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CR-V Is Totaled, But We're Fine

Last night around five-ish, Beth and I were headed home from the grocery store. Coming through Jackson Park on the Kinnickinnic River Park Way, we stopped at the light on Forest Home Ave. There were a couple of cars and a motorcycle ahead of us. The light turned green and the vehicles ahead of us were turning left so we pulled into the lane next to them to go straight. As we're crossing Forest Home Ave, a kid on his cell phone came flying through the intersection.

Why Do Drunk Girls Want To Make Out With You After They Puke?

Recently, I had to borrow a buddy's truck to drive a drunk friend of mine home. This is the e-mail that I sent to another buddy who was out with us that evening.

The drunk girl in question is a friend which is why her name is not mentioned. Embarrassing her is not my intent; it's a funny story that's funnier in the telling than it was in real life.



So,

I actually managed to get the exit out of her before she passed out. So I get off of the exit, pull into a gas station, and try to wake her up. Even when I get her to open her eyes for a moment, she just says "go shhtraight." Over and over again. I call Beth and have her MapQuest and Google Map the address. Google Maps strike out, but MapQuest scores! Woo-hoo! The end is in sight! I put Beth on speakerphone and start following her directions. I field a call from you somewhere in there; something about pulling out nose hairs.

HA!

This story posted on cnn.com ought to get some people thinking:

“LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- A judge has ordered a man to continue paying alimony to his ex-wife -- even though she's in a registered domestic partnership with another woman and even uses the other woman's last name.

Anybody? Bueller?

CNN.com has a special section posted (www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2007/lgbt.america/) that covers issues pertaining to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (GLBT) people. The comments emailed in from around the country make interesting reading and show a wide variety of opinions. And, because certain politicos and their puppetmaster religious leaders have made gay marriage an issue in the past 2 major elections, the section also has a rundown of where the major presidential candidates stand. That's interesting too, but a bit predictable. Only the true longshots—oh, let's face it, calling them longshots is generous—support full gay marriage. The rest are "civil union" fence-riders or against it.

My Religious Views

On one of the Web forums that I'm a member of, a thread was started asking the members what their religious background was.

One of the of the members wrote a lengthy post about being agnostic. Many of the points that he made I actually agree with, but he ended by saying that atheism is to him "presumptuous". That, of course, sparked an even lengthier reply from me enumerating my atheism.

I'm Such A Knob

On the elevator this morning, a guy wearing a really nice suit lookin' all spiffy got on with me, but didn't hit a button after I hit '6'. So I figgered he was going to Cornerstone for an interview or something. He then smiled at me and said, "how're you doin'?" and it was that kind of smile like, "hey I know you and I'm all dressed up and feelin' good about myself." So I figgered that he must be a Cornerstone person that I know.

Dan Savage On "The Great Mate Debate"

I don't always like Dan Savage's writing, at least the examples that I've seen in the Savage Love column he authors. He's often funny, but he often pushes a little too far into the realm of snarky. Snarkiness can be entertaining, but taken too far and done too often, it gets a little tired. He is, however, an incredibly intelligent and thoughtful individual who actually bothers to study and analyze topics before he comments. That scholarship, however is at times lost under the excessive layer of wit. Even when I disagree (as I do with some of his views on adoption), I still respect that his opinions are coming from a rational, well-considered thought process and not from bigotry, ignorance, or doctrine.

The Second Shift - On Being A Good Husband

Sometime in college, I believe during my Introduction To Sociology class, I read a book titled The Second Shift by Arlie Hochschild. The book studied the domestic dynamics of dual-career families, primarily in the middle class, though other socio-economic strata were touched upon. A dominant theme in the book was the gender inequity of the domestic responsibilities.

Creationism v. Evolution - Conclusion

So, while I know that my ranting against religion, against creationism, is primarily a cathartic release for me, it's an exercise in logic and reason for me as well. In the end, it is logic and reason that drives my atheism and it is the absence of logic and reason that perplexes me about religion generally and creationism specifically. I find it especially troubling that educated and otherwise intelligent, competent individuals will completely abandon reason in favor of religion. The folks that I work with, whom's intellect, business, and technical acumen I respect greatly are among those that baffle me!

Creationism v. Evolution - The Theory Of "Irreducible Complexity And Design"

Simply stated the argument of "irreducible complexity" is that if a system is complex to the point that removing a single piece of it causes the system to fail it indicates a designed, rather than gradually evolved, system. A common example of this is the eye. On a very basic level, the components of the eye are, the eyeball, the lenses, the light receptors, and the optic nerve. If you take one of these elements away, the entire system is useless, so how could this be the result of gradual evolution? Not one of those pieces serves a purpose unto itself so there would have been no reason for anyone of those pieces to have evolved. Clearly, some "intelligent force" designed the eye as a single unit.

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