Thursday, June 29, 2006

Democracy...I wonder...

I notice that the U.S. is really pushing "Free and fair democratic elections" across the globe lately. They claim this is part of the war on terror, which I disagree with. Contrary to what the current administration thinks, many parts of the globe are not happy with the U.S. There are times when a democratic nation needs to trust it's leaders to make the best decision possible...even if it goes against the majority.

Can we honestly look back thirty years and say that it was okay to have laws on the books not allowing blacks to marry/date whites? At one time, the majority of the country (aka, politically active voters) thought this was a good thing.

Can we honestly look back 200 years ago and think, "hey...slavery was a-okay!" because the majority of folks saw it as okay (obviously, they didn't look at blacks as equals...or even people...back then. :( )

So I look at what's going on with civil rights/liberties and I wonder: at what point will this administration grow a backbone and stand up for what is right, even if it goes against what they've been brainwashed with in church.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Some simple test to try to categorize the complexity of our humanity

What Your Soul Really Looks Like

You are quite expressive and thoughtful. You see the world in a way that others are blind to.

You are a very grounded, responsible, and realistic person. People may not want to hear the truth from you, but they're going to get it.

You believe that people see you as larger than life and important. While this is true, they also think you're a bit full of yourself.

Your near future is still unknown, and a little scary. You'll get through wild times - and you'll textually enjoy it.

For you, falling in love is all about the adventure and uncertainty. You can only fall in love with someone who keeps you guessing.

Sunday, June 25, 2006


Originally uploaded by JimHinCO.
Just a little ride on Saturday. What an amazing part of Colorado. If you've never been to Indian Creek, I highly recommend it! Hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking...the trails are shared by all three groups.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Apple vs. PC advertising..., MAC makes a great commercial when advertising the most recent Apple computers. Out of the box, they are ready to go! With a PC, you've got hours of setting up and downloads to do. :)

Very clever! I don't think I'd ever get a MAC, I love too many PC programs, but I could see some of my *cough* less technical relatives *cough* get one.

Great commercial, Apple. :) It's not malicious, just truthfully delicious.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

My letter was "M"

The evil Lisa gave me M! M of all letters! CRIMINY! ;)

1) Mom -- My mom is a riot. She's always been more of a friend than a motherly influence in my life. Maybe that's how moms are supposed to be?
2) Mother's day (I hope that's not cheating!) -- My mom and I shot BB guns and paint guns for fun...does it get any better?
3) Mondays -- I'm taking guitar lessons on Monday now...I love it...but it's weird having homework again. This is actually enjoyable homework, but it looms over my head all the same. Just another manic monday...ah...the 80's!
4) Moo Shu Pork -- Darn it...I don't eat as much Chinese food as I used to. :(
5) Mexico and Immigration -- I'm tired of hearing about it, tired of folks labeling them as criminals, proposing they are felons, etc etc etc. There's a funny Neal Diamond parody about it... "They're sneaking to America", found here: . Not a joking matter, but by now I need some relief.
6) Meditation -- I've done more meditation lately than I think I ever have. Not a spiritual type meditation, just some serious yet deep thought regarding a variety of subjects.
7) Melancholy -- I love that word...
8) Meniscus -- isn't that a plate in your knee? I think about how my knees don't hurt right now since we aren't in the middle of a volleyball league...I miss volleyball. Horse back riding actually does hurt my knees a bit, but nowhere near the level of volleyball.
9) Mathematics -- That was my major in college. I've seriously considered giving up my geek job for a less paying but very rewarding teaching job. :)
10) Muhahahahaha -- Sinister laughs are the best. I tend to do them from time to time...not always out loud, just as a, "wow, I manipulated that situation for folks to do exactly as I wanted...and it was for their benefit and reward, not mine!" I had a cousin who recently married...but he didn't invite an uncle and aunt and I inquired as to why. He apparently is holding a grudge that she doesn't know about. I explained that in our family, her ignorance isn't malicious, it just is...but he knowingly excluded her from a family event that's once (hopefully) in a lifetime. I explained that he is more than willing to keep the bridge burnt between their two families...but at what cost and energy? Wouldn't it be better to open the bridge and see if she's willing to come across? I do believe that personal fueds need to have a break when it comes to once in a lifetime experiences: marriage, child birth, graduation, etc.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Cognitive thought...

Does this ability still exist today? ;) The reporters on Fox News don't seem to think before really amazes me. I listened to a couple of days of them giving their opinion on the wire-tapping that goes on from the NSA...none of them claimed it wasn't illegal, they simply justified the illegality of the activity.

Today is illegal immigration day on Fox News. The "invasion of criminals" apparently is a hotter topic than banning gay marriage (at least this hour). I'm always amazed how Fox News can use the most dramatic term possible to describe folks hopping the border in search of work. If someone is going 60 miles per hour in a 65 zone, isn't calling them a speeding maniac just a bit over dramatic? Can I honestly categorize them with the guy going 130 miles an hour down the highway?

Is Fox news taking lessons from Rush Limbaugh on over dramatizing these events? Are they a news station or entertainment station?

Wasn't the quote in Star Wars III, "Only the Sith deal in absolutes"? I've wondered about this statement a lot since seeing the parallels between Star Wars III and the current Bush (aka the Emperor who controls the Senate) Administration (aka the evil Empire).

Now...back to gay marriage. Mr. Bush claims that marriage is the foundation of society. How exactly is marriage the foundation of our society when divorce is so rampant? Does that mean we are only 50% of a society now since about 50% of marriages end in divorce? Note: that doesn't mean 50% of people get divorced; it means 50% of marriages end in divorce. If you need clarification on how to understand a statistic like the right-wing seems to, please feel free to ask.

One of the biggest complaints (they need to bitch about something), whines (jealousy?) and outrages (shocker...people enjoy sex!) of the radical right is that gays are so promiscuous...apparently, they even have sex on the first date! Note to radical right -- straight folks are having sex on the first date too! Perhaps the fear of the radical right is that they don't want to see the success stories of gays who stay together for years and years and years and years and years?

Doesn't marriage in a Christian ceremony declare to everyone that this is a committed couple? That those in attendance are to help, encourage, and edify that couple on their new path together? How exactly is this an abomination when the couple happens to be of the same sex? Is it not good that they remain committed, encouraged, and edified from friends and family? Isn't it good that the person they love the most now has a right to be in the hospital room with them or their family member if they are in the hospital?

It was just 32 years ago that the white majority in this country finally lost out on discriminating against blacks and whites from marrying each other (North Carolina). They used scripture to justify their hatred...just like now. This really only leaves a few options in my mind...they either aren't reading the same Bible I'm reading...or they are forgetting to use some cognitive thought on how to interpret what they are reading. Another option, the truly scary one, is this: If the Bible is true...and if the devil can really quote scripture and twist it, what if the radical right actually is heavily influenced by the devil? Has anyone ever been as hungry for a "sign" from God as the radical right that they misinterpret natural disasters as signs from God? Has any spokesman for the radical right been as obsessed with power as to pray from God to kill a world leader...or for the U.S. to assassinate him?

I'm seeing plenty of signs...but they don't look good for the radical right and for the "organized" church (in general). But then again, I'm capable of cognitive thought...