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October 23rd, 2006
03:53 pm

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What's in a name?
We had a discussion at work today regarding the subject of marriage. The topic is coming up at election this year for VA on whether or not to amend the state constitution to define marriage as a 1 man and 1 woman and to formerly not recognize any same-sex marriages. Some very interesting arguments I heard from the other side, but they all leave me boggling. Some people who I've always thought were highly intelligent just couldn't see how discrimanitory a position of defining marriage as between one man and one woman is. So let me see if I can't frame the discussion.

1) The claim is that the definition for marriage is between a man and a woman. Websters' dictionary supports this, but also defines marriage more broadly. It is my belief that society has come to define marriage traditionally this way. And while I must concede that the majority might define marriage this way, it doesn't make it true. Once upon a time, we read the US Constitution that "people" pertained only to white men, but we redefined that definition to incorporate all peoples regardless of sex, religion, or race. Perhaps its time to do the same for same-sex couples.

2) I heard arguments against same-sex marriage due to the financial burden placed on our society. Imagine how much more our insurance would be because same-sex couples now claim their siginificant other as a dependent. But this argument doesn't hold water either. As a society, we have historically risen above the cost of doing what is right in favor of righteousness. It was economically devestating to the south to free the slaves, but slavery is wrong and no amount of fiscal problems this caused makes an argument for keeping slavery sound.

3) An argument was made saying since the dawn of man, marriage has been between a man and a woman. Why change it? Well, throughout history man has enslaved races and we have now as a world declared slavery abhorent.

4) Marriage is a religious term and if same-sex couples wish to be recognized under the law, then they should get a new word - like a union. Didn't we try the notion of Separate but Equal once before and decided it doesn't work? If you need to segregate people into groups you've already begun on unequal footing.

5) Homosexuality is a choice and this group goes into this choice realizing that they are treated differently and should just accept it. This is such a false and ignorant perspective that it's not even worth rebuking.

I have no intention or desire to tell religious organizations who they will allow to marry within their churches, but the United States government should afford the same protections under the law to all people. You might not agree with the lifestyle, you might think it's a choice and not how a person is born, but that doesn't change the fact that same-sex loving couples are in fact people deserving the same protection as all people.

All in all, I was surprised by the discussing and the total lack of empathy. This is such a polarizing issue for so many people that it scares me to see where we are going as a society. What message are we sending our children by sponsoring intolerance?

Perhaps we should all step back and try to learn from the mistakes of the past instead of insisting we continue committing them against a group of people we do not understand.

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October 19th, 2006
03:19 pm

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Vote NO to Marriage
In the upcoming election, vote NO to marriage in virginia.

Proposed Amendment to VA Constitution

To sum up the proposed amendment, VA wants to add to the VA Constitution the definition that a marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman. Personally, I don't like constitutional amendments that are discriminatory.

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September 11th, 2006
05:27 pm

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Wow - I look different
So I renewed my driver's license online. The online feature works great and I didn't have to stand in any line. However, when I received the card in the mail today I immediately saw a problem. Now most people might have a problem with a misspelling of the name or the address being wrong, but not me.

The face on my license is for someone else.

Now my wife thinks I've gotten uglier, I think I've gotten better looking, but one thing is for sure, it's not me.

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September 10th, 2006
05:01 pm

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Finally finished
I've finally finished preparing hte nursery. Now all that is left is to assemble the furniture. While that may take some time to decorate, the hard part is over now.

And I don't know why I worried so much about hanging the border. It wasn't that hard to do.

Soon, I will have to begin work on making the website for the baby.

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04:59 pm

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Greatest baby jumper EVAR
Lvl 1 Human

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August 21st, 2006
04:18 pm

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Tempting....
If this wasn't in CA, I might definitely apply...

http://www.blizzard.com/jobopp/cd-associate-writer.shtml

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July 28th, 2006
05:41 pm

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Too funny
Saw this video on how SW IV should have ended - thought I would share.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3stBbiynKU

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June 6th, 2006
11:50 am

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PTO Productivity
Decided at 0500 this morning that I didn't feel like waking up, so instead, I'm taking the day off to paint the foyer. Its days like this that I wish Groms left for work before me, so I could surprise her with the new paint, but I'll just have to settle for removing one more item off the honey-do list.

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June 1st, 2006
05:59 pm

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Net Neutraility
I've known about this for a little while, but never took the time to look into it. Well, Ebay mailed me today and has taken the initiative that I might never have. Basically, the phone and cable monopolies want to create a class-system on the internet. Those who pay higher fees get preferential treatment, which IMHO, destroys the fabric of open communication the internet offers.

Get involved. Research it. Take a stance, provided it coincides with mine. Otherwise, you're a fucktard.

Below is the letter sent to me, editted to protect me :)

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Net Neutrality and the eBay Community: A Call to Action


Dear xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx,

As you know, I almost never reach out to you personally with a request to get involved in a debate in the U.S. Congress. However, today I feel I must.

Right now, the telephone and cable companies in control of Internet access are trying to use their enormous political muscle to dramatically change the Internet. It might be hard to believe, but lawmakers in Washington are seriously debating whether consumers should be free to use the Internet as they want in the future.

The phone and cable companies now control more than 95% of all Internet access. These large corporations are spending millions of dollars to promote legislation that would divide the Internet into a two-tiered system.

The top tier would be a "Pay-to-Play" high-speed toll-road restricted to only the largest companies that can afford to pay high fees for preferential access to the Net.

The bottom tier -- the slow lane -- would be what is left for everyone else. If the fast lane is the information "super-highway," the slow lane will operate more like a dirt road.

Today's Internet is an incredible open marketplace for goods, services, information and ideas. We can't give that up. A two lane system will restrict innovation because start-ups and small companies -- the companies that can't afford the high fees -- will be unable to succeed, and we'll lose out on the jobs, creativity and inspiration that come with them.

The power belongs with Internet users, not the big phone and cable companies. Let's use that power to send as many messages as possible to our elected officials in Washington. Please join me by clicking here right now to send a message to your representatives in Congress before it is too late. You can make the difference.

Thank you for reading this note. I hope you'll make your voice heard today.

Sincerely,

Meg Whitman
President and CEO
eBay Inc.

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April 27th, 2006
07:35 pm

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Crazy Gas Prices
How long before someone goes Robin Hood on Exxon/Mobil and starts robbing and firebombing the places? 8Billion dollars in profits in the first 3 months this year and gas prices are going up?

CRAZY!

Current Mood: crazycrazy

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