Thursday, April 28, 2005

job hunt

So, yet again, I get a letter in the mail that states something along the lines of "You're bascially qualified but we are going to hire someone else."

This is like the fourth or fifth letter---I've lost count---I've gotten like this. 3 from gov't agencies and one from the local PBS station here in Central PA.

Now I'm frustrated. And I graduate next Saturday. Ugh.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Congress remains busy obsessing over steroids instead of the important issues.

We elected these morons. Sorry.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

TV that Sucked but doesn't all of a sudden . . . and it is a shame that it's been canceled


Yeah, it did suck for most of its run. The last few episodes have been extremely clever. "In A Mirror, Darkly", set in the evil fascist mirror universe, was very dark, even for Star Trek.

What a shame. They saved the best for last when the series could have had greatness all during its run. It really is too bad.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

a rant about evil people

I keep trying to stay away from the politics thing. Yet I find I can't. Whiny "Christian" people are planning on taking our courts away.

Evangelical Christian leaders, who have been working closely with senior Republican lawmakers to place conservative judges in the federal courts, have also been exploring ways to punish sitting jurists and even entire courts viewed as hostile to their cause.

An audio recording obtained by the Los Angeles Times features two of the nation's most influential evangelical leaders, at a private conference with supporters, laying out strategies to rein in judges, such as stripping funding from their courts in an effort to hinder their work.

This freaking makes me sick. It is also terrifying. I happen to be reading a book titled " The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022." It was written in 1996. I suppose it could be classified as Science Fiction. However, the book, for something written nearly 10 years ago, is eerie. In it, the judiciary is undermined and eventually eliminated because activists did away with it. A review from the late 1990s hopes this book isn't prophetic (as it IS a work of fiction) The book, written by a poly-sci prof somewhere out west, is due to be re-released. Not a moment too soon.

I doubt it though. Read more from the LA Times

Perkins said that he had attended a meeting with congressional leaders a week earlier where the strategy of stripping funding from certain courts was "prominently" discussed. "What they're thinking of is not only the fact of just making these courts go away and re-creating them the next day but also defunding them," Perkins said.
He said that instead of undertaking the long process of trying to impeach judges, Congress could use its appropriations authority to "just take away the bench, all of his staff, and he's just sitting out there with nothing to do."
These curbs on courts are "on the radar screen, especially of conservatives here in Congress," he said.
Dobson, who emerged last year as one of the evangelical movement's most important political leaders, named one potential target: the California-based U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
"Very few people know this, that the Congress can simply disenfranchise a court," Dobson said. "They don't have to fire anybody or impeach them or go through that battle. All they have to do is say the 9th Circuit doesn't exist anymore, and it's gone."

And where does it stop? Where. Does. It. Stop?! Is anyone EVEN PAYING ATTENTION?

I have stated on numerous occasions that the rise of American fundamentalism (and fundamentalism worldwide for that matter, I'll get to that on a later date) is more or less the new fascism of the 21st Century. I even began to research a thesis on it which I won't complete for credit before I graduated. I will write it though, just give me about a year to continue my research.

This is not to say that I am anti-Christian as I am not. I was raised in a Christian environment and despite my efforts to find other "truths" I continue to return to Christianity. I would say I am agnostic, or if the term exists, a secular Christian. Hey, there's secular Jews, and secular Muslims, and secular Buddhists, so why not Christians? This is an aside.

I'm not anti-Chrisitan but I am terrified at those who use Christianity to undermine our democracy. And that is precisely what James Dobson and his ilk, including his supporters in Congress are doing. Y'all can whine about activist judges all you damn well want. In my mind there's no such thing. The only people who whine about that usually are on the losing side. Case in point: Bush V. Gore.

I can tolerate most things. That is the great thing about America. But this . . . undermining our judiciary which has worked so well for over two centuries, and undermining the Consitution that has laid the backdrop to not only our democracy but to many others, is evil and wrong. And profoundly anti-Christian. Don't think I won't open my mouth and say something.

Friday, April 15, 2005


The hermit life looks pretty darn good right about now.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005


The job hunt plods on. Sent out two today to the city of York - - - one in human resources and the other in community development. The community development job is closer to my field as I have had some education in urban planning and community development (and York really needs it too).

I have also discovered that KSAs (Knowledge Skills and Abilities) are the devil. Those in or seeking Federal employment know what I am talking about.

Sunday, April 10, 2005


I'd seriously like people to tell me about their immediate post college years. It would help me a lot to cope , considering I will be entering my "post college years" in less than a month. I'd be lying through my very-crooked-almost-British-but-it-is-ok-because-I-have-Bahamian-ancestry teeth if I said I wasn't scared witless.

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Sunday, April 3, 2005

TV That Doesn't Suck

Well, TV has become a vast void of nothing and nowhere. However there are a few gems out there. Here are my favorite shows. Some are cable, some network. I have them in Rank order.

1. BattleStar Galactica (SciFi, and maybe NBC)

This is perhaps the best hour of science fiction ever conceived. It is a reimagining of the orignal series that aired in the waning days of the 70s and is much much darker. Basic premise: the Cylons, mankind's creations, rebel and destroy the 12 Colonies of Kobol and 50,000 survivors (this number drops as the season continues) are left to fend for themselves. It is riveting drama. Less sci-fi techincal and more human (and Cylon, as they look like humans now......and they're psycho monothesitic fundamentalists too). The series is on hiatus until July. The season finale was the best sci-fi season finale to date . . . well, Star Trek TNG's "The Best of Both Worlds, Pt. 1" probably . . . nah, this was better.

If you don't have cable, get the DVDs when they are available. You'll be BLOWN AWAY.

2. Arrested Development (Fox)

I find this show hysterical and smart, which means it will be canceled. Quirky, smartly written, and the plot borders on absurdity in every episode. Basic Premise: Rich real-estate family becomes broke and hijinks result.

3. The Simpsons (Fox)

Always a favorite.

4. Stargate (and its spinoff, Atlantis - - - Sci-Fi)

I'm not sure why I like this show so much. It's held my interest for several years now.

5. Medium (NBC)

I didn't think I'd like Medium but I gave it a chance. Now I'm hooked. It's a strange show, but it's pretty good. Now if only NBC would bring back Boomtown . . . . . . . . . . .

6. Cold Case Files (A&E)

This show satisfies my need to know about serial killers. It's the new Unsolved Mysteries, a program that really needs to come back.

7. Murder She Wrote (in reruns on A&E)

This show is so corny.......yet I still tune in.

8. South Park (Comedy Central)

Do I need to give a reason?

9. The Weather Channel (The Weather Channel)

It provides lots of white noise that I use to block out my irritating roommates. Same goes for the Preview Channel. Seriously, try it. Alright so this isn't really a gem, but I do watch for hours on end especially when nothing is on.

Other shows that are worth watching are: Law and Order SVU(NBC), Monk (USA), The Dead Zone(USA), and on rare occasions, CSI (CBS).

What are your favorite shows?

Friday, April 1, 2005

job search update

Nary a peep.

I believe I may broaden my net to beyond the mid-Atlantic states.


I don't think I'll look on it fondly. Maybe a post abotu this later this week when I'm not so bummed out about my job search.
let it go

Ok you people need to let this go. You may borrow my therapist. She's great!
Happy 21st Birthday Jennifer!!!

(my younger sister)