Saturday, May 30, 2009
Which leads me back to Star Trek. At the end of the episode (Amok Time) where Spock goes back to Vulcan to complete the rite of mating, the Pon-Farr, his betrothed, who has forced him into a situation where he thought he killed Captain Kirk, gives her totally logical thought process (she is Vulcan after all) for bringing things to such a pass. Spock looks at her lover, Ston, and tells him "After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.."
What do these two things have to do with each other. Really nothing, it's just the way my brain works sometimes and I thought it was interesting. Regardless, both are good commentaries on the nature of wanting.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I called the state of Indiana Public Health department and suggested that perhaps a bit more information might be useful to help PREVENT panic since I saw the people around me starting to freak out a little bit since northwest Indiana is a fairly large chunk of real estate; and, working at an institution of higher learning means that we're exposed to quite a few germs and viruses. I don't know if it was my call or maybe just common sense kicking in (HAH!) but about a half-hour later they released more information pinpointing the case in South Bend at Notre Dame.
I guess the point is that the government uses the 'doesn't want to cause panic' meme in order to establish control over the flow of information and thus the public itself. If this sounds like tinfoil hat/black helicopter talk, just look at how the MSM has been skewing the news in order to sway public opinion. When the New York Times devotes a full-page article to the glories of Marxism, then you know that there's a BIG problem. Edited to add: Please see THIS over at Power Line--the beginning rumblings of a possible scandal that says that the New York Times killed a story that directly linked the Obama campaign and ACORN because it would have been a "game changer".
Over at American Thinker, Jim Ainsworth has this fantastic piece about the mainstream media and their attempts to denigrate those who call themselves conservatives by calling us lemmings. Hello, pot, meet kettle. There's no groupthink in conservative circles. Read the whole thing, as Glen Reynolds would say.
The AFP article can be found here with some of the text of the letter below. It doesn't seem that the Narcissist-in-Chief is willing to listen but at least someone is realizing that we can't leave Israel out to dry like he's doing with our other allies, such as Poland, especially since Iran just successfully launched a new rocket. Israel WILL and has the right to defend itself, even if that defense is preemptive.
Unfortunately, the N-i-C is also going with lack-of-class as usual when dealing with our best allies and didn't even provide lunch for a two hour meeting with Netanyahu. Did no one teach this man even rudimentary manners?? I mean someone walks into our house and they are offered drinks and snacks right after they're offered a chair. If it's around lunch or dinner, they're asked to stay and have a bite. And we're just plain middle-class folks, not those with High Learnings gleaned from the Ivy Leagues.
I personally don't agree with the Senators when they say that we need to continue our programs of US security assistance and training for the Palestinians. They've had their chances, more than once, to get what they SAY they want and they've blown them (literally). Why spend US tax dollars on something that's doomed to failure? Oh yeah, TARP, Stimulus, etc......... Forgot for a moment.
"As we work closely with our democratic ally, Israel, we must take into account the risks it will face in any peace agreement," 76 of the 100 senators wrote Obama in a letter released to reporters.
"Without a doubt, our two governments will agree on some issues and disagree on others, but the United States friendship with Israel requires that we work closely together as we recommit ourselves to our historic role of a trusted friend and active mediator," they wrote.
Arlen Specter as well as Republican Senators Johnny Isakson and John Thune were the lead authors of the letter, which came one day after Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
One of the biggest mistakes I EVER made, happened ten years ago in May (I'm pretty sure it was May, definite it was the biggest mistake of my life).
I got two jobs offers in Boston in the middle of May six years ago and found my apartment there in the same day--before I got a job. I got two job offers in May last year, one of which was for the position I now have.
I was (re)united with the person who is my best friend and love in May last year. Astrologically, I'm not sure why May is significant--I wasn't born in May and I only have one friend who was. As far as I know, Taurus doesn't have a significance in my chart, but there it is. I just happened to look at the calendar and it all came rushing back for some reason.
Now, while I think the second one is going to HAVE to become my email tagline, it shows that students really don't care to answer these surveys and so they can't be used, as many administrators would like, to be a good indicator of someone's teaching skills and have tenure, promotion, raises, etc. based on such student evaluations of faculty.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I have to admit, I didn't tempt fate and ate it around 1:00 pm.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Woven into this tapestry of utter cluelessness and stupidity were charges of racism (how CAN you tell that people wearing ski masks are black, they might have been Irish). My answer to that is, well, they have hands and eyes, and voices and if you're the least bit observant, you can probably figure it out.
Exacerbating the discussion was a fearful professor who was worried that if he gives a student a bad grade, that student is going to apply for a concealed carry permit and will come to campus and shoot him. So, a student is going to wait for six to eight weeks so they can legally carry and will then come to commit mayhem upon our campus?? I'm thinking not-so-much. Besides, if you are that fearful, shouldn't you also fear baseball bats, ballpoint pens, knives, and plastic sporks--all of which can be used to wreak havoc upon a person??
Unfortunately, since public universities are hardly the bastion of discourse and are instead strongholds of leftist-groupthink, I couldn't answer these morons back (besides the fact that they were using a list to email the ENTIRE university with their diatribes and I didn't feel the need to force MY opinion on everyone). So I blog and present to those who might stumble across this missive, this story which is as much of an answer as I can give. Hat tips to Hamilton, Madison, and Jay, Middle of the Right, and Instapundit. I do like HMJ's response and MotR's comments as well.