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The left is often described as being an anything goes sort of group, where the idea of being open-minded is an attribute.  The right often paints the left as wimpy and preferring to avoid confrontation.  From my perspective, this description is far from reality.

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Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 08:06 AM PST

Did your neighbors support Prop 8?

by theboz

Sorry for the short MLP diary, but someone took the donor list of the Proposition Eight supporters, and used Google Maps with it, to get eightmaps.

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This is a fairly simple diary, along with a poll.  I want to know if you all feel that I should remove my Obama 2008 bumper sticker or not.  If you feel you need to understand my justification for removing it, keep reading below.

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Should I remove my Obama bumpersticker because I'm a bad driver?

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Many of us live in what are considered to be "red states" and while we hope for a record turnout for Obama in November, we realistically know that there isn't much hope that our vote for Obama will be able to outweigh the votes of ignorance, cowardice, and racism that favor McCain.  So what can we do about it?


Plenty.

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What kind of state do you live in?

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According to Reuters:

MEXICO CITY, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Mexican state-owned energy company Pemex said on Monday explosions caused by sabotage hit several of its natural gas pipelines on the Gulf of Mexico.

There is not a lot of news yet, and I will be updating this as more information comes in.

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Sun Jun 17, 2007 at 02:59 PM PDT

My First Father's Day

by theboz

Today is Father's Day, as everyone knows.  For me, this is not a holiday that I've ever really celebrated.  Having grown up with a birth father that was absent, and bad when he was present, a step-father that is a good man but is part of a strict religious cult, I've not necessarily had the best father figure present.  I don't really have a specific "dad" to celebrate.


Now I am a dad of a five week old baby.  I want to learn from the mistakes of the fathers I've known and try to do a better job.  I've got a lot to learn.


Also posted on Blue House Diaries.

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Did you have a good father growing up?

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From the New York Times:

The insane revenge of a man maddened by financial worries
brought death to at least thirty-three children today when the Consolidated
School in this little village of 300 souls, eight miles north-east of Lansing,
was dynamited just after the morning bell had called the classes together.  
Forty-one dead have been identified and one is still unknown.

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Sun Apr 08, 2007 at 07:58 AM PDT

William Gray is Not a Climate Scientist

by theboz

It's been all over the news.  

"Forecaster Blasts Gore on Global Warming."

 Some stories even report that he is a leading climate scientist.  The reality is that William Gray is not a scientist, and is nothing more than a propagandist for companies that want to hide the truth behind global warming.


Crossposted on Blue House Diaries and Texas Kaos

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Tue Jan 23, 2007 at 11:31 AM PST

Does Black Privilege Exist?

by theboz

The idea that African-Americans are privileged and have advantages over whites is an idea that is strong in the white supremacist movement.  They view equalizing measures such as desegregation and scholarships set up only for poor minorities as some sort of special rights that whites are deprived of.  All of this is clearly wrong, as it is obvious that blacks have never been treated equally with whites, have never been given the same educational opportunities as a whole, and are still either generally feared or despised by the white public.


However, a conversation with an Indian friend made me question my view of racial problems in the U.S., and wonder if there is a possibility that black privilege exists in some form, and what it is being used for.

Cross-posted in Blue

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Mon Jan 15, 2007 at 09:04 PM PST

Oppose the PERFORM Act!

by theboz

According to this CNET article, Senators Feinstein and Biden are working with some corrupt Republicans in an attempt to stifle our constitutionally protected freedom of speech.  How are they doing this?  By pushing the PERFORM Act.

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Wed Sep 20, 2006 at 07:04 AM PDT

Idiocracy: A review

by theboz

This week, my wife and I went to see the new Mike Judge movie "Idiocracy", starring Luke Wilson.  The basic premise of the movie is that an "average guy", who is in reality a lazy loser by our standards, gets locked into suspended animation only to be awakened 400 years into the future, where mankind has devolved into mindless consumers incapable of even basic intelligence.  Below I will give my thoughts on the film.
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We're still waiting for the media to pick this up, and I will update this diary as the news becomes available. It happened yesterday in Aspen according to my sources.
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