Hey there my adoring fans, welcome to another edition of my blog, all three of you who'll read this anyways. Today I'll be discussing Ireland's new blasphemy law, a quadriplegic getting screwed over and Britain losing it's last WW1 veteran. So lets get this show started:
Ireland's new law:
I guess things were going a little too well in Ireland so it's government just had to find a way to screw things up. Justice Minister Dermot Ahern as enacted a new law that basically states that if you say something about a religious institute and it pisses off enough people, the the Irish government can fine you up to twenty five thousand Euros. I... I can't be the only one who thinks that that is completely insane right? Here's a law that is damn near impossible to fight in court and gives the local authorities the ablity to decide what is an "outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of a religion."
What I really don't get is why haven't the Irish people haven't done anything about this. There freedom of speech was just taken away so where are the massive rallies? Why are they letting the government decide what they can and can't say? Protect your civil liberties or sooner or later they'll all be taken away.
Quadripegic law student:
So now we go from the Irish losing their freedom of speech to good ol' fashion American bureaucracy. This news story stars Sara Granda, a law school graduate who happens to be a quadriplegic. She got that way due to an accident roughly twelve years ago. Now a quadriplegic completing three years of law school and getting a degree is impressive, but, unfortunetely, that is not why she is in the news.
You see the Cali's state government helped her out financially including paying for her bar exam entrance fee... which is where everything started going wrong. You see the state sent the bar exam her entrance fee directly, by way of mailing them a check. Normally when you register to take the exam online (obviously being the easist way for her to register), they require a credit card number. She talked to the bar association about the fact that her fee was being paid for by a check and they told her it was ok.
Now fast forward a bit, to just about a week before the exam, Miss Ganda finds out that her application to take the test wasn't processed since it wasn't paid online by credit. Yes you read correctly in the previous paragraph that they told her it was alright earlier and then suddenly, oh there's a technically and you can't take the test. Oh and just to let you guys/gals know, it's not like you can just take it next week or something. The next bar exam in california will come in February, as in next year. I give her credit for not letting them know exactly what she thinks of that technically right away and trying to think this through.
So now, she's asking asking the state courts to force the bar association to allow her to take the test. Even California's govener Arnold Schwarzenegger has made public comments in support of Miss Ganda. The exam will be the same week as of the posting of this blog (actually it may be Tuesday), so good luck Sara. Hopefully this will have a happy ending.
Britain loses a hero
I'm ending this one on bit of a sad note. The last living British army veteran of WW1, Harry Patch, has passed away. Mr. Patch died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 111.
He entered the army in 1916 and, after basic training, became a machinegunner in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. A few weeks in, he fought in one of the bloodiest battles of the war, at Passchendaele, where three of his friends were killed by a shell explosion.
At a rememberance ceremony in 2007 Mr. Patch, then the only living british veteran of the war, said "Today is not for me. It is for the countless millions who did not come home with their lives intact. They are the heroes. It is also important we remember those who lost their lives on both sides."
In a later comment, made in the same year, he said, ""I met someone from the German side and we both shared the same opinion: we fought, we finished and we were friends." Ha, spoken like a true warrior.
As a citizen of a fellow allied nation, I salute you for your bravery and thank you for your service. May you join your loved ones and fellow fallen soldiers in the afterlife. Rest in peace Harry Patch.
There are certain people here in America's government that you can always count on saying idiotic things. There's even an elite among these people, such as good ol' Newt Gingrich. A man that can give his wife divorce papers while she's in the hospital with cancer and then give a speech on family values. Now lets get to a more recent quote of his, from a talk he gave in Rock Church in Virginia:
"I think this is one of the most critical moments in American history," Gingrich said. "We are living in a period where we are surrounded by paganism."
Oh dear Goddess no, not the Pagans. Come on, seriously? At most there are only like a million and a half, maybe two million of us. I don't know about any other Pagan out there, but I didn't get the memo to start surrounding the U.S. Plus, since I live in the U.S, I kinda like having not surrounded and I'm pretty sure the other Pagans in the country will also like not being sorrounded.
I this point I feel sorry for conservatives. The republican party is supposed to be their party. For any of you conservatives out there reading this, when two of their top people (Mike Hukabee was also there and didn't disagree with Newt's statement) of your party are warning you of a Pagan threat, maybe it's time for you to give up on the republicans and create a new conservative part. One that would fight for conservative values like I don't know; states' rights, individual freedoms, and not involving the U.S. in international matters unless it's required... you know, things that the top republicans seem to have forgotten about a long time ago. Just some friendly advice.
(This is pretty much copied and pasted from my myspace blog.)
First off, sorry about taking taking over a month to write a new blog. I know my hordes of fans have been waiting on the edge of their seats for my next piece of writing. So lets get things kicked off with:
Michael Steele: If you don't know, Michael Steele is the former lieutenant Governer of my home state Maryland and the chairman of the RNC. Now while I don't always see eye to eye with him on political issues, I generally respect him. However the recent comment of his about same-sex marriage is well... idiotic. He says it's bad for small businesses. Here's his reasoning from the point of view of small business owners:
"Now all of a sudden I've got someone who wasn't a spouse before, that I had no responsibility for, who is now getting claimed as a spouse that I now have financial responsibility for," Mr. Steele told Republicans at a state convention in traditionally conservative Georgia. "So how do I pay for that? Who pays for that? You just cost me money." (Courtesy of Washingtontimes.com. Here's the exact article it's from: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/may/17/gay-marriage-called-burden-on-business/)
Um... wouldn't that be an arguement against all marriage? Seriously, what in the world was he thinking when he said that. I really hope he didn't come up with that idea. Of all the arguements against same-sex marriage, it's effect on small business has to be the most retard one I've ever heard.
Prayer Death: On May 22 a Wisconsin mother, by the name of Leilani Neumann, was found guilty of causing her 11-year-old daughter's death. Hearing of a parent/guardian causing their kid's death is nothing new, but this case is somewhat unique from a legal stand point. You see, her daughter died due to have untreated diabetes. It's unlikely that her parents new her exact disease since instead of seeing a doctor they decided to simply pray. They didn't even call paramedics when their daughter went into a coma for a few hours.
Here's the article if you want all the details involved (courtesy of cbs2.com): http://cbs2.com/national/mother.guilty.reckless.2.1017242.html
I believe that one of the definitions of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Maybe by the third or fourth time that praying failed to make her daughter better, Mrs. Neumann should have considered an alternitave method. Also, at least in my opinion, religious freedom and parental rights end when you put your kid's life on the line in a test of faith. This girl should be alive today and would be if her mother used some basic logic. I hope her and her husband (who's currently on trial for the same charge) get the maximum time of 25yrs.
My future Blogging idea: I'm considering adding another part of my blog, a series of writings that'll be entitled "Ramblings of a history nerd," which will be focused on hostorical culture, famous people and major events. I'll still keep writing about (modern day) culture and sometimes post my fiction stories but I think this will make a nice addition.
I bid you all farewell. Goodnight and good luck (kudos to those of you that know where that sign off comes from).
Well, me and my friend Mercurial were discussing the traditional commintment ritual (i.e. marriage) and I decided to blog my views on it (in other words, yes I really didn't anything better to do with my time).
Let's go ahead and get this out of the way right away. I am not a big fan of the traditional marriage ceremony. Now, boys and girls I bet your saying to yourselves, "But weddings are so magical, what could you ever have against them?" And I respond, "Oh trust me, there's plenty to dislike about it...."
Lets start with one of the biggest things first, having to have all your friends and family there. Now in theory this should be a good thing, right? I mean, this is one of the biggest days in your life so why not have your family and friends there? Well, not every theory turns out to be correct. By involving so many other people, it ends up being more about them than the two people actually getting married. "Where are we going to sit everyone... no we can't sit Jim Bob and Bob Jim near each other, they've been fueding for years... what are we going to serve... what music do we play that everyone will like... your mom wants red flowers but mine wants pink one.... etc, etc." It ends up being just a fancy dinner party or an expensive family reunion.
Which brings me to my second point, it's expensive. Now, I'm far, very far from being cheap, but come on people. Weddings nowadays can easily get up five, or even ten, thousand dollars. I can't be the only one that thinks that that is insane. For that money you could have gotten a family car, put a hell of a down payment on a house, or invest it into just about anything that you would use for more than just ONE day. The wedding ends up just being a excersize in excess. While I'm not against excess, but in this case, it really takes away from the reason why your getting married in the first place.
The next reason will be short and to the point, the amount of time spent planning the wedding. People will spend anywhere from a few months, to over a year planning it; just to make sure that every single detail is perfect. When you put that much planning into something that should be simple and straightforward, then it loses a lot of it's original intent; at least in my opinion it does.
Now, at this point, Beverly brought up something, that I believe to be one of the biggest reasons why people get married, it's a security blanket for people (herself included). After all, if someone is getting married to you, that means that they're truely commited to you, right? Now, I now that our culture has drilled it into everyone's head that wedding = commintment. This seems particularly true among the female half of the population. However, this simply isn't true. The simple truth is, either someone is committed to you or they're not. No piece of paper (marriage license), symbol of unity/love (wedding ring), or commintment ritual (wedding) can change that.
And the reason being, to be perfectly honest, I dislike tradition. At least traditions that keep going on, simply because they're tradition. I think half the reason anyone gets married anymore is because according to tradition, "that's what your suppose to do." And in the end, that simply isn't a good enough reason for me.
At this point I bet your saying, "Well ok then Mr. I hate marriage, since you love pointing out what's wrong with getting married, what would you do for a commintment ceremony? Lets see if you can answer that one, if your so smart..."
And I reply, "Well, I'm glad you ask, cause I just happen to have an answer for that."
I say, if two people want promise themselves to each, then just chose a ritual that has meaning to the two of you. As for what I'd like to do: I'd set up a week long vacation for me and the person I chosen to promise myself to. Her/him and I would go somewhere private away from the rest of the world. Preferably, if we have the extra cash, we'd charter a boat or helicopter and go out to some deserted island. However, the exact location isn't important, as long as it's just the two of us. It would be during this week that we'd each write our vows to the other person and then on the final night, under the light of a full moon, we'd exchange vows. To "cement" our unity, I'd like to take the yinyang symbol and spilt it. She'll/he'll get one half tattooed somewhere on her/his body and I'd get my half tattooed in the middle of my chest, over my heart. The dark or light half would symbolize they're spirit and the other would symbolize mine. But there is some light in the dark and some dark in the light, so it would show that our spirits are connected.
I'll end this blog with a disclaimer: while it isn't for me, I have nothing against other people getting married. If it's what they both truely want, then so be it and I hope they enjoy it.
So, what do you guys and gals think? Am I right or just a marriage hating idiot, lets hear your opinion.
Sagas of Aether: The Ares Saga Book I: Revolution (Novel)- Currently almost half done the first draft.
Themes - Love (both family/friend kind and romantic), Betrayal, Honor, Loyalty, Blurring the line between Good and Evil
Rating: R - Sex, violence, rape, disturbing scenes
Sagas of Aether: Prey (Novellete) - Still in the idea phase
Themes To Be Announced
Rating: Probably R
Sagas of Aether: Akio Saga (Novellete) - Just started writing it.
Themes - Protecting your family, the line between soldier and savage, Race/Ethnicity
Rating: PG 13 possible R - Violence
Sacrifice (poem) - finished, currently waiting for a responce from Strange Horizons.
Themes: Love (family kind as opposed to romantic), giving your life for someone
Rating: E - alright for all ages
The Horizon (poem) - finished, currently waiting for a responce from Strange Horizons
Themes: Ambition, Conquest
Rating: E - alright for anyone
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