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Posts in February 2006

Bus Stop

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-02-27 00:00:00
Today at the bus stop a man tried to sell me a phone. He was dressed shabily. His baggy clothing hung precariously off of his thin body. His face seemed slightly off kilter. He had some sort of tattoo near the corner of his left eye. One of his shoes was untied. I assured him I had no need for a phone.

After a while someone called him over about half a block down. Another man came up and began yelling at him. The agressor was the sort of man that cannot seem to put three words together without on of them being a vulgarity. The argument escalated, and the agressor swung on the "phone salesman." His fist connect with the other man's left jaw. To be truthful, I could not make out what they fought about (as their words came out slurred, rapid, and dirty). The only phrase I could really make out was the phone salesman yelling, "I didn't sell it." I can only assume they disagreed on the quality of a particular pre-paid phone.

Yeah, right. Did I mention I live in the ghetto?

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by: Becca Gardner | on: 2006-02-26 00:00:00
That's how young I'm gonna be on Friday. At noon to be exact.Read more...

Segregation and Re-segregation

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-02-23 00:00:00
This in from today's The Daily Texan.

The author of this article, Justin Ward, takes issue with a racial divide that is occurring in Austin’s public schools. The east side of town has more minorities than the west side of town. This so-called “re-segregation” has occurred because Austin decided to discontinue across town busing. Intuitively, that Austin took that step is understandable. According to Ward, the consequences of this action have been dire. Ward chose Johnston High School as an example:

Lately, Johnston is struggling to find things to be proud of. Its test scores are among the lowest in the district. Its marching band has fewer than 15 members. Its football team has not had a winning season in years.

[…]

A high concentration of poverty and the resulting effects on student achievement, such as lower scores on standardized tests, continue to plague Johnston and other Austin schools.

Thus we see that children are going to school close to where they live, and accordingly, the schools’ racial demographics reflect the city’s. This begs the question, is it bad to have schools where only 2% of the students are white? After careful consideration, I have to say no, it is not bad. My problem is not that the schools seem segregated, rather that so many are doing so poorly. Why is it, I wonder, that when white children go to these schools, the overall scores improve? Should forced busing be reinstated? I don’t think so.

Speaking as a minority (something I’d rather not do, but I will make exception for now), I think that we should look at this situation as a great opportunity. Let us show Texas and the nation as a whole that minority children can do just as well as anyone else academically. Let us stand on our own two feet and not lean on the affluent white side of town to superficially raise our scores. Instead of looking at the situation and blaming “busing” or Austin ISD, let us look at the situation and actually improve the schools. Let us start at home in our own communities instead of passing judgment on people where, ultimately, nothing improves.

Someone, please, tell me that I make sense here.

Bin Laden

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-02-20 00:00:00
According to an article from MyWay news, in last month's audio tape, Osama Bin Laden revealed a shocking truth: namely, that he vows never to be taken alive.

My sentiments exactly.

Cheney

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-02-17 00:00:00
People can laugh all they want to about this hunting accident, but between you and me, it's a pretty dirty thing to do. These cartoonists and comedians would be ripped for making jokes about a car accident, and should be no different for this.

No More GITMO

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-02-17 00:00:00
The UN is calling for the United States to close its detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba because "it is effectively a torture camp where prisoners have no access to justice," according to a report from a UN-appointed investigative panel.

But get this, the panel did not even visit GITMO. As a matter of fact, they were invited to visit, but they declined!

The White House has dismissed the call --as well they should-- and Scott McClellan pointed out an important truth:

“We know that these are dangerous terrorists being kept at Guantanamo Bay,” he said. “I think that what we are seeing is a rehash of allegations that have been made by lawyers representing some of these detainees.”

McClellan said Al-Qaeda detainees were “trained to provide false information,” including allegations of torture.

[...]

These UN “experts” are well aware that jihadis are trained to lie for propaganda purposes.

Will the US close GITMO? No.
Should the US close GITMO? No.
Is this a transparent attack by US critics to gain some publicity? Yes. Yes it is.

Happy Single Discrimination Day

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2006-02-14 00:00:00
I was thinking just now about how long it's been since I've ranted..And then I thought about what I could rant about today, this being the day of L-O-V-E..And that probably all of us here would want to rant on their own particular feelings of such a day..And then I thought about Big Daddy, seeing as this is his website..And what a magnificent website it is..keeping it in operation all these years..And then I thought about how he always used to say, "So, uh Rebecca, if that's your real name..". And then he'd crack himself up with laughter..And then I thought about his mouth..ah, the daydreams a girl can get lost in...winky, wink.

The GoogleBoys

by: Russell Updike | on: 2006-02-13 00:00:00
I'm a huge fan of Google. They are actually currently featured in TIME Magazine. How great is a company whose companies dress code is "You have to wear something." and encourage employees to take 20% of there paid time to work on personal projects. Furthermore, the company cafeteria serves 3 free meals a day.

The Bird Flu

by: Russell Updike | on: 2006-02-13 00:00:00
Can someone please explain to me the big scare behind the bird flu. I've been doing my research, and as far as I can tell thus far worldwide there have been 88 human deaths due to the virus. In the United States alone influenza kills 36,000 people per year on average. I understand that the fowl of the earth need to fear the problem. Mainly because the Koreans slaughter entire farms of chickens in order to stop the disease from spreading. Wild birds seem to be immune. Currently the disease can not be transferred human to human, and only certain strains are transferred from bird to human. So why are we as humans so afraid?

True story

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-02-11 00:00:00

Trooper: Hey el Seco, what is you middle name?

el Seco: My middle name is Silvas.

Trooper: Guess what my middle name is, el Seco.

el Seco: Uhh.. Marie? Mary? ... Uhh..

Trooper: What are all white girls' middle names?

el Seco: Ann?

Trooper: Yup.

Guerra!

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-02-09 00:00:00
Things are heating up on the U.S./Mexico border.

I'm glad someone's taking Bush to task for his dreadfully weak stand on border control and immigration.

A few sane voices in a sea of insanity

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-02-08 00:00:00
Thankfully there are people who have publically added some sane opinions to the trouble over the Mohammed cartoon.

President Bush, for example:

"We believe in a free press, and also recognize that with freedom comes responsibilities. With freedom comes the responsibility to be thoughtful about others," Bush said.

But, he added: "We reject violence as a way to express discontent with what may be printed in a free press."

Also Mohammed Usman, a senior member of the Ulama Council, Afghanistan's top Islamic organization:

Islam says it's all right to demonstrate but not to resort to violence. This must stop.

[...]

We condemn the cartoons but this does not justify violence. These rioters are defaming the name of Islam.

At least someone is saying something. Still, it is past time that the rioting and violence stop. There should be no room for such action in the religion of peace, and no one else should tolerate it. Freedom is a two-sided coin.Read more...

State Department Sides Against Denmark

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-02-06 00:00:00
In a surprising move, the United States State Department has sided with European Muslims against Denmark.

America sided with tens of thousands of Muslims who protested worldwide yesterday about cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published in European newspapers.

In its first comment on the furore, the State Department said: "These cartoons are indeed offensive to the belief of Muslims."

Answering a reporter's question, its spokesman, Kurtis Cooper, said: "We all fully respect freedom of the press and expression but it must be coupled with press responsibility. Inciting religious or ethnic hatred in this manner is not acceptable."

No, Mr. Cooper, displaying your stupidity and disgusting lack of principle for the entire world to see is not acceptable.

"Three Pillars of Wisdom"

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-02-05 00:00:00
From Victor Davis Hanson's Private Papers website: Three Pillars of Wisdom.

The list of hypocrisies could be expanded. The locus classicus, of course, is bin Laden's fanciful fatwas. Oil pumped for $5 a barrel and sold for $70 is called stealing resources. Tens of millions of Muslims emigrating to the United States and Europe, while very few Westerners reside in the Middle East, is deemed "occupying our lands." Israel, the biblical home of the Jews, and subsequently claimed for centuries by Persians, Greeks, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Franks, Ottomans, and English is "occupied by crusader infidels" — as if the entire world is to accept that world history began only in the seventh century A.D.

Look out, Mr. Hanson, they might threaten you along with the Danish too.

There Are Days...

by: Justin Mills | on: 2006-02-03 00:00:00
There are days when I really miss my subscription to Limbaugh 24/7, the Limbaugh Letter and National Review. For some reason it hits me most on days that end in "y."

Brokeback and Tinseltown Homophobia

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2006-02-02 00:00:00
According to LA Weekly's Nikki Finke, Brokeback Mountain's nomination for the Academy's highest prize is suspect:

Given that it's Oscar time, I nominate the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Bunch of Hypocrites. That’s because this year’s dirty little secret is the anecdotal evidence pouring in to me about hetero members being unwilling to screen Brokeback Mountain. For a community that takes pride in progressive values, it’s shameful that Hollywood’s homophobia may be on a par with Pat Robertson’s.

Now, before you go off and read that whole article, bear in mind that it has a major left slant. In fact, I don't recommend reading it at all. However, Finke does make an interesting point about the "gay cowboy" movie.

Parenthetically, I want you to know two things. 1. I have not seen the film in question. And, B. I understand that the movie itself concerns two homosexual men that work herding sheep. Now, if you want to call them cowboys, I suppose that is your perrogotive, but as far as I'm concerned, the major qualifier of being a cowboy is the "cow" part. That is, if you herd cows, you are a cowboy. If you, on the other hand, herd sheep, you are a shepherd. Call it semantics if you want, but I like to call a spade a spade.

Okay, my point is this: According to the article, the Academy has not really seen this Brokeback movie. Yet it has somehow gained enough momentum to merit the nomination for best picture. How could this be? Perhaps Hollywood is more caught up in political correctness than in the actual quality of the movie. Hmm. Yup, that sounds like the Hollywood I know: symbolism over substance every time.