film fail? Why? It's amazing, and even more amazing when you listen to the commentary on how it was made. I vividly remember seeing this on a huge screen when it came out and I was just hypnotized by it.
I didn't know Mobius worked on it, which makes it even more fabu. Wendy Carlos did the music, which is very cool. (I think the composer for the Aeon Flux cartoons was very much inspired by this score, heh.)
I might have to buy my own copy of this, if only because it reminds me of my youth (in a good way).
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 11:30 PM PST [Link]
"Polls show anger about illegal aliens running strongest where Mexican Americans are fewest. Irrational factors are clearly at work. Basically, they’re the same parts of the South and Midwest where the 19th century Know-Nothing movement and the Ku Klux Klan flourished. Then immigrant Catholics and Jews threatened national solidarity."
Still up to no Good, by Gene Lyons, May 17, 2006
Oh yeah? Who'da thunk it?
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:26 PM PST [Link]
Tuesday, May 16,
"When Cesar was twenty-one, he traveled from his home town to Tijuana, and a 'coyote' took him across the border for a hundred dollars. They waited in a hole, up to their chests in water, and then ran over the mudflats, through a junk yard, and across a freeway. A taxi took him to San Diego. After a month on the streets, grimy and dirty, he walked into a dog-grooming salon and got a job, working with difficult cases and sleeping in the offices at night. He moved to Los Angeles, and took a day job detailing limousines while he ran his dog-psychology business out of a white Chevy Astrovan."
What the dog saw, Profile of Cesar Millan by Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker, May 22, 2006 print edition only, alas.
"... he ran his dog-psychology business out of a white Chevy Astrovan.
And now he has a TV show and a New Yorker profile. How shocking. What kind of a country allows something like that to happen, eh?
My God, these illegal immigrants are coming up here and whispering to our dogs. I mean, what's going to happen to our borders when poor Mexicans find out that the U.S. is such a great country, a man can have his own TV show if he can survive long enough to ply his talents? And isn't that America for you? Hard work, talent, a bit of luck and wammo, you get the American Dream right in the kisser.
Y'know, I think it's the successful immigrants of all stripes that bother the zenophobe racist "close the southern border" crowd most of all. Hey, Cesar Millan probably pays more in taxes than I do, and I salute him. And yet, this is the kind of guy the zenophobe racists want to keep out of the U.S. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense, don't it?
Brothers and Sisters, a guy like Cesar Millan gives me hope, not just in my country, but in my species.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:00 PM PST [Link]
"Specifically, I want to write about what happens to the companies that actually start trying to throttle the internet based upon their premium service.
"Simply put? If you work for one of those companies? Keeping that resume up to date is in order.
"See, I may be a liberal, but I'm a liberal who actually believes that the Market forces really do exist and really do correct mind numbingly stupid mistakes. And the day that COPE and such legislation passes... the day that telecoms start insisting people charge fees for 'premium access...' is the day that smart companies will absolutely decimate those telecoms in the marketplace.
"Think of it. Google, Intel, Microsoft, Skype, Vonage, eBay, Earthlink, Amazon.com and Yahoo are all proponents of Net Neutrality. And of course they are -- they have no interest in paying premium fees to companies they don't even do business with. You think they won't throw their massive support behind backbone companies that pledge to 'stay net neutral?' You think Earthlink and other ISPs won't start advertising that their DSL service 'doesn't come with a toll booth?' You think hosting companies won't flock to those backbones that agree to provide broad service without 'tiers,' and you think that new backbone companies won't spring up to provide new routes free of this kind of interference?"
"Am I saying we shouldn't fight to defeat COPE and its ilk? Not hardly. Passage would be inconvenient at best, and there would be Trouble. I signed the petition and I contacted my representatives beyond that. But if it passes, do I think that it would devastate the Internet? No, I really don't. I don't because there's way too many companies out there who would be more than happy to take Verizon and Comcast's lunch money and give them swirlies in the bathroom if those companies were stupid enough to give them such an obvious and powerful selling point.
"Capitalism. It's a rampaging heartless beast. And sometimes that's a good thing."
On Net Neutrality, Eric Burns at Websnark, May 16, 2006
A guy at Websnark (of all places) sums up why I'm not so worried about net neutarlity. I agree; fight, but don't freak out.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 12:30 PM PST [Link]
Monday, May 15,
I'm with Maru: Oh please Oh please Oh please Oh please Oh please Oh please Oh please etc.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:29 PM PST [Link]
Sunday, May 14,
"President Bush tried to ease the worries of his Mexican counterpart yesterday as he prepared for a nationally televised address tonight unveiling a plan to send thousands of National Guard troops to help seal the nation's southern border against illegal immigrants."
Bush Set To Send Guard to Border, By Peter Baker, WaPo, May 15, 2006
What. The. Fuck? No National Guard to save the people of NOLA, but we have enough National Guard for this bullshit? Thousands of armed troops on a friendly border? I'm sure the border towns are going to love this, too. God, this makes me tired. Must everything have a military solution for the bushies?
Oh, and I hear Karl Rove is/was/might be indicted and Mr. Fitzgerald is looking hard at Cheney. Hey, does the timing here stink to anyone else? Grrrrrr.
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:36 PM PST [Link]