Octopus's Have No Personality….

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but they do like HDTV.

Man, where is Gary Larson when we need him?

A New Executive Order – "Right To Conscience". UPDATE

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*This was originally written on Dec 8, 2008.*

When should the rights of the patient to get valid legal medical treatment be trumped by the conscience of the doctor? This is the question of the day.

Soon to be Ex – President Bush is poised to issue an executive order called “The Right To Conscience”. In a nutshell, it would allow doctors, nurses, and other health care providers to deny patients legal treatments such as artificial insemination and birth control, according to the moral beliefs of the health practitioner.

Dr. David  Stevens, president of the Christian Medical Association states:

“The real battle line is the morning-after pill. This prevents the embryo from implanting. This involves moral complicity. Doctors should not be required to dispense a medication they have a moral objection to.”

Another change – For thirty years, legally doctors have had the option not to perform abortions, but they were required to tell the patient where they could get the wanted procedure. Under this order, that will no longer be required.

I have many problems with this change in law.

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Again For Cliffie And Kevie… The Begining Especially For Kevie

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Believe it or not, this fits right in with the Toto Theme….

For Cliffie and Kevie

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For Seth

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Stolen From: John Adams Blog (though it should be on Alexander Hamilton’s blog).

Good Reflexes.

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Accuracy is lost in translation; meaning is not.

Later Bush would comment “I didn’t know what the guy said, but I saw his sole.”, a funny reference to his ill fated Putin comment, when every one thought they would be buds.

I think it’s an interesting form of protest. I don’t condone violence, but this is much preferable to the more common reaction that we associate with this part of the world. If we could get everybody in the region to throw shoes at each other instead of shooting and blowing each other up, the world would be a better place.

But Seriously:

Look how Bush just stood there as the reporter is taking off his shoe, and how he ducks BEFORE the shoe is thrown. He even smiles as he’s ducking. Then he just stands there, for an entire second, waiting for the other shoe to drop. It’s as if he KNEW this would happen, and the shoes would not actually hit him. And did you see the footage comparing different newscasts of the event? The translations from one tape to the next are different because one station got the pre-written translation in advance, and the other one didn’t. This is just like 9/11 – It was planned in advance!!!!
And what’s worse – one of the offending shoes hit the AMERICAN FLAG right behind the podium.

“Of Course You Realize, This Means War!!!”

Actually, I hear the Republicans in congress are, at this very moment, preparing an amendment that will make it illegal for a shoe thrown by a journalist to come into contact with the flag. Heck, they have nothing else better to do. Plus, it would keep them from getting stuck in a room with Reid and Pelosi dealing with the auto bail-out.


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Blogging will be slow this week. I have two posts I’m working on, one for today and one for tomorrow, but otherwise, I’m going to take a week off……. unless some juicy bit of news breaks that I just can’t resist.

This Is For Mom

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Ubuntu Linux

It's "Day Without A Gay" Day

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But what are the gay bartenders and gay prostitutes going to do? We are in a recession after all. No worries. They never said anything about a “Night Without A Gay”, or anything about nuclear wars, so tonight….

The original, better sound and video quality is here.

And yes, I’ve probably posted this over a hundred times, but, somehow, it never gets old.

Speaking of posting something a hundred times….  (NSFW)

The Day I Didn't Sit Still To Watch A Remake

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So, they went ahead and remade “The Day The Earth Stood Still”.

I don’t want to see to. It’s going to suck.

It stars Keanu Reeves as the emotionless alien, a part he’s well qualified for. The alien says he may destroy the Earth because “If the Earth dies, you die. If you die, the Earth survives.”. I haven’t read a review yet, but I have this strange feeling the big crisis that brings the aliens to the decision to destroy humanity will be Global Warming. So far, I have found Global Warming movies to be nothing short of silly. Remember the bit where Global Warming is chasing down Jake Gylenhall through a hallway in “The Day After Tomorrow”? ‘Nough Said.

And on Digg, there is a feature where three scientists and Keanu Reeves discus the relationship between art and science. Not much is revealed about the movie, but, comparing the original movie to the remake,  one of the panelists says this:

“Among its many small improvements, the new movie added realistic portrayals of women in science and politics, and it incorporated families of mixed race into the mesh of the main storyline”

Argh. What is up with all this PC crap invading my movies. Remember the Tommy Lee Jones movie “Volcano”? It was silly, but kinda fun. And then at the end the scriptwriters just HAD to insert a bit where the little girl is staring at all the people gathered around helping each other, their faces covers in ash so they look the same, and she says something like, “Look, they’re no black people or white people, we’re all just people now…”


Can’t anyone tell a good story without getting all multicultural on us. Don’t indoctrinate me, just entertain me.  I’m going to end up seeing the movie – the Sonic-Mate will “force” me to go, but I will be very suprised if I like it.