Facebooking the blogosphere?

If you're still reading just this site, half the world is now over on Facebook, and I've got the photos from Picasa feeding to both here and there...so check it out.  Don't know how much I'll blog on here anymore, since it's not as "socially connected" to my friends and family as Facebook.  (We'll see if FB fades out in a few years, and what the "new" way to publish to the web is...who knows?)


Finally, the LP gets my viewpoint...

Took a while, but the Libertarian Party is finally able to articulate my view on the gay marriage argument I've been saying for years now.   You don't have to be FOR or AGAINST the government allowing gay marriage, you have to get government OUT of it.  :)  We're so worried about forcing people to live the way we live, because our way is "right" and they're "wrong"...that's not freedom.   That's slavery.
America’s third largest party Monday praised officials in Iowa, Vermont and the District of Columbia for taking recent steps toward marriage equality, and urged legislators in all states to scrap government licensing, taxation and regulation of marriage.

“The government’s power to define marriage has historically been used as a tool to retaliate against minority groups, and the right to marry is the newest frontier of civil rights.  Libertarians everywhere applaud this advancement of civil rights, but warn the only way to guarantee true marriage equality is to get government out of the question entirely,” said Catherine Sumner, LBGT policy advisor for the Libertarian National Committee.

“Removing government from the equation entirely allows gay and lesbian couples to enter into the same legal agreements and arrangement as heterosexual couples, and it would allow individuals and businesses to decide for themselves who to grant the benefits of marriage to,” said Sumner.  “No individual, straight, gay or lesbian, should be forced to accept someone else’s definition of marriage.”


Also, McCain is still an idiot.

Not that I'm enjoying Obama spending my sons's future paychecks, but dude, have you been too busy with Iraq for the past 8 years to notics Afghanistan?:

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Former GOP presidential nominee John McCain warned Wednesday that the United States is losing the war in Afghanistan.
...McCain said on Wednesday, "When you aren't winning in this kind of war, you are losing. And, in Afghanistan today, we are not winning." He delivered his remarks at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington-based think tank.
Um, which direction have you been looking in for the past 8 years?  Thanks for waiting 2 months after your golden boy is out of office to start your bitching.   Classy.

Few and far between...

Amazing what being a father does to your time-management skills.  :)   Some new photos on the left from the holidays, and I'll leave you with this ridiculousness:

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A federal anti-terror law that requires longshoremen, truckers and others to submit to criminal background checks has ensnared another class of transportation worker -- mule drivers.
Yes, so-called mule skinners -- in this case, seasonal workers who dress in colonial garb at a historical park in Easton, Pa. -- must apply for biometric Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC), according to the Transportation Security Administration, which says it is bound by federal law.
The requirement has officials of the Hugh Moore Historical Park perplexed. "We have one boat. It's pulled by two mules. On a good day they might go 2 miles per hour," said Sarah B. Hays, the park's director of operations.
The park's two-mile canal does not pass any military bases, nuclear power plants or other sensitive facilities. And, park officials say, the mules could be considered weapons of mass destruction only if they were aimed at something resembling food.


If work is a hologram...do I have to come in tomorrow? :)  Read the full article for more brain-bending stuff, such as "we can tell by measuring the blurriness of the universe".  It almost makes sense...Stephen Hawking, eat your heart out.
According to Craig Hogan, a physicist at the Fermilab particle physics lab in Batavia, Illinois, GEO600 has stumbled upon the fundamental limit of space-time - the point where space-time stops behaving like the smooth continuum Einstein described and instead dissolves into "grains", just as a newspaper photograph dissolves into dots as you zoom in. "It looks like GEO600 is being buffeted by the microscopic quantum convulsions of space-time," says Hogan.
If this doesn't blow your socks off, then Hogan, who has just been appointed director of Fermilab's Center for Particle Astrophysics, has an even bigger shock in store: "If the GEO600 result is what I suspect it is, then we are all living in a giant cosmic hologram."


South America....NOT on my vacation list anymore

Glad my family got to go there as a port-of-call on a cruise as a kid.  Caracas, Venezuela is definitely OFF my vacation list forever.  From CNN:
"Foreign Policy magazine said in September that Caracas tops the list of five murder capitals of the world, with an official tally of 130 homicides per 100,000 residents. The city, which is Venezuela’s capital, has about 4 million inhabitants."
Of the top five, only one U.S. city made the list: New Orleans.  :)