Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The constitutional right to privacy

Privacy is the sole social apparatus that protects the individual from intrusion. Moreover, privacy is a principle that creates the means for individual dignity and identity. Privacy is vastly important because it protects peoples’ self-interests, and maintains their dignity. As with most complicated legal issues, the right to privacy derives from theoretical and philosophical debate. Thomas Scanlon wrote in the Philosophy and Public Affairs in 1975, privacy should be “a characterization of the special interests we have in being able to be free from certain kinds of intrusions.[1]
 In addition, there are many other aspects of one’s life that should be kept private; medical records, for example. Former President of the American Medical Association, Dr. Malcolm Todd contends, “The average patient doesn’t realize the importance of the confidentiality of medical records. Passing out information on venereal disease can wreck a marriage.[2] However, peoples’ interest in privacy is not—or should not—be limited to information that could be damaging or embarrassing; a married couple, for example, does not want to be viewed carrying out a normal sex life. Nor do they want strangers to know about their sex life. The couple has nothing to be embarrassed about; nevertheless, if people are viewing or gossiping about their sex life, then their privacy is being violated. This is because a married couple’s sex life is simply none of your business, just as the amount of money in one’s bank account in none of anybody’s business except your own.
            Privacy is paramount to maintaining normal social relationships. By ‘social relationships,’ I do not mean anything overly complicated; I simply mean the relationships people ordinarily maintain—husband and wife, friend, brother and sister, and employer and employee. The central point to be made about such relationships is that there are certain patterns associated with each individual relationship. Conversely, there are different patterns associated with different relationships. For example, a man may be a cold-hearted businessperson at work, but a sweet and sensitive husband once he gets home. Alternatively, a person who will curse like a sailor around his friend and will be extremely polite around his parents. Social norms suggest that people are the most real in situations where they are the most comfortable. However, it would be irrational to suggest that the aforementioned cold-hearted businessperson is really a sweet, and caring person whose businesslike attitude at work is merely a front; and the man who is crude around his friends but polite around his mother is simply putting on a front to not be disowned by her. This is because the conception of how one ought to act is determined by the situation.[3] One may find it completely appropriate to curse freely in one situation, while in another situation, the same person would find cursing offensive.  There is nothing untruthful or hypocritical about any of the aforementioned behavior, no set of actions in a particular social relationship can characterize a person as the ‘real’ person any more than the actions of a person in a different social relationship.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


If Christ did return, how would we know? What would he look like? Would he be cool or just another asshole offering me Sunday brunch to get me to convert to Christianity? Who knows?

With these questions in mind, I set out on a project to find the truth about the upcoming return of our lord. Filtering through a lot of gibberish and boring information, a few key points were extracted from a fiction novel that was in my mom's nightstand.

"For The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel's call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet The Lord in the air." (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 RSV)
1. Jesus will come back to life
2. Jesus will fly around

"And with bright yellow aura will he fall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great strength." (Matthew 24:29-31 RSV)
1. Jesus will have a bright yellow aura around him
2. Jesus will be ripped and powerful

"Then TheLord will go forth and fight against those nations as when He fights on a day of battle." (Zechariah 14:3-5)
1. Jesus will love to fight.

"On that day the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley; so that one half of the Mount shall withdraw northward, and the other half southward; and you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah." (Zechariah 14:3-5)
2. Jesus will create widespread panic through geographical disasters and earthquakes.

In conclusion: Jesus will come, fly around with a yellow aura around him, fight all the time, and in doing so creating giant holes in the terrain with his super powers.

I can only think of one thing that fits this description:

Christ will return as none other than Super Saiyan Jesus.

Yes, I was shocked at first too. No one could have known that Jesus was returning as a saiyan. I sure didn't, but it makes sense. Who else could regulate the earth with justice while still being ruthless and powerful enough to fire giant balls of energy at those who pissed him off? Amazing, isn't it?

Plus, the name Jesus has the letters "S," "S," and "J" in it. That cannot be a coincidence. It is certain now. Super Saiyan Jesus is coming and he's pissed.

(by the way, I stole this from ninjapirate)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sarah Palin V. Barack Obama in 2012.

Barack Obama would rout Sarah Palin in a theoretical matchup in the 2012 presidential election, according to a Bloomberg National Poll released Tuesday.
The Democratic president led the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee by 16 points, 51 percent to 35 percent, the poll found.

One in 10 voters said they would not cast a ballot, and 4 percent said they were undecided.
Palin said in an interview last week she would not likely run for president if voters preferred a more traditional candidate. But during this midterm election cycle, she has been endorsing and campaigning for a number of Republicans across the country, including tea party favorites Sharron Angle in Nevada and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware — a move by Palin that many see as an effort to lay the groundwork for a presidential run.
Still, Palin’s overall popularity remained low. Only 38 percent of those surveyed said they had a favorable opinion of her, while 54 percent viewed her unfavorably. Meanwhile, 53 percent said they viewed Obama favorably and 44 percent unfavorably.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Obama’s 2008 Democratic presidential rival, had among the highest favorability ratings, with 64 percent viewing her favorably and 31 percent unfavorably.
Those surveyed were nearly evenly split over whether Obama was doing a good job as president: 47 percent approved and 48 percent disapproved.
And more than four in 10 who previously backed the president said their support had diminished or that they no longer supported him.
The poll, conducted for Bloomberg News Oct. 7-10, was based on telephone interviews with 1,000 adults, including 721 likely voters in this fall’s midterm elections. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

I have an idea

I think movie producers should make a come-back film musical thing for high school musical. Except this time they should name it "high school shooting musical," and they should kill off all the people who were in High School Musical 1, 2, and 3.

Not saying that I condone school shootings, I'm just saying that High School Musical sucks and needs to die.


Friday, September 10, 2010

The Grocery Store Story

I was at a local grocery store looking to buy some frozen pizza, marshmallows, and milk (who are you to judge what I eat?). When I walked into the store I saw this tall, beautiful ginger--side note: I have a tall girl fetish, along with a ginger fetish--who had it all. She had radiant  blue eyes, flawless legs, a soul, and the absolute perfect skin tone.

I had to pinch myself. Could it really be? Could there really be the most beautiful girl I've ever seen alone in a grocery store? This was too good to be true. There was no way I was about to act like myself and just awkwardly stare at her while going about my shopping. I had to talk to her.

Once I gathered up the confidence to walk up to her and talk to her, I figured the best way to start a conversation was by pretending to be shopping for the same thing she was, and then have a conversation about the product. I thought it was a flawless plan.

Unfortunately, I was wrong. As I walked up to her, I was feeling so good about myself that I even had the confidence to talk to her, that I didn't consider looking at the product first. I grabbed a small box next to her, pretended to read it, and then looked to her and said: "Excuse me, Miss. Have you ever tried this? I can't decide if I should get it or not."

Worst. Possible. Move. Ever. We were in the Tampon isle.

/cuts self

The DEA lies.

The DEA obviously hides from the troops like Osama Bin Laden hides from the allied forces in whereverthefuck we're looking for him.

However, on the DEA's website it lists a plethora of (unfounded) arguments that justify their inhumane behavior. One of which is:

Fact 9: Europe’s More Liberal Drug Policies Are Not the Right Model for America.

Completely ambiguous and vague initial argument. Let's delve into it further:

The increasing use of marijuana is responsible for more than increased crime. It has widespread social implications as well.
That's interesting. The DEA is going to blame marijuana use (which, if you look at legitimate figures, never increased) for an increase in crime that NEVER HAPPENED. In fact, on May 19th of this year, the Dutch Justice Department announced that they were having to shut down prisons due to a lack of crime:

The Dutch justice ministry has announced it will close eight prisons and cut 1,200 jobs in the prison system. A decline in crime has left many cells empty.
The article infers that there might be some prison jobs in open in  Belgium for those 1,200 individuals. Oh, and by the way, Marijuana is decriminalized, not legalized in Belgium.


Thursday, September 9, 2010

My thoughts on war

Instead of using expensive, deadly and inhumane bombs on our enemies, I propose that we blast our enemies with the Jonas Brothers' music until they surrender due to nausea.