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the united states that i believe in does not believe in torture!
February 21, 2007, 2:57 pm
Filed under: observation, picture of the day, politics

i work for a fairly liberal company.  we have a strict environmental mission that is followed religiously (as opposed to those companies where you see the mission on your first day, and then you don’t hear about it ever again), we’re pretty gay-friendly (hell, we work with hairdressers and fashion designers) – hell, we even have an organic resturant on site.

in fact, even our parent company is liberal (scored a perfect 100 on the hrc corporate equality index).

there is very little that is conservative in working for who i work for.

that said, it’s disturbing to no end when i see pro-bush bumper stickers in our parking lots.  now, of course, conservatives need job’s too – and i need to remind myself that sometimes, people just want/need a job, and could care less for the “bigger picture” of corporate politics, but it’s just discouraging when people support a particular political vision that’s so innately opposed to what’s right (yes, i know what’s right is subjective, but in my world, it’s good liberal, environmental, pro-gay thinking!). 

i am a bit of a trumpet blower for the companies i’ve worked for and just wouldn’t last long working for a company who’s vision is so different than mine.  prior to working here, i worked for a payroll company who was at that time (7.5 years ago) the second largest user of virgin paper (after the fed gov) in the nation.  when i would bring up the subject of using more recycled paper in our stock, i was looked at as if i just suggested we use poop as the base in the ceo’s meatloaf.  suffice to say, i only lasted there 4 months.

with that said, it brings me great pleasure to provide the following photograph.  i’ve seen this truck a time or two in our parking lot, but never had a camera ready.  i have no idea who drives it, but i gotta say: i. love. this. truck:

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sorry the quality sucks.  if you can’t make out the text that is painted on the tailgate it reads: “the united states that i believe in does not believe in torture!



random bits
January 27, 2007, 11:15 am
Filed under: music, politics, random bits
ok, this is now the 3rd time i’ve started this post today; blogger has been pissing me off – it’s crashed 3 times. fuckin’ blogger.

knee update: off crutches (thank god). still got a bit of a limp, but it’s getting better everyday. the weird thing about my knee is it feels completely removed from my body. almost like i’m experiencing the knee remotely. it still doesn’t do what i want it to do (sitting cross legged for example) but it’s getting there. the doc says these feelings will continue on and off for about 6 months or so and i should have reasonably full mobility back within a month.

i’ll be happy when that happens.

finally, the truth.

from the current issue of gq’s interview with sarah silverman:

gq: so hillary clinton for president, then?
ss: i’m more of the barack obama camp.

gq: why obama?
ss: oh, not for any real, intellectual reason. just for the same reason real people make their decisions – i saw him on letterman and i thought he was awesome.

i’ve often thought that people really tend to just make their political decisions on something as influential as a gut response. there are exceptions of course, (i’m sure alexander over at voenix rising and mike at lolife/ are in the other camp, the one where you weigh all the options and make a truly intellectual decision), but i think most poor slobs like me make it on a base response to something.

nice to see someone admit it in the press though.

just a a reminder.

before there was the whole pope shredding thing on snl and the marriage to god and the divorce from god and the other kooky happenings there was:

a fucking brilliant debut album that still resonates today.