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Journal: Ah karma bombing 3

Journal by Mike Hawk
You do understand that's not going to work either. It's been tried. I'll just go to the games section and post some nice things about Nintendo or something about how Linux rulz and I can have as much karma as I want. In fact, when I do, you guys follow behind and post a link to this journal. Its been tried. I only post this as a record of my prediction of your (continuing) failure. Kerry on.
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Journal: In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census 11

Journal by Mike Hawk
The results are in! The latest projections indicate that the progressivist culture of death still doesn't work. Outside of the pacific coast states (and somehow I don't get the feeling the growth here is due to an incredibly high reproductive rate among whites females in San Fransisco), the blue states are growing at a slow rate. Thats more electoral votes passed to the red states for free. And who are having the babies that are fueling the growth? Shore ain't dem folk dat be havin dem dere abortions. Liberals still hate families.

Of course, if the goal has always been to kill off the human race, screw the economy, and/or turn history on its ear, well then its right on target. "As the oldest baby boomers become senior citizens in 2011, the population 65 and older is projected to grow faster than the total population in every state. In fact, 26 states are projected to double their 65- and-older population between 2000 and 2030." Well shucks, its a good thing there are plenty of judges out there ready to order your life support removed at the drop of a hat. Lets see if I can sum up the agenda here. We'll create an unconstitutional wealth redistribution scheme that discourages personal responsibility and participation in the traditional family structure, then when the scheme is in danger of being crushed under its own weight, we'll relieve the pressure by being ready willing and able to kill old people through the judiciary. The circle is complete. Hello Netherlands!

Roe, Roe, Roe your boat...
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Journal: Nihilism; Bolton and the Pope 5

Journal by Mike Hawk
There is nothing a liberal fears more than someone who believes in something. This is why they fear and hate John Bolton and Pope Benedict XVI. These men have Conviction and Believe in Something. The attacks on Bolton have not been about what he has done, but how he has done it. This is very similar to what they tried to do to Clarence Thomas. Someone who believes in something will not be tripped up by every obstacle, and will push those aside who stand in their way. You can't compromise with a nihilist. They don't want anything so there is nothing you can offer them. I probably don't agree with these men in every detail, but I can relate to them. I cannot relate with someone who doesn't believe in anything.

The Cardinal Ratzinger said things like: "Not all moral issues have the same weight as abortion and euthanasia.... There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion, even among Catholics, about waging war or applying the death penalty, but not, however, with regard to abortion and euthanasia." Despite the obvious nod to diversity of opinion, this kind of talk scares people who don't even believe in the concept of moral issues. It doesn't leave room for whining or compromise or cooperation. He Believes what he Believes. For this, some think its wise to try to paint him as a Nazi. These people are very small minded, and in the realm of de facto racism against Germans. (Let us not forget that blue-state, Prius-driving favorite Trader Joe's was founded by Germans who had been captured by the USA as POW's during WWII. By your own standards, each sip of that 2-buck Chuck contains a little drop of Hitler.)

I am not even a Catholic, but I can respect someone who will say: "Relativism is letting oneself be 'swept along by every wind of teaching.' It looks like the only attitude acceptable to today's standards. We are moving towards a dictatorship of relativism, which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires." That's a statement of Belief. I see lots of writing from people who know what they stand Against, and almost notiong about what people stand For. This man stands Against nihilism and For the concepts of Belief and Values.

Its useful to find out who is a nihilist. I like to know what I am dealing with. What to know a quick way to out a nihilist? In conversation, pay them the "compliment" of being "very non-judgemental". Only a nihilist could possibly accept that compliment without reservation. In fact, this is the highest compliment you can pay a nihilist. Their reaction will clearly indicate this.

Tolerance is the virtue of a man without conviction. -G.K. Chesterton

And finally:

"Nihilists!... Fuck me!... I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude. At least it's an ethos!" -- Walter Sobchak

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Journal: Going Nuclear 1

Journal by Mike Hawk
Nuclear option ho! Super majorities...the people of the state of Washington voted to require one, the Democrats just removed it so they don't have to cooperate with Republicans. That's double contempt for democracy. This isn't just changing the rules for confirming judges, this is removing a law the voters wanted. I must say I'm slightly impressed. Here in California, Democrats use judges to remove laws the voters wanted. Up there they have the balls to just do it in the open.
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Journal: Perspective, stuff I know 12

Journal by Mike Hawk
In light of freeway shootings becoming trendy again over the last few days, here's some things:

There are 39,000 known gang members in the city of Los Angeles. This is about 2 army divisions. This is an occupying army corps.

An average resident of Los Angeles is more likely to be suffering "post-traumatic stress disorder" than a soldier returning home from Iraq.

Among urban youth in Los Angeles, 50% of sixth graders have been exposed to violence within the last year, while 30% had been directly threatened with a knife or gun.

Special Order 40, which originated 17 years ago with the L.A. City Council, mandates that police not question anyone they arrest about their immigration status until after criminal charges have been made. It basically orders the police to not enforce immigration law. Both remaining mayoral candidates (both Democrats) support Special Order 40 and dismiss calls for its repeal. It may be the only standing order in the history of the world preventing local police from enforcing a law.

In the LAUSD, just 39 percent of Latino students and 47 percent of African-American students graduate in four years. The state has a graduation rate of 87%, but LAUSD is at 71%. I could not find what the state-wide rate would be if the LAUSD was not counted.

50% of the parents of children in Los Angeles don't speak English at home.

I don't live in LA, but I definitely drive on those freeways where random people are getting shot.

Update based on more info I found while researching my comments: The LA Times claims that 60% of the 20,000 member strong 18th Street gang are illegal immigrants. Weird that everyone knows this and noone is willing to do anything about it.
Democrats

Journal: John Kerry is still a douchebag 2

Journal by Mike Hawk
Pwned.

If there is nothing new to be (faux) outraged about, lets put out a call so at least we can get an anecdote to be outraged about! And 59,000,000 misguided souls voted for the kind of guy who would put out an open call to drum up bad news.
Entertainment

Journal: Media update

Journal by Mike Hawk
If you aren't watching Cheap Seats, what's wrong with you? Its MST3k with "sports". Episode guide. Be sure to check out Superstars 1978. I guess the MST3k guys approve since they were in an episode.

And in music news, Reel Big Fish is still the best band in the world. Best songs. Best musicians. Best live show. Best. New album "dropped" (to use the parlance of our time) last Tuesday, went to the record release party Thursday and they played for almost 2 hours. They could even play your favorite band's songs better than your favorite band. The new CD is on Rhapsody already if you are smart enough to have a subscription.
Education

Journal: English teachers & ebonics 8

Journal by Mike Hawk
That whole ebonics thing didn't go away. It appears that this is required reading for at least some post-graduate future English teachers. The book's conclusion being that to correct "Black English" in the classroom and requiring black students to conform to American English is racist. Is it?

We teach English to Spanish speakers. This isn't considered racist. I would even correct a child of an Australian immigrant in cases where their spelling differs from American.

The most startling claim in the book is that black students don't learn the same way white students do and therefore shouldn't be taught in the same way. Is that true? Thats a scary claim.
Biotech

Journal: An honest question 24

Journal by Mike Hawk
Surfing the journals today I came across a post that mentioned that women in a so-called "persistent vegetative state" continue to menstruate. This seems rather obvious but it got me thinking...

To those of you were for removing the late Mrs. Shiavo's feeding tube: Would you feel the same way if she was 8 months pregnant?

A woman is ruled to be in a PVS after 5 months in a coma. She was 3 months pregnant when she was struck in the head by a thief and she is in the 8th month now. The baby is a boy of healthy weight with no complications. Her husband has decided he wants her feeding tube removed (the only life-sustaining device necessary for her condition) for reasons he has declined to state publicly, and there is no living will containing her wishes. Her parents are willing to pay to support her indefinitely. A local judge has ruled that the feeding tube is to be removed. Do you support this decision and why or why not?

I don't actually expect any honest answers, but I thought I'd throw it out there.
Democrats

Journal: This, that and the other 4

Journal by Mike Hawk
First, its now been 57 days since Sen. Kerry promised on national television to sign Form 180. At this point, its been so long that it can only demonstrate that he is really stupid and should have just signed it or there is actually something really bad in there.

Second, today's Best of the Web.

The thing about liberalism is that it never stops. It grows constantly, often for the sake of growth alone.

First unborn babies weren't human. Now if you are in a "persistent vegatative state" you aren't human. Luckily, I am an able-bodied young man of sound mind so I still have a choice between two parties. If I had a disability of any kind I just don't see how I could vote democrat. You may be the next to be ruled (by royal judicial decree) less than human. I'm buying myself a helmet tonight. I wouldn't want to enter even a temporary vegatative state lest I become the next poster child of the progressive movement.

"The vast majority of human beings are persons, because they exhibit the qualities generally thought to be characteristic of persons: intelligence, autonomy, self-awareness, emotion, future-regarding intentions, and moral responsibility, among others." -bioethics professor Andrew Johnson

I wonder what would Professor Johnson would have done to people who are not sufficiently self-aware. Maybe make them watch the Matrix and if they don't get it they should be locked in a room and starved to death. Holy shit, I don't wear my emotions on my sleeve, I better lay low before I am declared a non-person. Mike Hawk out.
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Journal: Make it 3! 24

Journal by Mike Hawk
3 journals with Xopher's name. And I see you set your journals to no foes. There's that tolerance you left-wingers are supposed to be famous for. Free speech, as long we all agree with you, eh? But I don't blame you. We always make you look pretty darn silly. You probably felt like you were trolled, but really you were totally destroyed.

I, however, invite you to post here all you want. It just makes me look better.

And since you haven't figured it out, I don't post to convince YOU of anything since you strike me as a pretty closed-minded individual. You shouldn't be worried about if I respond to your posts or not. You should merely state your case. I never bought into the notion of endless internet debate. The format just isn't very interesting. In fact, if you were making a good case in the journal entries themselves you wouldn't need to respond much either. I don't even read your responses because I either know exactly what you are going to say and don't consider it interesting or I consider my post tight enough that I don't care what you have say. And finally, I find your stated frustrations with my style to be both funny and a total vindication.

At least MH42 comes with his "third way" Clintonista stuff most of the time.
Democrats

Journal: Blue America 8

Journal by Mike Hawk
Liberals hate families.(no reg required as of writing) Argue all you want, but the bluest areas have the fewest children.

Roe, roe, roe your boat, all the way to political and cultural suicide.

Shhh, don't tell Xopher. Its uncomfortable to talk about it.
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Journal: A good evening 2

Journal by Mike Hawk
Xopher's latest journal is about not wanting to hear dissent and it doesn't allow comment. Things couldn't be going better for me right now. Good game all.

"In the face of entropy and nothingness, you kind of have to pretend it's not there if you want to keep writing good code." -- Karl Lehenbauer

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