You Know What Grinds My Gears

This blog is about current issues. Usually it will be backlash to something which upsets me or something I find amusing. Yes, I know the title is a Family Guy rip-off.

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

I am a college student at UW Milwaukee.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Our Government Turns its Back on the Blind

The United States Treasury Department is currently appealing a U.S. Court of Appeals decision which would require them to draft and implement a plan to create a paper currency which is recognizable to the blind.
The U.S. Treasury Department is opposed to the ruling because as recently as 1996 they instituted an infrared marking system for bills which can be read by an electronic scanner and they say further improvements would cost millions of dollars.

Here is why I think the government is making the wrong decision:

-The Equal Protection Act of the U.S. Constitution should not allow government to make money which is not recognizable by all citizens.

-Articles report that the devices which read the infrared markings on current bills are slow, inaccurate, and expensive.

-The cost of redesigning the currency so it is functional for the blind would be minimal when compared to the treasury's annual budget and the regular costs of redesigning bills to stay ahead of counterfeiters.

-The blind should not have to rely on the hopes of honest bankers and retailers to count and sort their money.

-We are all equal citizens and money should be designed so it is functional for all of us.

I have to say I am disappointedly to know that a problem which could be easily fixed is being shot down by the government for monetary reasons, especially in a time where we are spending billions of dollars a month in Iraq. I think that everyone in this country should have equal rights, equal treatment under the law, and equal ability to use currency.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

My Old Blog Has Been Updated!

Before man had blog, he had bumper. In my original blog the B stood for bumper. Here is my sticker collection starting with the newest addition to my oldest blog.

I created this sticker because I think homosexuals should have equal rights.

I got this sticker in response to the Bush presidency in general. (Not my creation)

I created this one because I feel the Bush environmental policies will continue to make our lakes unsafe to eat from. Real sportsmen like to eat what they kill, not just kill.

I bought this one because I think the religious right need to consider the Bible's stance on killing before they blindly support bombing other nations.(Not my creation)

WARNING--This sticker is not politically relevant.
I created this sticker because I think it is silly for people to brag about closing (staying until close) a bar. No offense intended to the moms out there(My mom likes the sticker).

Monday, November 27, 2006

"Bush broadens diplomatic efforts on Iraq"

This is a real Yahoo! news headline from November 28, 2006.

"Bush broadens diplomatic efforts on Iraq"

Has common sense finally hit the president, or was he watching news footage from 1993 when he overheard one of the millions of rational thinkers suggest diplomacy from the beginning?

First, Bush turns his back on stay the course and now he is for diplomacy?

I hope, for the sake of the world, that his attempts at diplomacy are sincere and they are a successful step in repairing the quagmire that is Iraq.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Homophobic Wisconsin, Clueless Pentagon

The November elections in Wisconsin have shown that Wisconsinites aren't ready to allow gay couples to marry, nor for them to have equal rights to straight couples.

This is no surprise especially considering Christian and conservative rhetoric leading us to believe that God would vote the same way. The pentagon took the opposite approach giving gays much more credit than the American people have.

The pentagon has reclassified homosexuality. It used be considered a similar disorder to mental retardation. Now, according to Yahoo! news, the pentagon is classifying homosexuality as a disease similar to motion sickness or obesity.

The gay community can rest easy. They may not have equal rights, but at least the government is ready to admit that they are no longer considered retarded.

GOD bless America...that is if that big, white, homophobic neo-con in the sky hasn't blessed us already.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

A Step in the Right Direction

Monday, November 06, 2006

The Christian War on the Gay Community

I have been listening to a lot of Christian talk radio lately, and I keep hearing about how Christians are sick of the "homosexual agenda." What is the homosexual agenda and why should we want to stop it?

The homosexual agenda, as far as I can tell, is that the homosexual agenda is to be equal to the rest of the American population. They want the right to visit their lover in the hospital or to share medical benefits as heterosexual couples do. Christians think allowing these rights would be a threat to traditional families.

Christians argue that:

1.) Gay marriage is against the Bible.

2.) Allowing gays to marry would be wrong because gays can not have children.

Christians like to use one part of the Bible for their first argument. They use a reference to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in the book of Genesis. This is where God burned down two cities for what some claim were the people's immoral homosexual activities. Christians fail to recognize that the people of these two cities were involved in homosexual rape, not homosexual consensual sex.

So, the main argument from the Bible isn't actually against gay couples. But God wants us to marry so we can have children. Christians argue that gays shouldn't marry because they can not have children. Are they willing to ban marriage between sterile people too? What about those who don't want kids? What about American veterans who lost their genitals defending freedom? I don't see churches banning these types of marriages.

Christians further argue that gay marriage would ruin traditional families. I wonder how the gay couple living next door could possibly destroy a “traditional” family. I have never actually heard one explanation of how this would affect these families. Also, I'm not sure if they realize this, but more than half of heterosexual marriages end in divorce. I know they can't want us to ban those too.

I wish that Christians would listen to one piece of the Bible the way it was intended; "judge not lest ye be judged". Instead of arguing against gay marriage, argue against discrimination. Ask yourself seriously: What would Jesus do?

Monday, October 30, 2006

Limbaugh Impersonates Michael J. Fox

Have you seen the video of Rush Limbaugh doing his impression of Michael J. Fox?

Rusty claimed that Fox was obviously acting or off his medication, because he has never seen Fox act like that.

I know Rush is an expert on prescription medication but maybe he should just stick to the drugs that he knows about. Parkinson's medication is a little bit different than the Vicodin and Viagra cocktail Rush takes every night to numb the pain from his own self-loathing.

Fox, and all doctors familiar with Parkinson's medication, explain that Fox's motions in the stem cell ads Rush was criticizing is a result of too much medication. Not taking his medication would render Fox almost motionless due to his life-threatening disease.

For Rush's next uninformed show he, and his 3 ex-wives, will explain why homosexuals are going to ruin the sanctity of marriage.