April 11, 2010
Chukchansi Park, Fresno Tea Party, rally fizzles, Tea Baggers
Fresno’s Tea Party held a rally at Chukchansi Park Saturday, April 10. With a capacity of 12,700, the park looked pathetically empty when only 3,800 people showed up to vent their displeasure with the government. The event drew roughly half the number who attended last year’s rally at Save-Mart Center, also in Fresno.
In a stunning admission of the priorities of Tea Party members, organizers blamed low turnout to “Big Hat Days”, a craft show/street fair in the adjoining city of Clovis.
April 10, 2010
DADT, Lt. Dan Choi, UC Merced
To some, like Senator John McCain (R-AZ), this is one of the most dangerous men in the United States military. His very presence “would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion”.
That danger, however, only exists if he is honest. If he lies, either by commission (saying he is heterosexual) or omission (hiding the truth from others who trust him with their lives), then he is perfectly acceptable as a member of the world’s most powerful military machine. If he is honest about himself, then morale is immediately destroyed, good order and discipline disappear, and his unit is no longer a cohesive whole. This, at least according to some, is why homosexuals must not be allowed to serve their country in the military.
Lt. Dan Choi is a perfect example of why that policy should be changed.
April 8, 2010
Ben Patrick Johnson, Dennis Depew, Facebook, Lt. Dan Choi, Twitter
Three guys I follow on Twitter or Facebook. Lt. Dan Choi, Ben Patrick Johnson, and Dennis Depew. I haven’t met any of them (yet- who knows!) but they sure are nice to look at… And from following their tweets and comments, they seem like they’re even nice guys!
UPDATE! 4/9/2010 Met Lt. Dan Choi this afternoon! He gave a great talk at UC Merced. He’s a good speaker, if you have the chance, go see him in person. And I was right, he IS a nice person, in person!
April 4, 2010
Easter, Pharyngula, PZ Myers, resurrection, University of Minnesota
PZ Myers is a biologist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris. He has a great blog site, Pharyngula, which I read quite often. I also follow him on Twitter.
Being a scientist and a rationalist, PZ isn’t shy about stating his opinion on any and all things related to science and superstitions. One of today’s posts (he posts quite often, as the mood strikes, some short pithy comments, other longer commentary. Always a good read, regardless.) is about Easter, and how the story as it’s commonly told really isn’t what it seems. Go check it out, here.
April 2, 2010
discipline, sick leave, write up
So two weeks ago Saturday, I’m enjoying a nice dinner at Ted and Mychal’s place in Fresno, when I notice a little “tickle” in my throat. I didn’t pay it much mind, sometimes I just get a little irritation, and it’s gone the next day. When I woke up Sunday, I wasn’t feeling too bad, but the tickle was still there. By Monday, it was clear I had managed to catch something, as I was feeling a bit yucky, and I was feeling some congestion in my chest. I took some cough syrup and later some sinus tablets, and figured I’d be down for a couple of days. Well, it went a bit beyond that, I ended up missing 4 days of work, and getting written up for it!