Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A couple of gay things.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday said that 56% of respondents now believe that being gay cannot be changed, up from 45% back in 2001 and 36% in 1998.

And now the Pentagon is saying:
These separated members have the opportunity to continue to serve their nation and national security by putting their abilities to use by way of civilian employment with other Federal agencies, the Department of Defense, or in the private sector, such as with a government contractor.

So I guess it's okay to not serve in the military but they still want to use the gay citizens of the country to help out, oh and take their tax money but not treat them as equal.

In March, backed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Gen. Peter Pace controversially claimed that the “military should not condone immoral acts,” referring to homosexuality.

So just for the record: killing not immoral, being gay immoral. At least in the eyes of the Pentagon.

Soon I will be able to see


I just got word from my eye doctor, yesterday that I have been approved by my insurance company (the new guys Anthem not the assholes at Principal)!

So on July 19th, I will have my surgery whereby they will insert to curved pieces of plastic into my cornea (Intacs) to help stabilize and shape my cornea back into the correct shape.

I'm going to try to blog about the whole process since there aren't a lot of diaries on the process for people looking into this to correct their Keratoconus.

Intacs website
Keratoconus Wiki

Sunday, June 24, 2007

IRAQ'S UNSEEN WAR: The Photos Washington Doesn't Want You To See

This is a war the Bush administration does not want Americans to see. From the beginning, the U.S. government has attempted to censor information about the Iraq war, prohibiting photographs of the coffins of U.S. troops returning home and refusing as a matter of policy to keep track of the number of Iraqis who have been killed....



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Monday, June 18, 2007

A buried car gets ruined

Caught this story last week ... And I can not, for the life of me, understand why they would even want to do this in the first place. Few at work have tried to explain it to me, but I just dont get it.

Back in 1957 the people in Tulsa, Oklahoma thought it would be neat to bury a current car and dig it up 50 years later to help celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Oklahoma becoming a state.

According to the event chairman back then, they chose the Plymouth Belvedere because it exemplified "an advanced product of American industrial ingenuity with the kind of lasting appeal that will still be in style 50 years from now."

WTF? They didnt bury anything else, just the car. The car wasnt even made in Oklahoma and it was a Plymouth Belvedere for god's sake. They could have at least buried a Bel Air or a Corvette.

And here's a car that got buried in the annals of time (and for good reason) the Lamborghini SUV aka The Rambo!

America's Commitment to Honor

Army Spec. Jeans Cruz helped capture Saddam Hussein. When he came home to the Bronx, important people called him a war hero and promised to help him start a new life. The mayor of New York, officials of his parents’ home town in Puerto Rico, the borough president and other local dignitaries honored him with plaques and silk parade sashes. They handed him their business cards and urged him to phone.

But a “black shadow” had followed Cruz home from Iraq, he confided to an Army counselor. He was hounded by recurring images of how war really was for him: not the triumphant scene of Hussein in handcuffs, but visions of dead Iraqi children.

In public, the former Army scout stood tall for the cameras and marched in the parades. In private, he slashed his forearms to provoke the pain and adrenaline of combat. He heard voices and smelled stale blood. Soon the offers of help evaporated and he found himself estranged and alone, struggling with financial collapse and a darkening depression.

At a low point, he went to the local Department of Veterans Affairs medical center for help. One VA psychologist diagnosed Cruz with post-traumatic stress disorder. His condition was labeled “severe and chronic.” In a letter supporting his request for PTSD-related disability pay, the psychologist wrote that Cruz was “in need of major help” and that he had provided “more than enough evidence” to back up his PTSD claim. His combat experiences, the letter said, “have been well documented.”

None of that seemed to matter when his case reached VA disability evaluators. They turned him down flat, ruling that he deserved no compensation because his psychological problems existed before he joined the Army. They also said that Cruz had not proved he was ever in combat. “The available evidence is insufficient to confirm that you actually engaged in combat,” his rejection letter stated.

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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Someone who just doesnt seem to get it.

As you may or may not know, Isaiah Washington of ABC's Grey's Anatomy recently uttered some derogatory remarks at and about a fellow openly gay cast member.

At any rate, I didnt want to comment on the situation when he talked about going to "rehab" or wherever the hell he went to get his head out of his ass and to realize why what he said is akin to someone calling him "nigger".

But now that he's talking in the media again here are some nice quotes he's made regarding the situation and his subsequent firing:

In a statement to People magazine, Washington says, "I sincerely regret my actions and the unfortunate use of words during the recent incident on-set.

"Both are beneath my own personal standards. I have nothing but respect for my co-workers and have apologized personally to everyone involved."

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In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, Washington says, "I can only apologize so many times. I can only accept so much responsibility. All the players involved have taken care of what we needed to take care of in-house - and the media took it in a different direction. I hope that everyone is happy for the outcome for Isaiah, but Isaiah will go on and do what I love to do. And I have to go about the business of letting people know what's written about me is not the truth."

So there you have it. When he physically and verbally attacked a fellow cast member of the show, it wasn't ALL his fault it was the media and other people (such as the "gay mafia" according to one of his close friends).

Fuck he found everyone out, this was all a setup to hire him for a show and pay him $2.7 million a year and then hire an openly gay cast member and continually aggravate him until he lashed out. We all should have known better I guess. His smugness and excuses sound like a drunk guy who beats his wife making rationalizations for his actions.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Damn that's a lot of Wang!

Now that the Halo 3 beta has ended, Microsoft's XBOX LIVE has tabulated some interesting data: There were 820,000 unique participants with more than 12 million hours of online H3 gameplay in its short test period, equivalent to more than 1,400 years of continuous play by one person.

85% of the 1.3 billion citizens of China share only about 100 family names. There are 93 million people with the surname Wang! To alleviate the confusion, the Chinese government is considering new naming rules.

Under a new draft regulation released by the ministry of public security, parents will be able to combine their surnames for their children, a move that could open up 1.28 million new possibilities, the China Daily reported.

For instance, a father named Zhou and mother named Zhu could choose to call their child either Zhou, Zhu, Zhouzhu or Zhuzhou, the report added.

And finally: Apple has released the latest BETA version of their web browser Safari for Windows users. And now that their sweet virgin code (security thru obscurity) is out in the real world, it's not doing so well. Guess when Apple says, "Apple engineers designed Safari to be secure from day one." The meant more secure than an open safe full of drugs in the middle of a prison - but just by a little bit.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Answer that phone in my brain!

I was trolling around the web and found this little interesting tidbit of info that I never knew:
Tinnitus (often called ringing in the ears, though it can be a variety of sounds, volumes, and patterns) is noise produced within the ear rather than noise originating from the environment outside. Sometimes it is only internal -- no one else can hear it -- but there are types of tinnitus that others can actually hear.

How weird is that. So I'll mark this down along with the fact that rabbits eat their own shit well their own cecotrophes. I never knew either of those things.

Goodnight sweet prince!

RIP



Mr. Wizard (Don Herbert)
July 10, 1917 – June 12, 2007

3 Doors Down

Recently in my neighborhood people have decided it would be a good idea to leave their dogs out for extended periods of time. And like bored dogs tend to do they just stand there and bark.

I'm one of those people who become extremely frustrated at sounds. Babies crying, the phone ringing, pens clicking, dogs barking or people smacking their lips. If the sound is beyond my control or inability to make it stop thru normal human means it frustrates me even more. I quickly become very pissed off by the noise and I blow up. I wish I could ignore noises that do this to me but I cant and normally what pisses me off more than anything about the noise is the simple inconsideration one person shows for another to allow the noise to continue unabated when it could (or totally is) annoying someone.

So if you own a dog in town - keep it fucking quiet and pay attention to the damn thing! Dont buy a 800 pound dog for your 4 square foot back yard and leave him back there constantly and never pet or talk to him. I could kick you in the face.

Hey man nice watch.

Lot of talk about the President's recent trip to Albania and the throngs of people eagerly greeting him and I'm sure he again felt like a rockstar and enjoyed being a celebrity president again. Only trouble is that most of them were after something else - namely his watch and not to simply touch him to some how gain some of his amazing Bushie power. Seriously is it 2008 yet, I'm so tired of this assclown.

Monday, June 04, 2007

STOP!

There's a commercial on this one channel and normally I skip them, but my new TV is lacking Picture-in-Picture, so while using my computer on it, sometimes I let the TV run in the background to listen to it. I really need to pipe some video out back into my computer so I can monitor the video.

At any rate, this commercial has this music background to it with the lyrics:

"I gotta use what I got to get what I need."

AHHHHHHHH!!! WTF?! A lot of songs shouldnt be taken literal and there are a LOT of songs with some stupid ass lyrics that I can tolerate, but again WTF? Let's take a look at this:

"I gotta use what I got"

What the hell else are you going to use? Something that someone else has? The only thing you have is what you got so how can you use something else?

"I gotta use what I got to get what I need"

What the hell else are you going to get but what you need (or want)? I mean let's say theoretically you were using a full 100% of "what you got", attempting "to get one you need" and you accidentally get little more? What then? Ooops I just needed a nice hair cut and a new car and whoops I got this bottle of hot fudge sauce too. Now what do I do? I didn't need it and now I've used everything I have so I'm too tired to donate it to the Salvation Army so now I'm really fucked.

If this post didn't make any sense or anything, it's okay. I'm mostly writing this to try to get this goddamn song out of my head.