Quote of the Day – Nancy Pelosi

29 08 2008

I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels.

Nacy Pelosi, Speaker of the House

Proving you don’t have to be a republican to be retarded.


Beating School Children, or No Buttock Left Behind

25 08 2008

From the ACLU:

More than 200,000 US public school students were punished by beatings during the 2006-2007 school year, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a joint report released today. In the 13 states that corporally punished more than 1,000 students per year, African-American girls were twice as likely to be beaten as their white counterparts.

What???  Corporal punishment still goes on???  What century is this? 

I spent some time as a substitute teacher in an urban public school district, so I understand the desire to beat school children.  If it was legal I would have beat some of them so hard that . . .they would have been well-beaten.

But I also understand that it is illegal (at least here) and I think that it should be illegal. 

The report documents several cases in which children were beaten to the point of serious injury. Since educators who beat children have immunity under law from assault proceedings, parents who try to pursue justice for injured children encounter resistance from police, district attorneys, and courts. Parents also face enormous, sometimes insurmountable, obstacles in trying to prevent physical punishment of their children. While some school districts permit parents to sign forms opting out of corporal punishment for their children, the forms are often ignored.

2008 in the most advanced civilization that has ever existed.  Wow.

The Miracle of Birth, the DNC, and Not Caring

21 08 2008

So I was listening to my favorite radio show today, Colorado Matters (the most inane, useless, and feckless waste of time ever produced) and heard something that pissed me off (more than Colorado Matters habitually does). 

The host was interviewing people who didn’t care about the DNC . . . ok, before I continue let’s take a moment to think about that . . . he’s interviewing people who don’t care about the DNC – and yes, it was just as boring as you would think.

But I digress;  One of the interviewees said that he had always been pro choice, but recently had a kid, and now has more doubts about that stance because he has seen what an amazing process birth is. 

Are you fucking kidding me?????  What the fuck does his good experience have to do with anything??  Evidently he and his partner weren’t 13 when they had this kid.  Or they weren’t homeless.  Or they weren’t crackheads.  Or they had health insurance.  Or they wanted and were able to have a child.

So next time your poor, crack-addicted, 13 year old neighbor gets pregnant – just remind her that it really is an amazing process.

Saddleback Presidential Bullshit

18 08 2008

I liked the format of the Saddleback Presidential Forum, despite the fact that the audience and the moderator, and both of the candidates were right-wing religious nut-jobs.

McCain gave the answers you would expect – 1 man 1 woman, life begins at conception, and we should use federal money to fund churches who will hire only people of their own faith.

Obama gave the answers you would expect – 1 man 1 woman, he doesn’t think he gets paid enough to have to answer the question of when life begins, and we should use federal money to fund churches only when they will use it to hire anyone, not just people of their own faith.

How to Prevent a Marriage

14 08 2008

I am Jewish.  My husband is not.  We went in knowing that we would have differences of opinion, expectations, and experiences.  We talked about our issues, we set the ground rules for how we would discuss conflicts in the future, and we got married anyway.  But there are a great number of Jews in the world who think that intermarriage is the end of Judaism.  And here is one of them:

Through study, reflection and evaluation,  Rabbi Packouz found the traditional Torah way of life satisfying on both an intellectual and emotional level. Rabbi Packouz decided to work towards being an educator and a rabbi so that he could share with others the same beauty and meaning he found in his heritage. In 1976 he published:”How To Stop an Intermarriage — A Guide For Parents.”   In 2002 he rewrote and expanded the book and retitled it as:”How To Prevent an Intermarriage – A Guide For Parents to Prevent Broken Hearts.”

Now why would someone jump from sharing beauty to stopping marriage is beyond me, but what really blew me away was the 7 page questionnaire that the author has created for couples.  He might as well call it “How to Pick a Fight.”  Here are a few of my favorite questions but I recomend that you check out the whole thing here.

What is your main reason or reasons for marrying this particular person?
Are you afraid that if you do not marry this person that you will have a hard time
finding someone else to marry?
Is your main motivation in marrying this person because of a strong feeling of
attraction? How can you be certain that your strong feelings are really love and not merely
Do you have any ulterior motives for marrying this person (such as money or status)?
Are these a basis for a good marriage?
Does your potential spouse have any ulterior motives? How can you find out for sure?

How can you be certain that your potential spouse will be able to tolerate your faults?
Is there anything about you that annoys your potential spouse?
Is there anything about your potential spouse that annoys you?
Are there any traits or behaviors of your potential spouse that you hope to change?
What will you do if there will be no change?

Do you or your potential spouse think it is wrong to aid in the destruction of an endangered species? How do you feel about aiding in the destruction of the Jewish people?

Would you consider converting to your potential spouse’s religion? If not, why not?
Would you respect yourself if you converted?
If you are not willing to convert to your potential spouse’s religion, how can you ask
him or her to convert to your religion?
Could you respect the intellectual and moral integrity of your potential spouse if he or she would convert in order to marry you, rather than because they truly wanted to be Jewish?
Would you have respect for someone who opted for a quickie, non-universally accepted

Are you aware that children of mixed-religious parentage often have an identity crisis? How do you plan to deal with your children’s identity crisis?

What will you do if your non-Jewish spouse surprises you by deciding to raise the
children according to his or her religion?
Do you think it is fair to create confusion in your children in an area so vital as their
basic identity?

What would be your response if your potential spouse called you a “kike”, “dirty Jew” or some other disparaging epithet?

Bill Maher – Religulous

8 08 2008

Here’s a trailer for the upcoming Bill Maher documentary about religion.

Russia Saving the Human Race, One Rape at a Time

6 08 2008

The Huffington Postis reporting that a woman in Russia took her boss to court for alleged sexual harassment.  The judge ruled in favor of the boss, not because of lack of evidence but because:

“If we had no sexual harassment we would have no children,” the judge ruled.

Russia’s population is shrinking, but this probably isn’t the best way to stop that.