The Daily Prick

May 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

My favorite atavism, Sen. James Mountain Inhofe, has pulled a couple of magic tricks out of his hat. These are remarkable for Dear Jim, if not for their focus on something besides global warming, then for their creative bigotry & foolishness:

on DADT, Dear Jim thinks that disallowing discrimination in the military would change foxhole dynamics:

And you know — you hear the stories all the time. A military guy — I happen to be Army, and Army and Marines always feel that when we’re out there, we’re not doing it for the flag or the country; we’re doing it for the guy in the next foxhole. And that would dramatically change that.

Dear Jim also lead the charge against Obama’s nominee for SCOTUS:

“While her service as the Dean of Harvard Law School is an impressive credential, decisions she made in that role demonstrated poor judgment. While there, she banned the U.S. military from recruiting on campus, an issue very important to me.

My understanding is that indeed military recruiting could and do continue, but it occurs through the school’s VA center.

So, for these two assertions, Dear Jim deserves to be known as today’s Daily Prick.

Tornado

May 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Living in the middle of “tornado alley” sucks. When you add tornadoes, it only compounds the suckiness. A friend took this pic earlier tonight and it appears the storm that produced the funnel is gonna be here soon. Oh joy.

Living with Intention

April 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

from Becoming Minimalist:

“Life is a promise; fulfill it.” – Mother Theresa

Recently, I spoke to a room full of high school students on the topic of “Don’t Waste Your Life.” Among the advice that I gave them, I offered this nugget of truth: “Don’t just drift through life. Live intentionally and on purpose.” I believe that is one of the most important lessons that a person can learn – and the sooner we get it, the better.

Living a simple life certainly requires intentionality. In a world that is hectic, busy, and hurried, simplicity is not. In a culture that encourages selfishness and excess, minimalism does not. And in a society that is rushing to gain more, satisfaction with less is counter-cultural.

To live an intentional life, we must begin by laying a proper foundation and then add practical steps on top of it.

First, Lay the Foundation.

Realize that your life is made up of choices. Every morning is a new day full of decisions and opportunity. You get to pick your attitude and your decisions. You don’t have to let the circumstances of your past negatively determine the pattern of your life in the future. You have a choice in the matter. You do not need to be stuck in the same pattern of living that you have been for years… realize that every morning is a new opportunity.
Evaluate the culture that you’re swimming in. Life is not lived in a vacuum. It is lived surrounded by a culture that is moving somewhere. This culture around us forms a swift downstream current. Living an intentional life will require you to take a step back and evaluate the flow of the stream to determine where it is headed, how it is affecting you, and if it is taking you in a direction you desire.
Examine yourself. Know who you are. Get a strong handle on your passions, talents, abilities, and weaknesses. Give precious time and energy to this endeavor. It is one of the most valuable things you can do.
Second, Add Practical Steps.

Decide to live your life. Stop comparing yourself to others. You were not born to live their life. There is no sense wasting yours being jealous of theirs. Instead, you were born to live your life – determine today to be good at it. After all, you only get one shot.
Define a purpose. Identify what you want your life to communicate and contribute. Find a passion to live for that is bigger than yourself. Write it down. It will bring new meaning to your life. It will wake you from the slow death of only living for yourself.
Set goals. Goals move us and goals shape us. Set goals that are directly in line with your defined purpose. By their very nature, they will introduce intentionality into your life.
Stay focused. We live in a world of constant connectivity and distraction that is begging for our attention nearly every moment of the day. Learn to turn off the distraction and live your life instead. Turn off the tv and don’t read gossip magazines. Remove nonessential physical belongings that are robbing you of time and energy that could be better spent living intentionally.
Learn from others. Successful people are curious people. They possess the humility to learn from others. Identify people accomplishing your pupose and goals. Then, study them and learn from them.
The worst thing you could ever waste is your life. Instead, commit yourself to live intentionally and on purpose.

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Cannabis for Autism relief

April 22, 2010 § 1 Comment

From Salon:

Last summer, we reached the six-month mark in our cannabis experiment. We’d been using medical marijuana to help quell our autistic son’s gut pain and anxiety, and we were seeing some huge changes in his behavior and, presumably, his happiness. J was smiling, interacting (one of home-based therapists said she’d never encountered such an affectionate autistic child), even putting his dirty dishes in the dishwasher—rinsing and everything!—not only without being told, but without ever having been asked to do such a thing.

No. No. No. Pot has zero medical benefits & these anecdotal warm and fuzzy stories about how pot can help with certain features of autism is not permissible. Besides, the kid might get addicted. Or he might get cancer. Or watch Jon Stewart. And giggle.

Don’t F**K with Islam

April 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

To the South Park Creators, this message:

“We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo van Gogh for airing this show… The anti-“South Park” post includes audio from a sermon in which the speaker says assassination is justifiable punishment for those who defame Muhammad… CNN says Al-Amrikee, the author of the post, said the al-Awlaki sermon was included in his post to remind Muslims that insulting the prophet is a severe offense for which the punishment in Islam is death.

Sigh. I hate bullies.

Can Darth Vader help to curb human population growth?

April 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Vader Condom

Apparently translated as “I will not be your father.”

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creepy cool

April 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

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