Why I’m not a Huge Fan of Valentine’s Day

4 February 2007

So, in the hopes of being randomly selected to win 15 WordPress credits in Engtech’s contest, I’m explaining why Valentine’s Day isn’t cool.

  • I don’t especially like the color pink, and there’s a lot of it in early February.
  • Cupid usually needs to get dressed, and I find naked flying babies with bows and arrows all over the place to be somewhat disturbing.
  • In high school we were told to write Valentine’s Day cards in Spanish to objects (such as the Sun, which I said was the light of my life).
  • The United States alone probably wastes about three gazillion trees on Valentine’s Day cards which are rarely recycled.

Lastly, I’m asexual, so as far as I’m concerned Valentine’s Day is completely pointless. I’m not even a romantic-asexual (who have romantic relationships but no sex drive), I’m a-asexual, so I have no sex drive, do not ever want to be involved in any kind of romantic relationship, and I don’t experience sexual attraction. An entire day focused on sexual relationships therefore doesn’t mean a whole lot to me.

According to Wikipedia though, it is also a traditional day to send donations to charity, so I guess every cloud has a silver lining.

Fighting the Future

1 January 2007

Hundreds of people in France gathered recently to protest 2007. Their banners read “No to 2007” and “Now is Better,” according to BBC News. They called on world governments and the United Nations to declare a moratorium on the future and stop time’s “mad race.”

When 2007 arrived, they began to protest 2008.

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I’m Useful!

23 November 2006

I got a recent spam comment telling me this:

Hi! very good site. It is useful and necessary as decorative switchplates
desk hutches
craftmatic bed
thank you for this work.

OK just making fun of spammers. That’s it now.

New America

10 November 2006

From DMIBlog:

Imagine the following:

An American citizen donates money to a children’s charity in Afghanistan. A few months later, he is walking down an American street when federal agents grab him, throw him into a van, and drive away. He is told that President Bush has labeled him an unlawful enemy combatant for providing financial support to a terrorist organization. He is placed in a high-security prison and held there. While there, he is subjected to physical, emotional, and psychological abuse. He requests the legal representation of a trusted lawyer. He is told that he cannot have his lawyer of choice, but rather can only be represented by a member of the military. He invokes Article 3 of the Geneva Convention, which prohibits “outrages upon personal dignity, particularly humiliating and degrading treatment”. He is told that President Bush now has the authority to “interpret the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions”, and that the President’s determination is that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to him. He demands to be brought before a federal judge in federal court. His application is denied. He demands to see his wife and kids. No luck. He is placed on trial. A confession he made while being tortured is allowed into evidence. He seeks to challenge unlawfully obtained classified evidence the government is using against him, and demands to know the sources of such information. He is told he has no right to such information. He is convicted by a military judge appointed by Donald Rumsfeld and sentenced to death. Unable to appeal his sentence in federal court, he pursues the only route available to him: he asks for clemency from President Bush, the person who labeled him an unlawful enemy combatant. President Bush denies clemency. The man is executed.

Welcome to the New America.

Ezekiel Edwards goes on to explain that, crazy though it sounds, it can now happen now since the Military Commissions Act has been signed.

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Immigration

24 September 2006

There are obviously a number of arguments against illegal immigration, but every one of them seems to come from European Americans. One of them is just that they’re not Americans, so they shouldn’t be here. First, American is two whole continents, so they actually are Americans if they’re from Mexico. Also though, European Americans weren’t the first ones here, Native Americans were, the ancestors of European Americans immigrated here just like those illegal immigrants. Someone recently though totally missed the point with this argument, and said that since their ancestors came here legally and all they cared about was whether people enter legally, their argument made sense. Since I doubt people’s ancestors went through Native American legalization processes, they must have gone through other European Americans who were here “illegally.”