Your Own Personal Billboard


The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a fun little thing on their site where you can make your own atheist billboard. Here’s mine. Try making one yourself! It’s free and fun! :D

How to Fix a Timeline


You remember that little movie version of Star Trek that came out a few years ago? Yeah, it wasn’t great. It was ok, but it basically ignored everything related to what had gone before, and kind of sucked. Rumours have it that sequel is in the works, and we’ll see if that is any better.

Meantime, take a look at this video where the damage to that universe’s timeline is fixed rather neatly.

Friends Without Benefits


Take a look at this video from The Daily Show. Apparently 9/11 rescue workers who are finally eligible for federal assistance in paying for medical care after contracting all sorts of nasty things, first have to prove they aren’t terrorists. Lovely. I’d like to say a big fuck you to everyone in the government who supports this, Democrats included. Get a clue, people.

Prop 8: The Bullshit Continues


So now the supporters of California’s Proposition 8 (it overturned gay marriage), are complaining that the ruling that overturned it last year should be thrown out because the judge who made the ruling, Vaughn Walker, is gay. They are treating this as though it is something he concealed (though I could swear I knew about it last year when the ruling is made, but I can’t find any proof of it), and that he should have recused himself since he had a vested interest in the outcome of the case.

Well, ok, let’s think about this for a moment. On the surface they appear to have a legitimate complaint. He is gay and in a relationship, the case is about gay relationships, therefore he shouldn’t have been involved. Now I don’t agree with this, but that’s fine. Let’s pretend this is a valid point. So let’s assume then that the judge who would have taken up the case instead was a married straight judge.

But the problem is that wouldn’t work either. The anti-gay marriage people like to talk about how gay marriage is a “threat” to straight marriage. Therefore a straight person wouldn’t be allowed to preside over the case either, right? I mean, they’d obviously have a vested interest, too, perhaps even more so. After all, if gay marriage is a threat to straight marriage, then a married straight judge could find their marriage falling apart if gay marriage were allowed. Clearly they’d have an interest and so couldn’t be allowed to preside over the case. I’m sure the Prop 8 supporters would agree with that position, right? Right?

The real problem here is that we can’t always expect judges to step aside just because they might have a personal interest in the outcome. There’s some cases where clearly we should expect them to, like if it’s a judge who owns 20% of a company that’s appearing as a defendant in her court, or if one of the people in a case is a friend or family member of the judge. But something like sexual orientation? No. That’s like saying no black judges can preside over a civil rights case. Or that no female judges can preside over a sex discrimination case. Or that religious judges should be barred from any case where religion is an issue.

Actually that last one is kind of tempting…

But as you can see this is a very slippery slope. I’m sure the courts will throw out this complaint because they will be loathe to allow a precedent like this, and well they should be. This is not something that had a bearing on the case, and we really don’t want it to affect future court cases down the road.

Conspiracy Theories and You! – Barack Obama Ain’t No Citizen! – *UPDATE*


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Today President Obama released the unofficial, so-called “long form” birth certificate that proves he was born in the State of Hawaii. Actually, since it’s a non-official document (the state says the only official ones are the sort they’ve already released), it doesn’t prove squat, but whatever. It’s what the birthers, most notably Donald Trump, have been asking for, so the issue is now over and laid to rest completely and will never come up again ever, ever, ever, right?

Ha.

This paranoia is not based in rational thought. It isn’t going to make a whit of difference. I can gaurantee you that before the sun goes down today, you’ll see at least one birther on the news saying something like, “I find it very interesting that it took them so long to release this long form certificate, and I also find it very interesting that it didn’t happen until Hawaii had a governor that was friends with the Obama family.”

I wrote about this issue back in 2009. Here’s what I said then:

But it won’t do any good. These people are not connected to reality and this isn’t really about Obama’s birthplace; it’s really about them hating on him because he’s black/a Democrat/a secret Muslim/whatever. If you say to them, “Will the certificate be proof enough?” and they say yes, and you give it to them, they’ll come up with a reason why it’s not good enough. They’ll move the goalposts so that no matter what proof you give them, it won’t be good enough. They will never change their minds.

I stand by this. They will move the goalposts again and it’s just not going to matter. On the plus side, anything that makes Trump and his crowd look like racist idiots is fine with me.

By the way, for an excellent takedown of this, check out what Fareed Zakaria had to say on the issue.

*** UPDATE ***

Yes, an update to the update.

Have a look at what was said by Orly Taitz, professional fucktard.

“In those years … when they wrote race, they were writing ‘Negro’ not ‘African’,” Taitz says. “In those days nobody wrote African as a race, it just wasn’t one of the options. It sounds like it would be written today, in the age of political correctness, and not in 1961 when they wrote white or Asian or ‘Negro’.

*headdesk*

In a place like Hawaii, that’s been racially diverse for a very long time, I rather doubt that they wrote “Negro” on a birth certificate. Besides, his father was from Africa, which makes him very, you know, African. What an obnoxious bitch, a distinction she shares with a legislator in Texas whose spokesperson said:

“We want to see a ‘birth certificate,’” thea spokesperson] explained. “The one that we have that says ‘birth certificate’ is from Mombassa, Kenya, with his footprint on it. He has still not produced an American birth certificate.”

Like I said, there will never, ever, be enough evidence to placate these racist idiots. It’s not going to happen. It’s like trying to convince a Holocaust denier that the Holocaust actually happened. It just won’t work.

Meantime, I notice that Trump is now whining about Obama’s academic records. Frankly I think releasing this was one of the biggest mistakes Obama could have made, since it only adds fuel to the fire.

Badger’s Progress


Well, I’m continuing with my schooling. Learned today that I got Bs in my ENG102 and screenplay classes. Ooops. With the ENG102, I just didn’t do well on my last paper. With the screenplay class, I missed an entire assignment that was 15% of my grade. *sigh* There is a disadvantage with learning online and the ease of forgetting due dates is that.

Still, I have my religion class which I should get an A- out of. So that’s not too bad. Plus I did get all As last semester. Hopefully I’ll get As during my summer classes, too! Wish me luck!

Tron Destiny?


Look at this vid. We should be so lucky as to have this for the next film in the series, especially given the revelation in the last few seconds. I think it’s pretty safe to say we won’t, but I can dream. I’ll say this, it’s substantially better than Tron Legacy ever was.

Where in I Get an HIV Test


Well, today I got my first HIV test in, oh, about 15 years. Indeed. Why rush, after all? I delayed not because I was afraid of a positive result (and for the record, I am negative), but… well, I hate needles. I really hate them. I know there’s one where they swab your cheeks and I planned to do that one a few years ago, but didn’t. Since then I haven’t exactly been motivated.

But then one of my friends started asking me to get one, and I poked around for options. I found a few options for home testing (including the only one approved by the FDA), but they looked too cumbersome. I also didn’t want to have to wait any length of time for the test, as I’m cursed with a vivid imagination and a paranoid streak. Then I found out there’s a place here in Phoenix that does them for free and gives you results within just a few minutes.

So I went down there today. I filled out a paper, waited about five minutes and was ushered into a room. There they took a blood sample using a lancet that wasn’t like any I’d seen before. I was used to the ones that were basically a pointed bit of steel and you or a friend had to jab your finder hard to get it. In this case it was a small, spring-loaded device that didn’t really hurt at all. The blood was sucked up with a pipette and put into a small testing device with another bit of fluid. I chatted with the tester for less than ten minutes and got my result: negative. The whole thing was quick, mostly painless and surprisingly easy.

And there we are. I know now for the first time in many years exactly what my status is. This is reassuring. I shall get retested annually now, like I know I should. A friend of mine gets tested on his birthday each year, but I won’t do that (positive result = worst birthday present ever), but I will be more responsible and do it more.

An Easter Video


Celebrate the day a Jewish zombie turned up to give God permission to forgive people for their sins! Enjoy!

Bad Times at a Restaurant


A transgendered woman was rather brutally beaten at a fast food restaurant the other day. My birthday, in fact. I’m not going to mention the restaurant because, unlike many people who are moved to blog on this, I don’t find it even remotely relevant. Besides, you can figure it out easily on your own. The video of the beating is here for those who wish to view it.

Now, then. From what I can tell, the employees and the manager were handling this correctly. I couldn’t understand most of what anyone was saying, much less the people behind the camera, but the manager seemed to be trying to stop the fight, and the employees were staying out of it, as they are doubtless required to do by company policy. We can discuss if that policy is good or not, but I understand why it is in place. Praise to the woman who tried to intervene on this, too. Both her and the manager seemed to be just interested in stopping this “fight”.

This of course brings up a larger issue which centers around what restroom someone who is transgendered should use, since that seems to be what started the problem. I’m inclined to say that if someone believes they are a particular gender, dresses like they are, and acts like they are, then fuck it. Let them use the bathroom they want to use. I can 100% promise you any truly transgendered person is not doing this for sexual kicks.

Besides, ask yourself this: If you think that person should have to use the mens’ bathroom because they have a penis, even though they dress, act and believe they are a woman, what of female-to-male transgendered people? Suppose some big biker guy came into the womens’ bathroom, beard and all, and tried to use it. Even if they sported a vagina, you can damn well bet the women inside would likely not be comfortable.

So again, if someone dresses, acts like and believes they are a particular gender, let them use the bathroom for that gender. There’s absolutely no reason not to.

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