Firing God

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Jan 132016
 

That’s right, I said it. I’m firing God. He’s not doing a good job, and he’s not serving his creation very well. George Carlin said it very well:

I want you to know, when it comes to believing in god- I really tried. I really really tried. I tried to believe that there is a god who created each one of us in his own image and likeness, loves us very much and keeps a close eye on things. I really tried to believe that, but I gotta tell you, the longer you live, the more you look around, the more you realize…something is FUCKED-UP. Something is WRONG here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption and the Ice Capades. Something is definitely wrong. This is NOT good work. If this is the best god can do, I am NOT impressed. Results like these do not belong on the resume of a supreme being. This is the kind of shit you’d expect from an office temp with a bad attitude. And just between you and me, in any decently run universe, this guy would have been out on his all-powerful-ass a long time ago.

GodOf course, a lot of you all will accuse me of blasphemy and apostasy, but before you do, hear me out. I’m not firing THE God, I’m firing the guy that far too many people claim to “worship.” This is the God that Carlin is speaking of. A god we’ve managed to make in our own image (generally speaking, a white male), who conveniently hates all the same people you do.

I’m tired of people using their religious beliefs and their god to justify their bigotry and hate. And yes, there are many “Christians” in America who are bad as some of the Muslim extremists.  I’ve been recently following a number of conservative Methodist Facebook groups, and the number of discussions on homosexuality is astonishing. I have seen commenters there compare homosexuality with pedophilia and bestiality, of course. Then when the commenters are called out, they and their defenders claim they weren’t comparing, just citing an example. (Sure they were.) Continue reading »

Man Sues for Being Fired for Voting for Obama

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Oct 142009
 

Wired.com has a story out of Kansas about a copier salesman who is Suing his former employer for wrongful termination.  His claim is that his boss sent out e-mail telling employees they would be fired for voting for Obama. I’m not convinced on this one.

The lawsuit (.pdf) claims the president of KK Office Solutions’ pre-election e-mail criticizing Obama to company employees was no joke and instead resulted in the firing of a pro-Obama salesman, Elliot Snell, who openly made it known he supported and voted for Obama.

According to the lawsuit, “Mr. Snell was terminated for voting for his presidential candidate of choice. Voting for a president is acting in a manner that public policy would encourage as it is similar to civic duties/opportunities such as performing jury duty, seeking public office or joining a labor union.”

Naturally the owner of the company has responded that Mr. Snell’s termination was for cause, that being that he wasn’t selling any copiers. If true, that will be pretty easy to establish, and if so, Mr. Snell and his attorney should have to reimburse the company.

Further, I think there’s a lesson here for Mr. Snell, and all of us, that our rights to free speech and association are a bit limited when on company time. It appears from the story that Snell made sure everyone knew who he was voting for. I think people have the right to support whoever they want in whatever way they want, but there is some test of reasonableness when you’re at the office. Your company owns you during those hours, so leave it at home, and pull the curtain on the voting booth.

At my company, our HR director is a staunch Republican, and is well aware that I’m a big liberal. He loves to have discussions about politics with me. In fact, I’m at our headquarters this week, and he saw me yesterday and told me to be sure to stop by so we can discuss Florida politics. Generally, I’m fine with that, but I do guard what I say, and how far I go.

What do you think about bringing electoral politics into the workplace?

Traitor – A Movie Review

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Sep 062008
 

The Traitor Movie PosterWhen straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn. A mysterious figure with a web of connections to terrorist organizations, Horn has a knack for emerging on the scene just as a major operation goes down. The inter-agency task force looking into the case meets with Carter, a veteran CIA contractor who seemingly has his own agenda and Max Archer, a fellow FBI agent. The task force links Horn to a prison break in Yemen, a bombing in Nice and a raid in London, but a tangle of contradictory evidence emerges, forcing Clayton to question whether his quarry is a disaffected former military operative — or something far more complicated. Obsessed with discovering the truth, Clayton tracks Horn across the globe as the elusive ex-soldier burrows deeper and deeper into a world of shadows and intrigue.

Genres: Drama, Thriller and Politics/Religion

Running Time: 1 hr. 53 min.; Release Date: August 27th, 2008 (wide); MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense violent sequences, thematic material and brief language.

Cast: Don Cheadle, Archie Panjabi, Guy Pearce, Aly Khan, Simon Reynolds

Directed by: Jeffrey Nachmanoff

After having Lay’s nephews over for Saturday night, and the rest of the family for a day of swimming and a cookout Sunday, we relaxed with dinner and a movie Sunday evening of Labor Day Weekend. We both had wanted to see Traitor. Traitor is an intellectual espionage drama that will keep your attention. The director and actors convincingly portrayed a solid storyline centering on religion, terrorism and the government. It was tastefully done and should not offend anyone. Don Cheadle gave a brilliant performance, as usual. It’s one of the better movies of the year, so far.

This isn’t your normal action movie. Neither is it your normal dry political thriller. The acting all around was simply amazing and draws you instantly into the story. The visuals are well presented and done with substance instead of flash. The story is where it really shines. It’s not a mystery but it holds onto you with such a rich and powerful series of events. It may be a bit heavy handed at times, and it did drag a bit in a few places, but was a necessary part of the telling a believable story. It grabs you and makes you think, very nice film.

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May 242008
 

It’s hard to believe, but Deep Sand debuted on May 24, 2004. I can’t believe I’ve maintained this blog for that long. Lot’s of blogs out there have been abandoned over the past four years.

We’ve gone through a couple of site redesigns, and we’ve tried to keep up-t0-date with the software versions and enhancements. I’ve learned a lot about PHP and the open source world through all this and we’ve written about a lot things over those four years.   Continue reading »

Another "Storm" Over Tampa

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Dec 072005
 

Famed homophobic bigot and all around sex-obsessed Hillsborough County Commissioner Rhonda Storms has called for a referendum on nudity. I can’t tell if she wants more of it or less, but having seen her ass in a pair of pants…I’m hoping less. In keeping with her past MO, she sprung this on the other Commissioners without warning.

The Tampa Tribune reports:

Her proposal caught other commissioners off guard. They said it’s premature to call for such a referendum.

Storms is quoted as saying, "This industry is very brazen and bold because the signal from local government is we are not going to treat you seriously."

Storms is such an incredible nut job. I sent the following letter to the Tribune…maybe it will get published.

In regards to Rhonda Storms’ most recent tirade about strippers, I think it was best said by the Bard, "Me thinks thou dost protest too much," or as my Grandfather said, "the bit dog barks first."

This lady clearly has an unnatural obsession with the sex lives of everyone else in the world. My experience is that generally, people like her usually have serious issues of their own. I wish the people in her district would quit foisting her embarrassing escapades on all of Hillsborough County, and let her go back to whatever it is she’s into that doesn’t involve everyone else.

This thing of throwing these major proposals at the entire Commission without warning is growing old. She needs to remember that she and her up-tight Puritan brethren are not the only people living in this County. There are much more critical issues than someone getting a lap dance in a motor home.

UPDATE: The letter above appears in the Sunday, Dec. 11 edition of the Tampa Tribune (Commentary).

Another “Storm” Over Tampa

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Dec 072005
 

Famed homophobic bigot and all around sex-obsessed Hillsborough County Commissioner Rhonda Storms has called for a referendum on nudity. I can’t tell if she wants more of it or less, but having seen her ass in a pair of pants…I’m hoping less. In keeping with her past MO, she sprung this on the other Commissioners without warning.

The Tampa Tribune reports:

Her proposal caught other commissioners off guard. They said it’s premature to call for such a referendum.

Storms is quoted as saying, “This industry is very brazen and bold because the signal from local government is we are not going to treat you seriously.”

Storms is such an incredible nut job. I sent the following letter to the Tribune…maybe it will get published.

In regards to Rhonda Storms’ most recent tirade about strippers, I think it was best said by the Bard, “Me thinks thou dost protest too much,” or as my Grandfather said, “the bit dog barks first.”

This lady clearly has an unnatural obsession with the sex lives of everyone else in the world. My experience is that generally, people like her usually have serious issues of their own. I wish the people in her district would quit foisting her embarrassing escapades on all of Hillsborough County, and let her go back to whatever it is she’s into that doesn’t involve everyone else.

This thing of throwing these major proposals at the entire Commission without warning is growing old. She needs to remember that she and her up-tight Puritan brethren are not the only people living in this County. There are much more critical issues than someone getting a lap dance in a motor home.

UPDATE: The letter above appears in the Sunday, Dec. 11 edition of the Tampa Tribune (Commentary).

Alito's America A Scary Place

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Oct 312005
 

I might as well get a post about Bush’s Supreme Court Nominee out of the way. In bowing to the religious fanatics on the right, he’s pretty much sealed the fate of our Constitutional rights to be left alone by the government.

The right wing demanded the withdrawal of Harriet Miers so she could be replaced with a judge who met their rigid, ideological litmus test. This morning, the conservatives got what they wanted. President Bush will nominate Third Circuite Appeal Court Judge Samuel Alito as the replacement for swing-voter Sandra Day O’Connor. (In contrast, John Roberts replaced the very conservative William Rehnquist.) On NBC’s Today Show, law professor Jonathan Turley said there "will be no one to the right of Sam Alito" on the Supreme Court. Alito’s record supports Turley’s view. His history of right-wing judicial activism will be a key issue during his hearings.

ALITO WOULD OVERTURN ROE V. WADE: In his dissenting opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Alito concurred with the majority in supporting the restrictive abortion-related measures passed by the Pennsylvania legislature in the late 1980s. Alito went further, however, saying the majority was wrong to strike down a requirement that women notify their spouses before having an abortion. The Supreme Court later rejected Alito’s view and also voted to reaffirm Roe v. Wade. [Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 1991]

ALITO WOULD ALLOW RACE-BASED DISCRIMINATION: Alito dissented from a decision in favor of a Marriott Hotel manager who said she had been discriminated against on the basis of race. The majority explained that Alito would have protected racist employers by “immuniz[ing] an employer from the reach of Title VII if the employer’s belief that it had selected the ‘best’ candidate was the result of conscious racial bias.” [Bray v. Marriott Hotels, 1997]

ALITO WOULD ALLOW DISABILITY-BASED DISCRIMINATION: In Nathanson v. Medical College of Pennsylvania, the majority said the standard for proving disability-based discrimination articulated in Alito’s dissent was so restrictive that “few if any…cases would survive summary judgment.” Summary judgment allows a case to be dismissed before it goes to trial. [Nathanson v.Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1991]

ALITO WOULD STRIKE DOWN THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT: The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) "guarantees most workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a loved one." The 2003 Supreme Court ruling upholding FMLA [Nevada v. Hibbs, 2003] essentially reversed a 2000 decision by Alito which found that Congress exceeded its power in passing the law. [Chittister v. Department of Community and Economic Development, 2000]

ALITO SUPPORTS UNAUTHORIZED STRIP SEARCHES: In Doe v. Groody, Alito argued that police officers had not violated constitutional rights when they strip-searched a mother and her ten-year-old daughter while carrying out a search warrant that authorized only the search of a man and his home. [Doe v. Groody, 2004]

ALITO HOSTILE TOWARD IMMIGRANTS: In two cases involving the deportation of immigrants, the majority twice noted Alito’s disregard of settled law. In Dia v. Ashcroft, the majority opinion states that Alito’s dissent “guts the statutory standard” and “ignores our precedent.” In Ki Se Lee v. Ashcroft, the majority stated Alito’s opinion contradicted “well-recognized rules of statutory construction.” [Dia v. Ashcroft, 2003; Ki Se Lee v. Ashcroft, 2004]

You're Still Paying Mike Brown's FEMA Salary

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Sep 272005
 

Mike Brown may have resigned earlier this month as FEMA director amid intense public criticism, but taxpayers are still paying his salary. Brown remains on the FEMA payroll as a consultant so that the agency can receive a "proper download of his experience." The Department of Homeland Security is already spinning the story; spokesman Russ Knocke says that "Brown is continuing to work at the Federal Emergency Management Agency at full pay, with his Sept. 12 resignation not taking effect for two more weeks." Whatever happened to Brown’s promise on the day he resigned? "[I]t is important that I leave now to avoid further distraction from the ongoing mission of FEMA" on the day he resigned? "[I]t is important that I to avoid further distraction from the ongoing mission of FEMA"." The Department of Homeland Security is already spinning the story; spokesman Russ Knocke says that "Brown is continuing to work at the Federal Emergency Management Agency at full pay, with his Sept. 12 resignation not taking effect for two more weeks." Whatever happened to on the day he resigned? "[I]t is important that I to avoid further distraction from the ongoing mission of FEMA"

It’s also been reported that we will be paying him to conduct an investigation into his own stupidity and incompetence as FEMA Head in the coming months. Can you believe the arrogance of this administration, and their determination for political payoffs at taxpayer expense?

Bush's Appeal for Private Contributions to Iraq

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Sep 262005
 

You will be happy to know that the President’s appeal for private contributions to help Iraq has been met with a grand total of about $600.

You won’t find anything about it in the American press, but Britian’s The Observer International says:

An extraordinary appeal to Americans from the Bush administration for money to help pay for the reconstruction of Iraq has raised only $600 (£337), The Observer has learnt. Yet since the appeal was launched earlier this month, donations to rebuild New Orleans have attracted hundreds of millions of dollars.

The public’s reluctance to contribute much more than the cost of two iPods to the administration’s attempt to offer citizens ‘a further stake in building a free and prosperous Iraq’ has been seized on by critics as evidence of growing ambivalence over that country.

This is the first time our government has ever made an appeal to taxpayers to privately contribute foreign aid money, and it looks like quite the flop. I guess all those war supporters aren’t too keen to pony up, evidently having used up their tax breaks to slather Support the Troops magnets on their bumpers. I mean, those are each a couple of bucks. Not only are the freepers unwilling to put their neck’s on the line, neither are they going to put their money where their mouth is.