August 28th, 2003

Bama Eyes, Bama Staredown

Quote of the Night:

"The secret to InuYasha's power isn't the big sword, or the half-demonness or the cat ears... it's bright red MC Hammer pants. Yup."

Funny as all get out. So funny that I'll even forgive them for the whole "cat ears" thing. C'mon guys, it's InuYasha, not Neko-Yasha! ^_^;

That's gotta be the best thing about Cartoon Network - how they joke about their own shows. The Wonder Twins public service announcements between shows are great, as are the Life at Cartoon Network HQ segments. And especially the show Harvey Birdman: Attourney at Law. The tagline " his pants" is used all the time nowadays, every bit as much as any of the jokes from that Seinfeld show a while back. ::chuckles::
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    Garth Brooks - Do What You Gotta Do
Bama Eyes, Bama Staredown

Reject the Ho

Woke up kinda drained this morning. Ended up sleeping on the couch all night. My usual nighttime routine is that whenever Yuki's ready for bed, I'll grab my cell phone and head to the living room. That way I won't wake him up when Laura calls after her night shift. Also, that means that I won't have to stay awake the entire time till she clocks out. I end up taking a nap until the phone rings, and after we talk for a while I'll head on back to my room to go to sleep. Turns out that last night, one of Laura's friends lost her keys and the two of them stayed up till the wee hours of the morning looking for them. She left an IM on my Away Message around four or so when she got back to her place to let me know that she's okay but that she wouldn't call cause it's so early. Cause of that I ended up couchified last night by accident. It's a moderately comfortable couch - much better than I'd expect from a dorm room - but the arm rest has left me with a terrible crick in my neck.

One thing I was thinking about as I was half-asleep in the living room: Is it just me, or does the voice doing the commentary in that Kung Pow movie sound like Strong Bad? The voices were similar, and I can definitelty see SB giving the play-by-play commentary. "Holy Crap! That must have hurt! I mean, with the punching and the hole in the stomach. The middle isn't there anymore. I'm no doctor, but that looks like it hurt like crap!"

Stats II was all right today, I suppose. Another day of review, but we're covering some pretty important things so it's good that he's keeping it fresh in our minds. The grafitti on my desk amused me as I was reading some of it before class. Kind of struck me as odd, as there isn't really all that much defacement on the things in the Engineering building - that's usually reserved for the Math department or any classroom that often contains Freshmen. In those cases, the writing is almost always bashing Frat boys. This wasn't the case today. Since it was a classroom most often used to teach upper-level Engineering courses, there wasn't the first mention of Frat Daddy's anywhere. I'm guessing that's because these folks haven't seen a Frat Daddy since their English 101 class. Hell, I'd be willing to wager that half of them haven't even seen a beer in the past few semesters. All of the things doodled onto my desk were making fun of statistics in general. Things like mock calculations that mathematically prove that statistics class sucks (a la the famous Girls are Evil equation), and several things including variations of "Ho" (which, of course, is the abbreviation used for original hypothesis when you're testing the validity of a statistical statement).

Something interesting was said to me while hanging out with all my Japanese friends. Turns out that someone said that I know more about Japan than many Japanese people. ::chuckles:: We were all hanging around, talking. I don't remember exactly what the conversation was about or where it was heading, but I mentioned something about the Edo period. Shingo kinda bashfully mentioned that he didn't know anything about that. I was a bit surprised at first, as you could expect. He then said that many Japanese didn't know all that much about their history, and that he in particular was never any good at his history classes. This makes perfect sense - it's the exact same way here in America - but it caught me off guard. I don't even remember exactly what I said, but it seemed almost like common knowledge to me. But to be honest, that's probably because I read a lot about Japan, remember things told to me from my martial arts instructor, watch lots of Anime (things like Kenshin, especially), and remember my professors discussing parts of Japanese history while I was at Chiba University taking classes a few summer's ago.

I think I'm going to start making my list of what all I need to do before I leave, what all I need to pack, and what all I need to bring back from Mobile. Rock on, party peoples.
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    Jimmie's Chicken Shack - Sitting with the Dog
Bama Eyes, Bama Staredown

Kaiju Big Battel!

Quizes are cool. So are these new Meme thingies. But when you start talking about gigantic mutant freaks smashing through a few city blocks Kaiju style, then I'll all about that. Here's the Giant Battle Monster that I ended up with. Go ahead and try to beat me (him? it?), I dare ya! ::evil smirk::


is a Giant Man-Eating Plant that controls the Weather, has Heavy Metal Armour and Black-and-White Stripes, and eats Trees and Metal.

To see if your Giant Battle Monster can
defeat SailorNash, enter your name and choose an attack:

fights SailorNash using

(Why does this sound like a character Taylor would try to play?)
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Southern Pride, Heritage not Hate, Rebel Flag

"Thou shalt not speak My name outside of thine church..."

They're finally gone. The Ten Commandments have been taken out of Alabama's courthouse.

I'm sure most of you have heard about this, but I know that many (most?) of you aren't from this state. As a native Alabamian, born and raised here for all my life, I thought that maybe I'd say my piece here on my journal just in case anyone wanted to know what the local boys thought about all this. Feel free to reply, discuss, or ignore - I don't care. ::shrugs::

The first time I heard about people trying to remove the now infamous Ten Commandments statue was several years ago. I was at least in High School, maybe even Middle School instead. Criminals were upset by the statue. On the way to the courtroom to be tried for murder charges, the murderers said that it made them feel bad to see the statue that reads "Thou Shalt Not Kill". At the time, it was laughable. C'mon...if you killed someone, you *deserve* to feel bad. You feel guilty because you are guilty. It's not my fault, God's fault, Moses's fault, or Moore's fault that your conscience is gnawing at you for what you did. I'm certain that the people that you raped/beaten/shot/stabbed felt a whole lot worse when you killed them...

Now, however, people (non-Alabamians for the most part, I might add) are complaining about how it violates the seperation of Church and State. First off, if you don't live here, it shouldn't bother you. It's not a part of your life, and doesn't effect you in the least. The people of Alabama like it, and they wanted it, and it's been a fixture in the courthouse for as long as I can remember. Secondly, to quote the law itself: Article I, Section 3 of the Alabama Constitution says "No preference shall be given by law to any religious ... denomination or mode of worship." It also says "The civil rights, privileges and capacities of any citizen shall not be in any matter affected by his religious principles." It does not say anything about it being illegal to mention God's name or anything pertaining to religion outside of a church. It only says that the government cannot sponsor an official religion. No one is forcing people to become Christians against their will. No one is keeping people from believing in their own religion(s). This is just a decoration that is on display in a public place. Nothing wrong with that at all.

Thirdly, it's a statue. Not a religious artifact itself, like the old golden idols that people used to worship back in the day. It's a statue. There are statues all over the place. Have you ever seen a statue of the old Greek or Roman gods displayed in public before? Sure you have. Did you interpret it as the government attempting to force us into accepting the Olympian pantheon as our own? Nope.

Fourthly, there are other replicas of the Ten Commandments out there. Many of which are displayed in public. No need for this one to be such a horrible thing when there's hundreds of other ones out there. Fifthly, if it was as bad of a thing as everyone is trying to have you believe, they would have taken it down years ago. There would have been such a public outcry that the thing would not have stayed there longer than a week. (Remember how vocal all the anti-War people were a few months back? It could have easily been just like that.)

Perhaps most obviously, the Ten Commandments are *the* most famous, recognisable laws ever. While I will admit that I am a Christian, and that I may be slightly biased, I am trying to put my biases aside and see this as rational as possible. Even if you are the most anti-religious person in the world, you have to agree with this even if you disagree with most of my other points listed above. The Ten Commandments statue is a statue depicting some of (if not the) most famous laws ever. The middle of a courthouse sounds like the perfect place to display such a monument.

The Ten Commandments are the most famous example of laws known to man. Everyone alive knows of the Ten Commandments, and probably knows several of them like "Thou Shalt Not Kill" even if they aren't Christian themselves. Kinda like how even pagans and satanists and the like know what Christmas is, and know what it's celebrating even if they don't belive in Christ themselves. (That brings me to an interesting thought...why aren't people up in arms over Christmas? A national, government-recognized holliday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ? That's about as religious as you can get! I guess when presents are involved, the people who are now so outraged can just deal with it and not be so horribly offended...)

All in all, I think it's stupid that the vocal minority can march into my state and force it's people to do what it wants them to do at their whim. We've had the thing for years. We like it here. We're even fighting to keep it here. Why do the troublemakers want to bust in here and stir up shit now? Can't they just leave us alone?

The good news in all of this is that Gov. Riley himself is choosing to back Moore. Also, the two governor candidates from the state next door, Mississippi, have both said that if we aren't allowed to keep the statue here that they'd be more than willing to display it over there. (And when's the last time you've ever seen two members of two opposing parties, much less two people in direct competition with one another, both agree on something?)

Long story short - I think the monument should stay as it has a significant value to the history of Law itself. There hasn't been a problem until now, and there likely wouldn't have been one except for all the cameras swarming towards Montgomery desperate for a story. People dying in Iraq? The post-war fatalities have exceeded the wartime casualties? The economy is in the sewer? North Korea's trying to declare itself a nuclear power? NASA was found to be completely responsible for the recent shuttle disaster because they were more worried about sticking to schedules than about the lives of seven Americans? Nah....let's just dig up a quick story so that people will forget all about that. Like they forgot about Chandra Levy and Gary Condit when the Twin Towers fell. Like how Clinton tried to get us forget about cigars and "first fluids" on blue dresses by bombing Africa.

The media: the ultimate weapon of mass distraction.
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