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[ Saturday, March 13, 2004 ]

 

Throw the book at em

This quiz isn't a gag. I like reading so I took it and...




You're Watership Down!

by Richard Adams

Though many think of you as a bit young, even childish, you're
actually incredibly deep and complex. You show people the need to rethink their
assumptions, and confront them on everything from how they think to where they
build their houses. You might be one of the greatest people of all time. You'd
be recognized as such if you weren't always talking about talking rabbits.



Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.


David Blaine [4:50 PM]

[ Friday, March 12, 2004 ]

 

Seperate but Equal

No gay marriage but maybe civil unions, equal in every way, but different. Pretty soon we will have gay only water fountains. Doesn't anyone learn from the past?

David Blaine [9:42 AM]

 

Just plain hate

I'm so sorry to see the attack on Spain yesterday, but through the evil a good may be served. If it does turn out, as one group claims, to have been done by Islamic extremists, it shows that it is not only the U.S. that is hated, but everyone. That doesn't surprise me, Hate doesn't come from the God of any religion, but from hell. What surprises me is that I hear no Islamic voice condemning these violent acts. When extremists Christians bomb abortion clinics and muder the doctors working there, the Christian community condemns the perpetrators. It is one thing to be a wolf, but another to try and disguise yourself as a sheep. To take a turn on the bard, "me thinks thou dost protest too little"

David Blaine [8:05 AM]

 

Fair Enough

Today Bush will launch negative ads designed to shift voters attention from his weakness to his strengths. Claims are made that Kerry would raise taxes and be weak on defense, two things that Bush feels he has done a very good job on. Fair enough. Most of you have prepared your taxes for 2003 and can recall how you did the past couple of years, so here are two questions: A-Do you feel better off economically than you did three years ago? and B-Do you feel safer and more secure than you did three years ago? He wants to run on that record? I haven't see the ad, but It sounds less like an attack and more like a suicide bombing.
Update Ok, I've seen the ad. No biggie to me. As one news analyst said on the radio this morning, most people have made up their minds how they want to vote, there are very few undecided voters, and now the job of each candidate is to hold on to the base they already have. Bushies probably like this ad, but I doubt it will change anyones mind who isn't already in his corner.

David Blaine [8:00 AM]

[ Tuesday, March 09, 2004 ]

 

It's against the law!

I read a columnist in my local paper yesterday, and she is very angry with the liberals for pushing gay marriage down the throats of her fellow Americans. She keeps pointing out that these liberals are breaking the law. I agree. I just wish to point out that 50 years ago people broke the law when they refused to step to the back of the bus, refused to move from their seat at the lunch counter, refused to use "their" entrances, etc, etc, etc. So you have a good point there, and I wish to point out that laws evolve with the society they belong to, peoples consciousness become raised with the passing of time and the gaining of knowledge and understanding. The law used to say that my great great grandfather could own your great great grandfather. Someone changed that law too.

David Blaine [10:53 AM]

[ Monday, March 08, 2004 ]

 

End of the season.
My ski event this past weekend was pretty awful. It rained the day before and then froze hard. Although the trail was beautiful skiers fell a lot on the icey course. I took an hour longer than I hoped to on this race, mostly from falling down and getting back up. I will want to get back to this place next winter while the snow is soft and fresh.


David Blaine [1:09 PM]

 

Liberty and Justice for All

Watching the news the last week it struck me that as a nation, we set the worst example for the countries we say we are trying to help. We are in Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Haiti, ostensibly to promote democracy. In our own country we only pay lip service to those democratic ideals. I am watching Palestinian children throw rocks at Israeli armored vehicles on television. In our country Islamic citizens are treated with anything but equality. They are viewed with suspicion and distrust. Few try to communicate with them or understand them. They dress differently than we do, and they don't go to the same church we do. But we want everyone to get along in the middle east. We just don't want to get along in the U.S. We stick our noses in everywhere it doesn't belong, like our neighbors bedrooms. Gay Marriage? What's new? The old debate goes, "if a tree falls down in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it still make a sound?" Well if homosexuals get married but no one acknowledges it, does it mean they aren't living together as a couple? We can't let them tell us they are a couple? We can't give them the liberty and justice to acknowledge them as a family unit?
I pledge allegiance to the flag...and to the republic for which it stands...one nation...indivisible..with liberty and justice for all. If you can't be broad minded enough to treat your fellow citizens with courtesy and civility then don't call yourself a patriotic American in front of me. But I'm not done. You liberals who think you ought to be able to dance in your goat skin pants? How about some courtesy and civility yourselves? Do we really need to legislate a ban on prayer? Do we need to demand that no religious group demonstrate the tenants of their faith in public in any way? Civility and courtesy work both ways. Refusing to communicate or trying to understand each other causes a lot of harm both ways. We are a multi cultured society now, whether you like it or not. Homogenizing the country may not be necessary or wise, but living side by side is not an option, it is reality. And some will choose to homogenize...and they will be ostracized by many. Perhaps we should rename the country the United States of pointy headed, narrow minded Americans. But I'm still not done. You immigrants who have come here and become citizens, congratulations and welcome to the show. You are no longer Lilliputians, you are American's now. My grandfather is from Italy, but I'm not Italian, I'm American. I don't mind flying the flag, wearing red white and blue on the fourth of July, and I don't have a red white and green flag on my jacket. My grandfather learned English and spoke it with an awful accent til he died. My point is if you wish to be welcomed into this country's society you need to make some attempt to blend in. To fail at this is viewed as a snub of your new country's culture. There is nothing wrong with pride for your homeland, but if you are planning to stay here, then treat this like an adopted homeland. And you who are visitors, perhaps on student visas? Try acting with the courtesy of a guest. That's what you are. Learn about us and take the information home with you. Teach us about your homeland and act as an ambassador from your country would. That's it, that's all I have right now. Link if you like it, comment if you don't.

David Blaine [8:28 AM]