Month: June 2008

Post #1001 – AFA trying to push national amendment

This time against gay marriage. Enough is enough, you shall not write hatred into the most sacred document that rules our government.

I’m really getting sick and tired of the Repugs and their fourth column groups like the AFA. To Donald Wildmon I say shut your mother fucking mouth before someone stuffs it shut. Hopefully with a big fat cock.

A constitutional amendment making marriage legal only between a man and a woman introduced in U.S. House

The Marriage Protection Amendment of 2008 needs your support!

June 4, 2008

Dear ,

Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia has introduced the Marriage Protection Amendment of 2008 (H.J. RES. 89). This amendment to the U.S. Constitution would make marriage legal only between a man and a woman.

If you haven’t heard about this, it is because the liberal media opposes it. So if they simply refuse to report it, citizens will know nothing about it and will not act on it.

As you know, Massachusetts has already legalized marriage of homosexuals, while the California Supreme Court has ruled all laws restricting homosexual marriage illegal. In both places, the courts ruled by a one vote margin. The goal of homosexual activists is to see homosexual marriage legal in all 50 states.

Rep. Broun needs co-sponsors for H.J. RES. 89. Please contact you Representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor H.J. RES. 89. Homosexual activists are determined to force homosexual marriage on America by using activist liberal judges, like those in Massachusetts and California. A Federal Marriage Amendment will finally put an end to activist judges tampering with the will of the people.

I urge you to write Georgia Representative Broun and tell him to stop being such a hateful fucking bigot. It is wrong to write discrimination into the Constitution, it is wrong to use that document and its amendments to create a second class of citizens. Under the 14th Amendment we all deserve equal protection of the law. What part of that doesn’t Broun understand?

Here’s the contact and bio info for fuckwit Broun:

TENTH DISTRICT

PAUL C. BROUN, Republican, of Fulton, GA; born in Clarke County, GA,
May 14, 1946; education: B.S. in Chemistry, University of Georgia,
Athens, GA, 1967; M.D., Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, 1971;
professional: physician; served, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, 1964-67;
member: Rotary Club; Athens-Clarke County Chamber of Commerce; Prince
Avenue Baptist Church; religion: Southern Baptist; married: Nancy
“Niki” Bronson Broun; children: Carly, Collins, Lucy; grandchildren:
Lucile, Tillman; committees: Homeland Security; Science and Technology;
elected by special election to the 110th Congress on July 17, 2007.

Office Listings

http://www.house.gov/broun

2104 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC (202) 225-4101
20515………………………………………….
Chief of Staff.–Aloysius Hogan. FAX: 226-0776
Office Manager / Scheduler.–Teddie Norton.

What astounds me is that this son of a bitch is an M.D. and he’s on the Science and Tech committee. I’ll be giving his office a call tomorrow and I urge you to do the same. I’m very angry about this.

I will admit I’ve noticed many M.D.’s are, shall we say mentally unbalanced and very bigoted. I wonder why that’s the case.

Post #1,000! Anti-aging drugs coming soon

First let me be the first to congratulate myself on my one thousandth blog post. Some of that activity (About 1/3rd) is from when I was on Blogger, the rest here on WordPress.

I’ve written about all sorts of things, from personal articles to my thoughts on the future, my defense against the homophobes and bigots, and occasionally I geek out and talk about technical things.

Today’s 1,000th post is about the coming anti-aging drugs.

I’ve spoken before about the beneficial effects of a compound called resveratrol.

From Wikipedia:

Resveratrol is a phytoalexin produced naturally by several plants when under attack by pathogens such as bacteria or fungi. Resveratrol has also been produced by chemical synthesis[1], and is sold as a nutritional supplement derived primarily from Japanese knotweed. A number of beneficial health effects, such as anti-cancer, antiviral, neuroprotective, anti-aging, and anti-inflammatory effects, have been reported, but all of these studies are “in-vitro” (test tube) or in yeast, worms, fruit flies, fish, mice, and rats. Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes and is a constituent of red wine but, based on extrapolation from animal trials, apparently not in sufficient amounts to explain the “French paradox” that the incidence of coronary heart disease is relatively low in southern France despite high dietary intake of saturated fats.[2]

It’s antiviral, anti-cancer, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effects are fairly well known. But the French Paradox is interesting. That is a culture in which wine is integral, red wines in particular. I love wine, reds, whites, you name it. I tend to like sweet wines as opposed to dry wines.

But while I might drink it maybe a few dozen times a year, in France wine is cheap and plentiful. And in many cases it’s better than the water supplies.

The paradox might also be explained by the fact that the alcohol has a slight neuro-suppressive effect. Which means it reduced heart rate, blood pressure, etc.

But there’s definitely something going on since the mice in the study were simply given resveratrol and they could be fat happy mice with none of the effects normally found such as arteriosclerosis, diabetes, arthritis, etc.

I’ve read a lot of the writings of Aubrey De Grey. While he may have attended and graduated from Cambridge University, he’s also an autodidact. Yes, he picked up the books and read them himself.

He’s got some very interesting ideas on extending human lifespans. I to explain that if we do open up Pandora’s Box, we need to make some serious choices.

If people live upwards to 150 years or more, reproduction can start much later in life. But we’ll also have to make some hard choices in that respect. Because there will be a time of transition. We may have to involuntarily sterilize every fifth person, or some other draconian method.

But in the meantime, just eat less, get more exercise and drink more red wine. I explained that popping a pill was boring, but drinking wine isn’t.

#999 Here We Go – Tobin trots out the Natural Order arguments against Marriage Equality

The anti marriage-equality crowd seems to be dominating the Providence Journal’s “Letters to the Editor” section.

The latest is from Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Providence Thomas J. Tobin:

People of good will can simply disagree

01:00 AM EDT on Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I suspect that M. Charles Bakst prides himself on encouraging the open and honest exchange of ideas and opinions. For that reason, his current rant about “gay marriage” is confusing and troubling (“Gay equality: State house and beyond,” May 15).

Most offensive in his column is the assertion that proposed “same-sex marriage” legislation will die because of “lawmaker indifference, or cowardice, or prejudice.” Now I have to wonder if Mr. Bakst would describe the rest of us who oppose “same-sex marriage” in the same derogatory way. Does he believe that all of us are motivated by “indifference, or cowardice, or prejudice”?

Isn’t it possible that lawmakers and many other thoughtful and respected citizens of Rhode Island oppose “same-sex marriage” because of our sincere convictions that: homosexual activity is immoral and shouldn’t be ratified by the state; our state shouldn’t get caught up in the latest wave of social experimentation to the detriment of the institution of marriage and family; the state shouldn’t tinker with its longstanding and well-founded marriage laws to meet the ideologically driven agenda of gay activists; the natural law that results in male-female relationships should be respected and promoted in our culture?

Shouldn’t those of us who oppose “gay marriage” be able to express our beliefs and actively lobby for them without being saddled with the inflammatory language used by Mr. Bakst?

Come on, Charlie, you should know better. In writing about “same-sex marriage” in the future, I hope you’ll check your own prejudices at the door.

THOMAS J. TOBIN

Providence

The next to last paragraph is the one that irritates me the most.

Shouldn’t those of us who oppose “gay marriage” be able to express our beliefs and actively lobby for them without being saddled with the inflammatory language used by Mr. Bakst?

Yes Mr. Tobin, I do believe you and your flock should shut their traps. If you want to play in the civil sector you should have to pay. Your beliefs are colored by the desire to bolster your failing membership in your antiquated church. You think that by beating the drum against marriage equality and more importantly gay rights, you’ll drive members into the flock.

It isn’t going to happen. I’m so happy to see that people are finally realizing how the religious hierarchy works, if there’s no flock there’s no tithe, and if there is no tithe, there’s no support for the clerical class of the church, not just that the hierarchy of the church.

Tobin seems to focus solely on a few select passages in the bible (You can view all 32 selections on homosexuality from the Bible here.)

He’s guilty of the sin of omission. I know that he speaks out of one side of his mouth when he says the typical “love the sinner, hate the sin.”. You cannot separate the two things under Catholic dogma.

Most offensive in his column is the assertion that proposed “same-sex marriage” legislation will die because of “lawmaker indifference, or cowardice, or prejudice.” Now I have to wonder if Mr. Bakst would describe the rest of us who oppose “same-sex marriage” in the same derogatory way. Does he believe that all of us are motivated by “indifference, or cowardice, or prejudice”?

Of course Tobin is upset because he knows that for the past couple of years we’ve had ample support on the Judicial committee and he knows that Speaker Murphy won’t be there forever which explains the drum beating on the part of Tobin.

Charlie Bakst danced around it a bit, it’s prejudice. Tobin of course thinks you cannot have morality without religion, but some of us have figured out that a moral code can develop independently of religion. And yes, I describe “the rest of you” in the same derogatory way, you’re bigots. Plain and simple Bishop Tobin, shut the fuck up already.

Our next letter is another anti-gay screed:

Robert J. Barry: Man-woman marriage the foundation of society

01:00 AM EDT on Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The May 26 Commentary piece “Children need mothers and fathers” by Dr. Daniel Harrop should pretty well put to rest the whole debate about same-sex marriage.

Civil societies realized over 2,000 years ago the need for the marriage ceremony to maintain the social unit of the family. This unit consists of a man, a woman, and their offspring, and is the foundation of any civilization.

If one were to set aside religion and the moral laws, one would still be faced with the natural law. These are the laws existing in and produced by nature. One of the basic tenets of nature is for a species to continue existing, it must reproduce. This of course is not possible with same-sex couples and undermines the primary purpose of marriage. Nature also dictates the need for the male and female to be present in the nurturing of the offspring.

One of the great joys of parenthood is to see one’s children greet each day with an entrance that would shame kings, presidents and great ladies of the stage. “Ready or not, world, here I am!” seems to be their opening line. Their burst of innocent ardor cannot be matched, even by the sunrise.

If one of God’s littlest beings can find joy in the coming of a new day, how much greater should be our rejoicing at the coming of a new life. Moreover, this happiness is extended when we have been the fortunate instruments as parents in causing this life to be.

A man is not a complete human being until he has become a father, a woman until she has become a mother. A child cannot be a complete adult unless he or she has both a mother and father.

ROBERT J. BARRY

Warren

Mr. Barry seems to conveniently leave out the fact that some marriages don’t necessarily produce offspring. In fact more and more, people are refusing to marry. I have a friend of mine who had a fairly amicable divorce who swears he’ll never marry again. He’s already got three kids, doesn’t want any more and he’s living the good life now. Why change that?

Then of course there are the barren, the elderly, et al. who aren’t in the positions to plop out a little bundle of joy.

But my favorite is Barry’s assertion that:

A man is not a complete human being until he has become a father, a woman until she has become a mother. A child cannot be a complete adult unless he or she has both a mother and father.

Let me explain something to Mr. Barry, I am a man and a complete human being but have no children. I understand the sacrifice involved in having children and it is a sacrifice I am unwilling to make. But it makes me no less human.

Barry once again tries to de-humanize gay people. When is this going to stop? I suppose it’ll stop when all the people in their 60’s finally die off. But the Providence Journal does love to put up the letters of the homophobes. I suppose someone in their editorial department knows that someone will take it and run with it, like I have here.

A spectacular post 998 – Meltdown Edition

This came up on Digg. Not only did the b&w security camera capture the meltdown, but someone else got it in full color on a cell phone camera.

There have been many times I’ve wanted to go on a rampage like this but my better nature always takes control before anything bad happens. I still have fantasies of getting revenge on occasion. I think I mentioned before that I’m a listener and I file away useful bits of information.

But the guy in the videos above, he just had quite enough.

Almost to the 1K mark

This would be post# 997 since I started blogging a couple of years ago. That means that in 3 more posts I’ll hit the 1,000 mark.

Posts are comprised of things like photos, maps, text, responses, block quote, links, videos, etc. I’ve really enjoyed blogging. My favorite is shooting down the homophobes out there. You may notice I approve homophobe comments if only to pick apart their arguments. Anytime I pick apart such things I’ll always put it in bold text within the comment.

And as to the K prefix, that’s for Kilo. Which also happens to be the phonetic pronunciation of the letter ‘K’ which is the first letter of my amateur radio call-sign. I happen to live in 1 land which is the northeast U.S. comprised of CT, RI, MA, NH, VT and ME. I’m in Providence, RI, you might recognize the city.

Providence was the setting for the TV series of the same name, and is also featured prominently in the Showtime series Brotherhood. If you’ve seen Amistad or Underdog many parts of each were filmed at our State House.

It’s a wonderful city, very convenient. I pretty much live in the literal center of the city. Everything is within less than an hours walking distance. With a bicycle that gets cut down to less than 15 minutes. In a car it would take about a half hour. Funny isnt’ it.

Career wise I’m an Information Technology guy who specializes in databases and networking but over the years I’ve picked up quite a bit on web 2.0 technologies with things like Plone, Apache, etc. And speaking of the K symbol, in computer talk 1K is 1,024 bytes

Has to do with the way things count up in binary. Binary is just powers of 2. E.g. 2^0 = 1, 2^1 = 2, 2^2 = 4, 2^3 = 8, 2^4 = 16, 2^5=32, 2^6=64 and 2^7=128, if you sum them all up you get 255, the highest number that can be represented using 8 bits. But going forward, 2^10 = 1024.

Getting even more interesting is octal, or base 8. Then there’s hexadecimal or base 16. For example 16^0 = 1, 16^1 = 16, 16^2 = 256, 16^3 = 4,096. The thing is in base 16 you’ve got 16 symbols, 0 through 9, and then A through F. In fact from 0 through 9 it counts like decimal, but 10 decimal is represented by A, 11 by B, 12 by C, 13 by D, 14 by E, and 15 by F. So 0x3C00 (Which btw was the beginning of video memory on a TRS-80 Model 1 computer) is 15,360. That 0x just indicated hex.

Enough geeking out for now.

I’ve worked for Brown University, Ernst & Young, the Department of Attorney General, and the Secretary of State to name just a few places I’ve done I.T. work.

You’ve probably realized by now that I’m a gay male who has been in a relationship with the same person for almost sixteen years now. Overall we’ve been very good for each other.

But keep watching, post 1,000 will come soon enough.

Took them long enough

Now comes news that GM is closing the doors on four truck and SUV plants in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

The corporate world has become so bureaucratic that it makes even government look positively enlightened. That it took General Motors this long to decide to stop producing the road behemoths is a clear illustration of that fact.

One of the things I learned in my economics classes was that there are economies of scale and diseconomies of scale. In other words being big has advantages such as raw material purchasing power, labor agreements, etc. But it also has disadvantages like the inability to easily make a cost cutting decision at the proper time, or even managing staff.

I recall a study that said the optimum group size is 150 people. Anything over that and the group starts to break down. There was an example of a webbing manufacturer in Delaware who each time a plant grew to 150 he’d open another plant and start again. GM is now past the 150 mark even with the massive layoffs they’ve had.

And GM has been in financial trouble since the 70’s. A friend of mine worked in the financial side of GM back then and he told me some of the things that went on. Lets just say financially speaking I wouldn’t want to be in any of the auto manufacturers right now.

But one has to wonder, will GM ramp up production of more economical vehicles? It’s funny I was watching a retro Bell System ad the other day and came across a Dodge commercial for their Horizon 024. That little car got 30MPG city, 50MPG highway. How the hell did we get away from that?

I see a car in my future. I’ve been able to live without one for a very long time but that’s easy when one lives in the center of ones microcosm. But both my career and Keyron’s will require a bit more mobility. My enhanced mobility requires a 10-15 mile radius, his could be slightly bigger.

In my case I can get away with something that gets sub-par mileage. I note a fairly recent vintage Ford Expedition for sale for $1,100. I know those beasts get a whole 13MPG. For Keyron it’ll have to be a small car, probably a Honda Civic. And I’m seriously considering a motorcycle for the warmer months.

But the fact it took GM this long to realize it had a dead albatross around its neck is an amusing look into corporate life.

Troppe informazioni martedì numero un centinaio di sette e trenta (TMI #137)

1. How old were you when you first kissed a boy?

Hmmm, that would have been the tender age of 13, the same year I first kissed a girl. Figured out I liked kissing boys more. But it took about 15 years for me to fully come to terms with that. The mid to late 70’s were a wonderful time to grow up.

2. Who would play you in the movie of your life story?

I’m so out of touch with the zeitgeist of the moment. I’m not a pretty boy but I have a hard time thinking who could play me. Maybe whats his name, the one in Spider Man.

3. What is the number one thing your love/hate about gay people?

I love that we’re so much fun to be around for the most part. I hate that we can also be some of the most discriminating people around when it comes to race, age, stats, etc.

4. If you could legally get married to “the fella” – or any fella – would you?

Hell yes I would. We’ve been with each other for so long and I don’t want to happen to us what happened to a gentleman who testified at the hearings for marriage equality. Put it this way, try to put cuffs on me when I’ve just lost someone I love because I had the nerve to insist that certain things be done and you might just see the business end of a weapon.

5. Have you ever worn short short shorts in public?

In the 70’s yes. How I miss the 70’s for the simple fact that male skin wasn’t a shameful thing. Now you’ve got shorts that hang down to the calves. Or the baggy shorts. Come on guys, show what you got.

Bonus (as in optional): Who is your favorite blogger?

That’s a tough question because I have so many favorites. I’d have to say Polt’s Palace.