Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Toilets, Cuts and Spray Paint

Today at work I had one of those moments where you think "Man, this could only happen to me."

I was carrying a broken toilet (sitting on the shelf so it was never used) to the dumpster. I tossed it in there and noticed a hissing sound coming from the dumpster. I thought that was a little weird so I started walking towards the front to see what it was. After a few steps I noticed I was cut in two places from the toilet. I had a cut under my index finger that was bleeding pretty profusely and a cut about half-way up my forearm that was bleeding but not badly. I notice this and am like, "Wow, I cut myself on that damn toilet." Well, in this process I don't stop walking and turn around to go back into the store to wash my cut (I had forgotten all about the hissing noise at this point) and when I tilt my head up from looking at my cut, a can of spray paint sprays me all over the side of my face. Yep, found the hissing noise. A can of spray paint had a little hole and the pressure must have been forcing the paint out... and onto my face.

Today was just one of those days...

Washington Gay Marriage Ruling

Just today, the Washington Supreme Court upheld a 1998 law that bans gay-marriage by a vote of 5-4. Now, I'm reading this article and here is a quote from one of the four dissenting judges, Justice Mary Fairhurst:

"Would giving same-sex couples the same right that opposite-sex couples enjoy injure the state’s interest in procreation and healthy child rearing?"

Okay, first, the child rearing issue. Could gay parents be good parents. Yes. I have seen that. So I understand where she is coming from on that. I don't think I could support it, but I can at least see where she is coming from.

However, would giving same-sex couples the right to marry hurt a state's procreation... umm, YES! No matter what you say to me, the fact doesn't change that same-sex couples cannot have children of their own. Some would argue that gay and lesbian persons wouldn't have kids anyway, whether they are married or not. Agreed, they most likely would not. However, I don't think unmarried same-sex couples should have children either. I believe that children should be birthed to married parents. It is too difficult for a single parent to raise a child, both for the parent and the child.

Many people tell me that we should leave this up to the states to decide. Well, go ahead. That is fine with me. Why? Because forty-three states already have a statute to limit marriage to same-sex couples. Twenty of those states have passed constitutional amendments. I believe I heard somewhere that the state constitutional ban is ratified with something like 71% of the vote in every state that has put it up for a vote. Many people think we should leave it to the states because people will vote it down. Well, when people say that to me I just simply smile and say, "I agree, let's have all the states vote on it."

New York Times article
Status of same-sex marriage

Update: Good map showing what the laws are in each state here.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Rock On

My rock star name is Sir Styler. Kinnda lame. Try it yourself and let me know if yours is better (I hope it is).

Rock Star Name Generator

Thursday, July 20, 2006

What is the Internet?

Trying to explain what the Internet is to somebody is very difficult. However, I think one of our Congressmen hit the nail on the head.

"The internet is not something that you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's, It's a series of tubes."
-Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska)

Who knew they even had the Internet in Alaska?!

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Friday, July 14, 2006

Holiday World

Well, it's finally time for 2006 family vacation 3 of 3. We're leaving tomorrow afternoon for Holiday World (Santa Claus Land) and we're getting back Monday night. I'm really excited because they have three very, very famous roller coasters there. The water park is supposed to be very cool too.

We're going to the park on Monday. We're getting to the hotel in Owensboro (KY) Saturday night. We're visiting with a lot of family (my dad's side) on Sunday. I haven't seen this family for a very long time so it's going to be great to see them again.

Best part of the whole trip... Holiday World has free pop in the whole park. Yeah, I just walk-up and get a Pepsi. I think that is extremely cool.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

That's Quotable

"I have never felt that anything really mattered but the satisfaction of knowing that you stood for the things in which you believed and had done the very best you could."
-Eleanor Roosevelt
November 8, 1944


Tuesday, July 04, 2006

That's Quotable

"We in America are blessed with lives of tremendous liberty: the freedom to govern ourselves and elect our leaders; the freedom to own property; the freedom to educate our children, our boys and our girls; and of course the freedom to think as we please and to worship as we wish. America embodies these liberties but America does not own these liberties. We stand for ideals that are greater than ourselves and we go into the world not to plunder but to protect, not to subjugate but to liberate, not as masters of others but as servants of freedom."
-Secretary Condoleezza Rice
June 14, 2006