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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Mon, Mar. 27th, 2006 10:34 pm
A motion on the microphone

I've never understood the motivations behind Holocaust denial.  I mean, I've only heard that theory propounded by ardent racists.  Wouldn't they be inordinately pleased by the deaths of thousands upon thousands of Jews?

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I think we should have another great cross-country project akin to the Union-Pacific railroad, only make it a highspeed bullet train this time.  A friend of mine was saying that long-distance travel is so much easier in Europe because you can go right up to a ticket station and get on board a train ten minutes before it leaves without reservations or any of that crap.  I have to admit, that would be nice!  Coast-to-coast might still be more efficient via air, but anything else really should be by train.

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I know I've been listening to Eminem a little much lately when I want to sing "I wanna mother----ing motion on the microphone" while listening to a DC Talk song.  Although I have to admit, I did crack myself up!

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I totally believe in free speech, and think the current administration's tendency to paint dissent as "unpatriotic" as being misguided and even downright troubling.  That said, there is a time and a place for everything.  That's why I approved of the measure to ban protesters from interrupting military funerals.  I mean, really!  Do you have to use a family's worst day ever to make a statement about how much your don't like Bush or Cheney?  That's showing just as much disrespect to other people as the administration's attitude toward civil rights, if not more so.  Decorum, people.

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My mom and I both hate it when people say "Anybody can do it" on TV because not everybody can.  Especially in regards to exercise, she is even less capable of doing stuff than I am!  What about people with debilitating diseases or physical restrictions?  That phrase has a certain patronizing ring to it.  The worst is when the TV personalities preface it with, "If I can do it..."  Yeah, you're beautiful and at least somewhat engaging and you get to talk about whatever you want on national TV -- you're a real loser, how do you manage to get out of bed in the morning? *rolls eyes*

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hellokitty138
hellokitty138
hellokitty138
Tue, Mar. 28th, 2006 03:36 am (UTC)

Ha ha! This whole entry cracked me up with its randomness.


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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Tue, Mar. 28th, 2006 03:39 am (UTC)
randomness

Well, "randomness" is one of my interests! These are just thoughts I've had over the past few days, all lovingly included in a single posting. Do you agree, disagree, or are you noncommittal about said observations?


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hellokitty138
hellokitty138
hellokitty138
Tue, Mar. 28th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
Re: randomness

I agree with most of what you said and appreciate the wittiness of your wording.


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sarah_mae13
sarah_mae13
Sarah Mae: Radical, Militant, YA Librarian
Tue, Mar. 28th, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)

Holocaust deniers, boo!

High speed trains, yeah!

I love taking the train.


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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Tue, Mar. 28th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
Highspeed connections

Holocaust deniers, boo!
Indeed. I still don't get it, though!


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sarah_mae13
sarah_mae13
Sarah Mae: Radical, Militant, YA Librarian
Tue, Mar. 28th, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
Re: Highspeed connections

I tihkn it's just a way of justifying their beliefs as more acceptable and painting the Jews and other victims, and survivors, of the Holocaust as whiny liars.


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living_in_books
amylya
Tue, Mar. 28th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
a perfect forest through so many splintered trees

When I read the bit about the train, it reminded me of something I heard of David Letterman the other night. He was talking about the subway and he called it the "Bi-Polar Express." It cracked me up.

I also find it troubling that those of us who are not supportive of the war in Iraq and/or the current administration are being called unpatriotic. I find that highly offensive and it makes me angry because the government is supposed to be made up of people who are merely representing the public. I don't believe that this country is made up of lying warmongers.

You're right, though. I wouldn't dishonor someone who died in war by protesting at their funeral. They've already been dishonored enough by our government. To quote Henry Kissinger, “Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.”

So let me clarify: If believing that that's not true is unpatriotic, I don't mind being called unpatriotic at all.


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yourmamachula
YourMamaChula
Tue, Mar. 28th, 2006 05:58 am (UTC)
interesting points!!

dude.
Holocaust denial. The same crazy mofos also deny racism in general- until they're lynching a brotha. It's so ridiculous. I have had people call me a spic and then deny racism in the SAME BREATH. Whatever...people SUCK!

Eminem and DC Talk at the same time....hahahha...next up: Newsboyz and Janet Jackson!


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yourmamachula
YourMamaChula
Tue, Mar. 28th, 2006 06:02 am (UTC)
Re: interesting points!!

I meant Newsboys. Forgive me for adding Zs to everything. Must be the 'hood talking.


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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Tue, Mar. 28th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
Re: interesting points!!

Must be the 'hood talking.
*ROFL* Must be.

I have had people call me a spic and then deny racism in the SAME BREATH.
Maybe not suckiness so much as it is absolute nuttiness. What the heck is wrong with people sometimes?

Eminem and DC Talk at the same time....hahahha...next up: Newsboy[s] and Janet Jackson!
Hee, hee! Now I'm tempted to try to come up with some combination thereof...


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specialk141
specialk141
specialk141
Tue, Mar. 28th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)

very random this time... interesting thoughts. I agree that there should be a ban on protesting military funerals but I think it should extend to all funerals. There's a Baptist congregation out of Kansas that will protest funerals for homosexuals and hold up signs that say "God Hates Fags" and I think that's not right for MANY reasons... love the icons, by the way...


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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Tue, Mar. 28th, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
NAE

There's a Baptist congregation out of Kansas that will protest funerals for homosexuals and hold up signs that say "God Hates Fags" and I think that's not right for MANY reasons...
Yeah, that's not cool at all. I recently saw Ted Haggard (President of National Association of Evangelicals, for those of you who are reading this and don't know) interviewed by Barbara Walters on a special about Heaven and how people get there. He said Christians are the only ones who have absolute assurance that they will be in heaven thanks to Jesus, they can't be sure about anyone else and believe there is a distinct possibility of hell. However, he said it was ultimately up to God. I liked that, it still affirms and uplifts Christ's role in salvation but didn't automatically condemn anyone and everyone else.

... love the icons, by the way...
You mean the mood theme? Gee, thanks! ;)


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zacho817
Zach E
Tue, Mar. 28th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)

I guess I have a little bit of a different perspective on disabilities due to my connections to the deaf community. Most people see deafness as a disability, but they see it differently. They don't see themselves as anything but normal. And those who can, prove that deaf people can do just about everything that hearing people can do. There are deaf lawyers, deaf doctors, deaf actors, deaf... just about anything you can think of. So I tend to shy away from any attitude that puts the emphasis on what a person cannot do, and focus more on what a person CAN do. And focus on those points and make them shining examples of the ability emphasis. Granted, there are things that a deaf person just cannot do, like a deaf person cannot be a law enforcement officer who is stationed out in the field catching bad guys, they would be a danger to themselves and others, and a deaf person probably couldn't be a radio DJ...heh heh. But still, they focus on the multitude of things they CAN do rather than what they CAN'T do.


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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Wed, Mar. 29th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
Can do

I remember talking about "deaf culture" in my ASL class at Ball State, and learning how many people within the community have that perspective. I think that's great, I definitely think it's much better to focus on the positive rather than the alternative. My point was that "Anybody can do it..." seems a bit patronizing, at the very least generalizing. It just seems to be a twist of language that people don't really think about, but it annoys me a bit. Nothing major, just a thought I had! :)


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sergeantbond
sergeantbond
sergeantbond
Wed, Mar. 29th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
..."loser"...

Don't think that...I think that you need some motivation, that's all, I mean real drive. That would do you wonders, maybe not great energy level, but would help you accomplish things with your alledged health problems.


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squealnakedcatj
squealnakedcatj
squealnakedcatj
Thu, Mar. 30th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
5 things

Holocaust denial... I agree I don't know the thinking behind this, but Sarah_mae13's point is intuitively appealing.

Bullet trains are grand. I've read a bit of literature on why the implementation of this technology has not taken foot in the US, but cannot remember the opinions of those authors.

Eminim: Send him an M&M shirt maybe?

Free Speech vs. Tact/Decorum: I have much more to say about this topic than any of the others, but yes, the "representative government" branding critics (i.e., the "represented") as enemies of the nation is harmful. I cannot imagine a protest staged at or in association with a funeral of any kind being anything but crass.

"If I can do it, you can do it!": A lame, often inaccurate statement, intended to motivate others to invest.


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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Mon, Apr. 3rd, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
Re: 5 things

Indeed. Glad you are onboard with the above statements!


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