commented on Bigot Florist Files Countersuit
@5 when the biggest threat to my equality is a florist who won't make me a bouquet for my partner, I'll know the fight for my civil rights is won.
At one time, I discounted the religious liberty arguments against gay marriage made by conservatives because I thought no-one could possibly be such a douche as to make a federal (or even state) case out of something so trivial. Sensible florists like more business. Sensible couples like patronizing businesses that will happily work for them.
I obviously underestimated the douchiness of both sides.
I really fucking hate everybody involved in this case and wish they would all DIAF.
commented on Out with the Old...
Anyone care to guess why the Colosseum in Rome is such a ruin? Hint: it ain't the ravages of time.
Unused buildings, especially unused buildings with lots of useful, very easily recovered building materials have long been recycled into new construction.
As an amateur historian, I regret the loss of these artifacts of the past. On the other hand, cities that live among the ruins of their glorious past are pretty much dead (viz. Venice today)
commented on Senator's Illness Gives Dems Chance to Seize Back Control of State Senate; Fate of Reproductive Parity and State Dream Acts Hangs in the Balance
The problem with Democrats is that they are actually interested in making government work. This means that they are open to compromise and willing to negotiate with the opposition in order to move legislation.
Republicans, at least the current crop, are mostly interested in seeing government fail. Gridlock and scorched earth advance their agenda, which is to convince people that government is the problem and must be downsized. They have zero interest in governance, only in power.
This is why Republicans play hardball while Democrats cave. This is also why the GOP is fine with advancing incompetent ideologues...failing at their government job is a feature, not a bug.
Democrats need to realize that they are fundamentally dealing with a organization that basically wants to firebomb the state.
commented on The Customer Service Problem at McDonald's Is a Symptom of a Much Bigger Problem
Reward and recognize great service.
Back when I was a corporate wage slave, this item was always especially galling. So you're going to tell me how great my work is, and how much customers and management appreciate it, but then not going to actually reward me for it? Giving recognition without the compensation that goes with it in the form of a bonus or wage is nothing but a fucking insult.
Let's face it: most people don't work for fun. We work because we need to earn a living. And we work hard because we hope to earn a better living.
Recognizing our work, and inducing even more work by dangling the prospect of a better wage which never materializes—that is the essence of bad management and bad workplaces.
And people wonder why they get grouchy employees.
commented on Remember When Hotmail Was Cool?
I used PINE, but it wasn't my first mailreader. That was ELM. And, of course, all you other old fogies know that PINE Is Not Elm.
My very first account was from the utoronto.ca
domain. I remember one day, right when this whole Internet thing was just barely starting to enter the public consciousness, I came across a printed directory in a book store of every email address on the internet. It was meant to be akin to the white pages telephone directory.
And yes, my original address was in there.
commented on What's Wrong with the Plan B Compromise?
Well, there are other potential consequences to engaging in sex besides pregnancy. And there are a lot of ways kids might be hurt if they make the decision to have sex that contraception won't fix.
I'm frankly pretty flabbergasted that there are actual parents here who seem to think nothing of their thirteen year old sons and daughters getting into that kind of behavior.
Guess it just goes to show how unhip and not cool this old fart is. I mean, is raising your kids to act like the guests on the Maury Povich show (but oh yes, with birth control, so it's OK) seriously where we are now?
Geez. Thank Dog I don't have any kids of my own. I'm not really sure I'd want them hanging around in that kind of environment. I'd always thought that the homeschoolers were overreacting hysterically. But maybe they're actually right.