Dracil’s BlogJournal

December 4, 2008

Prop 8 The Musical

Prop 8 The Musical.  It’s about 3 min long.  Contains quite a few big names in the cast.

While we’re at it, let’s ban divorce.

June 11, 2008

Woman drives car into Muni subway tunnel

Filed under: News, personal — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — dracil @ 6:20 pm

News article

Ok, seriously WTF. How the heck did this woman drive into the tunnel without the Muni operators even noticing? I mean fine, this has happened before, but that was at 2AM. This was in broad daylight. She’d have to drive right next to the operator box to get into the tunnel. But this morning, when I was forced off my Muni train, and I asked the woman working there what was going on, I was just given a “I don’t know.”

Um, yeah. That caused a pretty annoying detour as we had to get on the shuttle buses (I took the second one, first one was packed) which only stopped at Van Ness, where the tunnel was operating properly. People were speculating about someone jumping onto the tracks or fleeing the Muni police because they didn’t have a ticket.

June 10, 2008

Now that Clinton’s gone…

Filed under: News, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — dracil @ 9:46 pm

Note the huge change on Sunday’s polling, which is the day after Clinton announced that she suspended her campaign.  I think this is a good thing, and it shows that despite all the emotions and irrationality during the primaries, people still realize how dangerous it would be for McCain to win.

May 23, 2008

Clinton: Open mouth, insert foot

Clinton’s Assassination remark

“My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. You know I just, I don’t understand it,” she said, dismissing the idea of abandoning the race.

Smooth, real smooth. Yeah, that was actually probably not intentional. But the way it was said is just absolutely horrible. Like a Freudian slip.

Meanwhile, delegates are growing more and more dissatisfied with Clinton and hence we have “The Cardoza 40”. The best scenario of course is to get Obama close enough that he wins naturally via the primaries on June 3. To do otherwise would allow people to say that the superdelegates decided the nominee (which is stupid, given that Obama already has the majority of pledged delegates, and it is the superdelegates who are behind on voting. But there are stupid people in the world).

May 15, 2008

Protect Marriage?

As you’ve probably heard by now, the California Supreme Court ruled today that gay marriage is legal.

Naturally, there are groups whining about it and attempting to put an amendment on the November ballots.

Of course, we all know they’re hypocrites.  Even assuming gay marriage really is some great evil that hurts “traditional marriage”, let’s be realistic.  The LGBT community is just slightly more than 1% of the Californian population.  It’s insignificant.

If these people truly cared about protecting the institution of marriage, they should be going after adultery and divorce.  The percentage of Californians who are married is 48.5%.  About 1/3 to 1/2 of those marriages will end in divorce.  From various figures I’ve seen, the adultery rate is about 50%.  There are some lower bounds on adultery rates based on paternity tests done, but they also vary, hence the 5-30% figure that I mentioned in my review of Wedding Crashers.  The book I got it from mentioned a specific study showed a 10% non-paternity rate in the 1940s.  There’s another study mentioned at the Canadian Children’s Rights Council from the 70s, where 30% of the students in a class discovered their dad was not their biological father, so 50% is probably a fair number to use for adultery rates (as not all adultery leads to children)

Since adultery also often leads to divorce, some of these numbers will overlap, but I think it’s a good estimate that at least 25% of the population will be in adulterous and/or divorced marriages.  That’s over 20 times greater than any possible “threat” that could be caused by allowing the LGBT community to marry each other.

Shouldn’t these “protect marriage” people be going after all these heterosexual people instead?  Much more bang for their buck after all.

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