31 December 2011

Happy New Year

This is the first annual drunken post.

05 December 2011

Happy Repeal Day! Some Thoughts on Prohibitory Laws

"Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."

This quotation is often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, but I have found that no one is 100% certain if he truly is the source. Regardless, I think that it is a powerful statement and remains applicable.

29 November 2011

Average Joe's Fashion Tips

Let me begin by saying that I don't understand fashion at all. I think it's very weird that some people think of fashion as an art form. It's very difficult for me to imagine what it's like to care so much about how one looks to justify spending a lot of time and money on one's wardrobe. My own take on fashion is more pragmatic, and if it wasn't for my wife, I'd still be wearing clothes older than Justin Bieber. I'm happy as long as I'm warm in the winter, and everyone else should just be happy I'm not naked.

15 November 2011

Exploring the Modern Crusade Against Homosexuality

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34

It may be said that there are many ways in which Jesus brought the sword – even literally when one considers the violence of the crusades of the middle ages. In an often more subtle way, the philosophical crusades posed by evangelical movements apply that sword to the fabric of society, attempting to cut down the opposing viewpoints and establish the beliefs of a particular Christian sect as the social norm.

13 November 2011

11 November 2011

Blogging about Blogs

I've never liked the word blog. It just sounds stupid to me. At least as it applies to something that is not a toy for children and Star Wars nerds. Say it out loud with me: blog, blogger, blogging - and the most detestable of them all: blogosphere.

09 November 2011

The Mating Rituals of Angler Fish

Swimming aimlessly through the blind darkness of the deep ocean, the male angler fish seeks out a mate. Somewhere, he catches a faint scent - his eyes ever vigilant for a flash of light emanating from the lure protruding from the head of a female angler fish.

08 November 2011

The Unemployment Chronicles Part 2

The VEC just called me for my hearing to determine my eligibility for unemployment benefits regarding whether my termination was due to misconduct.

07 November 2011

The Unemployment Chronicles Part 1

Today I filed my second weekly request for unemployment benefits from the state of Virginia. Since I did not register the week that I was fired, I believe that this marks my third week of unemployment.