Banning a white T-Shirt because gang members wear them has got to be one of the stupidest things I've ever heard of. I realize the school is in a difficult position, and that they cannot tolerate gang activity. But even if EVERY gang member wore a white shirt and NO ONE else did (which I'm sure is far from true), that doesn't mean that the shirt in any way promotes gang activity. Making them wear something else just simply means they will be gang members wearing something else. And if an article of clothing can be considered to promote gang activity simply by the act of a gang member wearing it, then as soon as you make them cover up the white T-Shirt, there is now by your definition something else which promotes gang activity. If I were the leader of any of these gangs, I would immeadiately tell everyone to wear red T-Shirts, until those are banned, then switch to another color. I assume that a lot of gang members wear white socks too, should these be banned as well? The point is that it's not the clothing that is the problem, it is the behavior, and changing the clothing does not change the behavior. I could understand if the shirt in some way depicted or reflected some sort of gang activity, but merely because it is associated with it seems a little ridiculous. It also does seem to unfairly target fashion that would appeal more to African Americans.
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
What is this "divided loyalties" crap? I've never understood this. I've been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys as long as I've watched football, but I live in Jacksonville. I can root for Jacksonville to do well, and I usually hope they do, especially when the Cowboys suck, but if the Cowboys and Jaguars were facing off in the SuperBowl, I wouldn't have any home team sentiment. I wouldn't feel like I couldn't lose either way. I would be rooting for the Cowboys all the way, hoping they embarass the Jaguars, humiliate them, set records against them. If the Jaguars won, I would hate it, there would be no appreciation for the home team. So I really don't get these fans with supposed "divided loyalties." If your loyalty is divided, it really just means that you have none.
This is the third article I've seen recently about this story. Leave the poor woman alone. Regardless of what products she may sell, it's pretty clear that at the incident in question, the most questionable thing available was a vibrating bath sponge that looks like a duck. So what, if it vibrates it's automatically obscene? I guess she shouldn't try to sell any cell phones or power sanders. Maybe people might use a vibrating bath sponge for sexual purposes, but if we start throwing a fit over anything that fits in that category, there's a long, long list of perfectly legitimate items that we'll have to keep an eye on. Who exactly are the victims in this story? I don't see any, so just shut up already, prudes!
I hadn't thought much about voting early, and I'm still not sure why we have that option all of the sudden this year, but I went to the library to return some books and it happened to be an early voting location. I was a little worried that I hadn't had time to study the amendments like I wanted to, but they all seemed pretty clear. I was a little unsure of my vote for amendment 3, not that I think lawyers don't make enough money, but I'm a little worried that it might make it harder for some people to get decent representation in some circumstances. But in the end, I think the amednment sounded good overall, so I voted for it. I also voted for Kerry, Castor, and to keep all the judges, since I hadn't heard anything about any of them to make me think any of them should be removed. I also voted for some minor office between two people I've never heard of, and the rest of the amendments which were not as difficult a choice for me as amendment 3.
Monday, October 25, 2004
What I want to know is, why are Roy Williams and La'Roi Glover apologizing? I'd much rather hear Terrance Neuman's and Tony Dixon's apologies. Next week, it's the Roy Williams showdown vs the surprising Lions. Let's hope the same Roy Williams comes away on top as the last time they met up.
So, this movie didn't do very well in it's opening weekend. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that it's a CHRISTMAS movie! It's not even Halloween yet, why would anyone want to go see a Christmas movie? Why does it seem like someone wants to start the Christmas season earlier every year?
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Bush thinks Kerry can't win the war on terror, well then I guess it's a good thing that the mission has already been accomplished, so he doesn't really have to. But even if Bush may have been a little premature in his victory speech, it still shouldn't matter whether or not Kerry can win the War on Terror, since Bush doesn't think it can be won anyway. But then I guess no one really understood what he really meant. And this guy calls someone else a flip-flopper? Amazing.
Hey, Jerry, just go away already
Ok, Jerry Rice is one of the greatest football players ever. And I've never been one to say athletes should quit before they are ready. But this from Jerry Rice just makes me wish he would go away. Rice will be in The Hall of Fame someday, but Steve Largent is already there, his number shouldn't be un-retired to accomodate a washed up superstar with an oversized ego. I realize Largent gave his permission, but what's he supposed to do? Say no? Then he looks like a jerk. He should not have even been asked. Jerry Rice should have worn whatever number was available. I know he's worn the number his entire career, but it's the number 80 in a 49er jersey that should be special to him, not the number itself. No matter what number he wears, he is going to look wrong in a Seahawk jersy, just like he did in a Raiders jersey, so just leave Largent's number alone.
Here's hoping some future 49er wants to wear number 80 someday, and when Rice refuses, this story is thrown in his face.
Stop stealing campaign signs!
My brother got us a Kerry sign, and also got one for my parents, both have been stolen. And I see stories like this one all over the place, with this kind of nonesense happening on both sides. What is the point of stealing campaign signs, anyway? If you are that motivated for a particular cadidate, I'm sure there are many, many much more effective ways to contribute to the cause. Try getting some like minded people to actually vote. Maybe put up your own sign. I never cease to be amazed by how stupid some people are.