Thursday, August 30, 2007

Senator Craig

I've been trying not to waste my time with this 'Sen. Craig in the bathroom with the shoe thing'. I've mostly avoided it because I can't think of anything I care less about than where other people meet for sex. I keep hearing reports and something just wont leave me alone. A man was arrested in an airport bathroom for tapping another man's foot and waving his fingers under a bathroom stall. Maybe it's some weird gay code but I don't know what it would stand for. What's more is that if it is some weird gay code, I am hard pressed to find where it is legally binding. I've not been privy (to be honest from lack of effort I'm sure) of any publicly declared code of conduct that specifically identifies such behavior as an explicit invitation for sex.

Senator Craig can resign or not, he can lose his next election or win it. I really really don't care. What does concern me is that in a society with more than 4 murders per hundred thousand people per year, in a society where we are constantly barraged with illegal searches in order to "protect" us at the airport; the police are wasting our time and money setting up sting operations to police the way that homos hit on each-other. Is this really our priority? Are we as a society so fucked up that we care how people agree to fuck each other? What's next? Setting up stings in the airport bar; if you smile and buy someone a drink is that still OK? Is it less OK if a guy buys a guy a drink, and what specific statute regulates this kind of behavior?

Look I don't want people fucking in bathroom stalls either. It's creepy, for sure. But are we all as a group certain that a foot tap and a hand under a stall is a guarantee of lewd action? This is a waste of taxpayer dollars and a waste of police time.

Listen to the interview with Craig. It may seem obvious that he's lying to cover up his behavior (it may not). But focus on the specific behavior to which he's being asked to admit. Listen to the specific nuances of behavior that lead the police officer to accuse him of lying. Listen to the way that the police officer manipulates him by routinely suggesting that if he confesses to this behavior then no one has to find out about it.

Interview with Craig

So is the open palm facing up a crime but a closed palm facing down is fine? Is the crime committed when the hand breaks the horizontal plane of the bottom of the stall wall or is the crime committed when the hand breaks the vertical plane of the stall wall? What if the hand is open, palm up (supinated) when it crosses the horizontal plane but rotated palm down (pronated) when it crosses the vertical plane? What if the opposite is true?

I'm so glad I'm not gay. I mean this code is complicated. As a straight male all I have to do buy a drink, make an offer, get rejected and go home to watch pornography on the internet. It's so much simpler.

I wonder how many times I have to ask this question; Can anybody tell me why it is that people don't trust the police? I just can't seem to figure it out. I mean it can't be the lying, the traps, the constant use of citizens as a fund raising opportunity, the arrogant attitudes, or the complete lack of appropriate oversight. It's probably not even the fact that police routinely get away with the same offenses with which they charge others.

I just don't know.

What I do know is that Congress should have a higher standard for it's members than for others. What I do know is that police activities are the direct result of legislative decisions. The US government, State and Local legislators and counselors, these are the people that created our police state and it never hurts my feelings to see one of them get bit by the same machine they created to control the citizens.

Police are coming into the homes of innocent people in droves with military training, military weapons, a judicial system weighted grossly in their favor, and complete disdain for a constitution that they openly believe to be arcane.

But our airport bathrooms are protected from consenting sexual advances. Or at the very least they are protected from supinated palms below the horizontal plane of the stall walls. Cause that's a huge national security issue.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Happy Birthday Ron Paul

Today Ron Paul turns 72. Wish him a happy.

Interesting Thoughts on the Environment

In an article in Reason.Org in July of 2006 Shikha Dalmia discusses how much more energy is consumed in the life of the Prius, than in the life of the average SUV, or more specifically the beyond average villain the Hummer. Read her article here . It might be vindicating to those of us who drive useful vehicles like my Jeep Cherokee, if we required vindication, which we don't. An interesting thought to explore in light of this cost analysis is the recent attacks on the scientists who propose evidence against man made global warming. They attack the scientists based on who funds them and more specifically who stands to gain from their conclusions. I wonder how many billions of dollars stand to be made by major corporations on the production of vehicles that don't actually save energy in the long run. And I wonder what kind of support those corporations might be funneling into 'scientific' research. Like it or not all science has funding and all funding comes from the production and distribution of goods and services.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Ben Affleck

This is a little old but I still dig it.

I don't understand

How anyone in the world wouldn't want to vote for this man. You'd have to be insane. It's like we all sit around thinking to ourselves 'hmmm good ideas are just so unlikely to work... Can we get maybe some bad ideas, or mediocre ones at least. We know mediocre ideas tend to turn out as well as we expect'. Grrrr... Come on people... you know you want it.

Especially in light of what this guy has to say.

David Walker, Comptroller General for the United States Government

But alas as usual we will end up with some pandering asshole, cause that's just how we do things in the most powerful country in the world.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

What's wrong with the R's?

Have they given up the election already? Perhaps they think it's a good idea to start saving for 2012... Why else would you schedule an R debate at 9am on a Sunday? I mean mostly the only people who were likely to tune into an R debate are R's and most of them are either at church or thinking of good excuses for having skipped church. It's like they were trying to keep the debate secret. Which maybe they were. It would surprise me if the R's were conspiring to keep a low profile and let the D's self destruct.

What's more interesting is another little secret that many major news sources are trying to keep under wraps. The winner of the debate. According to numerous online polls, most interestingly one by ABC who ran the debate, Ron Paul won by more than a significant margin. There are numerous reports of the ABC poll resetting after RP took the early lead. Some more of Drudge numbers moving in both directions. Creepy.


Of course online polls don't reflect what more intricate polling would. For instance, the online polls don't weed out those that are unlikely to actually vote, and while they do have an option for "Nobody won. I'm voting Democratic" there are no safeguards to establish who R primary voters would choose.

I think it's safe to say that while many in this same group have praised RP in the past he and his ideas are open territory for negative attacks amongst the R's. It may be the most taboo idea in the world for an R to suggest that the war with Iraq isn't a good idea. That spells little protection from the RNC for our boy. It's funny that the man polls suggest would be a hands down favorite if he were to be let loose in a general election, stands the least likelihood of actually getting his party's nomination. Well not the least likelihood, I mean Duncan Hunter will be lucky if his own family voted for him. In similar wickedly interesting news (if only in a sense of shcadenfruede) Rudy's daughter's facebook page revealed this week that she plans to vote for Obamalamadingdong. Thanks to Slate for that.

But I digress, the point is that anyone in the media or anywhere else that claims that Ron Paul isn't a contender in this race, that he isn't running to win, is trying to sell you something you shouldn't buy. I've met the man more than once and I promise you that he's not fucking around.

Monday, August 06, 2007

A little Dr. Paul for you.

I will take some time later to rant about the R's having a debate on a Sunday morning. But for the time being enjoy a dose or two of common sense from a man that most people foolishly believe isn't a contender for the Presidency.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Cop Gets High

No charges were filed as a result of this case. I guess Cops really are above the law.