Rants about politics, religion, culture, or social issues will be blogged on Splenic_Raver
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I hope to keep you as a friend on one of the above LJ accounts.
If, by chance, you may have noticed my absence from all things LJ -- verily I say, fear not the silence, for there is a reason. My precious computer; from which all electrons flow, may its bits quimer and queet into an endless string of bytes, genuflect in perfect obeisance to the holy CPU; is fast approaching its last entry. Alas, years of faithful service are devouring an ever shrinking hard drive. The Exec Butlers are finding it ever more difficult to stay polite in a room far past civil capacity and keep their laden trays from crashing to the carpet.
Huzzah! From the void comes the promise of a mighty Terra Warrior speeding to the scene on a Hertz Steed from the land of many gigs. The flat of his eye is a hulking score plus four and his armor boasts more then a tithing of accessories. The chanting of the acolytes seeds the air with a curried anticipation of his arrival. Soon, my darlings, soon.
Copy this sentence into your LiveJournal if you believe in marriage between any people who wish to marry, be it a man and woman, man and man, woman and woman, man and woman and woman, whatever; and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.
The above is a variation of a shared-post currently going around LiveJournal. A lot of the others have a statement that includes words to the effect that the writer is in a heterosexual relationship and does NOT feel threatened by any or all homosexual couples loving one another enough to enter into a marriage. I like this one as it also includes poly-, bi-, and anything else that humans can imagine -- and create.
Personally, I’ve been happily married to the woman I love for over seven years. Not once have I ever felt that our relationship has been endangered by anyone in any other relationship. I have felt a twinge or two from the Xtian right, Republicans, and some idiots on the high courts. This business about marriage being completely and absolutely about procreation is just silly at best but also a little bit scary. Ali and I will not be having children. That possibility was never part of the deal. Both of us are long past starting parenthood and are now enjoying grandparenthood. Politicians and judges need to get their collective heads out of their collective asses when handing down laws that have an effect on the general public. Restricting marriage to the domain of the fertile is asinine and prejudicial. It is long past the time when the people of this country should have thrown off the repressive yolk of myths, superstitions, and religions. Marriage should be between humans as defined by the participants. Our government should regulated marriage to protect against abuse, define property rights, and arbitrate differences when those in a relationship cannot do so for themselves. Under no circumstances should any political party or religious group be able to make those definitions for the general public.
The Controversial Survey
A) Would you do meth if it was legalized?
B) Are you for or against abortion?
I am absolutely for a woman’s choice in the matter. That includes the right to say no. This should be a decision between the woman and her doctor. Including the sperm donor is iffy. I can see it in some cases but certainly not in most cases.
C) Would our country (United States) fall with a woman president?
Fall? Off of what? And why would it happen under a female prez any more then the other gender? Look how much our country has fallen under King George and Darth Cheney. A woman as C-in-C would be a breath of fresh air.
D) Do you believe in the death penalty?
Yes, but not the way it is currently administrated. It should be short and to the point, with minimal appeals. The prosecutor and judge should be held accountable in cases where it turns out the person was innocent. Matter of fact, one of those two should be the ones to do the deed. If proper protocol were followed, the number of death cases would diminish to those that are truly necessary. Checks and balances should lean heavily toward life without parole. Mistakes must mean accountability with consequences.
E) Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?
Oh, hell yes. Along with all other drugs. People need to learn to mind their own business. Addiction is a medical problem and legal remedies just make it worse. That said, folks should also be held accountable. Under the influence does not mitigate one’s responsibility for one’s action. The consequences should be just as severe as if drugs did not exist. And tax the crap out of it.
F) Do you believe in God?
Not a case of believe or not to believe. There is no such thing as deities, demi-gods, spirits, spooks, or any of that crap. There simply is nothing along those lines to believe in. Religion should be abolished.
G) Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized?
Marriage should not be determined on gender. Or species for that matter. Consent should be a requirement. If you can prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that that turnip wants to be your spouse, then go get’em.
H) Do you think its wrong that so many Hispanics are moving to the USA?
Yes and no. If the person in question is doing it legally, then welcome to the USA. IF they are here illegally, then we should do whatever it takes to make them leave. The first thing is to crack down, in draconian terms, on the employers of illegal aliens. Prison terms should be meted out to CEOs, bosses, owners, BoDs, and anyone else responsible for this practice. Slavery, in any shape or form, is wrong. As Americans, we should not tolerate the creation of a sub-class of citizens . . . period.
I) A twelve year old girl has a baby...should she keep it?
No. Children should not be having children. This is where society should step in and determine what is best for the welfare of the child.
J) Should the alcohol age be lowered to 18?
Yes. If they have to register for the selective service then they should be allowed to belly up to the bar.
K) Assisted suicide is illegal...do you agree?
L) Do you believe in spanking your children?
M) Would you burn an American flag for a million dollars?
Yes. A free country means watching a symbol of that flag being burned in protest. As much as that flag means to me, it cannot be the be-all, end-all for the USA. The constitution should mean a whole lot more.
N) A mother is declared innocent after murdering her 5 children in a temporary insanity case, do you agree?
No. If someone becomes that insane, to murder FIVE people, then they have forfeited their right to life. There is no treatment that can guarantee that they will not do it again. Some people cannot be fixed.
O) Are you afraid others will judge you from reading some of your answers?
Not really. A lot of these questions require more then just a paragraph of two. Anyone who would judge a person based on such short answers is probably not worth knowing and, more then likely, someone whose opinion is of little value.
I snurched this from
The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline books you have read so many times, you’ve almost memorized them.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down the people who've read only 6 and use devious methods to encourage them to read more.
OK, I’ve made a few changes -- sue me. Narnia was listed twice. The Hobbit and TLotR are really one series (what the heck -- as long as other authors are listed that way). I don’t consider the xtian bible as a classic (it also rubs me the wrong way when it is listed and other major religious works are left off). The complete works of W. Shakespeare include Hamlet, so why list it separately? Besides, a list that includes Dracula should also include Frankenstein. And this list is woefully deficient of SF/F classics by Clarke, Resnick, Haldeman, Silverberg, Anderson, McCaffrey, Le Guin, Zimmer-Bradley, Bujold, Yolen, and a whole slew of others. Matter of fact, I think I will make-up one of my own that includes just speculative fiction.
Anyway, here is the list:
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 Foundation Series - Isaac Asimov
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (a lot of them if not most -- the problem I have with Will is that he was forced down my throat in public school and I have to overcome some deep seated revulsion before I can enjoy reading one of his plays)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Barsoom Series - Edgar Rice Burroughs
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (I’ve tried several times to read this series but have failed to get into it for some reason; which is truly strange given my love of Tolkien -- maybe some day)
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On the Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo