July 3, 2006
What do you think about the idea of a house with two faces? Because walking around a pond behind our apartment, all of the backs of the house that face the pond are pretty horrendous. The fronts of the homes are all beautiful, but there's no symmetry to the backs. No inviting doorway. I want homes with two fronts. Who's with me?
July 3, 2006
Timothy Treadwell, Bradley University attendee and star of the documentary, "Grizzly Man" was obviously a lunatic. He thought he was a bear and for over a decade he filmed bears and tried befriending bears in Alaska. SPOILER: He gets eaten by a bear. By the way, it's an exceptional film and wildly entertaining if only to see this passionate man act like such a loony toon. So, why wasn't Timothy Treadwell admitted to a mental hospital? Do you have to be a threat to other people or can it by yourself as well? Because the outcome proves that his lunacy cost him his life?
June 30, 2006
If I go to an immigration workers rights parade and burn a Mexican flag, I could get arrested for a hate crime. If I go to a gay rights parade and burn a rainbow flag, I could get arrested for a hate crime. But, I can burn American flags all day long. Is it only "hate" if the group is not the majority? And only treason if I kill someone?
June 29, 2006
June 28, 2006
Survey says...we think we're the best. According to a survey on national pride, American came in first. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13577802/ So what does that mean? I guess I think we're probably the best just because we're the richest, so comparatively speaking, we're the best. But, would I trade in some cash for a better crime record, lower divorce rate, yeah probably. So, here's the big question for you? How can we make this country better. There are no rules. You can bend or break the constitution if you feel like it's getting in the way of a better society. But, state what you would change and why it would help? As great as it is, America can't be the best we can do, can it? What could we do better?
June 27, 2006
J. K. Rowling announced that in this last of 7 books from her mega-hit Harry Potter series, two main characters will die causing people to wonder if hero-protagonist-magician Harry Potter will make it to the end. An interview on television this morning asked a 12-year old her opinion of this new literary revelation, and she replied, “Harry should just change the ending.” The reporter said, “What do you mean?” With a straight face, the young girl replied, “With his magic.” Now, whether or not the girl thinks that the author is part of the fictional world or that Harry Potter is REAL, there’s obviously a blurred line of reality going on with some of these children. So, here is a brief list of things that I am never going to let my children become. Feel free to add to the list: Star Wars fans, Dungeons & Dragons gamers, Harry Potter enthusiasts, ice skaters, gymnasts, animé addicts, harpists. If I can steer my offspring clear of these hobbies, I think my kid might have a decent chance of growing up to not being a freak show.
June 26, 2006
Spoiler Alert. In Will Smith’s movie based on Isaac Asimov’s short stories, robots created to be butlers realize that human beings are evil, and decide to kill off the bad ones as a logical solution to ensure the healthy future existence of the human civilization. If these robot ‘Gods’ truly know best, is this really wrong since the good outweighs the bad…logically?
June 26, 2006
June 23, 2006
Should adultery be punished? We have the full gammit of legality to work with, starting from taking their tax benefits away to a stone on the wrist. It just seems like one of the more serious crimes that we turn the other cheek on. Of course, we can play the 'what is adultery' game, but for this argument's sake, the question is do you and how do you criminalize a physical sexual act with someone who is not your spouse?