Whedabra

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  • Activity

    • 4 years ago

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    • 4 years ago

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    • Where Is the Coffee?

      4 years ago

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      I couldn't find it this morning after my cousin brewed some yesterday evening while I was at work. I checked all the cupboards and even looked in the trash can. It was nowhere to be found.

      So, of course, I had to walk to the bus stop and make my way over to Cup-A-Joe to get my morning fix. Its such a beautiful day, Im actually really happy I had this excuse to get out of the apartment on my only day off this week. Plus, it's been a while since I've had one of their double-shot cappuccinos with a side of mocha - chip bread, so I was overdue for a visit.

      I still need to figure out what he did with the damned coffee though.

    • RPG Maker VX ACE

      4 years ago

      Whedabra

      Does anyone know how to use this thing?

    • 4 years ago

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    • It Just Want To Eat My Everything!

      4 years ago

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      My cousin convinced me to play Alien Isolation on hard because it was the "ideal" way to experience the game....

      ...yeah... I rage quit...

      ...fuck you, you adorable, acid-for-bood Xenomorph and the fresh hell you bring me!

      Next time I'll try a different difficulty.

    • 4 years ago

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      I have done the impossible! I bought a "used" copy of Alien Isolation from Gamestop that was actually a new copy, complete with the DLC... for $25. That blows the Amazon prices for a new copy of the game out of the water! So now I can enjoy the thrill of being hunted as Ellen Ripley by that big loveable Xenomorph but at a fraction of the price smiley12.gif

    • Indiana's RFRA Has Been Amended - Closing Thoughts

      4 years ago

      Whedabra

      (I promise this is my last journal about this, I've just had a few interesting conversations with a few people and now believe I have a better understanding of where they were coming from. So, YAY for outrage fixing things!)

      Having spoken with a few people about Indiana's RFRA law (before it was amended) I was having a hard time understanding why they kept asking me thinks like "is it reasonable for someone to walk into a family bakery, demand a penis shaped cake, and then try to sue said bakery if they refuse to make the penis cake?"

      The issue I had with the law (before it was amended, and after Pence first refused to amend it when asked but instead said he was proud of the law) was not with it's intended purpose to protect businesses from being sued for denying the way they fulfill a customer's order (going to a noodle shop and asking for cheeseburgers). My issue was with the allowance for discrimination it would allow against LGBT individuals, and I feel like I've done a decent job of making that point clear.

      There is reasonable evidence to suggest that there were other contributing factors to this laws creation.

      We started seeing this movement to enact these RFRAs (not just in Indiana), following the ruling of the New Mexico state-court in the Elane Photography v. Willock case. In that case, a same-sex couple sued a professional photography studio that refused to photograph their wedding. They were able to sue because New Mexico bars discrimination in "public accommodations' on the basis of sexual orientation. The studio said that New Mexico's RFRA barr the suit anyway; but the state's Supreme Court held that the RFRA did not apply "because the government is not a party.'

      So, the issue here was never about forcing Walmart to sell a penis cake, it was about a company like Walmart choosing to not serve someone based on their sexual orientation. Now that the law has been amended to take away that fear, people like me don't really have anything to say abut the law, as now there is no danger of discrimination.

    • Finally

      4 years ago

      Whedabra

      I've been trying to get a job at Whole Foods since this time last year. I like that they support local and organic farmers, I like that they seem to take care of their employees, and I like that even though they are a big company, they still have a soul... you know... the opposite of Walmart really.

      When I worked at Carmax, I enjoyed what I did, but I never felt a sense of personal satisfaction with the part I was playing in the big picture. Our culture, our society, our world is changing and will continue to change over the course of my lifetime and it feels like working for a company that is doing its part to promote sustainability, health, mindfulness of the impact we are having on the planet and everything else we share the world with and it feels like this is a step in the right direction.

      Well, they emailed me today and asked me to come in for their "new hire orientation." smiley0.gif I'm very pleased. Now I can get the ball rolling on my plans to see if I can actually start a meaningful (to me) career there.

    • What's The Difference Between Indiana's RFRA and the Federal RFRA?

      4 years ago

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      I've talked about how Mike Pence misrepresenting his state's RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act), where he implied that the Indiana RFRA was like the federal RFRA. Both Pence and a many of the Act's defenders have claimed it is really the same law. While other people just assume that since the law has a similar title as another law, it must be pretty much the same.

      The two, while similar, are certainly not the same thing. Indiana statute has a couple alarming features that the federal RFRA (and most state RFRAs) do not.

      For starters, the Indiana law explicitly allows any for-profit business to assert a right to "the free exercise of religion.' The federal RFRA doesn't contain such language, and neither does any of the state RFRAs except South Carolina's. In fact, Louisiana and Pennsylvania, explicitly exclude for-profit businesses from the protection of their RFRAs (businesses are, after all, not people).

      The new Indiana RFRA also contains this statement: "A person whose exercise of religion has been substantially burdened, or is likely to be substantially burdened, by a violation of this chapter may assert the violation or impending violation as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding, regardless of whether the state or any other governmental entity is a party to the proceeding.'

      The federal RFRA, says nothing like this. Only the Texas RFRA, contains similar language and even it specifically exempts civil rights protections from the scope of the law.

      Every other Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies to disputes between a person or entity and a government. Indiana's is the only law that explicitly applies to disputes between private citizens. In fact the statue clearly recognizes that for-profit corporations have "free exercise' rights that match those of individuals or churches. This means it could be used by corporations to justify discrimination against individuals that might otherwise be protected under law.

      This type of thing was unheard of until the fiasco last year with Hobby Lobby (which I ranted about several times on Facebook), in which the federal RFRA was interpreted in a way that gave corporate employers a religious veto over their employees' statutory right to contraceptive coverage.

      A summary on my opinion about the Hobby Lobby bullshit is this: A business is not a person, it is a business. It is owned a person or group of people, and is operated by a group of people (employees). A business does not have the right to force the religious views of it's owner(s) onto it's employees, that's making a decision for someone else that nobody except that person has the right to be making for themselves and is a violation of their rights as a human. Had the issue been about a Jehovah's Witness not covering blood transfusions or any other blood-related medical procedures (because it goes against their religious beliefs) and not about contraceptives, the case would have been thrown out for it's stupidity.

      The Indiana statute makes a business' "free exercise' right a defense against a private lawsuit by another person, rather than simply against actions brought by government.

      So, in a different state, should a same-sex couple be discriminated against by a business for their sexual orientation, they could potentially sue the business for said discrimination as a violation of their human rights. In Indiana, however, should a same-sex couple be refused service due to discrimination from a business, the business would have protection against such a lawsuit.

      In conclusion, while the federal RFRA and Indiana's RFRA are similar, they are not the same. Indiana's RFRA has been carefully written to make clear that businesses can use it against civil-rights suits brought by individuals, it feels like it's been carefully designed to put new obstacles in the path of equality, and it has been pitched to the public with deceptive claims that it's pretty much the same as what we have now... "nothing new" as a reporter

      For some perspective, in the 1950s discrimination based off the color of one's skin was commonplace, but any decent person who looks back at that era of segregation in this country can tell you that sort of discrimination was wrong. This RFRA is wrong too, and eventually a future generation will look back and shake their heads at this display of ignorance.

  • Comments (1961)

    • Nudge1

      10 years ago

      That's about right, yes smiley0.gif

    • FaintFox

      10 years ago

      hey dragonboy

    • NightDancer

      10 years ago

      Good point.

      Well, I need to try to get some sleep. Goodnight.

      *hugs*

    • NightDancer

      10 years ago

      And he and I will need to have a date night while he's here.

    • NightDancer

      10 years ago

      If nothing else, we'll probably end up taking a nap or two together while he's here.

    • NightDancer

      10 years ago

      We discussed putting me & my sis in Lexi's room with her, but that'd get kinda cramped. Scott thinks I should casually mention that he's more of a floor sleeper, and perhaps it would be ok sharing a room..... smiley0.gif

    • NightDancer

      10 years ago

      Thanks!

      *hugs*

      Now I'm just wondering if I should try to talk my mom into letting Scott & I stay in the same room while he's here. I don't think it will take much more than a promise to behave.

    • Gait323

      10 years ago

      Lol your not the only one XD. True, any type of art is awesome to me :)

    • Gait323

      10 years ago

      oh hee hee whoops ^^;. But they r so damn awesome! :D

    • Seas

      10 years ago

      It just wouldn't be unpleasant if it was pleasant. :D

    • Gait323

      10 years ago

      no problem ^^. how did u do that anyways? I don't really know how to use photoshop..heh heh ^^;;. i just mess around with the filters...

    • Gait323

      10 years ago

      oh thx for the pic comment! I barely use photoshop so its totally crappy. I <33 ur dragon heads!!!! Awesome!!

    • Seas

      10 years ago

      Unpleasant memories are unpleasant. :(

    • Jonixlord

      10 years ago

      He's quoting the Six-Fingered Man.

    • Church_Tuckr

      10 years ago

      it may.....i'll have to wait to find out....things are still processing...we'll see i suppose...

    • Church_Tuckr

      10 years ago

      still...very beautiful piece....and it's not completely meaningless...it has a very distinct and important meaning.....it just also made me think about some things in my own life....your poem didn't just describe your soul, it touched on other's as well....very profound

    • dw_slainhope

      10 years ago

      You said "le gasp".....................that makes me so happy. I only know of two other people who I've influenced enough to where they say it too.

      My heart is gonna masplode! [another word in the Stephi dictionary]

    • FaintFox

      10 years ago

      yea well just hang in there you'll get one soon enough

    • dw_slainhope

      10 years ago

      Not surprising.

      If Final Fantasy had a similar game I would no longer have a life.

    • FaintFox

      10 years ago

      oh i know what you mean on those hell that's why i get this phone

    • dw_slainhope

      10 years ago

      Your retort is amazing!

      :O you must be a master of speechcraft [Oblivion references have consumed my life]

    • FaintFox

      10 years ago

      how old is your phone?

    • dw_slainhope

      10 years ago

      True. >.>......curses you bring up a good point!

      Yeah. Well......uh..............you're weird! >.<

    • dw_slainhope

      10 years ago

      Well Mr. Silly head, if you hated me being your friend I wouldn't be called a friend now would I? :P

    • dw_slainhope

      10 years ago

      YOU MADE ME DO IT AGAIN. Grrrr....

      I love having you for a friend [glomps]

    • HarlequinGrl

      10 years ago

      well im interested to find out the reactions too, after all the concern she seemed to express.

      Alex Diaz ended up helping with the wedding, jason's cousin was going to be his best man and couldnt make it, so jason's friend Alex G. stepped up to be best man. Alex D. actually handled all the music during te ceremony.

    • FameWolf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      Well, that is one of the reassuring things about being here - there are a few items around which could be described as sharp and/or pointy*... A full scale assault would have that "I have something a bit dangerous in my hand" reassurance.

      The thing is, Rob and Amber's house is at the top of a large, steep hill. While in practice their basement/dungeon/laboratory is (probably) just a regular size, it has the potential of being the size of something most Bond supervillains would envy; so, if I don't report in for a while, there's a chance I'm wandering a labyrinthine collection of corridors under most of Yorkshire...

      -Peter

      * = I'd probably grab the short spear.

    • FameWolf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      Don't go into the dungeon!

      Don't worry, so far I've done little more than open the door and look down the stairs into the pitch darkness... And wondered what I'd do if I saw eyes looking back at me...

      -Peter

    • keikazuka

      10 years ago

      yup there all good trust me ^_^

    • keikazuka

      10 years ago

      thank u very much ^_^

    • kairipassion

      10 years ago

      Thanks.
      =/
      Sad thing is he commented the journal.

    • keikazuka

      10 years ago

      haha LOL yup ^_^ im a cool ninja like that hair camouflage LOL and oh how do u get ur deviant art link like that ^_^

    • FaintFox

      10 years ago

      I'm sorry i couldn't read it any more though from what i have read things aren't going well and from what i have read it's time for a change

    • NightDancer

      10 years ago

      k. smiley0.gif

    • NightDancer

      10 years ago

      Now that's hardly the point. smiley8.gif

    • NightDancer

      10 years ago

      No problem. Personally, I think you should put your resume out in Cali and get your ass out here now instead of two years from now. smiley8.gif

    • NightDancer

      10 years ago

      *kisses your cheek*

      You deserve good friends. smiley1.gif

    • HarlequinGrl

      10 years ago

      but what would you like me to tell carly?

      It will be ok hon :) Try to see the positives, what this could open up in your life

    • FaintFox

      10 years ago

      heh sounds like somthing went astray anything wrong?

    • FaintFox

      10 years ago

      hey how's it going

    • HarlequinGrl

      10 years ago

      I was getting my hair done at the salon by carly the other day, and she asked me if i talked to you. I play it cool (lol) said it has been awhile since i had emailed you (well it has) i hadnt heard anything.she said she was wondering if you guys had moved yet, becuase she hasnt seen you or your mother at the hall in awhile. So i told her i would send you an 'email' and see how you were for her.

      So, how are you :D

    • dw_slainhope

      10 years ago

      More or less it will prompt more people to respond and to delve deeper into your life.

      I just like yelling at people, particularly ones I do not care for.

    • FaintFox

      10 years ago

      hey dragon boy how yous two doing

    • Halomate

      10 years ago

      its nothing its just one of those get rich quick schemes that they advertise. dumb commercial but the fox looks like the fox in the commercial.

    • Nudge1

      10 years ago

      Ah, I see. Now I understand smiley0.gif

    • kiwakim

      10 years ago

      Which is the best kind of love story smiley8.gif

    • dw_slainhope

      10 years ago

      I was drawing shapes and then thought of you so the shape turned into a dragon...and then I was like...I haven't drawn anything romantic-y in like...3 years....and then it turned into that o.o

      :D! Fun, no?

    • dw_slainhope

      10 years ago

      Just something that decided to draw itself ^.=.^

      But of course...it's not finished just yet. And I can't fathom why I decided to do it cartoony. Then again...I didn't even really plan to do it at all. I just started drawing a crap load of pictures.

    • supersmurf

      10 years ago

      whats stressing u

    • keikazuka

      10 years ago

      haha yeah it is a very good friend of mines ive been good friends with her since freshman year LOL and yeah ^_^

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