Utterly Meaningless » 2009 » May

    Filed on May 25, 2009 at 5:45 pm under by dcobranchi

    Daniel Hauser has been found.

    OR NOT

    Filed on at 3:45 pm under by dcobranchi

    Any geeks care to speculate what’s going on with this page?


    Filed on at 3:40 pm under by dcobranchi

    On why g-schooling is better than home education:

    [Dinwiddie County Public Schools Superintendent Charles] Maranzano said that the beauty of public schools is that they have subject specific experts teaching students and that working with others teaches students to be stronger individuals.

    “We are preparing children today for a global experience,” Maranzano said. “They’ve got to be flexible and adaptable and they’ve got to be ready to modulate and function in a world without borders. What we do well is bring disparate, socio-economically deprived children into the same building as privileged children and educate them and prepare them for a role in the world.”

    Modulate? WTF is that supposed to mean?


    Filed on May 24, 2009 at 7:58 am under by dcobranchi

    WND is still banging away at the birth certificate “scandal.”


    Filed on May 20, 2009 at 5:42 am under by dcobranchi

    This is really sad. Daniel Hauser, the boy whose parents are “treating” his cancer with voodoo (so to speak), is missing along with his mother. He’s going to die because he has idiots for parents.

    UPDATE: He’s an HEK.


    Filed on May 18, 2009 at 5:46 pm under by dcobranchi

    I’ll be able to get a diesel Fiesta. Thanks, Obama!


    Filed on May 17, 2009 at 6:56 pm under by dcobranchi

    Definitely even-numbered.


    Filed on at 1:17 pm under by dcobranchi

    NC’s Senate just passed an amendment to the child support law that raises the required age of support from 18 to 21 if the “kid” is attending college full time. This bill would seem to imply that it is a parent’s legal responsibility to pay for their child’s schooling through age 20. That seems, to me, to be a fairly dramatic change. And I can see how a judge could easily extend that to include all families, and not just divorced ones. After all, the assumption behind child support is that it helps to maintain the standard of living that the child would have experienced had there been no divorce. Since the Senate appears to believe that all kids of divorce are entitled to have their parent(s) pay for their college expenses, I guess they believe that true of all kids.


    Filed on at 11:22 am under by dcobranchi

    to wish Hell were real.

    Of course, this will convince not a single cheerleader on the Reich Right.


    Filed on May 16, 2009 at 8:02 am under by dcobranchi

    It takes a 10 police officers over 12 full days each to shoot a stuffed toy with a Taser?


    Filed on at 4:12 am under by dcobranchi

    Just because I thought y’all could use a bit of sheer insanity to go along with your morning coffee:

    Stop gay marriage to uphold identity

    What does it mean to be homosexual?

    There are very few perfect males and females. We were created with DNA that determines our sexual orientation. Culture, religion and environment also play big roles.

    We are created on a line: one extreme is the macho, the other the overly compassionate. The expanded middle is the “normal,” who have an almost equal portion of male and female traits.

    Machos are aggressive, hard-driving, self-centered with rigid beliefs and tunnel vision. The opposite are those who have a laid-back tendency, want to nurture everyone who is hurting or despondent, with tendencies to love, accept and embrace every new idea that comes along.

    At this point, there is nothing wrong with the picture. It becomes distorted when couples lose their identity by not celebrating their position on the line. They drop off when they need someone else to affirm their masculinity or femininity.

    Psychology lost its scientific credibility by claiming a proposed DNA structure to affirm homosexuality. That has not been scientifically proven.

    Vermont has legalized gay marriages through its legislature rather than judicial process, which will be exploited throughout the states. Gays do not want tolerance of civil union but will only settle for marriage, and President Obama has promised to appeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

    If we want to uphold the right to true femininity or masculinity, then the time to stop gay marriages is now before the train gains any more speed.

    Ray Miller


    Filed on May 15, 2009 at 1:20 pm under by dcobranchi

    is not a suicide pact. Nor does the First Amendment allow you to kill your kids.

    A 13-year-old Minnesota boy with cancer must resume prescribed treatment to save his life, despite religious and other objections by his family — unless it’s already too late, a Brown County District Court judge ruled this morning… Daniel Hauser was diagnosed in January with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but the Hausers stopped their son’s chemotherapy and radiation after one treatment in February, and began substituting alternative care… Colleen Hauser testified that she was trying to “starve” her son’s tumor with natural healing methods, such as herbs and ionized water, that she had learned about on the Internet.

    And I learned on the internet that some people will believe any stupid superstition they happen to read about.

    MORONS FOR $500

    Filed on at 12:46 pm under by dcobranchi

    A: This right wing leader is just too stupid to breathe.
    Q: Who is Mike Farris?


    Filed on May 13, 2009 at 3:55 pm under by dcobranchi

    I seriously doubt Kidz Bop producers would change the word “looking” to “fucking.” That wouldn’t exactly be good for the very profitable franchise.


    Filed on at 3:20 pm under by dcobranchi

    QOTD (from my favorite right-wing wackos):

    However, other religious leaders are taking a wait-and-see approach, calling Ahmed a “respected professional” and the most qualified person for the position. Some even claim that turning him down because of his [Muslim] faith, despite his credentials, would amount to discrimination.

    Wow! Who are thse “some” who would claim that discriminating against a Muslim because of his religion is “discrimination”?


    Filed on May 12, 2009 at 5:50 am under by dcobranchi

    If you’re going to extol the virtues of home education and your right to be recognized as a legitimate educator, it’s probably best not to use a comma splice in the middle of your LttE:

    Home-schoolers interested in trying for a Golden Apple are not asking for special treatment, obviously, we’d need to meet the same criteria as every other nominee to proceed through the winnowing process.


    Filed on at 5:44 am under by dcobranchi

    The NYT has a really good Op/Ed on the issue. It won’t convince any of the Bible thumpers but is worth a read just to reinforce the idea that we’re on the side of the angels.


    Filed on May 10, 2009 at 5:01 pm under by dcobranchi

    I spent the whole day laying tile in the bathroom. Up. Down. Up. Down. It’s looking quite nice, but I’m not sure it’s worth the six months in traction.


    Filed on May 9, 2009 at 4:36 pm under by dcobranchi

    Geez! OneNewsNow readers make the Southern Baptists look sane. Scary.


    Filed on May 8, 2009 at 4:05 pm under by dcobranchi

    It’s old news, now, that DuPont is cutting 2000 positions, mostly in the automotive, construction, and basic chemicals markets. My division sits squarely in the first two, so we were a bit concerned. Fortunately, I’m safe this time. But I learned via the Philly press that Marshall Lab, where have some good friends and lots of colleagues, is closing for good. My old boss, the guy who hired me into my current position, is tasked with closing the place down.

    A sad day, all around.


    Filed on May 7, 2009 at 8:48 pm under by dcobranchi

    Screamo may be the most predictable/boring/annoying musical genre since disco.


    Filed on at 8:44 pm under by dcobranchi

    I never expected to do this, but I can recommend at least one of the bloggers associated with the wacko OneNewsNow. Sheri’s an entertaining writer. Really worth a read.


    Filed on at 5:49 am under by dcobranchi

    Another winner!


    Filed on May 5, 2009 at 1:41 am under by dcobranchi

    You’ve got to read the interview that Christianity Today did with Joe the Plumber. A taste:

    In the last month, same-sex marriage has become legal in Iowa and Vermont. What do you think about same-sex marriage at a state level?

    At a state level, it’s up to them. I don’t want it to be a federal thing. I personally still think it’s wrong. People don’t understand the dictionary—it’s called queer. Queer means strange and unusual. It’s not like a slur, like you would call a white person a honky or something like that. You know, God is pretty explicit in what we’re supposed to do—what man and woman are for. Now, at the same time, we’re supposed to love everybody and accept people, and preach against the sins. I’ve had some friends that are actually homosexual. And, I mean, they know where I stand, and they know that I wouldn’t have them anywhere near my children. But at the same time, they’re people, and they’re going to do their thing

    “Queer” isn’t a slur but “honky” is?


    Filed on May 3, 2009 at 9:45 am under by dcobranchi

    If invoking the Nazis is enough to lose an argument, what can you say about someone who invokes Nazis, Soviets, and Communist China?

    Parents deserve educational choices; choice is what this country was founded upon. Government’s controlling and monopolizing education is just another avenue for usurping power and control on the slippery slope to socialism. And it’s unbecoming for our republic, whose Founders created a system of freedom, choice and minimal government intervention.

    Is it merely coincidental that the private choice of home schooling was outlawed by the Soviet state in 1919, by Hitler and Nazi Germany in 1938, and by Communist China in 1949?

    Is America next?

    That quote is courtesy of the President of the Texas Republic, Chuck Norris. It seems that, perhaps, all of those kicks to the head may have had an adverse effect on poor Mr. Norris.


    Filed on May 2, 2009 at 5:02 pm under by dcobranchi

    Police entrapment in progress. 🙂


    Filed on at 1:59 am under by dcobranchi

    Does anyone else find this creepy? Or am I just some kind of disloyal anti-American DFH?