Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Worst. Job. Ever.

Take that military-industrial crap off my description, I have been released from the complex.

My paychecks run out in early June. Planning, planning, planning until then. But hey, the Presidents steady leadership in troubled times means that I should be able to find another job by the time I'm done typing this post.
Hello? Recruiters? Why are you not calling me yet?

The show that never ends.

My $0.02 worth on this Red Blue thing is: If you stand in the middle of the road you get run over.
I think Shawn should get a "redo" on his attempted biting comment.

No longer an Atheist

It appears that I am no longer an atheist.
Epicurus rejected the existence of Platonic forms and an immaterial soul, and he said that the gods have no influence on our lives. Epicurus also thought skepticism was untenable, and that we could gain knowledge of the world relying upon the senses. He taught that the point of all one's actions was to attain pleasure (conceived of as tranquility) for oneself, and that this could be done by limiting one's desires and by banishing the fear of the gods and of death.[More]
I subscribe to all of those beliefs (well, except for limiting one's desires, but I can work with that). I'm an Epicurian!
Cool, now I can act all snooty in restaurants and send my food back and stuff.

Monday, May 03, 2004

Why? What was the issue?

The statue of St James "the Moor-slayer" is expected to be replaced by one depicting the calmer image of St James "the Pilgrim", by the same 18th century artist, Jose Gambino. [More]
Maybe now we can get them to remove their offensive saints. I know they don't have iconography, but they do tend to idolize people who blow themselves up.
That didn't come out as biting as I wanted. Oh well, I'm actually saving up my bile for work.

How's that move going?

The Red-Blue Show

It's funny that you're finding these stories of America becoming more polar for two reasons: 1) I've been hearing how the polarization is more along the lines of fringe vs. centrism and how the ideological gap between the two groups grows more, and 2) our current President is a "uniter", not a divider, a man who brings a great humility to office, a humility born of his deep and abiding faith in a Higher Power (cocaine?).

Can our nation be healed? Can we depolarize the country? Should we?

The last time I can think of when everyone was of one heart in this country, skyscapers were falling. Well, Falwell said it was the gays, so he really wasn't in on the groovy feelings. And I got kind of ticked off when the Senate began singing "God Bless America" (why Irving Berlin? note that Woody Guthrie also hated this song).

So, the lesson here is clear: America can only be united in a godless terror.
Having you agree with me about the Saudis and much of the prison torture debacle makes it hard to argue. Oh, wait, I have an idea about what to argue about. Next post...