Friday, October 24, 2014

I Believe

I believe that men and women are equal except maybe physiologically. Men are on the whole stronger but women can create new life (which is awesome). The idea of a woman not being able to drive or vote or even pick out her own clothes is inherently ridiculous to me.

I believe that homosexuality is genetic and that homo and heterosexuals should have the same rights including the right to marry the one you love. I believe the idea that homosexuals should be stoned to death is barbaric and that the idea that there are no homosexuals in a country of 77 million (Iran) is farcical.

I believe that slavery is not just wrong but an inherent evil that should be stamped out.

I believe bacon is delicious.

To some my beliefs make me an Islamophobe. To those people I say "Screw you!"

Consider that the Westboro Baptist Church wouldn't even go so far as to disagree with some of the above sentiments yet they are rightly scorned and ridiculed in the US. How come that ridicule and scorn is never extended to Muslims who believe "Allah hates fags"?

I stand behind my beliefs. Do you stand behind yours?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning

- Penguins perform O'Canada prior to last night's game vs Flyers. I hope the San Francisco Giants make the same gesture of support.

- Wow - Rudy Giuliani really doesn't like Charlie Crist

- Founder of the Weather Channel - Climate change is nothing but a lie. The climate is changing but for reasons we neither understand nor control. We should be studying these reasons and not asking people to wear sack-cloth and ashes.

- Impact of vaccines in US

- "The Hot Zone" and the mythos of Ebola

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Very excited for this movie.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Linky Links

Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share.

- 23-year old makes $500,000 a year on Twitter (sometimes I hate my life)

- Scary - what we give away when we log onto a public network. Makes me want to never use a network I don't know ever again.

- Heh heh - the 4 stages of Obama's crisis management

- Heh heh - the first woman on the moon

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Flotsam and Jetsam

Miscellaneous thoughts and observations.

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) since it is funded by Federal tax dollars really should be called the American Center for Disease Control. Yes I am advocating for a name change to ACDC... I agree that Keith Foulke does not get the credit he deserves for the Red Sox 2004 post season success... My Wu-Tang Clan name is Chris... ACDC - Dirty Diseases Done Dirt Cheap... The US is $40 trillion richer than China. $40 trillion!!... If I ever met Gwyneth Paltrow - I would tell her how much I loved her on Friends just to try and tick her off...  I've said this before but I'd love to see the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy be renamed as the Red Auerbach NBA Championship Trophy... Have to agree that the Vikings look like the real winners in the latest Percy Harvin trade... If you are interested I like Cal getting 7 points at home today vs UCLA... ACDC - For those About to Fight Ebola (We Salute You)...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Modest Proposal

Here's an idea that's been floating around my head for some time and I'm not even sure if I'm advocating it - I'm just throwing it out there for consideration: maybe the Boston Red Sox should move Dustin Pedroia to shortstop.

Wait - wait! It's not a crazy idea. Pedroia was a shortstop in college so the position wouldn't be new to him and let's be honest defensively he'd be better than Xander Bogaerts. In this scenario Bogaerts would be moved to third base. Offensively Pedroia, even with his diminished power, would be in the top half of shortstops in MLB.

This scenario allows Mookie Betts to take over at second base. Boston could really use Betts as a lead-off man but with the Red Sox' full outfield would make it difficult to get him at bats on a regular basis. Who in the outfield is going to sit to make room for Betts? Yoenis Cespedes? Rusney Castillo? Shane Victorino (if healthy)? Daniel Nava? Allen Craig? This doesn't even mention Gold Glove caliber centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

This scenario would give the Red Sox an infield of Mike Napoli, Betts, Pedroia and Bogaerts. That's pretty solid. Of course some off season trades may clarify where everyone will play next year but I just wanted to throw this idea out there.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Global Warming

The Economist has an interesting look at the policies and programs that have had the biggest impact on curbing CO2 emissions.  What strikes me is the first and third most successful programs - you never really hear "Greens" talking about them. Could that be because the Montreal Protocol never would have become a reality without Ronald Reagan? It could be argued that Reagan ended acid rain but what self-respecting tree-hugger would argue that?

The third most successful thing identified to curb CO2 is nuclear power. You almost never hear "Greens" arguing for nuclear power even though one nuclear power plant probably has the same impact as all the Prius' being driven in the country.

It's almost like they'd prefer to see the Earth burn than ever give credit to something Republicans stand for.