Thankfully returning to work and running low on stuff to post about managed to pretty much intersect.... I would have been bummed having nothing to drone on about THEN...
Anyway, here are some things that grazed my mind briefly as they passed through...
The Missouri State Fair Rodeo clown that got banned from the state for wearing an Obama mask: Since so many others have brought up the video to Genesis' Land of Confusion to point out the PC hypocrisy of this, I'll just add: I'll remind you all of this the next time a liberal tells me to be tolerant.
Speaking of tolerance, let's see how this one grabs you. In Russia, a talk show host is under fire after saying that the nation's new anti-gay laws don't go far enough. But, not content to stop there, he went on to say that homosexuals dying in car accidents, etc, should not be used as organ donors, as well as not being accepted as a normal practice for sperm or blood donations. And then he went even farther in defending his remarks...
In his Sunday interview with Ekho Moskvy,(Dmitry) Kiselyov defended his remarks, stating that he simply wanted Russia to become more "civilized" by joining the U.S., EU, Japan and Arabic countries in banning homosexuals from donating blood and organs. He explained that homosexuals cannot "hide" what they are and that in the U.S. the Food and Drug Administration keeps a database of everyone in the U.S. who has had a same-sex sexual relation over the past twenty years, with the equivalent EU agency doing the same.
In most Western countries as a result of the AIDS crisis there are restrictions on men who identify themselves as having sex with men donating blood. The FDA, however, does not maintain a database of homosexuals.
And how could they? As paranoid as you can get, that is still a stiff task to give an agency- especially some overburdened, ego driven, corruption laced Federal Agency. Besides which, wouldn't this be more FEMA's job?
Puts me in mind that Bobby G.'s place had a list of NSA red-flag words. Now I'm not going to repeat them (it takes up a full two scrolls plus a paragraph on my screen), but I will give you some highlights. You might be flagged by the NSA if you blog about:
Pornstars, Playboy, Sex (I get the feeling they're just trolling for cheap thrills here)
Scully (But I did not find Mulder, as hard as I tried)
Veggie (but just to be fair, "beef" was also on the list)
Bubba, as well as Bubba the Love Sponge (insert Clinton jokes here)
Dictionary (but thesaurus and concordance are still okay)
pink noise (you got me there)
Gamma (past and former writers of the Hulk, as well as Mark Ruffalo and Lou Ferrigno, look out).
On the subject of governments and computers, and the competency of one with the other, I give you the government of France. A staffer from the Prime Minister's office sent out an official tweet this weekend, about a change in policy vis-a-vis al-Qaeda and terrorism. It gave a link to what was supposed to be a memo explaining this policy, but when clicked, you got this...
Yes, that's right it took you to Forplay, an American lingerie catalogue. After staying up most of the weekend, the tweet was finally deleted with apologies. Boy these spies are a red-blooded lot, aren't they?
Another of those things I should weigh in on- a Tennessee judge was hearing a case between a mother (last name Martin, no relation) and a father (last name McCulloch) over which last name their baby would be getting. But in the course of the hearing, the judge was shocked to learn that the baby's FIRST name was, Messiah. The judge ruled that THAT name wasn't acceptable, and gave the child mom's last name as his first, and dad's last name as last, explaining that only one person had earned the name Messiah, and that was Jesus Christ.
First off, I have to say, since when does a judge have the right to make an arbitrary ruling on an issue that is NOT part of the case he's hearing? At best, he might remand that question to another court.
Second, where does he get off assigning a first name to the child, when it is only the last name in question? Even if he had a good basis for the name change, it's the parents job to pick out choice #2, not his.
Third, why not Messiah? On the Mayflower you can find the names Love and Wrestling Brewer, Humility Cooper, and Resolved White; other Puritan names included Mercy, Silence, Temperance, Verity, Truth, Fear-Not, Much-Mercy, and Repentance- and there seems no requirement that those children, as babies, earned it. Is this judge going to demand all the Latinos in his district named Jesus be changed, too? This is SOOOO not an issue for Christians to make a stand on. And, I suspect, it is a ruling that will go down to embarrassing overturn in appeals.
Just one more thing I thought I'd bring up in honor of the word-police in Seattle, who banned the words "Citizen" and "Brown bag" as being offensive. I cut this from an article on the meaningless non-story about Oprah and the purse they wouldn't show her in Switzerland:
In recent interview with "Entertainment Tonight," Winfrey recalled a clerk at
an upscale Zurich boutique refusing to show her a handbag. Winfrey said she was
told she could not afford the $38,000 purse.
"I'm in a store and the person doesn't obviously know that I carry the black
card and so they make an assessment based upon the way I look and who I am,"
said Winfrey, who earned $77 million in the year ending in June, according to
The "Black card"? I knew she played it enough, but didn't know she carried one. How insensitive you are! What about us white folk who'd like a $30 G purse but can't afford one because we don't have "white cards"?