Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Looks like the White House is once again showing it's true colors on it's position concerning gays. Scott Bloch, the new head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, has begun to remove all references to sexual orientation from it's website, brochures, training slides, and complaint forms involving discrimination suits while he reviews the 1978 law. Let's hope he doesn't start reviewing this site for plagiarism, because I just about typed that word-for-word from this article.

The Democrats are asking that these references be reinstated in the aforementioned documents as a sign of his continuing support of this hot topic, or resign his post. Although Bloch, appointed to this position in January by Bush, states that he will continue to defend the rights of workers regardless of sexual orientation, one cannot help but wonder why such references were removed in the first place. We have already seen Bush's stance on gay marriages, and while the conservative right lauds his unwavering stance in most everything he does, as is evident by the way Sen. John Kerry is attacked in pro-Bush election commercials because of his flip-flopping on so many subjects, one cannot escape the realization that most of his rock solid stances are disturbingly religious in nature. Why else would he have taken such an unpopular stance on gay marriages? And what about his administration's fight to keep the Ten Commandments displayed in government facilities? And what about their financial support of The Passion Of The Christ? Ah, I'm just kidding about that last one. Or am I?

The thing that really gets to me is the way that this kind of move slips under the radar. The popular press at best will give it a small space on the last page of the national section, when really it should be on the front page. The rights of Americans are being taken away without so much as a whimper while they are "under review", and we don't even hear about it until way after the fact. That's the way that this administration is trying to turn America into a nation of religious zealots. They whittle away at what we can listen to, with the help of the FCC's obscenity acts, then they take away the rights of the blasphemers and Sodomites. What is next? Compulsory church attendance? Is it any wonder that the Islamic states see us as such a threat?

You may say, "Wait, Taco! You don't know the first thing about the delicate balancing act our great nation has to perform every single day to keep ourselves from being blown up by the terrorists! Dubya wouldn't back these acts if he didn't think it was in the interest of the American people. Let the man do his job!" And you may be right. But, then again, you may be simply eating up the propaganda the administration has been handing out to you this whole time. The "Be good little boys and girls and I'll bring the jobs back" yoke we have been putting around our necks in our efforts to pull ourselves out of this recession. Let me tell you, these practices are not only against all the things the Constitution was created to protect(and don't give me that "the Constitution was written for 13 little colonies and has no bearing on the world today" bullshit. I'm not buying it.), but it sends a message to the other nations of the world that we are turning into another Taliban. Yeah, I said it. Any government that gives up common sense on national and international policies in favor of perceived morality issues for a particular religious sect is acting exaclty the same way as the Taliban did when they were in power in Afghanistan.

Now, like I said, I might be wrong. In fact, I could be so far off the mark that this post may make no sense at all to the bulk of you. And if you feel like arguing the point with your peers or with me, I encourage that. That's what America is supposed to be all about, the free flow of ideas and concepts in order to educate the masses. But if this blog gets pulled off the web for some unperceived "anti-American" statements(which couldn't be further from the truth. I love this country, that's why I question it's leadership.), then that will prove my point completely.

Well, that's it for me tonight. I got an early day tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Dr. Condoleeza Rice has finally received the go-ahead from the Bush Administration to give public testimony under oath to the 9/11 panel. Will there be any earth-shattering revelations during this testimony? Probably not, considering that Dr. Rice has been basically telling the press everything that she tells the president in confidence since 9/11 anyway. She has already been put out as a sacrificial lamb once by this administration when she claimed that the breakdown in intelligence with regards to WMDs in Iraq started with her. Nobody bought that line, and they shouldn't buy what she shills under oath this time either. The Dubya Administration does such a good job of clouding over the facts, and Dr. Rice will undoubtedly claim "executive privilege" on the most salient points the conspiracy theorists are salivating over, that the resulting testimony will be a bland rehashing of the same old song. Now, if she claims that she had no idea that terrorists had the idea to use planes as bombs under oath, she might be in a world of trouble. There are FBI intelligence briefs from as far back as 1991 stating exactly this. She should really change her answer to, " Well, I knew they had talked about it, but who would have believed they would have actually done it?"

Dubya and Cheney have also elected to provide public testimony to the 9/11 panel, presumably to take the torch out of Sen. John Kerry's hand. If they stand in front of the American public and state that they had no previous knowledge of the attack, then most of the public will buy it, and the administration will go on to fuck over the country for another four years by doctoring the books and rewriting history so Bush looks like a man of action, and no the pussy who froze like a deer caught in headlights by the news that the attacks were underway. Then he ran to Air Force One and flew around for twelve hours without contact with the American people, leaving us all in the dark. Shit, if Mayor Rudy had the balls to walk the streets of NYC immediately after the attacks, then Bush could have at least pulled out of his foxhole long enough to give us the thumbs-up, I'm-still-okay speech from aboard his flying fortress. He could have also explained why his administration gave the "stand down" order to the Air Force in regards to intercepting the planes, when they were free to scramble after Payne Stewart's private plane after it strayed a mere 50 miles out of it's flight path barely a year before. And there is also the small matter of Khalid Sheikh-Mohammed, the moneyman behind the attacks, with obvious ties to the Saudis. This avenue is never really investigated, and when you think about all the support he had received for terrorist activities previous to 9/11 came from the House of Saud, it makes you think of what their involvement in the 9/11 attacks really were. I'd love to see how Bush answers some pointed questions about his families ties with these people, and why any information pointing to their support of Sheikh-Mohammed is quietly brushed aside as "immaterial".

Well, we can hope that these questions are answered. We can also hope that money starts raining from the sky, and there is peace in the Middle East. That's what hope is for.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Sorry I haven't updated for a while. Blah blah blah, I'm sure you guys are sick of hearing that shit, so let's get started.

On Friday, I finally took the ol' "whiz quiz" for my prospective new contract job with SBC. The paperwork was sent out from Bay City, MI. on Wednesday but didn't arrive on my doorstep until Friday because FedEx apparently didn't know that my street existed. Even though they have brought me plenty of packages in the past, they sent two drivers consecutively who could not figure out that 5th Street is between 4th Street and 6th Street. I had to spend time on the phone convincing the good folks at the contracting agency that I was not just trying to put off the piss test until I was clean. Well, they finally found my house, apologized profusely, and I was off to pee in a cup in the name of employment.

I don't know about the rest of you, but peeing on command is not one of those talents I have fully mastered. Even though I drank approximately four gallons of water before I left for the lab, by the time I got there it was a no go. I explained that it was a simple matter of "stage fright" and I would only need a few minutes to gather my composure. Thirty minutes later the people at the lab were getting fairly insistent that I "shit or get off the pot", to turn a phrase. I took the cup into a bathroom that was festooned with signs of varying colors demanding that I fight my instinct to flush my pee after I had filled my cup up. Whatever, there wasn't that much to begin with. So I brought my half-filled cup back in to get labeled and tested, and I was allowed to retrieve the items I had emptied out of my pockets before going into the bathroom. Well, the drive home was absolute Hell! I have never had to pee so bad in my life. I almost wet myself driving the half-mile through the city streets of San Jose back to my house, even though I had just gone. That afternoon I must have taken a piss a dozen times, and every time it took like a minute to finish. I guess my bladder was pacing itself.

Now all I have to do is wait for the results and I'm in. Unless all that cough medication I drank for the buzz shows up, or that crack I smoked the night before. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Yesterday was a day of mourning for the indigenous pigeons of Taiwan as some 5,000 of their kin were drowned while being transported to a pigeon race. No, I'm not making this up.

My first question is, "pigeon races"? I guess some people will bet on anything. While the loss of some five thousand thoroughbred flying rats could be a setback, there happen to be tens of thousands of pigeons just in my neighborhood that you guys could come and take. No, really! Take them all, if you need them. They might not be the best racers now, but with a little training and a good diet, who knows?

I think that what they may have stumbled onto was one hell of a way to control the pigeon population. If only people around here would do the same, we would all be happier. It would have been better if they had lost 10,000 though.

Yeah, I know, this entry sucked. I'm tired, so blow me. I'll try again tomorrow.

Friday, March 05, 2004

"The Passion Of The Christ" was released recently amid a flurry of controversy. While I haven't yet seen what is sardonically called The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre, I must admit the contention revolving around this movie has got me interested.

The movie follows Jesus of Nazareth(not the band) through his last hours, ultimately ending with the most famous execution in Christian literature. Mel Gibson, the director and principal investor for this project, has decided to tell the tale without trying to hard to force his Christian beliefs down our throats. He focuses more on the persecution of Christ after he was handed over to the Romans by the Jews. This, of course, had led most Jews to consider the movie to be anti-Semitic, but almost everything is anti-Semitic to sensitive Jews. Being the world's most persecuted religion means you must be ever-vigilant to attacks, this is probably why you never see Toucan Sam selling Fruit Loops on TV anymore. Nah, I'm just kidding, it was probably the Quakers who had him pulled as spokesman for this delicious breakfast cereal. They have their own cereals, you know. Anyway, this time they might just be right, because the backlash from this movie has caused quite a bit of tension for the Jewish community as of late. This comes as little surprise considering who bankrolled this project. Mel Gibson has been known to make some pretty bitter anti-Semitic statements, as well as racist, sexist, and anti-not Mel Gibson statements. Or, at least that's what I heard.

An inordinate amount of time is spent on the torture Christ went through at the hands of Pontius Pilate. The title of this movie would be more accurate if your replaced the word "passion" with "really hardcore ass-whoopin'", the claret really flows in this flick. Not only does he get flailed mercilessly and get crowned with thorns, but a stomach-turning scene where the Messiah's hands are nailed to the cross. Of course, we all know now that in a crucifixion, one must put the nails through the wrists in order to support the weight of the body, but we'll let it slide this one time.

Overall, the movie is said to have been shot beautifully, truly a wonder of cinema. Mel could well become one of the best directors of our time. He did a great job on both Braveheart and The Patriot, and even though he might be a bigot, he still can direct circles around most of the other hacks out there in Hollywood. James Caviezel, who plays Jesus, was hit twice by lightning during production. That's probably the Old Testament god. He's a tough critic.

As an aside, I don't really know if Mel Gibson is a racist or not, that is simply what I've heard. But I've heard it from alot of sources. I'm simply relaying this rumor. Take that, lawyers!