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The idea that it is necessary to go to a university in order to become a writer, or even a man or woman of letters (which is by no means the same thing), is one of those phantasies that surround authorship. -- Vera Brittain
Given that it's pretty irrefutable, at this point, that Trayvon Martin started the fight, pinned George Zimmerman to the ground, and beat him up pretty good, anyone who sees this as anything more than self-defense is purposefully ignorant and driven by an agenda other than facts.
That would be President Barack Obama.
As I've watched his lack of execution of laws he doesn't like or agree with, and as I've watched how he really doesn't let the law restrict his actions, his reaction to the Zimmerman trial shows, more concretely than ever, that he has no respect for the law.
Increasingly clear is that he seeks to gin up racial tension in our country. Everything is becoming a black vs. white issue.
I don't know anyone who is white who cares at all about the color black, except when they see that our country isn't in the black but rather deeply in the red. Other than that, it's immaterial to anything.
Watching the reaction beyond the office of the president, disregard for facts, law, and property are becoming a hallmark of the black community. Is that really the image that they want to portray to the world? Maybe so.
I remember in the 2008 election having a conversation with a business colleague who swore up and down that a President Obama would bring racial unity to America.
The hell he did.
The Racist-in-Chief does our country no good with his words, his agenda, or his leadership. Some believe that this is all a distraction from his awful economic policies. No, I believe that he might be trying to start a race war. If he's not, then that might become the unintended consequence of how he's stewarding his presidency.
Lincoln worked hard to bring the country together. Obama works hard to break it apart.
ETC: There are a number of these that have happened since the verdict, but mugging for Trayvon - that's the best way to honor him? No. It's just a convenient rationale for crime.
The hardest thing to do in life is to see things as they really are. Sometimes, that will take you out of your comfort zone and force you to look straight into yourself and others to confront reality.
That sounds intimidating, but in fact, it's refreshing. Once you align yourself with reality, the world is clearer and easier to address. And while that require some tough choices, you at least know that you're moving in the right direction when you do.
A long time ago, I read a book called Walking Softly in the Wilderness. It's a Sierra Club book. The premise: to teach "backpackers how to enjoy a genuine wilderness experience through a common-sense approach to adventure that leaves nature undisturbed."
Undisturbed. The idea that nature should in no way be changed for your existence.
Every animal in nature changes the world for their existence. The Sierra Club asks something of us that we expect of nothing else in nature. It's an interesting idea, but unrealistic. More importantly, it defies our very purpose.
You're supposed to change things. You're supposed to change the world.
You were meant to disturb the world. It's why you're here.
Patti and I decided a month ago to move. The city of Houston is big - its population is twice the size of the entire state of Iowa. We lived 45 minutes from her work. Time to retrieve 90 minutes back from her day.
Over the weekend, we've moved to northwest Houston, and got ourselves a little apartment for now. Her family, we're closer to them, and so we can see them more often. She can bike to her summer gig teaching advanced algebra at summer school, and I am getting productive work through two web development companies here in Houston, so things are grooving pretty well.
And then there's us: through the entire move, it was a very loving time. Helping each other, listening to each other... she's the only woman who every looked at me and said with conviction, "What we do, we do together."
As I type this, baby Carlin is being sung to by my beautiful Patti. We have her overnight.
Life is good.
Oh, and one other thing. I had a guy respond to my Asshole post via email. He's a liberal, and got all defensive about his vote for Obama and harped on me for my "ad hominem" attack. Okay. Truth is truth. I was no fan of Bush when Bush spent way too much money and employed crony tactics in government to the detriment of we the people.
Bush is over - so very 2008. If your only response to "Obama is an asshole" is "Look at Bush!" then I appreciate your validation of my sentiment. Distraction, and not refutation, is agreement.
I did agree with his point that neither party is good. Absolutely. They both suck. I really don't see any difference between the two any more. Neither is fighting for business, low taxes, strong defense, or anything of urgent merit. My point wasn't that only Obama is an asshole. He's just the asshole with the biggest power, and that's rather irrefutable.
Let's all stop the hero worship of politicians and treat them with the merited universal disdain that they deserve.
Glenn Greenwald reports on secret court order, issued in April, which compelled one of the nationís largest telecom providers to hand over daily call logs to the federal government. The information did not include actual content of conversations, but it included everything but.
So you, me, and many who are part of Verizon's network were (and are) being watched by the government without a warrant and without our knowledge.
The tyrant in the White House doesn't give one crap about your rights as an American. He uses the IRS to target political opponents. More Americans killed in Afghanistan under him than Bush. Spying on the American people.
He's an asshole. You elected him, and you did it mostly without knowledge or care of who he is. He speaks well. The press, 96% leftie, fawns over him. It felt like good style to say that you voted for him. And that he violates every principle you claim to hold dear doesn't matter to you. You'd vote for him again.
Here he is, in all his hypocritical glory.
If you voted for this claptrap, you're desperately ignorant. You're in the ranks of the low information voter.
In my search for ongoing work, I've stumbled into a WordPress gig. Or gigs. Depends on how it goes.
So I hadn't actually written anything yet - still trying to grasp the platform, and then it occurred to me: in WordPress, everything is a post. Literally. And every post gets a page.
If you're creating a site about dogs and cats, and you needed to create relationships between the cats and dogs, then you create a post_type for Dog and for Cat. Each dog and cat has their own page. Any extra information about them gets dumped into a postmeta table. In that table is a field called "value" where you can dump anything you like - but here's the thing: for every value you need to store, you're not only forcing a read/write each time, but you're dumping a ton of data for every entity/object/post.
I have a way to deal with that, fine, but everything is a post?
In other words, I've always known that programming and the database schema should represent reality as closely as possible. And hey, guess what: a fundraising campaign is not similar to a basketball drill is not similar to a blog post. The post metaphor is brilliant for organizing and displaying pages about content, but it falls far short of being true to life for everything.
For example, creating an accounting system in WordPress seems ludicrous because it's the wrong tool for the job. But I think it depends on how you do it, and I think I have a way to achieve something like that.
Why does this matter? My work on 247Toolset, as it turns out, bears resemblance to WordPress in its approach to themes and functionality. Nothing special about that - many other custom sites do this very thing. But some of the special features of 247Toolset might be easily adapted to WordPress plugins.
So, I have a few ideas about what might grab the WordPress community. I'll be testing them out later. In the meantime hopefully, I hope to have enough development accomplished by Monday to impress a new client.