Why I am for gay marriage and polygamy
Why is a there a debate on gay marriage, and why is polygamy sensationalized. I believe that marriage and a free society can not exist together, but if marriage is to continue to be included in our society, any consenting adult should be able to marry any other consenting adult as long as there is enough of a biological difference between them. A consenting adult is anyone 18 years old or older with a clear head who says yes.
My partner and I are for gay marriage. Gay marriage will not impinge on our basic rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness granted to us by the Declaration of Independence. Voting for gay marriage will allow homosexuals to have the liberty to pursue their happiness with the choice whether or not to get married. I am disgusted that my state allows first cousins to marry while not allowing homosexuals to get married. First cousin marriage is disgusting to me, while gay marriage appeals to me greatly.
In 1967 the Supreme Court ruled in Loving v. Virginia that race-based legal restrictions on marriage were unconstitutional. If the states can not enact laws based on sexual orientation in other legislation; how can they enact or uphold any legislation, which includes marriage, based on sexual orientation? What is worse is that one person in the couple is being discriminated against based on gender. I have personal experience with gender discrimination, and it is not pleasant.
There are polygamists out there who are not Mormon. Polygamy is also practiced by Wiccans, Islam allows for polygamy but the amount of wives allow is four, and even so called normal people can practice polygamy. It seems that only male polygamists are covered in the media, by why aren’t women polygamists ever covered? I would like the media to cover at least one polygamous bisexual who has a husband and a wife and maybe even see how prevalent polygamy is in the homosexual community. When it comes to polygamy, the media fails from a lack of imagination.
I support non-institutionalized marriage which includes gay marriage and polygamy.
By state and church, I’m not married to the husband of my heart. In my opinion, we got married the first time we kissed. I’ve been him for over 20 years, but both state and church want me to say some words and pay to be able to call him my husband. So, I have no problem with how people want to or with whom they want to express their love or just have sex. Just love or enjoy each other! When it comes to love, carpe diem!
I make you a deal. You stay out of my bedroom, and I will say out of yours unless you invite me in. Deal?
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
An it harm none, do what ye will.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but whips and chains excite me.
Being clear on Twitter without losing too many characters
One of the many problems with places like Twitter is that a person can not be entirely clear within the character and formatting restrictions. With that in mind, I would like to propose a few combinations that would help make your message clear within a character limit without formatting.
For words I would normally emphasize with italics, I have no choice to to type in all caps. I do not like to do it that way, however, places like Twitter give me no choice.
To express sarcasm or to make a word opposite, just add an exclamation point before the word. So, if I !love something, you’ll know that I actually severely dislike it and probably would say the word snidely. If I !have to go get something, I really do not care about getting it.
Another tip for Twitter to preserve a hashtag would be to just concatenate it with a dot (.). So, if you are using the hashtag #PetPeeve, you can make it plural by typing #PetPeeve.s. Your hashtag will be preserved.
The idea to concatenate with a dot (.) and express the opposite with an exclamation point (!) came from coding in Perl.
Do you have any other suggestions for help people keep their comments short?
Doctor Who regeneration shenanigans
With me not liking the current direction of Doctor Who, I have missed a lot of side information such as the death of lovely Elizabeth Sladen. I am not too pleased the the shenanigans over the regeneration count; I am not happy with the new look of the TARDIS; and I am not liking the River Song story line since her introduction.
I believe that David Tennant played two regenerations of the Doctor. He was the 10th and 11th. Just because the Doctor did not change appearance does not mean that the energy needed for a full regeneration was not used. So, David Tennant played the 10th until the regeneration in “Journey’s End”. At that point he became the 11th and the clone with Donna being the Doctor too! David Tennant as the 11th regenerated into the 12th played by Matt Smith. The Doctor has one regeneration left not two. Alas, they will cheat and find a way to bend the rules to give the Doctor as many regenerations as the BBC will pay for. After the next Doctor, they could bring back Georgia Moffett as the Doctor’s daughter to take over the mantel of the Doctor, but they won’t. They are already cheating by calling Matt Smith’s Doctor the 11th instead of the real regeneration count of 12. The regeneration numeration shenanigans that Doctor Who is playing is one reason that I became disgusted with the series.
My first Doctor is the 8th Doctor.
Nudity and sex in film and on television
I find it peculiar that male mammaries can receive a G rating, while female mammaries are consistently rated R. Does the Motion Picture Association of America know that all nipples and the surrounding area of the body are erogenous zones? Also, why is the act of human life creation given an X rating, yet the act of human life destruction can be as low as a PG rating. Full frontal nudity of an aroused woman could get an R rating, yet the full frontal nudity of an aroused man will get an X rating. As far as I know, defibrillation is administered on bare skin, so any television series that is not brave enough to bare female breasts to the camera should stop having female heart attack patients. The United States of America one of the most prudish countries in the world when it comes to sex; yet not to blood, guts, and gore.
If the United States of America were a free country, we could have erect penises and complete sex scenes on network and commercial TV at 10 a.m. on a Sunday just like we can see war and mutilation. When will we come out of the sexual dark ages?
The United States of America, home of the brave but not the free.
This is the beginning of a new series of posts under the heading If the USA were free. Feel free to join me in pointing out where our freedoms have been taken from us under that tag. If you do not live in the United States of America, but want to point our your nation’s problems, please just change the country name.
The United States of America is not a free country. It is a democracy, which means that the majority of voters rule. We have freedoms, but do not for a moment believe that it is free. With demands made by the citizens of the United States for more safety and with the government complying, the more freedoms we lose. True freedom is not safe. For every safety measure added, a freedom is removed. So while less regulation means more freedom, it means we are not as safe as we once were. So, you have to ask yourself, do you want freedom or safety from your government?
What science fiction fans owe Jules Verne and H.G. Wells
After watching Prophets of Science Fiction on the Science channel about Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, I’ve concluded that Jules Verne is the father of science fiction with H.G. Wells being the godfather of science fiction. Jules Verne gave us spectacular machines and devices. H.G. Wells gave us concepts that endure to this day. We science fiction fans owe Jules Verne for showing us that the technology we can dream can become reality if we study hard enough. H.G. Wells showed us that we need to be careful stewards of that technology.
Social media websites domination of the internet is frightening
It is becoming very clear that Facebook and Twitter are taking over the internet. I can not go anywhere on the web these days without encountering a Facebook or Twitter button to “like” or “follow” someone or something. I remember when sites only asked me to bookmark them or add them to my favorites. There are people who use the internet now who do not know how to write a basic web page, but they would not be satisfied with just plain static text. They crave interactivity, which is good, but they crave it on a large scale which a simple web page might not be able to give them.
Companies are now putting their Facebook or Twitter accounts or both in their advertisements, eschewing their own websites. If I need a product or service, I would rather read about the product or service on a corporate website. If I am pleased with what I see and subsequently make a purchase which end satisfactorily, I may follow that comapny on Twitter depending on the level of excitement the company engenders in me.
It is sad that more and more companies are going the the Facebook and Twitter route. Those who do not use those services may be denied valuable savings and possibly entry into contests for free items. Another problem is the decline of web design services that this can cause. How many web designers will be put out of work because companies decide to use Facebook as their only contact with their customers?
You can put Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other social networkds’ feeds on your website, but don’t let them be your website. If your company runs a robot, you need to keep watch on your robots that follow people. I will not buy something from your company just because you follow me. Your follow bots will not be effective if all they do is sit idle as a silent follower. Mostly they annoy the Hell out of people.
The bigger your company gets, the more pointless it appears to be to communicate with you. I will not deny that Facebook and Twitter may be easier ways to communicate with your customers, however, what about your customers who do not use any of those services?
The Lonely Kitchen
Years ago I was preparing a belated Christmas dinner for my fiancé and me. The kitchen was very quiet, and the loneliness of that silence set into me. I really wanted to have someone to talk to then. I stood there chopping the onions while the stuffing heated in the microwave which hummed quietly behind me. I felt a great wave of sorrow come over me. Usually the silence doesn’t bother me, but that day, while making a special occasion dinner which usually involves family, I had no one around. My fiancé wasn’t due home until late that night, which made it even sadder.
I continued on with dinner, but with each new task the house seemed to close in around me. At one point I wondered why I was doing it at all. Why was I making this big dinner that will take us a week to really finish? (It did take us a week, with only 2 meals that were different a couple of nights.)
There are times where being alone but for a significant other can be overwhelming, but the hardest times are those special occasions which are family centric. Am I the only lonely house”wife” that sometimes gets lonely on those days?
Hate is a misused word, so stop it!
When you use the word hate, stop and really think about how you really feel. Do you really feel so passionately negative about the subject of the feeling that it has built up to hate? Most of the time I find myself using hate when in reality the subject either annoys, disgusts, or scares me or just makes me angry.
Let’s look at the passion that it takes to hate something. You first find out about a subject. You find it interesting enough to study, but you start feeling negatively about it. You want to know more, but the feeling you have keeps getting more and more negative. You keep studying the subject even though you feel so negatively about it. Your negative passion increases exponentially with every new fact you find. That is when you really hate something. If you have stopped before you study the subject in depth, you do not really hate the subject.
There are so many other words that could describe your lesser passion such as dislike, despise, abhor, or loathe. There are plenty of dictionaries around to help you describe what you are really feeling.
Sometimes I see a person asking someone “If you hate it so much, why do you stick around?” Well, the answer is simple. The “hater” is passionate about the subject, so wants to know more about it.
We have seen on film and television two characters who start out hating each other, and we the audience wonder why they stay around each other. Well, its the passion all over again. Normally by the end the two characters fall in love. Isn’t that sweet?
It takes the same passion to hate something that it does to love something. If you can find at least one redeeming quality about a subject, that will lessen your negative feelings about it. So, instead of looking for more negative about a subject; look for something, anything, positive. It is not easy to start feeling positive about something you feel very negative about, so you have to ask yourself what keeps you so passionate about the subject? Also, authors and script writers, do your characters really feel that passionate?
My body after death
A discussion on Twitter got me thinking about what I want to happen to my body after death again. First and foremost I am an organ donor. If any part of my body can save lives or even enhance a physically miserable life when I die, I want the parts disbursed immediately.
I know that my lungs will probably be useless because I smoke heavily. To discourage children from starting, I would like them frozen and sliced to be put on display to show children what happens to lungs because of smoking. (I got this idea from the Visible Human Project.) I know it is a bad habit I should quit; but not only am I physically addicted, I am psychologically addicted.
If I am dying in a place where measurements could be taken, I would like to be weighed before, during, and after death to see if there is any physical signs that a soul is present. (I got this idea from the aforementioned Twitter discussion.) If it could help gain quantitative proof of a soul’s existence or lack thereof, I am for the use of my body to find out either way.
After all of that, if there are any further uses for what remains other than burial, I am not against my body being used. Anything unusable should be put into the cheapest coffin that can be found and buried in the least expensive grave; unless cremation is less expensive than that. I will not be there anymore, so please do not put any special significance on my body, memorialize me without it. Please?
The stupid question is the question unasked.
If you threaten suicide, I will try to save you.
I’m starting this off with a true story of what I did in the middle of the night about ten years ago when a friend, at the time, threatened suicide.
(Note: This was before Windows was automatically installing Internet Explorer, so I had not installed a browser with which to search for the web for more detailed information.)
Prior to her suicide threat, we had exchanged physical addresses for reasons I can’t remember. When she threatened suicide; I called my local police, told them that a friend of mine had threatened suicide, gave them her out of state address, and hoped for the best. The next night she was online and told me of her surprise of having her local police showing up at her door to check up on her.
I was happy that I did not lose a friend that night, even if she had never spoken to me again.
So, you must know that I would do the same for anyone I talk to online anywhere. I would swing into action the moment I read a suicide threat. If I know your street address or only your town, I will call your most local police (some towns do not have a police force, so usually it falls under county jurisdiction). If I only know your state, I will call your state police. If I know only that you live in the United States (or country unknown), I will more than likely call the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). If you are outside of the United States, I will call your country’s embassy here in the United States.
I do not care if you never speak to me again, unfriend or unfollow me afterwards. I will do everything in my power to save you from yourself. So, do not ever jest about committing suicide unless you use a clear qualifier. Even then I will still be concerned.
(I wrote this after I got a little scare today from someone.)