Thursday, May 15, 2008

Bunch of Savages

I read about this story when it first broke. I'm glad the mom is being brought up on charges and I hope justice is done, but still, it's stories like this that make me despair for the fate of mankind.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Edwards Commits

About dang time. Now when will all of the uncommitted superdelegates commit and put an end to this thing.

Watch Out Christian Bale

I had another follow-up visit yesterday with my doc about my diabetes. He's pleased with my sugar levels and doesn't see a need to adjust anything at the moment. That was good, but the even better news was that I have gained 21 pounds in the last month. So, now I have gained back nearly all of the weight I had lost. Not enough to fill out the Batsuit, but I'm getting there.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

William Shatner's Ego

I suppose I can somewhat understand because he was graced with the opportunity to play the coolest freakin' guy EVAR, but still, sometimes it gets a bit old, like, I don't know, complaining about having sex with fans of Star Trek.

In his new autobiography, Up Till Now, Shatner explains how women would pretend they were being "beamed up" by the Starship Enterprise commander, shrieking: "So, this is what it's like to be in bed with Captain Kirk!"
He writes: "You can't imagine how much of a downer that is in every sense of the word."

Life's tough, eh, Bill?

Wireless Is Back

But only because I went out and bought a USB wireless card. Researching my problem last night, I found that many HP laptop owners have had the same issue with their wireless card just disappearing from their Device Manager and not working. The only solution has been to send it in to HP so they can replace the wireless card and the system board. No thanks. I'll just stick it out with my USB card.

The Terminator

Like a ruthless killing machine from the future, Clinton just won't quit. No one expected Obama to do well here and his campaign has been saying that for months. It also does virtually nothing to dent Obama's delegate lead. She picked up ten delegates over Obama in West Virginia which means his lead is only 168. There is no way she is going to make that up with the scant few delegates left. She may be angling for the Veep slot now and some are saying it is a good idea, but I couldn't disagree more. Having her on the ticket would undermine virtually everything Obama has based his campaign on, not to mention the last thing that his campaign needs is a pair of narcissistic, dishonest, power hungry cranks dragging him down. There are better ways to reach out to the blue-collar voters.

Monday, May 12, 2008

I Love Technology

But sometimes I want to throw it off a cliff. The wireless card in my laptop has apparently just given up. It was working this afternoon while I was at work, but when I got home it was not. The light would not come on indicating that the card was turned on. It was also not listed in the Device Manager. Downloading the drivers from HP's website did not help, nor did flashing the BIOS. I'm going to try a few more things, but I'm worried I will have to buy a new wireless card.

Last week I had to buy a new cordless mouse as my other one was acting up all of the time even with a fresh pair of batteries. Argh!

UPDATE: Fixed typo.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

An Evangelical Shift?

An interesting article on CNN suggests that some evangelicals may be moving away from their close attachment to the Republican party and aligning themselves with Democrats. This comes as many Democrats - as seen in the Presidential race - are talking more openly about faith and religion in a positive way.

For decades, evangelicals have been seen as solid supporters of the Republican Party. That could be changing.

The religious right, a cornerstone of the so-called Reagan revolution -- the battle over abortion law, and gay marriage -- wants a change.

At least some evangelicals do.

A group of influential Christian leaders are declaring they are tired of divisive politics, tired of watching fights over some issues trump all the good they could be doing.

"Our proposal in [our] manifesto is to join forces with all those who support a civil public square. ... a vision of public life in which people of all faiths -- which, of course, means no faith -- are free to enter and engage public life on the basis of their faith," said evangelical leader Os Guinness.

I am not sure exactly what to think of this. On the one hand, I think it is good for evangelicals or anyone really to not align themselves with a single party. What happens when that party begins drifting from its core principles, e.g. the current Republican party? No, it is better to look at individual politicians. Now it may be that the individual politicians you vote for may typically come from the same party, but if they nominate a pol for a position that you disagree with on important issues, why would you vote for them? The fact that they belong to the "right party" is not good enough. If their opponent is worse on the issues, that is one thing; but if they are worse because they belong to the "wrong party," then it is ridiculous to not vote for them.

I am also not sure about the Democrats talking more about religion. I have no problem with it if is genuine and honest, but if it is the typical political pandering then I don't want to hear about it. The conflation between politics and religion with the Republicans has been bad enough. Let me be clear that I have no problem with anyone's religious beliefs informing their decisions. What I have a problem with is when the two become one and the same and political office becomes a tool of the religious to wield against all who disagree with them. That is a problem.

I do hope that more evangelicals break their firm ties to the Republican party and take a more balanced view of politics. That can only be a good thing for everyone.

Happy Mother's Day

To my wonderful mother, I say, "Happy Mother's Day." I would not be half the person I am today without her incredible love and support through good time and bad.

The Mother

There will be a singing in your heart,
There will be a rapture in your eyes;
You will be a woman set apart,
You will be so wonderful and wise.
You will sleep, and when from dreams you start,
As of one that wakes in Paradise,
There will be a singing in your heart,
There will be a rapture in your eyes.

There will be a moaning in your heart,
There will be an anguish in your eyes;
You will see your dearest ones depart,
You will hear their quivering good-byes.
Yours will be the heart-ache and the smart,
Tears that scald and lonely sacrifice;
There will be a moaning in your heart,
There will be an anguish in your eyes.

There will come a glory in your eyes,
There will come a peace within your heart;
Sitting 'neath the quiet evening skies,
Time will dry the tear and dull the smart.
You will know that you have played your part;
Yours shall be the love that never dies:
You, with Heaven's peace within your heart,
You, with God's own glory in your eyes.

-Robert William Service

I love you, Mom.

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