Friday, May 28, 2004

TOPIC: Legally Protecting Behavior
It seems our neighbors to the North have all but passed legislation that will legitimize a behavioral choice. In addition to legalization of this behavior, the law will protect that behavior by adding the choice to the federal hate crimes list. IOW, if someone verbally disagrees with this choice, it could be seen as an illegal act, punishable by imprisonment. What an absurd idea!

Have you figured out the subject of the legislation yet? It is homosexuality. That's right -- the behavior of homosexuality is being legitimized in Canada through their judicial system. There are several problems with this -- though only a few will be mentioned here.

First, the legalization of a behavioral choice. Homosexuality is a choice of sexual orientation, not an ethnic group or handicap or anything else legitimate. Second, adding protection of homosexuality to the definition of hate crimes is monumentally ignorant. Crime is crime; there really is no such thing as a "hate crime". This is a subclass of crime setup primarily to restrict free speech and opinions regarding behavioral choices. Folks, free speech is thrown out the window because anyone who speaks out or even offers a public opinion regarding this behavior can be considered a criminal. [And homosexuals sell themselves as tolerant?!? NOT!] Thirdly, the legislation will allow the liberal Canadian judicial system to legislate (not merely uphold the law) morality by forcing the public to accept homosexuality as a federally protected status.

The chilling effect is that Canadian citizens will no longer be able to publicly debate the nature of the predatory, promiscuous & pedophiliac behavior of homosexuality. FYI - The same ideas are coming to a US state near you -- sooner than anyone knows. Protect your right to free speech! Refuse the detrimental effects of "hate crimes" legislation! Demand your right to choose your own moral values! Call and/or write your legislator TODAY. Or, we WILL suffer the consequences tomorrow.

For the record, I DO NOT hate people who choose the behavior of homosexuality. I know that their choice is morally wrong and culturally destructive, though. I also know the negative nature of their choice -- on themselves, their families, the marketplace, the economy, healthcare and society as a whole. Whatever your personal convictions, you should realize that protecting a behavior is a ridiculous notion -- and NO government should even consider the idea.

Monday, May 24, 2004

TOPIC: Family
Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days.
But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.
And come to think of it, we pour ourselves more into work than into our own family;
An unwise investment indeed, don't you think?

I'm not one to quote Disney characters, BUT... As Lilo said of ohana [family], "It's small and it's broken, but it's good." Family, no matter how small or broken is almost always better than not having anyone. Give your family members a hug; look them in the eye and tell them how much you love them.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

QOTD: Contentment is a commodity seldom attained by the rich and powerful. -- CharlieJ
TOPIC: Computer Forum
Yesterday I found a very good forum for computer geeks and newbies alike. It's called If you want to learn more about computers, software and the like, join the site. It's free and worth your time. I'm an experienced user -- 13+ years -- but I've already learned quite a bit by hanging out on the forums for a day.

Of course, there are several good forums out there. and LockerGnome are, IMO, two of the best -- very little geek-speak and LOTS of helpful people. Enjoy!

Monday, May 17, 2004

TOPIC: Black Monday
Today will go down in history as a black day in American history. It's the day that homosexual marriage becomes legal in the United States. Those who have been indoctinrated by liberalism will disagree, but free-thinking people can easily see the huge problems that will result from the legalization of a behavior. Remember the old proverb; "As the family goes, so goes the nation."
Family cannot be successfuly redefined to fit a lifestyle choice or chosen sexual behavior. To the citizens and legislative body of Massachusetts: You have set into motion turmoil like you have never seen before. We will all regret your decision.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

QOTD: The "good life" isn't the things you buy. It's how you live life, day by day. - CharlieJ

Monday, May 10, 2004

QOTD: The problem with the truth is that it doesn't fit their ideology. So, they dismiss it as irrelevant. - CharlieJ
TOPIC: Political Correctness
I could write a thesis length paper on this one, but I won't... Let me just some up my current random thoughts by saying, "I HATE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS." It is SOOO stupid! To wit, I used to work for BB&T bank here in NC. They used to call the folks who hire employees the Personnel Department. Then, the title was changed to Human Resources. Now, it is Human Systems. What the heck is a human system? How dumb can it get?!? "Fat" is now horizontally challenged. "Blind" is sight impaired. "Blacks" are now African-American. Gimme a break! FWIW, I'm chubby and bald -- so call me whatever you like. I'm not "PC" -- nor a subscriber to the language.

Folks, if we spent more time dealing with issues that matter -- and people (the variable that matters most), we wouldn't need to worry about politcal correctness. Instead, we all whine about being offended and victimized and YUCK! Americans need to grow up! "PC" is a blight on the backside of society. It keeps us from offering that human touch sometimes -- especially when we need it the most.

Fight "PC" by refusing to talk the talk or walk the walk. Be an individual and enjoy your right to responsible free speech.
Monday, Monday, la, la... la, la, la, la...
Well, it's Monday once again. The weekend was good -- but never long enough. We had a lot of family time over the weekend; shopping for Mom with our children, a modicum of yard work, playing in the pool (meant cleaning out the green slime so we can swim soon) -- and just hanging out together as a family. Enjoyable and rejuvenating!

Mother's Day was quiet and relaxed. The children & I cooked breakfast for "Mama" yesterday morning. You know -- you have no idea what someone does on a day-to-day basis until you step into their shoes. A loving mother who is committed to her family is a thing to treasure. Thinking of my wife and my mother, and the time they've spent taking care of a family, is truthfully the only thing that makes me want to write poetry. Unfortunately, I'm a horrible poet, so I'll leave that to Hallmark, American Greetings and the like. One thing that I can write with much sincerity is -- THANKS Mom! (to both my Mom & my wife as a Mom). You are a gem and I love you both.

Thursday, May 06, 2004


If you're a believer, don't forget to spend some time on your knees today. Our government leaders, the military, our schools are just a few of the folks who need our prayers. If you want a word clue or three for your prayers, here are a few: HOPE ... PEACE ... RECONCILIATION ... SALVATION ... JUSTICE ... PERSERVERANCE

TOPIC: Updates
Just added some new links and blog tools to Sope-Bocks. Added a counter, notification service, a ratings service and a couple of BlogHost links. Welcome & enjoy!
I took the Blogging Personality Quiz at About Web logs and I am...
The Writer
"Words captivate me. And, I like to capture words. Blogging enables me to write often. It also provides a place for me to share what I write with a reading public. I can be funny, inspiring, intelligent, cynical, or morbid. It doesn't matter what I write about in my blog. It only matters that I write."

Truthfully, I'm more of the "The Writer / Daily Grinder" than simply "The Writer". Here's The Daily Grinder...

The Daily Grinder
"You love blogging because it's like therapy. You can write about anything and everything that happens to you - from the food you ate to what you were doing when you heard the latest 'breaking news.' Being able to communicate with your friends (online and/or real life) through your blog is important to you."
TOPIC: Open Source & Stealing
After reading some tech news this morning (and many other mornings), I've come to the conclusion that many Linux fans believe that "open source" equals "free for all". Open source is an idea available to those who participate, not a mandate from all hackers that everything should be free. A word comes to mind... hmmm... STEALING. Yeah, that's it. The self-righteous hackers who think they shouldn't have to pay for anything should be hung up by their gonads. Just because XSoftware company or YoDaddy rapper is making a bazillion dollars selling a product doesn't give anyone the right to steal it from them. Who are hackers to judge what entrepeneurs should make in profits?!? How do they think they can justify why they [hackers] should be allowed to freely take products without paying their share?!? If these goobers have such disdain for capitalism, why the heck are they using the products or listening to the music in the first place?! I'll tell you why -- cuz of irresponsibility, immoralality, greed and lack of self-discipline.
Don't get me wrong. Open source, Linux and freebies all have their place in life. Linux is a good OS born out of a sharing mentality among computer enthuisiasts. At it's root, Linux is a good thing. Open Source is a good thing. BUT, taking what you do not pay for is STEALING, plain and simple. There is no justification for it and no one can successfully rationalize it. Stealing is wrong!
Microsoft nor JayZ owe us a freakin' dime's worth of anything. If these self-righteons would get a job and be RESPONSIBLE they wouldn't feel the need to steal. They could have some respect for themselves, for others and do something productive with their lives. Instead, they choose to carp about the price of things and then go steal them -- which only makes the price go up for the honest working stiffs. I say more power to the record industry for suing individuals who are stealing music. I say more power to software companies who file suits against P2P sites and their members. These cats should be charged because what they're doing is criminal. If the self-righteous hackheads truly want something free, let them legitimately right freeware, open source code (not reverse engineered code they call their own) -- and let 'em sing their own songs.
TOPIC: Fruitcakes in May
Man, I read a couple of the blogs here on Blogger this morning. Some of these people are flippin' fruitcakes. I hope they write it out instead of act it out -- pure nonsense. If this were the 60s, I'd swear they were doing LSD or something. WEIRD-O's -- but then again I suppose I'm a weirdo to some of them, too. At least sanity, coherence and reality are in my corner. :-)
QOTD: Faith is not something you take out and exercise once a week for an hour. Faith should be how you live each moment. - CharlieJ

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

TOPIC: US Soldiers Mistreatment of Iraqi Prisoners
The soldiers who mistreated the Iraqi prisoners should have their rear ends kicked all the way back to the States. There is NO excuse for what they did -- and saying they were told to extract information is NOT a good reason. COMMON SENSE should have told them what they were doing was WRONG. This event is another that just goes to show the low level of morality of among the citizens of this country. OH, and remember you read this here first: There WILL BE faked pictures that will surface of other soldiers "committing atrocities" against "insurgents", etc. Photoshop and digital media is too easy to use for it not to happen -- and there are PLENTY of people who will try it before the situation is resolved.

Political note to Dems: You're beating a dead horse and trying to stir up trouble that doesn't need to be stirred right now. Oh, and your definitely blaming the wrong guy (hint: his desk is in the Oval Office). He is not to blame. EACH, INDIVIDUAL who committed the crimes IS the responsible party, not the President, Donald Rumsfeld or any general.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

TOPIC: National Public Radio
NPR (National Public Radio) should be renamed NDPR (National Democratic Party Radio) or maybe even NLR (National Liberal Radio). The almost Nazi-esk way the propoganda,... um, I mean "news", is reported is simply disgusting. The slant is so far left, I'm sometimes afraid I'll drive off a cliff into the Pacific Ocean while I'm listening -- and I live in North Carolina!
You ask, "So, why do you listen?" To which I answer, "Two reasons. First, I live in a very rural area. NDPR is the only radio news I can get on my hour drive to & from work. Second, I need a good laugh to start and finish my workday -- and NDPR provides lots of laughs on shows like 'All [Leftist] Things Considered'. The preaching of the liberalist religion (aka liberal Dems' POV) is humorous, for the most part because it's so totally ridiculous to any rational, thinking person."

For instance, liberals blame President Bush for the loss of jobs in the US. The non-thinking person agrees because, let's face it, many folks are without jobs these days. However, the rational, thinking person laughs at such a ridiculous accusation because they know that Bill Clinton sucked jobs out of the US like Monica... [um, this is a family establishment; let's keep it clean]. Anyway, NAFTA -- need I say more? Championed by liberals -- one of which is campaigning across the North saying he will return jobs to America. If HE hadn't been instrumental in sending those jobs OUT of America, we wouldn't be in the mess we're in now.
Lastly, thinking people realize the truth -- that corporate scandals, "accounting irregularities", and 9-11 (with ALL of its assorted wounds on Americiana) have hurt the jobs market in this country. To blame the sitting President for job losses is S-T-U-P-I-D, but that's what the talking heads on NLR (no, I think NDPR is more fitting) do from sun-up to sundown. Remember, THINK FOR YOURSELF!
TOPIC: John Kerry (aka Johnny Integrity)
A couple more things about Johnny Integrity (aka John Kerry)...
#1 - Man, did I miss the news on this one -- John Kerry voted to throw his war metals over a fence during war protest; then he forgot to go home & get them; then he did go get them, but he only threw the ribbons over the fence; then he couldn't get home to get the metals because he didn't have time; then he threw someone else's metals over the fence; then he... AW CRAP! John Kerry has lied so many times on this issue that NO ONE knows what he did or didn't throw -- except for the fact that we ALL know he's thrown A LOT of hooey "over the fence" in our direction... and it STINKS!

#2 - NEXT... Johnny Integrity says he's a Catholic -- living and breathing; believing it and living it. He says he personally believes that abortion is wrong, BUT, but, bUt... he doesn't see any problem with a woman who makes that choice; it's her decision. OK, so let me get this straight. He believes that murder is wrong under the Catholic faith!?! He believes that abortion is wrong as part of his faith and personal convictions!?! Yet, he believes it is fine for a woman to hire a doctor to murder her unborn child in the womb. And he calls that "choice". Hmmmm... at least this point of view fits the rest of his character, along with the integrity of his comments -- or lack thereof.