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A Good Day to Be a Democrat

October 27th, 2005 | Comments Off | Posted in Politics

The top headlines from the Yahoo! News Poltics category are as follows:

Like my dad always says, the nice thing about the Republicans is that they when they get enough rope, they always hang themselves.

Kristin Kreuk vs. the Yang Yang Twins

October 24th, 2005 | Comments Off | Posted in Personal

This article is pretty much the sickest thing I’ve seen in a while. This group Prussian Blue (I won’t even link to their site) is basically Mary Kate and Ashley, but minus the eating disorders and with a bunch of racism tossed in. What irked me the most about this article was not the part about their parents encouraging this behavior or even their insidious use of a child-friendly format to spread their garbage. Rather, it was this quote from one of the girls:

“We’re proud of being white, we want to keep being white,” said Lynx. “We want our people to stay white … we don’t want to just be, you know, a big muddle. We just want to preserve our race.”

Oh boy. Aside from the fact that these folks are obviously wack-a-frickin-doo, this particular argument for racism has always annoyed the hell out of me, since the concept that a “pure” race is somehow better than a mixed one is so easily disproven, scientically. See, there’s this thing called heterosis, more commonly referred to as hybrid vigor. It’s an easily observable phenomenon where an offspring can, if lucky, recieve characteristics from both donors of genetic material which give it higher genetic fitness and survivability. What this means for you (and the rest of the human race): inbreeding bad, genetic diversity good. Or, as Vice put it, “Have you ever watched a mutt and a thoroughbred go up the (sic) stairs?” And if you really need more proof of the potential genetic superiority of cross-breeding, just ask yourself: would you rather fuck this or this? So, in conclusion, go have sex with someone from a different race, ASAP. I personally plan on sticking it to one of these blondies once they get a little older and realize their parents have sold them a bridge in Brooklyn. I think a little Jewish in their gene pool would do them good.

Which leads usto the other thing I wanted to comment on, which was a Commonwealth Club broadcast I heard on NPR last week. The speaker was Dr. David A. Thomas, and he was presenting his paper entitled Making Differences Matter: A New Paradigm for Managing Diversity. I’ve been unable to find a audio archive of the discussion, but I’ll post it when I find it. The gist of his argument was that diversity for diversity’s sake is pointless, and that most systems we have in place to promote diversity in the workplace accidentally do the opposite by insisting that everyone can do the job the exact same way. In doing that, we lose the very advantage that promoting diversity gives us, which is the variety of different perspectives and ideas that different races or genders can bring to the table. He made this argument with examples not only of how diverse perspectives often make for good business, but also with numerous examples of how we are suppressing true diversity while simultaneously insisting we want it. Persuasive stuff.

Booked Worm

October 20th, 2005 | Comments Off | Posted in Politics

Arraign or shine!Judging from the photo, I think DeLay is almost as happy about his arrest as I am. Man, he is so not fooling anyone with that smile.

I think with the possible exception of Karl Rove (who may be in one of these photos any day now), this guy best represents the pure scummy-ness of the current ruling party. Honestly, I have nothing but pity for the really fundamendalist conservatives; they’re just brainwashed. I save my true scorn and tsk-tsk-ing for the fakers and sleazebags like Brownback and DeLay, who exploit those people’s beliefs for their own selfish purposes. So here’s to you, Tom. Go suck it.

80% Hetero

October 11th, 2005 | Comments | Posted in Personal

Start 'em up! Well, I bought my bike this weekend and have been riding it to and from work for the past couple days. It’s very fun, but also pretty unnerving. You really feel exposed, especially when cars go by.

I put up some pics of the bike (and me in my gear). I think they’re pretty funny because I actually look pretty legit wearing all that stuff: Daniel D said I looked “about 80% hetero”. It makes me wonder how many other tough looking riders out there also have no clue what they’re doing.

Anyways, Skid’s wedding is this weekend, and while I am tempted to go for a ride down to Monterey, I don’t think I could fit my tux in my backpack, so I think I’ll drive.

Edit: Doh, as Giz pointed out, I forgot to say what kind of bike I bought. It’s a Sukuzi GZ250. It’s very small and only weighs about 300 pounds.

Finally, An Excuse to Buy a Leather Jacket

October 5th, 2005 | Comments | Posted in Personal

Ok, as Dailey was nice enough to point out, I seem to have hit another blogging hump. But that’s ok, because I have recently acquired new skills with which to surmount said hump. No, not bo-staff skills, or even computer-hacking skills (which, by the way, I already posess); I’m talking about motorcycle-riding skills.

Quick backstory: Lawrence was selling his scooter, and I was interested in snatching it up. I hopped on for a quick ride and immediately ran the thing into a parked car. My sore shoulder and leg healed quickly, but my sore pride was not as easily sated.

One of the many lessons I’ve learned during my short time on this earth is: “Don’t get angry. Then you’re no better than the machine.” I signed up for a CHP motorcycle course soon after my little incident and I have since conquered the two-wheeled beast.

So I plan on buying a bike now, because the course was just so damn fun. But I’m interested to hear what you guys have to say about motorcycles and safety. Do you think motorcycles are too dangerous? Just for purposes of clarity, let me preface the discussion with a few things:

  • At this point, I have absolutely no plans to ride on the freeway. But statistically, intersections are more dangerous anyways.
  • I plan on getting a 250-400cc bike, nothing too powerful.
  • I’m a responsible guy and as such I will ride responsibly; absolutely no drinking, no crazy speeding, and only the occasional wheelie.
  • I’ll always wear my helmet and the right gear.

Anyone have any opinions?